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“Excellent location but noisy”

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Hotel Baren am Bundesplatz
Ranked #9 of 30 Hotels in Bern
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 21, 2012

Nice & welcoming hotel right in the heart of the capital city.
All places of interest (sights & businness alike) are within a short distance.
Choose a double even if you travel on your own. Singles rooms are like prison cells.
Make sure you have your earplugs with you if you want to sleep any later than 5 a.m!!
It is not this hotel's fault but streets in the old city are narrow and delivery trucks in the morning ARE noisy.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

A travel guide I read described this hotel as "souless". That's somewhat true but for a one night stay (which is really all you need to explore Bern) it is well located (a 5 minute walk from the train station) and has everything you need. The rooms are smallish but perfectly nice. Breakfast and a free drink was included in the price, wifi was free and papers are also free. For the price, I think it is a good place to stay.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

Hotels in Switzerland aren't cheap. We kind of whizzed through Bern because of it and only stayed one night. You could probably do two in summer.

This hotel is really nice though, despite the insane prices. Our room was not quite ready when we checked in a bit early, but they offered us a welcome drink at the bar and told us they'd let us know when the room was ready - which they did just 10 minutes later. Somehow the value and good feeling that a welcome drink adds to the experience is a lot more than the cost associated with it for the hotel, and I do wish more hotels followed this one's lead!

The room itself was great. Very modern and clean, with comfortable beds. The location can't be beat - it's right next to Bindesplatz / Federation Square. The city itself is very nice as well and we very much enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank seputus
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Reviewed April 5, 2012

The hotel is very easy to find, being just round the corner from the main square, Parliament building, main post office etc. and about two blocks from the station. All the sights are within easy reach, as Berne is quite small. You can walk down to the river and round the peninsula in about forty minutes, stopping off at the bear enclosure at the tip of the peninsula. The hotel looks modern but is actually in an ancient historic building. It provides you with a decent but not sumptuous breakfast. You get a chit for a ‘welcome drink’ on arrival, and this can be redeemed at any point during your stay and, it would seem, for any type of beverage. I had a single room on the second floor. It was adequate. There was a large fixed desk in front of the window, which was useful but made it difficult to draw the curtains and/or open the window, which did not appear to have the normal German ‘tilt’ position. Air conditioning is provided. The bed was a bit hard. The bathroom was ok, the shower a bit dark and cramped and also quite slippery and thus not suitable for the elderly. There was no mini-bar or fridge, just one bottle of free water (still) on the first day, thereafter one is directed to a slot machine on the first floor where various types of drinks are available round the clock for 5 to 10 francs. There is also a bar where snacks are available (a sausage and pretzel was on offer at 10 francs). During the day, there is a small kiosk beside the front entrance, selling stamps, postcards, sweets etc. Numerous restaurants are located nearby; check out the prices before entering! This city is expensive. I must add that the staff were very friendly & helpful; you can stay in your room until 12 noon on day of departure, and there is plenty of storage for luggage.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

After a long flight from Melbourne, Australia to Zurich and then a train trip to Bern, it was a great relief to find this hotel in the centre of Bern and within walking distance of the train station. The staff were very friendly and spoke excellent English. I spent 5 nights at the Hotel Baeren and my room was very comfortable and cleaned daily. I would have preferred a separate shower rather than a shwoer over the bath. The free WiFi access was great. The gym was good and the equipment was brand new. Breakfast was excellent.

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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 28, 2012

The location is great, near the train station and central square. The room was very small but efficiently planned. Bathroom was the same, and very clean. The free wireless internet was great. The bar and breakfast room was pleasant, with good food and friendly service. For an expensive city, I think the value was quite good. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

Very convenient hotel in the heart of Bern. Our room was not large but clean, quiet and modern. Bathroom was however very small and bed pretty hard.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank AuldCom
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Additional Information about Hotel Baren am Bundesplatz

Address: Schauplatzgasse 4, Bern 3011, Switzerland (Formerly BEST WESTERN Hotel Baeren)
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Location: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Bern Mittelland District > Bern
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Bern
#8 Romantic Hotel in Bern
#9 Business Hotel in Bern
Price Range: $184 - $279 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Baren am Bundesplatz 4*
Number of rooms: 67
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 4* Hotel Bären am Bundesplatz is situated in the heart of Berne -an Unesco World Culture Heritage city. It is ideally situated next to the main railway station and close to The House of Parliament. The main shopping area and other attractions, such as the Bernese Munster, the Zytglogge and the Bear Park are all within walking distance. The hotel has 67 non-smoking rooms. All rooms provide comfortable accommodation whether on a business or leisure trip. All are equipped with a work place, free Wi Fi and TV (multilingual),Coffee machine, bath or shower, hairdryer, water heater and a safe. The rooms facing the street are air conditioned. A Bernese buffet breakfast is included in the room rate. And other free facilities are the residents' lounge, fitness room and the use of bicycles-some of which are electric. The welcoming Baren Bar is popular with both residents and locals. Here you can enjoy a coffee or a wide selection of alcoholic drinks and it provides an excellent venue for a Apero meeting. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Best Western Baeren
Best Western Bern
Bern Best Western

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