Originally we wanted to stay in a bed & breakfast or tourist farm (or agritourism) in the area (Gruyeres and surroundings) because I like the idea about contributing to the local small economy (small entrepreneurs or common people like you or me) by staying in their businesses instead of enriching the already big companies or already well established hotels but after reading reviews about taking off the shoes before entering their houses, breakfast servings were one small cup of coffee or tea with no second servings and two slices of bread with only one flavor of marmalade (can you imagine an onion marmalade??), unattractive and basic rooms (not even the effort to try to make pretty the room), less than 5 minutes use of toilet and bathroom (in a share bathroom/toilet), thin mattresses, noisy springs and curfews I decided no way, let's go to this place that I know what's their product, their quality in any part in the world no matter if in Switzerland, France, South America or Asia.
The location is in a residential area of Bulle with some fields views and very close to the major highway between Vevey-Fribourg. Not so convenient if travelling with public transport, well the walking time from the train station to hotel is about 25 minutes... travelling with own car is fantastic (lots of parking spots) it served perfectly as base to our Gruyeres, Broc, Charmey, Lake Gruyeres visits.
Is a new building hotel, as can expect every room has the same size, same bed, same bathroom, same seating area, a window, a flat screen tv, in a few words an industrial product... toiletries are reduced to a multiple use single gel OK for face, hands, hair, body stuck on the wall... the buffet breakfast consists of cereals, fruits, croissants, slices of bread, marmalades, coffee, juice, tea, those classic for 15.00 francs... If want to avoid to spend that amount can go out to downtown to a boulangerie or croissanterie to have breakfast...
The reception is small but nice, lobby area lots of seating spaces since the only place of the hotel where wi-fi is available for free. Also this lobby is served as breakfast room (there is the breakfast buffet corner) complete with bar if somebody wants a drink, some shelves with some books if wanted to read, vending machines if wanted to buy chips or coke even wine.. also a smoking room.. very helpful and efficient staff.
Of course, I'm going to miss the local experience by staying in a bed & breakfast but after all is somebody's home and they have all the right to set their own rules but I'm a paying guest and willing to get services for my needs and after all being on holidays mean relax and enjoy...
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