Hotel Schweizerhof, the Swiss capital’s original five-star hotel, has been given a major makeover. Now a member of Design Hotels, the hotel has had its corridors scaled down to make its 99 rooms and suites more spacious – perfect for over-sized suitcases and duty-free shopping trolleys, which is just as well as it’s in the heart of the capital’s shopping district. The more luxurious suites feature refreshed antique furnishings alongside modern trappings such as flat-screen TVs and Nespresso coffee machines. Celebrity heavyweights Liz Taylor and Peter Ustinov used to stay here and the world’s favourite James Bond girl, Ursula Andress, has already dropped by.
Hotel Schweizerhof, Bahnhofplatz 11, 3001 Bern, +41 (0)31 326 8085