Ideally located in central Switzerland, the country’s capital Bern is a charming city that offers plenty for the visitor to see and do.
Bern also makes a great base to explore the whole Berner Oberland region and is just an hour by train from Zurich and less than two hours from Lucerne and Geneva.
In this guide, we’ll help you to choose the perfect hotel for your stay in Bern. All the properties covered in this Bern hotel guide – which range from 5 star luxury to 3 star – are highly rated by travellers.
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Summary of Bern hotels covered in this guide
|Hotel Schweizerhof Bern & Spa||5 star||Book Now|
|Bellevue Palace||5 star||Book Now|
|Boutique Hotel Belle Epoque||4 star||Book Now|
|The Bristol||4 star||Book Now|
|Hotel Savoy||4 star||Book Now|
|Hotel Baren am Bundesplatz||4 star||Book Now|
|Best Western Plus Hotel Bern||4 star||Book Now|
|Hotel Alpenblick||3 star||Book Now|
|Sorell Hotel Ador||3 star||Book Now|
|Hotel La Pergola||3 star||Book Now|
Highly-rated hotels: Bern’s top picks for all budgets
Location: Bahnhofplatz 11, Bern. (9 minute walk to Bern Old Town, next to train station.)
One of the best hotels in Bern, the Schweizerhof is a five star property offering a range of luxurious rooms and suites. All rooms have a large en-suite with rainfall shower or bathtub plus robes and slippers. Rooms feature modern facilities, including Nespresso machine, mini bar and IP phone.
All elegant in design, room types range from Queen, King and deluxe boutique rooms to suites of various sizes. The largest has three bedrooms, while the Signature Suite has an extra-large bed made for two.
If you are looking for spa hotels in Switzerland, Bern’s Schweizerhof is one of the best.
This luxury Bern hotel offers a selection of impressive facilities combining the classic and the contemporary. These include a fitness room and a wellness centre and spa occupying around 500 square metres, which features a sauna, hot tub and hammam.
Dining and drinking options include Jack’s Brasserie, a cigar lounge, rooftop terrace and lobby lounge bar. A freshly prepared buffet breakfast is served daily. In the evening, pre- or post-dinner cocktails can be enjoyed on the Sky Terrace, or in the lobby or cigar lounges.
Valet parking is available and electric cars may be charged on a complimentary basis.
Bellevue Palace – 5*
Location: Kochergasse 3-5, Bern. (4 minute walk to Bern Old Town.)
The Bellevue Palace Bern is another contender for the title of best hotel in Bern. Rooms and suites range from standard or deluxe singles and doubles up to the Tower Suite, and some can accommodate up to four guests.
Large, luxurious rooms feature parquet flooring, flatscreen TV, guest-controlled air conditioning and mini bar. Some rooms overlook the courtyard and Parliament building, while others offer views over the Old Town and Swiss mountain peaks.
Also having a five star rating, the Bellevue Hotel Bern offers elegant decor, a fitness centre, sauna and gourmet restaurant. The property is used by the Swiss government as their official Bern guesthouse. It is also close to Bahnhof Bern, and has previously hosted many celebrity guests.
The Bellevue Bern serves a buffet breakfast daily until 11am in the restaurant, or later when taken as a room service option. The VUE restaurant serves up Swiss and international specialities, and meals can be taken on the terrace with its stunning views over the Alps and Aare River.
Hotel guests also have free use of Bern’s public transport.
Location: Gerechtigkeitsgasse 18, Bern. (Located in Bern Old Town.)
Accommodation at the Belle Epoque Bern comprises a range of double rooms with bath or shower as well as a Junior Suite option. The latter can sleep a family of four.
Like some five star hotels in Bern, Switzerland, this four star property offers rooms that are spacious and individually styled. All have WiFi, cable TV and a safe. Complimentary mineral water is also supplied in all accommodation.
This top pick among Bern hotels with a four star rating has a pleasant cafe bar area.
Located in an historic Old Town building, the Belle Epoque is also close to other attractions, including the Aare River, Bern Bear Park, Zytglogge clock tower and Dählhölzli Animal Park. Other local facilities are also nearby, including the Brasserie Ratskeller.
There is a bus stop only 50 yards from the Belle Epoque, making getting around the wider area very easy.
The Bristol – 4*
Location: Schauplatzgasse 10, Bern. (Located in Bern Old Town.)
The Bristol Hotel, Bern is another four star property offering superior service, amenities and accommodation. Rooms are elegant and contemporary in style, featuring tea and coffee making facilities, cable TV and en-suite bathroom.
Sleeping between one and four guests, rooms range from smart singles to business or executive twins as well as luxury King rooms. An executive King can accommodate a family of four.
This prime pick among Bern Switzerland hotels offers free WiFi, a fitness centre, and a bar lounge. Guests can also take advantage of free cycle hire to explore Bern’s UNESCO listed Old Town and other attractions.
The Bristol is also ideal for those looking for Bern hotels near the train station, as it is only a five minute walk away. Located in the Old Town, the hotel is close to the Swiss Parliament and parking is available just 250 metres away.
Hotel Savoy – 4*
Location: Neuengasse 26, Bern. (Located in Bern Old Town.)
The Hotel Savoy Bern has a range of rooms that can accommodate between one and five guests. These include economy, standard, comfort, superior and family rooms. There is also a spacious suite complete with its own balcony.
Modern rooms include flatscreen satellite TV, work desk with HDMI connectivity panel, laptop safe, air conditioning, memory foam pillows, Nespresso machine and mini bar. En-suite bathrooms have either a bathtub or rainfall shower.
This property is also recommended for those seeking hotels near Bern train station, as it is within walking distance of the Savoy. Local restaurants and Bern’s famous shopping arcades are also in the immediate vicinity.
The Hotel Savoy Bern Hotel in Switzerland serves a buffet breakfast daily, with simple snacks, meals and drinks available in the bistro. Due to the convenient location, it is easy for guests to reach local eateries and bars from the property, too.
Location: Schauplatzgasse 4, Bern. (7 minute walk to Bern Old Town.)
This hotel in Bern, Switzerland is a four star, centrally located property. A range of air conditioned, modern rooms offer various features for guests’ convenience and comfort, including coffee machines, cable TV and work desk.
Rooms can accommodate anyone from a solo traveller to a large family. Ranging from single, double, twin or triple rooms up to a family room containing five beds, rooms are contemporary in style, with touches of warm wood tones and decor that echoes the Swiss location.
If you want Bern, Switzerland hotels near the train station, this property is a great pick as it is just five minutes away on foot. The Federal Palace is only two minutes’ walk, and Bern Minster seven minutes.
There is a public car park just 100 metres away, and the hotel itself offers a buffet breakfast made from local Bernese produce. Hotel Baren also offers guests free WiFi and complimentary use of the on-site fitness centre.
Location: Zeughausgasse 9, Bern. (Located in Bern Old Town.)
This Best Western Bern hotel features a range of air-conditioned rooms, as well as one apartment that can accommodate a family of five. There is also a suite sleeping five. Other standard, business and deluxe rooms have double or twin beds.
Inside every room guests will find complimentary mineral water, Nespresso machine, flatscreen TV and hypo-allergenic mattresses and pillows. Decor is clean and modern, with lots of light wood flooring and white walls.
Also close to the train station, this Best Western hotel in Bern is ideally situated between the Zytglogge (clock) Tower and the French Church. Occupying an Art Nouveau building, it offers a 24-hour reception, restaurant, bar and terrace, and free WiFi throughout.
Points of interest close to the property include Parliament, the University and Münster Cathedral, and the Bear Park and English Garden are just a short stroll away.
The hotel’s Volkhaus 1914 restaurant is a popular eating and meeting place in central Bern.
Hotel Alpenblick – 3*
Location: Kasernenstrasse 29, Breitenrain-Lorraine, Bern. (19 minute walk to Bern Old Town.)
The Hotel Alpenblick, Bern offers three star accommodation in the residential area of this Swiss city. Due to the star rating it is among the relatively cheap hotels in Bern, yet the Alpenblick offers comfortable rooms and a range of facilities.
Guests can choose from a pillow menu, and free bottled water is provided. Fresh fruit is also available from the front desk. Room sizes range from singles, doubles and twins to family rooms with up to four beds.
Located in a quiet residential area, the Alpenblick is a comfortable hotel with its own outdoor terrace and winter garden. There is a fitness room on site, and the local tram network is easily accessed via a short walk.
Guests can use Bern’s public transport for free, and the train station is just ten minutes away by tram. There is also a cosy restaurant and bar at the Hotel Alpenblick, a popular meeting place in the Breitenrain area.
Sorell Hotel Ador – 3*
Location: Laupenstrasse 15, Mattenhof-Weissenbühl, Bern. (9 minute walk to Bern Old Town.)
Of all the hotels in Bern, the Sorell is ideal for both business and pleasure. Rooms are stylish and contemporary, and the location is within easy reach of the Old Town and train station.
The range of single, double and triple rooms offer guests comfortable, modern accommodation with en-suite bathrooms and parquet flooring. Every room is insulated and sound-proofed to ensure a peaceful stay.
Bern’s main train station is just a three minute walk from the Sorell Hotel Ador. Next door is the City West shopping mall housing cinemas, restaurants and a games centre as well as a range of stores.
Within the hotel there is a stylish snack bar and 24-hour front desk, and free WiFi is provided throughout. Guests may also use public transport on a complimentary basis.
Hotel La Pergola – 3*
Location: Belpstrasse 43, Mattenhof-Weissenbühl, Bern. (22 minute walk to Bern Old Town.)
La Pergola is a three star Bern hotel in a peaceful position, surrounded by its own pretty gardens. Rooms are simply yet attractively furnished, featuring clean, modern lines, monochrome tones and pops of colour.
Accommodating one, two or up to six people, rooms range from large family and superior rooms to smaller basic, business or comfort singles and twins. There are sofa beds in the biggest rooms as well as double or twin beds.
Somewhat unusually along Bern properties, Hotel La Pergola offers on-site parking. There is a bus stop within 100 yards, with the train station a little over half a mile away.
Free WiFi is available and free use of public transport is permitted. This includes the Bern airport transfer service.
A buffet breakfast is served in a light-filled, cafe-style room at La Pergola. There is also a cosy lounge area with sofas. Outdoor tables can be used during warmer weather, so guests can relax among the hotel’s beautiful grounds.
If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment during your visit to Bern, you can read about our recommended Old Town apartments in this article.
Bern Hotels Map
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Bern Visitor Tax
All overnight guests in Bern are required to pay a nightly Tourist Tax (Kurtaxe). Rates vary depend on the type of accommodation and star rating of the hotel but do not exceed CHF 4.60 per adult per night. The Tourist Tax is generally paid directly to the accommodation upon check out.
In return for paying the Tourist Tax, guests will receive a Bern Ticket which entitles them to free public transport within the city as well as free travel on the Gurten funicular, Marzilibahn funicular, the elevator to the terrace of the Bern Minster, and free transport to/from Bern Airport.
Refer to our Bern Travel Guide for more useful information about the city including how to get to Bern.
As you can see, there are a wide range of hotels in Bern to choose from. If none of the hotels we’ve covered suit you, you can > browse more Bern hotels here.
Whether you prefer the convenience of staying in the heart of the Old Town or prefer to stay a bit further from the centre and save a few dollars, you are sure to find a hotel in Bern to suit your needs.
Bern’s excellent public transport network means that wherever you choose to stay, getting around the city won’t be a problem.
Enjoy your stay in Bern!
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