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Hotel Baren am Bundesplatz
Ranked #11 of 30 Hotels in Bern
Certificate of Excellence
Appenzell, Switzerland
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216 reviews
214 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 380 helpful votes
“ok for a short stay”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

Sympathetic people in check-in, the hotel offers you a welcome drink and the berakfast isn't bad. You can order a cook-to-order dish. The rooms are functional, clean and quite, but small and without a/c.
Free internet.

Not having an a/c is a no-go for a hotel that calls itself 4-star. No-go! However, it's a relatively affordable hotel (in reality, it's a 3 star and the price is 3-star too).

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Minneapolis
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed August 1, 2013

This is a centrally located hotel near the Bern station and Swiss parliament that offers clean and comfortable if unremarkable rooms at a steep price. The room we were assigned did not have air conditioning, which meant very warm nights, and a fan that was unable to make enough of a difference. Breakfast is served off the main lobby and while adequate, was the least generous of the offerings we experienced over 10 days in Switzerland. Staff were helpful and welcoming.
Bern, is a wonderful and scenic town, but is in the middle of a huge construction project so be prepared for a lot of dust and noise as you walk the streets of the old city.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Moscow, Russia
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55 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

Easy walking distance to most of the sites, and very close to the train station. Very friendly staff and excellent service.

The hotel is located next to the main square of Bern - Bundesplatz, Parlament building and Käfigturm.

  • Stayed July 2013
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goGators25
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2013

With the hot weather this weekend, we needed a place where the AC worked and the Baeren is the place. Free drink at checkin, laundry facilities and friendly checkin folks - overall, good experience. And close to all the shops and restaurants. Eat at the Tramspot Restaurant next to the Bear Pits, even though it is too hot for the bears to come out.

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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genericallynamed
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

This was a decent place to stay. It's right in the heart of everything and is well maintained. Having A/C is a plus because you'll need it in the summer if you're facing the street (it's quite noisy with the windows open).

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Denver, Colorado
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182 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2013

The location of this hotel is great for exploring the Old Town area of Bern. Easy walking distance to most of the sites, and very close to the train station.
The hotel is clean and the rooms are nice enough. The street noise can be a bit much if the window is open, but quiet when the window is closed. They have a self service laundry, although you are supposed to schedule time for it with the front desk. It's behind a locked door, so only one person is doing laundry at a time. We got lucky and it was available immediately.
The service was very good at the hotel, including a nice handwritten note from the manager wishing my wife a happy birthday left on our pillows while we were out sightseeing on her birthday.
The elevator is pretty small if you are carrying a lot of luggage. (Just an observation)
The famous bear paintings in the dining area are worth seeing, even if you don't eat there.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Minnesota
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31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed June 6, 2013

We stayed a few days in Bern on a train trip through Switzerland and Austria ending up in Budapest. The hotel was a very short walk from the train station and just steps from the Bundesplatz where the market is held. Great location to walk the old town, shop and dinning options. The other Best Western is located right next door which appeared to be similar. Room was clean, front desk staff helpful, and breakfast was very nice. Bern was a very nice city and less costly than staying in Interlaken. Bern is about an hour train ride to Interlaken where we experienced a day trip to Jungfrau trains and the Top of the World. Great day trip, beautiful sites, well worth the $300+ cost for the ticket. Bern itself was well worth the stop with a great deal of charm, great local cafes and restaurants and lots of fountains

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: 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:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Bern
#8 Luxury Hotel in Bern
#9 Business Hotel in Bern
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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Best Western Baeren
Best Western Bern
Bern Best Western

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