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“Cute and Quaint”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Gasthaus Hof

Gasthaus Hof
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Gasthaus Hof
Ranked #11 of 16 Hotels in Appenzell
Auburn, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Cute and Quaint”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2010

We stayed at the Gasthaus Hof for our first night of a 3 week trip in Switzerland. We drove here straight from downtown Zurich after picking up our rental car. The town is definitely the “quintessential Switzerland” and was very fun to see. To check in we went into the restaurant and the girl (really sweet) showed us our room which was up 2 floors (no lift). The rooms were very small, but most of the rooms in Europe are. The ceiling was low – my 6’2” husband’s head was inches from the ceiling! Everything was clean and neat. The beds were typical European with a bed sheet and a feather comforter and pillow. We had dinner there at the hotel. The menu was not in English, though they had a menu that had pictures that we could point to. The staff working at the hotel spoke very limited English. Being our first night we were a little lost on ordering so we didn’t really get what we wanted, but it was satisfactory. We both slept well. The shower (the entire bathroom was tiny) was small but had great water pressure. No toiletries (shampoo, etc.) were offered. The breakfast downstairs was a typical Swiss style and very good with cheese and bread and meats (no eggs). The coffee was phenomenal! We paid at checkout and they gave us a little handkerchief to remember our stay, which was a nice touch. Overall, we had a very pleasant experience and we would stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Surrey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2009

By Swiss standards, this hotel is a real bargain. Rooms are simple but cosy and clean, and the bathrooms have decent showers. There is some limited parking available. What made it memorable for us was the wonderful food and atmosphere in the restaurant (both at dinner and breakfast) and, in particular, the extraordinarily warm welcome we received from the restaurant staff. There is a young German lady working there who was incredibly busy but who consistently made time to chat with customers and make them feel welcome. It was just what we needed after a long, tiring day's driving. We would definitely stay here again. Vielen Dank für alles - nur noch 50 Jahre dann sind Sie schon fast eine echte Appenzellerin!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2009

We stayed 2 nights in a family room with 4 beds (room # 4 on the 1st floor, no elevator) at the Gasthaus Hof during the Landsgemeinde weekend (last Sunday in April). Hotels looking on the voting square were all booked when I called in January. The Gasthaus Hof is located right behind the Hotel Appenzell (which is facing Hotel Santis on the other side of the square), so it's really just one house behind the voting/main square of town. Anyhow, the location is fabulous; room was simple but comfy, and it has nice windows overlooking the street and hotel Appenzell. The bathroom's shower head could be better (also bathroom doesn't come with shampoo, kleenex tissues, lotion or other toiletries) but no complaint. It was clean and of fair size. The restaurant serves a standard breakfast in the morning (including eggs) that is included in the room rate. It has a cozy atmosphere that made us feel like locals. Appenzell is a wonderful place to spend a weekend in Switzerland. We loved watching the landsgemeinde, walking in the mud and petting happy cows on the barefoot walking trail (an awesome tactile experience for the feet!), visiting the Appenzell cheese factory in Stein, soaking in a herb-infused bath at the Natur-Moor Bad in Gonten Bad, tasting local specialties and dancing to the live Swiss music after our fondue in the evening! Here, time seemed to have stopped; we'll be back!!!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2009

Spent a week staying here whilst working in St Gallen. St Gallen has a shortage of hotel beds but a large Conference Centre and cannot cope with the larger Conferences. So we moved out to Appenzell.
The Hotel is all that one could wish for in a small Alpine village. it is the focal centre of village life during the day when the bar is full of locals drinking wine, beer or coffee, playing cards, reading the papers or just talking. Evenings are a bit quieter.
Despite breakfast not being advertised as available until 08.00 the staff are quite happy to provide it early, once the bread has been delivered at somewhere between 06.15-06.30.
The rooms are good, clean and mine was as large as you want.
Food is good wholesome Swiss cuisine.
Staff very helpful. Their English was only slightly better than my German but usually it is easy to get by.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled on business
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Property: Gasthaus Hof
Address: Engelgasse 4, Appenzell 9050, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Appenzell > Appenzell
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Ranked #11 of 16 Hotels in Appenzell
Hotel Class:2 star — Gasthaus Hof 2*
Number of rooms: 215

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