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“Great location, poor Breakfast” 3 of 5 stars
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Bellevue Au Lac
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Staatsstrasse 1 | Lake Thun, Hilterfingen 3652, Switzerland   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Hilterfingen
Zurich, Switzerland
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58 reviews 58 reviews
41 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Great location, poor Breakfast”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2008

We stayed for one night after a wedding party in a nearby location. The view from the hotel is just superb and staff was friendly. Our double room was quite small, but for 1 night okay. Breakfast was poor, no fresh bread and no juice. Overall I expect a little more for that price.

  • Liked — Location, view
  • Disliked — Breakfast
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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East Peoria, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2008

Bellevue Au Lac is a very nice hotel in a fantastic location on Lake Thunersee. It is rated a 3-Star Hotel and holds up to its rating. The rooms are typical Swiss-style. Simple beds with down comforters, small TV in the room, safe, and all the essential amenities.

The hotel itself is unexceptional, but it was perfect for our needs. The room included 2 balconies with a gorgeous view. The room was also large enough for us to set up a Pack'n'Play for our 20-mo. year old daughter to sleep in. The hotel provided one for an extra 10chf per night, but we opted to bring our own.

The room was clean and simple. The bathroom was small with no bathtub. There was a shower, which had excellent temperature and water pressure. We normally give our daughter a bath, so having the shower-only was a minor inconvenience. There was one English channel (CNN) on the TV and the sound was intermittent. However, when visiting this part of Switzerland, staying in your room all day is not part of the experience, so we did not consider this a negative.

The staff were very friendly, and eager to help with any question. There was no room service (typical for Switzerland), however, ordering a bottle of wine from the front desk to bring to the room was not a problem.

Our only real complaint was the speed of service at the hotel restaurant. In-and-out service that one experiences in the USA is not something we expect in Europe (having eaten at over 500 restaurants across Europe). The service in this restaurant was too slow by European standards. Because we have an infant, we booked a table for when the restaurant opened for dinner (6pm), but we ended up leaving without our dessert about 8:30pm.

It took 45 minutes from the time of ordering until we received our starter course. 30 minutes following our main course plates being cleared, we still had not received our dessert which we ordered with our meal (we ordered a 3-course menu). When we asked the wait staff about the dessert, they indicated it had not been prepared yet. Fortunately, the wait staff were understanding, and brought our dessert up to the room.

It is worth noting that the food in the hotel restaurant was excellent. Had it not been for the service, we would have named this restaurant as our favorite for the trip.

Overall, we would not stay at this hotel again. This hotel was not bad, but did not contain that extra something to bring us back. We will look for another hotel the next time we are in this region of Switzerland.

  • Liked — The Room View
  • Disliked — Restaurant Service
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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London, United Kingdom
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123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2006

We stayed at the Bellevue for one night in August. It is fine for a stop-over en route to somewhere else, but would be a bit dull for anything longer than a night. There is a problem with road noise at the back of the hotel, where we were originally accommodated, but the hotel was quick to move us to the front (for a higher tariff!), where the views of Lake Thunersee are spectacular. The breakfast was fine. The hotel decor is functional at best.

  • Liked — Position
  • Disliked — Dull decor
  • Tips/Secrets — Stay at the front (lakeside)!
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Boston, Massachusetts
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114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2004

We needed an inexpensive room at the last minute and just chose Bellevue au Lac out of a book. We were amazed when we saw the hotel and saw our room. The hotel is beautiful -- right on Lake Thun, with a view of the Alps and a gorgeous garden. Our room was large, airy, spotless and, best of all, had a large balcony with this amazing view. The restaurant and breakfast room do too. This is the ideal place for a lakes and mountains vacation.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2004

We were there in May 2004 for a night. Good location right on the lakefront. We were put in a newly renovated room which was beautiful, however, the bathroom was average. Nice comforters and pillows. The safe didn't work and they tried to fix it. They are in the process of installing central A/C which you'll want because it was warm so we opened the windows. But the street traffic is very loud, which can make for a long night. Helpful staff who made dinner recommendation and reserved a table for us. Breakfast could have been better. Overall a positive experience. But we could have done better. Pricey.

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Additional Information about Bellevue Au Lac

Address: Staatsstrasse 1 | Lake Thun, Hilterfingen 3652, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Hilterfingen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Hilterfingen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Bellevue Au Lac 3*
Number of rooms: 42
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