This is the nicest, friendliest, most helpful, most pleasant hotel I have stayed in, maybe ever.
I don't know where to start.
This is formerly a hospital and student nurses residence. It is actually right on the edge of the Aare River. It's views are as Solothurn as it gets. Out of every window you see Solothurn and the Aare. The rooms are lovely and the public spaces are lovelier with bits of artwork and photographs showing the history of the building. Beautiful outdoor spaces. It is in short walking distance of the traditional original city of Solothurn within the city walls. It's street has numerous modern and traditional restaurants and stores. It's own restaurant is nothing but top notch. I enjoyed perfect meals.
The staff were beyond excellent, beyond gracious, beyond caring. The one small problem I had was getting on line in my room. I have an Apple Mac Pro. The manager did his best, but off season meant short staffing. It is not a complaint on my part. I enjoyed working in the lounge and I had even more access to free soft drinks, fruit, snacks and tea. I am a tea addict and I darnk at least enough tea on the house to make the stay almost free.
Where I worked were bananas and snacks and other fruit and soft drinks, mineral waters, ice~tea, breads and such. I could have lived on the free snacks alone. But then I would have missed the food at the restaurant which was so special and so beyond my expectations, I could have come away gaining another 30 kilos in 3 days. If I had eaten everything I wanted.
Breakfast: how can I describe breakfast. Every possible kind of local Solothurn cheeses. There was nothing you could have expected which wasn't there for breakfast and a lot I never expected. Fresh milk, fresh butter, fresh rolls and breads, hard rolls, soft rolls, every kind of grain, toast, eggs, jams, jellies, fruit, fruit juice, Italian coffee, French coffee, American coffee, Twinnings English and Ceylon Breakfast and all kinds of teas and all kinds of infusion teas, cereals, oatmeal, confiteur, and I just can't remember. (-; It was cruel to see so much good food for breakfast. ;-)
The one thing I fault them for, and this is all across the board, everywhere in Switzerland, is a seeming incomprehension of tourist with disabilities. Nowhere I stayed, nowhere I went, train, plane, taxi, hotel or restaurant, was disability a consideration: nowhere in Switzerland is disability really taken into account. If you are on your own in Switzerland and you are disabled, well you are on your own.
At Hotel an der Aare, the people were wonderful. The Hotel design though is not anywhere disabled friendly. No disabled considerations in bathrooms or stairs or anywhere.
I would have stayed there longer if i could but they were sold out for some sort of conference or convention. Their restaurant is also a meeting place for womens and other, cultural, groups apparently and the building houses historical organizations and cultural organizations.
It is the Switzerland I know at its very best. I cannot begin to say how much I loved my stay there, and cannot recommend it more highly. A great deal better than above average. Exceptional.
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