The Bellevue Palace is the most luxurious option in Switzerland's capital city, Bern, the fifth largest Swiss city after Zurich, Geneva, Basel and Lausanne. The Bellevue Palace is next to the Swiss Parliament, so the hotel often hosts heads of states and dignitaries. Best of all, all deluxe rooms and suites enjoy a view of the River Aare, with the Bernese Alps in the distance.
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- Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
- Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
- $100 USD Equivalent Food & Beverage credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
- Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
The Bellevue Palace Location and Lobby
The Bellevue Palace is located at Kochergasse 5, which as mentioned is right next to the Swiss Parliament, just a 10 minute walk from the Bern train station. By train, Bern is about 1 hour from Zurich, about 2 hours from Geneva, and about 1.5 hours from Lausanne.
The hotel was built in 1865, although acquired by the Swiss National Bank in 1976 and donated to the Swiss Confederation in 1994. I loved the beautiful lobby, with its stained glass atrium effect. The Lobby Bar serves 99 different gins, in addition to a variety of cocktails.
We were swiftly checked in, and, as I was on the 2nd floor, it was easier to take the stairs than wait for the elevator.
Bellevue Palace Presidential Suite
See my video below for photos of the Presidential Suite as well as a Deluxe Room, which I also describe below.
Bellevue Palace Deluxe Room
Entry level Standard Rooms face the quiet courtyard or Bern's old town, but all Deluxe Rooms and suites enjoy a view of the river and Bernese Alps. As with most historical buildings, there's some variation in size; Deluxe Rooms range from 290-516 square feet, and some have a balcony, as my room, #116 did.
Other similarly positioned rooms on the same 2nd floor are 117, 118, and 112.
Welcome amenities included a nice fruit bowl and–what else–Swiss milk chocolate from Bern.
There was also a bottle of Acqua Panna water, although unfortunately it had already been opened and partly consumed, presumably from a prior guest. Evidently this wasn't noticed by housekeeping. I did like the pretty purple orchids next to it, however.
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