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Bellevue Hotel
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Spiez
London, England, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“pleasant stay”
Reviewed September 21, 2012

This is not the first time I have stayed in the Bellevue and reading some of the previous reviews I wondered if its the same hotel. Yet again our stay (4 in our group, 2 double rooms) was excellent.
the rooms are spotless and comfortable although slightly dated . We did have rooms overlooking Lake Thun which have an excellent view.
Free WiFi was provided and we didnt notice any problems with the signal.
Breakfast is a self service buffet and is superb with a large selection of breads, cereals, cold meats, cheese etc.
We did not eat in the hotel in the evening on this visit as we prefer to eat out.
If you are looking for a base for a walking holiday then this is ideal. its a less than 10 minute walk to the station (uphill) or down to the lake. Spiez has a selection of local shops and the obligatory Co-oP and Migros supermarkets in the town.
I have always found the owners and staff very friendly .

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2012

My husband and I were on a 9 day tour of Switzerland and stayed here for 2 nights in July 2012 in room 1 in the Hotel Bellevue

Spiez is a small town along the lake – between Thun and Interlaken

ROOM 1 – see pics
• Large size. Largest room of our trip. Closet, desk, alarm clock, chair,
• Terrace – huge terrace – but it is shared. See below.
• Bathroom – shower only – decent size, hair dryer.
• TV – a few English channels.
• No mini bar or in room safe.
• INTERNET – Wifi worked in the room. You have to get a password from reception.
• Air conditioning – none.

STAFF – The staff were very nice and helpful.

BREAKFAST Buffet – a bit below average – breads, jams, cereals, yogurt, cheeses, cold meats, coffee, tea, juice. No hot food, no eggs. There is a very nice view from the breakfast room – same as the posted picture from the terrace.

TERRACE – the terrace is huge and has a terrific view. We were very excited to see we could access it directly from the room. It has 4 tables and chairs on it. HOWEVER, it is shared by the entire hotel – not just the rooms that connect to it. Normally this would be okay too except for the first night a family and others parked themselves directly in front of our room from 5:30 to 10pm. They were smoking, drinking and talking loudly. It happened to be a very hot day that day but we could not open our windows to catch the breeze and cool down the room because of the cigarette smoke was coming into our room and a total lack of privacy. It is hard to have privacy when someone is only a few feet away. We finally had to go downstairs at 10pm and ask hotel staff to intervene, which they did and then the family went to their room. So no privacy for Room 1 or 2

PARKING – They have 6 spots reserved for the hotel directly across the street.

GROCERY– the CO-OP is a full grocery store – go out of the hotel to the left. Take a right on the main street and walk for a few minutes. It is on the left side of the road. Before you reach the coop you will also see a smaller store with cheeses etc.

RESTAURANTS - The hotel has its own restaurant. They use a lot of fresh, local food including fish from the lake. We didn’t eat there though as I am strict vegan (no meat, fish, dairy, eggs) and it was too difficult to get something for me. There are a couple of restaurants right by the lake. Walk out the hotel, take a right and follow the road all the way downhill to the lake. You will see them right by the road.

SIGHTSEEING
We walked around Spiez, the area around the lake. There is more to see but we didn’t have time as we also did Thun and saw a friend who lives an hour away.

OVERALL: We had a nice time in Spiez and Hotel Bellevue and would stay here again but not in room 1 or 2.

A few differences between American and European hotels for those who have not travelled over here before:
1) Class of hotel is different. What is classified as 4 star in Europe would often be classified as 3 star in USA
2) Small room sizes - especially in cities or near old towns. Often just enough room just to get around your bed and put some luggage down etc.
3) Bathrooms – Often have either a bathtub or shower but not both. If you want a particular one check before you book. .
4) Pillows are very different – and very flat. You will have to double them over otherwise your head just ends up on the mattresses.
5) Blankets – each person gets their own duvet / quilt – which is good if you are a couple and one is always hot and the other always cold
6) Breakfasts – most don’t have foods that Americans are used to (oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, omelettes, peanut butter etc). Eggs are usually scrambled or hard boiled.
7) Not all staff will speak English – if you have communications issue contact reception.
8) Elevators are TINY in small hotels. Often 2 people plus luggage is not possible. Have to do a couple trips.
9) Most do not have Fitness Room. If they do they are tiny with a couple cardio machines, a mat and a few hand weights.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

When we arrived at the Hotel Bellevue it looked as if it was closed. When the manager did appear his only explanation for there being no-one to meet us was that “Italians don’t usually come until the evening.” We found the breakfast meagre to say the least and the dinner not one to be repeated-unless it repeated itself. We also discovered one other peculiarity. Wherever we go my wife, quite sensibly, looks for the nearest Fire Exit. Imagine, then, our surprise when we found that that exit passed through our room. Furthermore looking out of our window we saw a balcony which led to a fifteen foot drop. Subsequent exploration uncovered a ladder strapped to the balcony. Questions immediately presented themselves. Did we leave the bedroom door unlocked so as to facilitate access? Were we responsible for the ladder being lowered over the balcony and, if so, did we bear responsibility if people were injured whilst using it? Like a ship’s captain should we be the last to leave? We had visions of lying in bed whilst hordes of people in various forms of undress streamed past the bottom of the bed leaping lemming-like over the balcony into the darkness.
And this was the hotel where the 1954 German World Cup soccer team spent their preparation before they went out to win the world championship!

Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Unreasonably expensive. On top of that, you have to ask for towels - they will nickle and dime you to death. In the morning they insist you get out of the room so that they can clean it. Which is ironic, as the rooms were not v clean. Disgusting bathrooms. Very spotty Wi-Fi, the owners know it but will not tell you. What a waste for a location like this.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Downpatrick, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 17, 2011

We did a road trip looping from home In Ireland through England,then France, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, then back, and I found this hotel to be the most expensive accomodation by quite a margin. They didn't have any 4-person rooms, so we had to squeeze into a double.We then found our TV wasn't working, and when we asked about it at the front desk, and they said they knew. They did eventually get it working, and the breakfast was good, but overall, quite disappointing.

Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed February 15, 2011

Hotel is so terrible. First it started out with the rude staff, like it's a punishment for them to talk to you or help you. There is no reception, you walk in through what seems like a restaurant but can't quite figure it out. I've been traveling all over Europe for three weeks and this was the most expensive and the WORST of all the hotels I've stayed in.
The hallway and rooms have old dirty carpets. horrible old decor and wooden paneling. The room is about 8 ft in width. It is very cold out today (february) and the heaters don't work. The man seemed mad that he had to help me with the heat. First he told me the heat works, then he told me it doesn't work now because it's february and it's not winter. ??? they told me checkout is usually at 11am, but tomorrow it's at 10am because the restaurant is closed. what??? they all seem very strange here too. like you're in a horror movie. don't stay here!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
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Kusnacht, Switzerland
Level 4 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed November 21, 2010

We stayed there for a weekend and were of course hoping to get a room with a view on the lake. That was not available, which in principle is okay. What we really did not appreciate, however, is the fact that the rooms onto the road, at least ours, are in bad need of renovation, have an awful bathroom/shower and the noise from the street is very noticeable. You get this really modest and run-down standard for almost the same price as a room towards the lake. For half the price I would not be complaining but for almost sfr. 150 a night I am expecting a lot more.

The breakfast buffet is very nice and in the breakfast room we also got an impression how nice it might have been to be facing the lake. Service was friendly.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bellevue Hotel
Address: Seestrasse 36, Spiez 3700, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Bern > Spiez
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Spiez
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Bellevue Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 18
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