Hotel Bern, ideally located in the heart of the city, offers exceptional services for leisure and business travellers. With its striking Art Déco facade and state-of-the-art facilities, Hotel Bern makes a perfect base for visits to the city.
Investing in the latest facilities and services
Managing Director Peter Schiltknecht points out that for the past 24 years the hotel’s management has been continuously investing in improving
Hotel Bern’s facilities and services, including a CHF400,000 investment this year in air-conditioning and in upgrades for the hotel’s kitchen facilities. “We always invest our revenues of around CHF500,000 every year. Four years ago, for example, we renovated all the hotel’s guest rooms. Basically, every franc the hotel earns is invested or stays in-house,” he says.
Hotel Bern offers 95 guest rooms, of which 45 are very spacious single rooms. “All our singles are, in fact, king sized rooms,” Peter Schiltknecht points out. Services include high speed Internet connections via Ethernet and wireless LAN, direct dial telephones, special parking rates, and a free American breakfast buffet.
Wide choice of dining options
The hotel’s food and beverage services are very popular, and include professional catering. The hotel’s events staff is well known for organising high quality events of all kinds.
Guests have many dining options in Hotel Bern. The cosy 7-Stube offers a wide choice of delicious daily specials, seasonal dishes, light meals and farmhouse fare with a focus on Swiss cuisine. The elegant Kurierstube, prestigiously ranked 14th by French guidebook Gault-Millau, features a seasonal gourmet menu or à la carte dishes fresh from the market, and its international wine list is exceptional; the restaurant is a sophisticated setting for a business lunch or for a romantic candlelight dinner for two.
For more casual dining, the Sonnenterrace serves light meals and drinks on a terrace overlooking the rooftops of Old Town, while the Boulevardterrace on the street level is a pleasantly casual place to meet friends and enjoy a varied selection of food and drinks while watching the world go by.
Meeting facilities for 10 to 300 guests
For business travellers, Hotel Bern contains meeting rooms for all types of events and regularly hosts professional congresses, lectures, discussions, debates and dinners. The hotel’s meeting facilities can accommodate private functions for 10 to 300 guests. “We provide attentive service and professional advice tailored to your requirements,” Peter Schiltknecht explains.
Hotel Bern is a favourite among high profile visitors; at this moment one suite is occupied by Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey. Hotel Bern also hosts sports teams, the Young Boys’ Club, and many other organisations. Its clientele is around 80% business visitors,
Ideal location, focus on service
Pointing out why Hotel Bern is such a popular choice among discerning visitors, Peter Schiltknecht says, “We are in the middle of Bern’s picturesque Old Town, and our rooms are very quiet. We are also only five minutes away from the Parliament, the train station and all transport services. We have an excellent location for business or leisure visitors to Bern’s city centre.”
While location is a strong point for the Hotel Bern, what keeps guests coming back to the hotel is its focus on personalised service. As Peter Schiltknecht explains, “For me, most important to try is to make sure our guests are happy while they are here. Hotels have software and hardware; for me, the software is more important. I try to have a personal interaction with all my employees and guests. Everyone talks about putting service first, but not everyone does it. Here we do.”
Exceptional quality price ratio
The Hotel Bern also offers an exceptional quality price ratio. As Peter Schiltknecht points out, “Our rooms are newly renovated, not luxurious but clean, and the hotel offers the highest ratio of service to price of any hotel in the city. Hotel Bern is also right in the heart of the city, unlike other hotels of its class. We are a capital hotel right in the centre of Switzerland’s capital city!”
Hotel Bern is a true Swiss hotel, not an international chain, and it focuses on providing guests with high quality Swiss style and service. The hotel works closely with the Swiss tourism board and with the Hotelleriesuisse hotel association to promote Switzerland as a choice for business and leisure travel.
Hotel Bern also promotes the city of Bern, which Peter Schiltknecht describes as ‘the nicest city in the world’. He adds, “Bern is the capital of Switzerland and it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We are near the mountains, and we are located in the very heart of the country. Bern and Hotel Bern are very special.”