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Artist Residence London
London, U.K.

Georgian townhouse,
central location,
modern-rustic style

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Don Totu
San Cassiano, Italy

18th century building,
sophisticated design,
activities nearby

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Gasthof Krone
Aldino, Italy

Old-world atmosphere,
comfortable rooms,
great for walkers

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Cavallino d'Oro
Castelrotto, Italy

1393 coaching inn,
recently renovated,
charming restaurant


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Our places to stay in the canton of Bern include several on the fringe of the capital itself, but sadly none in the old city with its medieval streets and sheltering arcades.

 To the south of the capital is the Bernese Oberland, the region which can claim to have inspired the popular image of Switzerland, thanks to its towering mountains, including the Eiger, its nine deep valleys, thundering waterfalls and calm lakes such as Thun and Brienz. Although many of the ski resorts here are expensive, and attract the rich and famous, we have found several competitively priced small hotels for walkers and skiers.

 As elsewhere, our selection of places to stay in Bern offers an exceptionally interesting range to choose from: guesthouses, restaurants with rooms and small hotels. Whichever, they all have the special qualities of hand-picked character and charm we seek out.

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Baren, 3715 BE, Adelboden, +41 (033) 6732151
Comfortable, charming ski hotel


Kandersteg, 3718 BE, +41 (033) 6758181
Characterful, much-loved family ski hotel

Gasthof Hirschen

Trubschachen im Emmental, 3555 BE, +41 (034) 4955115
Typical Bernese hostelry, summer and winter sports


Schangnau im Emmental, 6197 BE, +41 (034) 4937777
Traditional mountain chalet for summer and winter sports

Les Hauts de Gstaad

Golfhotel, 3777 BE, Saanenmoser-Gstaad, +41 (033) 7486868
Chic ski and golf hotel

Romantik Hotel Hirschen

3800, BE, Imerlaken-Matten, +41 (033) 8221545
A traditional Swiss chalet


Sternen, 3506 BE, Grosshochstetten, +41 (031) 7102424
Traditional village inn, skiing nearby

Strandhotel Belvedere

Schachenstrasse 39, 3700 BE, Spiez, +41 (033) 6543333
Lakeside hotel on the attractive Bay of Spiez
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