I recently had the pleasure of experiencing the hospitality of the five-star Hotel Bellevue Palace in Bern. This hotel not only carries a fascinating history behind it, but its location right next to the Federal Palace is also exceptionally beautiful. Therefore, the Hotel Bellevue Palace is also the official guesthouse of the Swiss government. Heads of state, high-ranking politicians and state guests – all reside in this unique hotel with the esprit of the Belle Epoque.
The Hotel Bellevue Palace is marked by a very special history, which is also related to the fact that Bern was named the capital of Switzerland in 1848. The Bellevue Palace Hotel was completed in 1913, just before the 1st World War. The main target group were wealthy guests from Europe. After stagnating guest numbers, the state hotel was in danger of falling into foreign hands. In 1976, the Swiss National Bank therefore acquired the majority of the shares and thus ensured the continued existence of the hotel business. In 1994, the National Bank made the Bellevue Palace Hotel a gift to the Swiss Confederation. The Confederation is now the owner of the real estate company. In 2003, after a reconstruction, the reopening took place. In the hotel, in addition to the 126 rooms, there are also various gastronomic offers. Further you can find saunas & fitness facilities in the hotel. There are also 12 banquet halls – by the way, I was a guest in one of them on the occasion of a student ball a good 5 years ago. The imposing lobby remained in my memory.
Don’t miss the terrace of the Brasserie VUE for a delicious cocktail on a warm summer evening, ideally followed by a delicious dinner. In the lobby you can also enjoy your after-work drink on cool evenings accompanied by casual snacks, sushi and sashimi. By the way, in the legendary Bellevue Bar with its great tradition, businessmen, politicians, couples in love and quiet connoisseurs still meet for a convivial end to the day.
P.S. Don’t miss the beautiful city of Bern during your stay. And on warm summer days, of course, not the bath in the Aare.
The Hotel Bellevue Palace offers 126 rooms, 25 of which are suites. I stayed in a suite on the so-called Belle Epoque floor with a breathtaking view over the Aare and on the right side of the Bundeshaus. The spacious suite impresses with its classic design with partly historic furniture and stucco on the ceiling. Each suite has an individual floor plan and an impressive view of the Alps.
The welcome drink was for me directly on the balcony in the room. Since it was a bit cloudy you could not see the Alps directly, in good weather you enjoy not only a unique view over the Aare, but the Alps loom on the horizon.
At the Hotel Bellevue Palace, the day naturally starts with a balanced power breakfast. In addition to delicacies from the buffet, fresh omelettes, scrambled eggs and more are served à la carte. The ambience in the Brasserie Vue is perfect for a sophisticated start to the new day.
Brasserie Vue is also highly recommended for dinner. Besides the ambience, don’t miss the chocolate tartlet with a liquid center. A real treat. For a casual lunch with world cuisine, visit the Noumi Grill & Bar – in a modern atmosphere, delicacies from all over the world are combined.
We wish you a unique stay at Hotel Bellevue Palace and thank you for the hospitality.