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“Not the Holiday Inn of the past - very modern (as was the location)”

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Holiday Inn Bern-Westside
Ranked #6 of 30 Hotels in Bern
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Not the Holiday Inn of the past - very modern (as was the location)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2011

Located out in an up and coming suburban area of Bern, 3 stops on the S-Bahn from the Bern main train station, this area known as Westside is something out of the future. The hotel itself is literally 20 yards from the platform of the S-Bahn line and attached to a new higher end shopping mall (you do not even have to go outside to enter the mall - access directly off of the lobby) which offered a handful of restaurants as an alternative to the hotel. The hotels clean lines offer a somewhat sterile, yet futuristic feel. That feel is carried through to the interior which is completely spotless. The rooms were very comfortable (although the bright green accent color was a bit overwhelming) and had machined wood floors in the main room with a very modern tiled bathroom. Our view was out over an agricultural field with rolling green hills as far as the eyes could see, a very stark contrast to the ultra modern palette of the mixed use (residential/commercial) Westside community. The staff was friendly, the restaurant was nice (the entire main wall was a tribute to Tobler Chocolate, whose factory is located in the same area), and the complimentary breakfast had a great variety. The only drawback to this area is that it is a little sterile (no nightlife, not a "city area" to walk around in, all new, etc.), but due to that, it made for a VERY quiet place to sleep and is in an extremely safe neighborhood. Should you desire more of a nightlife, a trip into Bern is only about 12 minutes on the S-Bahn. Additionally, wi-fi is complimentary to guests. I would defintely recommend this to someone looking for a solid value for the money and wanting to experience a crisp, new hotel.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2011

This is a great Holiday Inn hotel, situated right inside a major shopping center (Westside). My wife and I found the hallways a bit hospital like, but the room was great. It was extremely clean, and the bedding was perfect. Only the shower was a bit clumsy as it sprayed a lot of water on the bathroom floor (see picture).

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2011

Hi
as I've been to Bern a couple of times, I prefer to spend most of my free time at the gym.
Well at this Holiday Inn they give you free 2.5 hour access to AquaBern - a gym/sauna water paradise.
The roof fell down a few months ago and therefore they closed all the swimming pools. The gym is however one of the best (free) gyms i've ever been to. The hotel gives you extra towels too and you walk a few minutes inside the mall until you get to the aquabern.

Hotel Rooms are new, nice modern shower (no tub). Just no fridge in the room.
10 minutes on the Sbahn and you're at the Central Station. Tram ride is a bit longer (20 min)

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2011

The hotel is good, and right next to a shopping centre.. The only problem is, that you need to catch a train to get into the city, and that is costing 8sf every time... The room was small, but clean and the internet service was great...

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2011

Great place to stay if you are visiting Bern or the vicinity. It is right next to the Bern Westside station, which is just few stops from Bern. Pretty good value for money, with a free pass to the Aqua Park, which is really great fun.

We didn't have breakfast at the hotel but instead ate at Migros nearby instead. They have a good variety and taste great. The hotel being next to the shopping mall is great, since there is alot of places for food, and there's even a cinema.

Room is clean and modern and the staffs are very helpful.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2011

We stayed 30th March 2011 after reading good reviews. Very impressed. Everyone gets a free visit into BernAqua for swimming, spa and sauna, at no charge, (except to pay for spa treatments); an excellent and fun place for relaxation. The pool complex is 2 minutes walk through the Westside shopping centre, which is attached to the hotel. Shopping is excellent and varied in there, with plenty of eating places and a supermarket . Outside the hotel door is a tram stop, trams take 20 minutes down into Bern City centre and go about every 10/12 minutes. Trains get there quicker, from the station right by the hotel, for about the same fare, 4 CHF each way. The hotel is in a lovely, quiet spot, with no noise from the motorway, which is just about 500metres away, and hidden away out of earshot. The motorway Junction is number 32 and easy to find. Parking; very reasonable rates; you can now park 100 m from the hotel, outside, next to the Shell garage, for 3 CHF for up to 11 hours, then 1 CHF per hour after that, or down in the underground car park under the hotel and shops for the same price. It doesn't matter where you park underground, though the hotel does have 42 spaces set aside for its guests, if you follow the "hotel" sign driving in to the car park, but all spaces are the same price. If you really want to save money, drive out of the car park within a few hours of arrival, and park again, and you will never pay more than 3 CHF. The rooms were very modern, clean and comfortable, free cookies on arrival at reception are lovely. If you think you may want breakfast, pay for it in the room rate in advance, as it always costs a lot more to pay for it at the hotel on the day. They have hot and cold buffet food at breakfast. Outside the hotel there is often a lovely smell - of warm chocolate from the Toblerone factory along the road!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2011

It was quite a good surprise. The brand Holiday Inn does not recall something as good as this. The hotel is brand new, everything works, the rooms are spacious and comfortable. The high points are: 1. The shopping mall linked to it with good stores and several good restaurants, 2. The train station right in front and 3. The water park. Amazing place!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Holiday Inn Bern-Westside
Address: Riedbachstrasse 96, Bern 3027, Switzerland
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Location: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Bern Mittelland District > Bern
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Bern
#5 Luxury Hotel in Bern
#5 Romantic Hotel in Bern
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Holiday Inn Bern-Westside 4*
Number of rooms: 144
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With conference infrastructure, shopping mall and multiplex cinema, adventure water park complex with fitness center and spa, set in a unique architectural environment created by world renowned architect Daniel Liebeskind. This modern Hotel was built in 2008 and is with its 144 guest rooms and 11 meeting rooms part of the Westside Center Bern. The new urban destination on the outskirts of Bern. The hotel is easily accessible by public transports and by car. ... more   less 
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