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Hotels in Switzerland

There are numerous accommodation possibilities in Switzerland including budget through 5 star hotels, youth hostels, apartment or chalet rentals or even house swapping. Unless you are travelling through Switzerland for a short term stay of just a few days, a very good alternative to booking a hotel is to use an outfit called Untours www.untours.com. They will make arrangements for you and your family to rent an apartment or chalet in the area that you want, the time period that you need and the length of time you require. In fact, they will make all other arrangements as well including plane and travel arrangements within Switzerland, as well as provide you with loads of expertise, tips and insider information. If you are planning to stay for more than one week in Switzerland and want to save big money plus experience a true residential atmosphere, Untours is a great alternative to booking a hotel in Switzerland. Be advised, however, that since residences do not come with telephones, you will have to rent or buy a cellphone for use in Switzerland. Another alternative to booking a hotel in Switzerland is to house swap. www.homelink.org is one web site where you can get resources for this alternative accommodation method.

For those of you who will need a hotel in Switzerland, here is a guide to a few of them.

Bern Hotels

Belle Epoque
This hotel is a great value for a medium high priced hotel in Switzerland. The setting is quaint, romantic, with great service, fantastic bedding and excellent furnishings. As the name implies, the setting is all traditional, grand Belle Epoque - many of the collectibles being unique and priceless. Unique experience.
www.belle-epoque.ch

Bellevue Palace
Centrally located and near the Parliament, the 1865 Bellevue Palace has traditionally served politicians and dignitaries and thus the service is excellent, friendly and accommodating - even for Switzerland. Rooms are large and comfortable. The Bellevue Palace is an upper scale, 5 star hotel that is suitable for couples and business executives. Visit their web site for more information on this wonderful Bern hotel.
www.bellevue-palace.ch

Glocke
Finally, a Bern hotel that is somewhat affordable. Plain yet spotless, the Glocke is managed by young, eager to please and friendly management. Try to get one of the top floors with a view. There is also a restaurant which is not bad. Judging from their web site address, they cater to back packers traveling to Switzerland.
www.chilisbackpackers.com

Geneva Hotels

Hotel des Bergue
The Hotel des Bergue wins top score for its elegance and first class service, which, for the price, is to be expected. Established in 1834 this old world yet unpretentious hotel is not a wanna be first class hotel, it truly is one. The setting is remarkable and many offer views of the lake, Old Town and the Alps. This hotel seamlessly incorporates classic beauty with modern functionality including ISDN lines, modem connections, on-command movies and satellite TV. Fax machines are available on request. The hotel also features beautiful marble and wooden bathrooms with tubs, rich bathrobes and Hermès products.
www.hoteldesbergues.com

Hôtel des Tourelles
This stripped-down Victorian has is overlooking the Rhone and offers the same great location as many nearby exclusive hotels, but at a fraction of the price. As the owners say, "The men with the big cigars go next door. Their secretaries, chauffeurs and accompanying personnel stay with us!" This hotel offers many money saving amenities including a fridge, cable TV, pet hospitality and within a 5 minute walk to the Cornavin train station and town center. A great deal in an expensive city.
www.destourelles.ch

St. Gervais
A simple, nondescript hotel in a nondescript building in Geneva's medieval core. Rooms are remarkably simple, well worn yet comfortable and clean. Some rooms enjoy a private bathroom but the majority only have a sink. The tiny, wood-paneled café on the ground floor doubles as a breakfast room. Most major bus lines stop right around the corner, and the lake is a five-minute walk away.
20 rue des Corps-Saints
Geneva CH-1201, Switzerland

GenevaZurich Hotels

Baur Au Lac
The Baur Au Lac boasts one of the most ideal hotel locations in all of Zurich. Behind the hotel you will find the commercial center while the front rooms overlook the lake, the canal and its own private park. While the hotel includes many of the amenities that one would expect from a 5 star hotel, including, superb furnishings, comfortable beds, a first class restaurant, a hair salon and gym, what really stands out is the exquisite service - from the porters to the waiters all the way up to the concierge, the service at the Baur Au Lac takes top rates.
www.bauraulac.ch

Leoneck
Quirky décor and a budget price distinguish this Zurich hotel. The reception is covered in cowhide and there are edelweiss-print curtains throughout - even the shower curtains have cow prints! The furniture is mostly simple pine and rooms are generally a bit tight in terms of space but this no-nonsense hotel is inexpensive. There is even a business center equipped with internet connection and a printer.
www.leoneck.ch

Zic-Zac Rock Hotel
Yet another inexpensive them hotel, the Zic-Zac hotel is, as the name implies, a hotel with a Rock and Roll theme. All rooms are named after rock personalities, from Bryan Adams to Led Zeppelin, and decorated accordingly. Framed albums, portraits, and gold records hang on the pastel yellow walls. Furnishings are no-frills but comfortable; most rooms share showers and toilets. Very interesting hotel.
www.ziczac.ch

Graubünden and St. Moritz Hotels

Saratz
The Saratz combines tradition with modern flair due to a recent renovation. The spacious lobby still retains the original stone portal, maintaining the hotel's original spirit. The interior is warm and functional, as is the service. Room decors vary, ranging from antique to modern design. Try the food at the hotel restaurant for a special treat. The hotel is very child friendly and there is also an indoor pool, massage, sauna and a Turkish bath. Just minutes away from St. Moritz
www.saratz.ch

Roseggletscher
You can reach this isolated, traditional hotel near the base of the Roseg Glacier on foot or by horse-drawn carriage or sleigh (it's about 7_ km/4_ miles up the ruggedly beautiful Roseg Valley). The restaurant offers well-prepared but simple cooking from the surrounding region. This is also a popular hunting location and in fact, hunting trophies adorn the walls. If you don't appreciate dead animals glaring down at you, scratch this off your list. This is also a very popular lunch spot for hikers, bikers, and cross-country skiers who stop by in order to feast on the expansive buffet. Rooms are sparsely furnished but clean and functional. Some rooms come with a shower for an extra fee. Inexpensive.

Silvapina
Very well priced, the Silvapina is an excellent choice for the traveler on a budget who recognizes and appreciates warm hospitality and traditional settings. This family run hotel is especially hospitable to families. There are, in fact, several family oriented activities on the premises including tennis, Ping-Pong, billiards and a sauna. Rooms are simple but warm and comfortable. There is also a recently added fireplace as well as a bar in the general sitting area.
www.silvapina.ch

The Waldhaus
High upon a hill overlooking the village of Sils-Maria and seven miles from St. Moritz, the Walhaus has been hot to such illuminaries as Marc Chagall, Albert Einstein and Hermann Hesse. The hotel has retained its original appeal and even though ownership has been kept in tact since the family opened it in 1908. All rooms have magnificent views yet there are different variations on the furnishings and sizes of the rooms. Besides being family friendly, the hotel offers miniature golf, 3 tennis courts, pool, hair salon, massage, steam room and a bar in each room.
www.waldhaus-sils.ch

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