I found this hotel on tripadvisor and was not disappointed. The hotel is a grand, stately building nestled on the very edge of Lake Thun. The village of Gunten is about 20mins bus ride from the town of Thun. While Guten has only one convenience store, a bakery and a restaurant, Thun has all the shops and amenities anyone needs and is a pretty town with two castles as well. From Thun it is an easy 30min trin trip to Bern. All the public transport connects with each other so one can travel from the Hotel to Bern one way in an hour with minimal waiting time.
The natural beauty around the hotel cannot be adequately described but it is possible to sit all day and drink it in and not have had enough. If you are feeling lazy, the hotel has a comfortable indoor lounge with games and papers or you can lie under an umbrella on a deckchair in the garden and enjoy the view. There is a large outdoor chess set in the garden and a children's playhouse as well. It is also possible to swim in the Lake. There is a fitness room with gym equipment. The breakfast room overlooks the lake making a perfect start to the day. The buffet is generous and varied. I had read some criticisms of the rooms on Tripadvisor but do not think that these were justified.The rooms were well equipped with ensuite, comfortable beds, and a tv and were diligantly serviced everyday. Many have balconies with stunning views. Wifi is available throughout the hotel for free and there is also a small library with computer and internet facilities for free. The hotel also has a classy restaurant but we went out for lunch and dinner. Most staff speak German, French and English.
There are many activities in the surrounding areas: ferry cruises on the lake, walking in the mountains, underground caves to explore, spa hotels, castles, shopping and so on. A car is helpful to get to some of the more scenic spots but public transport is very good.
This was a dream holiday location and the ideal Swiss experience. Switzerland is very expensive to visit and this hotel provided a wonderful experience at a reasonable price. You will be hard pressed to find a better deal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It’s impressive in a quiet way, the Parkhotel by the Lake of Thun. Pause for a while at a hotel with class and style. Enjoy the peaceful view of the lake from the terrace, or let your eye travel over the peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau as you look out from your room. Immerse yourself in an ultra-modern SPA with direct access to the lake. Wave to boats as you relax in the whirlpool on the sun deck. Enjoy sound sleep and delicious food, experience the incomparable alpine panorama and the tranquillity of the lake as you wander through the park – when you anchor in Gunten, you can renew your energy in an idyllic and peaceful haven. Relax in the intimate setting of the Parkhotel Gunten and draw inspiration from the enchanting scenery. Welcome to the Lake of Thun! ... more less
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