When I first looked at visiting Bern, the de-facto Swiss capital, I thought about staying somewhere in the city center.
The problem with that was that it was hard to find parking, parking itself was expensive and I didn’t want to be stuck in the city center worrying about a car.
Eventually I came across the Hotel Alpenblick and from what I saw online it looked like the ideal place to stay.
It wasn’t too far from the city center, there was affordable parking on-site and nearby were plenty of quirky cafes, small restaurants, shops and other more off-the-beaten path things to do.
Overall, I had a very pleasant stay at the hotel and everything from the ease of check-in to the quick and hassle free check-out made my stay that much better.
Everyone I interacted with friendly and the many unique features of the Hotel Alpenblick lead to it becoming one of my favorite hotels that I stayed at during my visit to Switzerland.
Nothing was too over-the-top but the quality was there and I was never left wanting for anything at all.
In this post I want to share my experience at the hotel and offer a detailed look at what you can expect if you’re on visiting Bern and interested in staying at the Hotel Alpenblick.
The Hotel Alpenblick in Bern, Switzerland
Before I dive into my review I want to share a little bit of information about the hotel itself.
The Hotel Alpenblick is a 3-star hotel that’s ideal for accommodation whether you’re a solo traveler, business traveler and even if you’re traveling with your family.
At the hotel you’ll find on-site parking, the hotels own restaurant, a library/reading room, a bar, a fully equipped-gym, a beehive viewing area and a variety of other different small touches that will make your stay unique.
I really liked the fresh cold tea available to all guests as well as the waterproof bags that you can book out if you’re interested in taking a dip in the Aare River that runs through Bern.
I couldn’t find too much about the actual hotel itself but it’s located in a historic building and walking through the neighborhood you really get a good vibe and it doesn’t really feel like you’re stuck in the busy, city center area with all the tourists.
Well, with some of the basic details out of the way let’s take a look at my review!
My Review of the Hotel Alpenblick
Check-In and Interior
After parking underground and making my way into the hotel lobby I was greeted by the friendly hotel manager, Robert, who checked me in and gave me some details about the hotel and surrounding area.
Thankfully he pointed me in the right direction to the city center and even sent me on a better way through the Rose Garden rather than having to walk along busy streets the entire way.
Before heading out to explore I made my way up to the room but not before checking out the hotel.
On the main level right beside the lobby is a fully equipped gym with a variety of exercise equipment.
The gym was spacious and well ventilated so for anyone interested in getting a quick workout in before heading into the city you’ll definitely want to check out the gym room.
When I got off the elevator on my floor I was surprised that the elevator actually opened up into a library/reading room.
The walls were lined with books and there was some comfortable seating available which made it possible to grab something to read and snuggle up for a short while.
There were a mix of Swiss/German books and even a few English books as well.
A few more floors up was an interesting area where I found some beehives and saw thousands of bees buzzing around.
You can read more about the interesting hotel bee project here and I think that it’s a really good initiative that the Alpenblick has decided to follow.
Finally, I got to my room at the end of a short corridor and so far I was pleased with what I had experienced in the hotel.
I opened the door to my room and right away I was surprised to see a beer tap against the wall.
Unfortunately, much to my demise, it wasn’t actually a beer tap and instead it dispensed water but for a few moments I thought that I was going to be drinking fresh, cold beer all night long instead of heading out to explore Bern.
After having my dreams deflated by the lack of actual beer available I looked around the rest of the room to see what was going on.
Also along the wall was a small desk, which I used as a workspace, and a storage area for clothes (there was a safe as well).
The bed sat right in the middle of the room, which wasn’t big but wasn’t too small either, and the bathroom was accessed by an interestingly decorated sliding door.
The bathroom was a suitable size and featured a stand-up shower and a unique toilet-paper holder made from a steel pipe instead of your standard and boring plastic holder.
One of my favorite features were the large windows that opened up to the street below and let in a lot of natural light, making the room seem quite spacious and airy rather than small and cramped.
For two people the double room is the perfect size and if you’re only traveling for a few days it has everything you need for a comfortable stay.
The bed took up most of the space in the room.
Thankfully it was comfortable, soft and enjoyable to sleep in and even though it was the peak of the summer heat in mid-July I didn’t get too warm throughout the night.
The pillows were firm and I was able to enjoy a view out of the window while I was laying in bed.
The bed was actually two mattresses pushed together, which is ideal if you’re traveling with a partner and don’t want to get woken up every time that they move.
One feature I liked was the small bedside table and the charging port nearby so I could leave my phone and camera batteries charging overnight close by instead of having to look for an obscure or hidden port like you find in many hotels.
I never seem to get very lucky in regards to wireless speeds when I’m staying at hotels and even though I use a travel router I still experience a lot of problems.
While the speeds at the Hotel Alpenblick weren’t fast the connection was strong and reliable so even though I wasn’t able to upload photos or videos at lightning speed I knew if I left them uploading I would come back and the connection wouldn’t have dropped.
There are really two pieces to the wi-fi puzzle and thankfully the Alpenblick had one of them down pat so although having to deal with a slower connection isn’t fun it’s not that bad when the overall connection strength is strong and reliable.
For many people the internet would be more than suitable enough and it’s definitely good if you’re just browsing the web or using Facebook.
However, if you’re looking to upload photos to Flickr or you want to upload your latest YouTube video then you’re looking at leaving your computer open for a while uploading which you can do while you’re out exploring the city.
The bathroom at the hotel was surprisingly nice, updated and not as small as I first thought.
When I opened the door at first and walked into the bathroom I thought it was a bit small but after using it I realized that the design actually made for a lot of space in the areas you need it most.
For starters, it was accessed by a sliding door so there wasn’t any room taken up by those doors that open outwards or inwards.
The wall on the interior displayed a nice scene of what I assume to be people swimming in the nearby river and this only added to the overall ambience of the space.
There was a spacious stand-up shower and the floor space in the bathroom was enough to turn around and dry yourself without bumping into the walls.
Unfortunately there weren’t any amenities included, only a squeeze bottle with soap and shampoo, but towels were provided.
I found the bathroom to be a suitable size and it was equipped with towels and soap but if you need to use anything else you’ll have to bring it on your own.
I checked the price for a double room for random dates in October and if you’re planning on staying at this hotel you can expect to pay about $226 USD total.
Some of the prices you can find online will include breakfast so be sure to look for a rate that offers that.
Switzerland is one of the most expensive places to travel to so for a hotel in Bern with this location this is actually a fairly reasonable price, especially if it’s being split between two people.
As always, be sure to book as far in advance as you can so you can take advantage of the best prices available.
While the Hotel Alpenblick isn’t located in the city center it’s actually in a really good location just outside of the center area.
When you’re in the center you’re always stuck with tons of other tourists, the restaurant options are more expensive and you’re not really ever able to relax with so many people around.
The Alpenblick is just a short 15-minute walk from the city center and on the way you can even walk through the lovely Bern Rose Garden where you can take in some beautiful views of the city down below and get a little taste of nature before heading into the city.
Not only is it an easy walk to downtown but if you’re staying at the hotel you will receive a public transportation card that gives you free access on the public transportation in Bern.
This is really great if you don’t feel like walking to or from the city center and the tram stop to get downtown is only one block away.
The ride into the center is 4 stops and hardly takes any time at all.
Also nearby to the hotel are a wide range of small shops, restaurants, cafes, grocery stores and bakeries.
The surrounding neighborhood is quite lovely, peaceful and completely safe so there’s no need to worry about walking around at any time throughout the day.
The breakfast at the Alpenblick is about what you would expect to find at a hotel in Western Europe of this calibre.
The selection wasn’t too great, and there wasn’t any hot food options apart from boiled eggs, but it was more than enough to leave feeling full and with enough energy to start exploring Bern.
There were a variety of fresh juices and it was possible to make a few different coffee or tea drinks depending on your preferences.
There were different cereals and yogurts available and of course there were a few plates of sliced meat, cheese and vegetables.
Finally, a small selection of bread and rolls was available.
Overall, I wasn’t completely impressed with the breakfast but it also wasn’t anything to complain about.
There were enough options that I didn’t leave hungry and I was able to save some money and time by not having to find somewhere else to eat – always a bonus.
One more thing I want to mention is that there is a restaurant on-site as well, the Restaurant Alpenblick, so if you’re looking to eat at the hotel you’ll definitely want to check out their website.
Parking and Accessibility
Anyone driving to the hotel will be pleased to find secure underground parking.
There is a fee for parking but it’s a lot more reasonable than finding somewhere else to park or parking in the city center.
The spaces were large and it’s completely secure so it’s a much better option than parking in a public garage.
To access the garage you’ll have to call reception when you’re outside and someone will be able to open the door for you, otherwise you’ll have to park out front and check-in first before you can park underground.
As for accessibility, the entire city is covered with a network of trams, streetcars and buses so you’re able to access the hotel if you’re arriving from the bus station, train station or airport quite easily.
There are a few different public transportation stops just a block or two away from the hotel so even with a large rolling suitcase it’s not a problem getting there.
I would definitely recommend staying at the Hotel Alpenblick if you’re looking for somewhere suitable to stay in Bern.
While it’s not in the city center you avoid having to deal with all the crowds and busy streets so the location is actually ideal for anyone looking for a relaxing and peaceful stay.
The breakfast was suitable, the rooms are airy, comfortable and everyone working at the hotel is more than willing to go out of their way to help you enjoy your stay as much as possible.
When it comes to the best hotels in Bern it’s definitely the Hotel Alpenblick that I would recommend checking out!