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The Bristol

Schauplatzgasse 10, Bern 3011 Switzerland
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#6 of 33 hotels in Bern
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Humour – and especially the British take on it – is our recipe for lifting you out of the gloom of the grey foggy weather of everyday life. At The Bristol in Bern, you will not only be able to recuperate physically, but also mentally. Jokes and humour make up our wellness packages for the mind. Meaning that after a lengthy meeting or day at a trade fair in the Swiss capital, you can quickly wind down and recharge your batteries (and even add the odd sharp-tongued comment to your repertoire) before your next long day of business.
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Property amenities
Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Baggage storage
24-hour front desk
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Non-smoking hotel
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, French, German
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Solomon S wrote a review Jun 10
1 contribution
Lovely staff and awesome bar. Great facilities, location was perfect. Roman was especially helpful and a pleasure to speak with. Room was super clean and well equipped with everything one would expect. Will be back again soon.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled on business
inkwave17 wrote a review Mar 2021
Switzerland509 contributions632 helpful votes
I really wanted to love this hotel, but in the end was only satisfied rather than wowed. Staff were very friendly and helpful and rooms were very clean. It was also nice to be able to use the bar area for our takeaway dinners while restaurants are closed. The hotel location is perfect and the rooms are large for a city-center hotel, but there were a lot of little things that didn't live up to the flashy presentation on the website. Stayed in an "Executive" room, which was very spacious and had a nice view to the street and the Bundeshaus. One thing about a big room though - it can feel a bit barren if not properly decorated. Mostly bare walls (with quite a lot of scuff marks) and a lack of lighting fixtures made it feel a bit drab. I would have appreciated a lamp next to the couch (as shown on website photos) so it could be used in the evenings for reading or work. There was also quite a bit of noise audible from the adjacent rooms - footsteps, moving furniture, talking, etc. We did appreciate the free soft drinks in the minibar and the bathrobes. The bathroom was fine - nice shower, good quality towels and hairdryer, but very small vanity area. However, there were no coat hangers in the room, we couldn't get the SuitePad to work, and I found the mattress too soft and saggy, which was a disappointment since the beds are a point of pride in the marketing materials. Breakfast was fine, but nothing really special. It was included with our room rate, but I probably wouldn't pay for it otherwise when there are many nice bakeries/shops within a few steps of the hotel. The "full English" was not quite fulfilling our expectations either - good bacon and sausage but very salty scrambled eggs and beans, no tomato. Speaking of the British theme - the idea is cute, but much more could be done with it. One glaring flaw is that, as far as we could tell, there were no British beers served at the bar. Also would have liked to see scones or other British specialties at breakfast (and HP sauce for the English breakfast?). Maybe things are different in non-Corona times? Overall, we were satisfied with our stay and we would consider staying again at the right price point because of the prime location. There is a lot of potential with the British theme and location of the hotel, but our experience didn't entirely live up to the expectations we had based on the rave reviews and optimistic marketing.
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Date of stay: March 2021
2 Helpful votes
Response from The Bristol Family, Gästeservice/Empfang at The Bristol
Responded Apr 5, 2021
Dear inkwave17 First of all thank you very much for staying with us. We appreciate the time you spent to write this detailed feedback. Usually we do offer a variety of british beers at the bar and also serve different British dishes including our popular scones. You also have to try our tea time offer, served with our delicious sandwiches. We hope to welcome you back when the situation has normalized and our bar and lounge is fully back for all of our guests. Until then thank you and all the best. Kind regards The Bristol Family
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Rachad D wrote a review Nov 2020
130 contributions128 helpful votes
The location of this hotel is top notch right across the train station in in the old town you also get a free transport bus with makes it so easy to visit a beautiful city of Bern. The hotel itself is modern and funky but it works well there’s a really nice lounge and the rooms are updated with the latest technologies such as a smart TV and a small iPad to control the room and order anything you would need. The rooms are really nice a bit small and a queen size bed for a strong man is quite small as well on the other hand there a bit lacking some amenities such as offering only one towel for the whole duration of the stay unless asked for Same with slippers and laundry bag but these are minor details. On the other For the price. I would’ve expected a better view but it’s fine Switzerland is known to be very expensive It is a great hotel highly recommended for a stay in Bern
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
2 Helpful votes
ilovecorndogs wrote a review Nov 2020
Lausanne, Switzerland965 contributions445 helpful votes
I’ve stayed at 3-4 hotels in Bern - this is my favorite do far - it has spacious rooms, really comfy beds, great location - and the price is really good! Well done There isn’t really easy parking - so keep that in mind...
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled on business
2 Helpful votes
Response from The Bristol Family, Guest Services / Front Office at The Bristol
Responded Nov 13, 2020
Dear ilovecorndogs, we understand the importance of great customer service and that this goes a long way in meeting our guest’s satisfaction. Thank you for so many kind compliments. We can't wait to have you back. Best Regards
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BGJ58 wrote a review Aug 2020
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom45 contributions15 helpful votes
I loved this hotel. Five minute walk from Bern main station, it is superbly located and a great, stylish modern hotel with terrific staff. I stayed two nights and had a great room with AC and modern facilities. The staff were very welcoming. I would go back to stay there every time. Excellent and well done to all.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
Response from The Bristol Family, Guest Services / Front Office at The Bristol
Responded Nov 13, 2020
Dear BGJ58 Many Thanks for your review and feedback. We are thrilled to read your compliments on your recent experience and enjoyed our personal care. Once again thank you from all of us and see you soon at The Bristol Bern. Kind Regards
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Bristol
Which popular attractions are close to The Bristol?
Nearby attractions include Federal Building (Bundeshaus) (0.09 miles), Clock Tower - Zytglogge (0.2 miles), and Bundesplatz (0.07 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Bristol?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a lounge, and a fitness center.
Which room amenities are available at The Bristol?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at The Bristol?
Guests can enjoy a lounge, breakfast, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at The Bristol?
Yes, paid public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Bristol?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mille Sens, Noumi, and Atarashii Sushi.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Bristol?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center during their stay.
Is The Bristol located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.09 miles away from the center of Bern.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Bristol?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at The Bristol?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Bristol?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and German.