My husband and I spent two nights at Hotel Krone in Thun, Switzerland on our way back to Germany from Italy. I was initially impressed by the hotel's charming exterior, right next to the city hall. However, actually getting to the hotel and unloading our bags was a bit of a problem because, at first, we thought the area around the hotel was closed to traffic. The hotel has a few parking spots in back as well as a tiny parking garage. Thankfully, there was space for our small SUV, but it was a tight squeeze getting it in there. We also had to move the car and parking in the public garage the second night because the garage was scheduled to be cleaned early the next morning. Luckily, the public garage is within walking distance.
The room was basically nice and quite spacious. We were pleased with the bed and the comfortable duvets. However, I was a little put off by the empty, obviously used bottle of Thun water in our room. There was a note next to it in German that implied the bottle was supposed to be filled with Thun water, which we could drink and, perhaps, take home with us for the princely sum of 18 Swiss francs.
The bathroom was clean and came equipped with a shower, as well as an obviously used votive candle sitting in a holder behind the toilet. Speaking of the toilet, we had some trouble flushing it a couple of times.
Hotel Krone has wireless Internet access that can be accessed by the hour or day. Four hours cost 19 Swiss francs, while 24 hours cost 30 francs. There's also a television with a generous selection of channels and a minibar.
We sat out on the terrace and tried the hotel's Chinese food the first night. Menus are available in English and German, which is a good thing, because Hotel Krone has several different cuisines available. Our meals were quite good and the service was decent, until we asked for dessert. I asked for creme brulee and was brought what appeared to be melted caramel ice cream with a dollop of whip cream on top and a cookie. When we asked if that was supposed to be creme brulee, the waitress said it was. I don't know if she was lying or had simply never seen creme brulee before, but it sure didn't look like any creme brulee I've ever had. Oh well.
I will comment that the breakfast was excellent, with a wide variety of breads, meats, jams, fruits, cereals and juices offered, as well as hard boiled eggs. The coffee was very good and the service at breakfast was excellent. We also have no complaints about the front desk.
This hotel is probably best for train or bus travelers because parking is so limited. Still, it's near the lake and convenient to the downtown area. It's also not as expensive as some of the other hotels we were considering. I'd probably stay there again, but I'd steer clear of the creme brulee.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A hotel with a long history and tradition. It extends a warm welcome with cheerful rooms, natural hospitality and an extensive choice in its two restaurants, lounge and sunny-side terrace next to the Aare river. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Krone Hotel Thun