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Not your average B&Bs: Switzerland’s Loveliest Hotels at your fingertips

hotels in switzerland
hotels in switzerland

Room at the Palazzo Salis, Soglio GR (photo: James Batten, Patrimoine suisse)

Just in time for the holidays a handy pocket guide has been published by the Swiss Heritage Society as part of its popular series of “Switzerland’s Loveliest…” booklets. This time the country’s most beautiful hotels are getting the star treatment.

I love this collection of handy-to-carry A6-format paperbacks because they make it easy to discover off-the-beaten-track cafés, holiday homes, museums, swimming locales–and now hotels–of architectural significance, as well as parks, gardens and walking trails of outstanding beauty. The purchase of these booklets also supports the Society’s efforts to preserve the country’s important architectural landmarks. That’s something close to my heart.

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La Maison d’Igor, Morges VD (photo: Tobias Dimmler, Patrimoine suisse)

Out-of-the-ordinary hotels that are off-the-beaten path

In actual fact, Switzerland’s Loveliest Hotels is now in its 4th edition and this latest update adds 27 new hotel discoveries and 13 B&Bs to the original list of 51 hotels featured in earlier issues.

In making their selection, the Society chose hotels that take a “global cultural approach” that encompasses a distinct architectural style that reflects the region in which the establishment is found, a “convincing” management concept and a warm welcome. The layout and furnishings of the rooms are also given careful consideration.

The Society isn’t looking to follow the trend for boutique and designer hotels offering a standardized luxury but instead focus on character, authenticity, quality and an identity that’s strong, original and regional.

Of course, their selection may not be to everyone’s liking: some of the rooms are sparsely decorated and not all the furnishings reflect modern tastes. While some accomodations are located near urban centres, many are firmly rooted in rural areas, hence “off the beaten track”.

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Ospizio San Gottardo, Passo San Gottardo TI (photo: Tobias Dimmler, Patrimoine suisse)

New layout and a clear presentation

The layout of “Switzerland’s Loveliest Hotels” has also been revised and harmonized. Pictograms indicate the seasons when the establishments are open/closed for business, whether there’s a simple or sophisticated restaurant on premises, the price category, contact info., and a short description of the properties history (date of origin and subsequent renovations).

So whether you’re looking for an urban hotel style, a bucolic country inn or a cottage steeped in history this pocket guide could help you find what you’re looking for.

swiss heritage hotelsThe Loveliest Hotels in Switzerland
Discover 91 boutique hotels and B&Bs off the usual path of tourism and standardised luxury. Enjoy all styles of architecture and down-to-earth hospitality. This 96 page, A6 booklet is available in French and German for CHF16 (CHF8 for Swiss Heritage Society members).

3 Comments

  1. Virginia says

    That bedroom and bed are so quaint and gorgeous. The wood is beautiful. These B&B’s are so original and unique!

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  2. Andrea Grimaud says

    What a gorgeous room. I would love to wake up in that room…. see the sun shining through the windows. I would feel like I’m living in a Vermeer!

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