Bern’s Hotel Schweizerhof Re-opens

Bern’s original luxury hotel, Hotel Schweizerhof, has re-opened its doors under the umbrella of Design Hotels following a major restoration and refurbishment by award-winning MKV Design. Renowned for more than 150 years and located within a 1913 listed building featuring a lovingly restored arched facade with intricately carved coat of arms atop slender windows, the hotel held its Grand Opening Night yesterday and once again welcomes personalities from business, entertainment, hospitality and politics.


The 99 guestrooms and suites have been made more spacious with the scaling down of corridors, while the antique furnishings are restored alongside convenient modern technology. Each accommodation features luxury King-sized beds, an elegant marble bathroom with rainforest shower and/or bathtub, 40-inch flatscreen television, high-speed internet access, IP telephone, mediahub, in-room safe, minibar and Nespresso coffee machine, with the suites also having a separate living, dining and sleeping areas, kitchen and guest bathroom.


Epicureans and gourmands will find fresh Swiss and French market specialties at Hotel Schweizerhof’s legendary Jack’s Brasserie, the wood-paneled restaurant that has hosted luminaries from Elizabeth Taylor to Peter Ustinov and Albert Schweitzer. Situated at the heart of the hotel and an optimal meeting point, the Lobby-Lounge-Bar is an institution favoured by hotel guests and well-heeled locals alike.


Business travellers and meeting groups will find the Hotel Schweizerhof an ideal seminar and conference hotel with over 800 square meters of event space available at the Bel Etage to host leisure and business events for up to 450 guests. A modern Business Center equipped with state-of-the-art technology offers support facilities and services, including smaller meeting rooms and offices. For recreation, a 500-square meter Wellness Area is slated to be opened by the end of 2011.


Hotel Schweizerhof joins Design Hotels’ impressive portfolio in Switzerland, which includes hotels and resorts in Adelboden, Geneva, Laax, Lucerne, Verbier, Zermatt and Zurich.


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