A Swiss Journey to Bern: Hotel Schweizerhof Bern & Spa
May 31, 2021 by Perrie Hartz
Aerial view of the historic Swiss capital of Bern
The Swiss capital of Bern wraps so deftly around a crook in the Aare River that it’s almost as if the city sprouted from its banks naturally, like alpine currant. Yet Bern’s original foundations were built all the way back in the 12th century, with the majority of its medieval architecture preserved in the Altstadt (Old Town), like its imposing towers and sprawling cathedral. Situated on a cliff surrounded on three sides by the stunning aquamarine river waters, the Altstadt has quaint cobbled streets bordered by covered, arcade sidewalks that wind for miles, which are the longest weather-sheltered shopping promenades in Europe (referred to as “Lauben” by locals).
Rooftop views overlooking Bern from The Schweizerhof Hotel & Spa
The city is filled with boutiques, café-and-bar-lined streets, bookstores, and restaurants, so the area is always bustling. In addition, there are a multitude of museums to visit- from the Zentrum Paul Klee to the Albert Einstein House to the Swiss Alpine Museum. A recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bern is a city brimming with history. A true center of Swiss culture, Bern’s central location also makes it a perfect home base from which to explore the stunning Swiss Alps.
Exterior views of The Schweizerhof Hotel & Spa
Situated perfectly in the heart of Bern, the Hotel Schweizerhof Bern & Spa dazzles guests with its herringbone oak parquet floors, luxurious decor, a renown brasserie-style restaurant, and unparalleled views of the stunning Bernese Alps. Opened in 1859 then subsequently rebuilt in 1913 and fully renovated in 2011, this historic 99-room boutique property is considered one of the premier hotels in Bern, offering luxury, comfort, history, classic Swiss style, and one of the most exclusive spas in the city.
Chic interiors of one of the suites of The Schweizerhof Hotel & Spa
The rooms of the Hotel Schweizerhof Bern & Spa are styled with an eclectic amalgam of quintessentially British and French decor, a perfect blend of modern comfort and classic elegance that offer a welcome respite from a busy day exploring the Swiss capital. Accommodations range from regular rooms, to family rooms with several bedrooms, to luxuriously spacious suites, and offer king, queen, and double beds. All rooms include free access to the spa and fitness studio, a Nespresso machine, Bulgari toiletries, and complimentary WiFi.
The Finnish sauna at the Schweizerhof Spa
Return from a busy day of shopping, sight-seeing and cafe hopping in Bern to a 500 square meter oasis of pure relaxation at the Schweizerhof Spa. The most sought after wellness spot in town, this exclusive sanctuary includes a whirlpool, steam bath, Finnish sauna, cold water pool, ice fountain, experience showers, relaxation rooms, a fitness enter, and signature face and body treatments like the soothing Fascia Honey massage, warm Venus Clam massage, a Lomi Lomi Nui Hawaiian massage, and, the most spectacular of all, a full-body, deep tissue massage using real high purity 24-carat gold flakes.
Dining at the Hotel Schweizerhof Bern & Spa is an experience in and of itself—guests can choose from four different restaurants, each with a unique ambiance and style.
Intimate interiors at the classic Jack’s Brasserie
First there is the iconic Jack’s Brasserie, offering classic French cuisine with an elegant “fin-de-siècle” atmosphere. With 14 Gault-Millau points, Jack’s showcases a menu featuring seasonal and modern dishes using fresh regional ingredients, including the wildly popular—and unmissable—Wienerschnitzel.
Sweeping city views from the Sky Terrace
Dine on traditional Swiss cuisine way up in the clouds at Sky Terrace. With awe-inducing views high above the city of Bern and out over the sublime Bernese Alps, this chic seasonal eatery is the perfect place to take in the panoramic vistas and the unique magic of the city. During the summer, enjoy a refreshing aperitif at sunset, and in the colder months, or, “Winterzauber,” cozy up with a hot cocktail and some delicious fondue.
Dining at the Lobby Lounge Bar
For a more casual yet stylish option, The Schweizerhof offers the Lobby Lounge Bar and the Cigar Lounge. Serving everything from light fare to scones and traditional afternoon tea, the Lounge Bar also offers a large selection of wine, whiskey, rum, and artisanal cocktails. At the Cigar Lounge, choose from a wide and impressive specially-selected range of cigars to enjoy after a light meal or simply to end the evening in splendid style. The perfect spots to luxuriate over an afternoon coffee with friends or evening cocktails after a bustling day in Bern, the Lobby Lounge Bar and the Cigar Lounge are the true social hubs of the hotel.
Located conveniently next to the Bern train station, Hotel Schweizerhof Bern & Spa is easily accessible by rail, as well as by plane from Bern airport.
Hotel Schweizerhof Bern & Spa
CH-3001 Bern, Switzerland
Phone Number: +41 31 326 80 80