Where to Stay in Switzerland – Best Areas and Hotels for Each Budget 

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN SWITZERLAND – TOP AREAS AND HOTELS FOR ALL BUDGETS

Are you planning your Switzerland trip and are wondering about where to stay in Switzerland? Then read on, here I share my favorite places and hotels in Switzerland with you.

There are tons of reasons to visit one of the most beautiful countries in Europe: Stunning scenery, lovely little towns and villages, the most amazing lakes, and of course, gorgeous cities. Though these are just a few reasons, you will quickly discover more once you are in the country.

While it is easy to discover its beauty, it is a bit more difficult to find the perfect accommodation in Switzerland.

I mean, just finding one hotel nestled among the beautiful landscapes is quite easy. But finding one for your budget (especially if you do not want to spend a small fortune) is not that easy. So, this wonderful post will help you find the best place to stay in Switzerland.

I have listed a few of my favorite places all over the country, naming reasons you should stay in an area and giving you a few of my favorite hotel choices.

So, whether you do a Switzerland road trip or stay in one place, these tips should help you plan your trip.

  • Normally, each region/city charges an extra tax on accommodation. The amounts differ. The tax is around 1-4 € a day, per person.
  • You often, not always, also get a guest card in return. Some districts are generous. You can use public transportation for free, and sometimes you get access to some attractions / or a discount. 

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Where to stay in Switzerland – the best places to stay in Switzerland

ZURICH

Zurich is a perfect base. It is big enough that you will not get bored, with nightlife, loads of restaurants and cafes, and plenty of activities and culture around. 

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It is quite close to the main Switzerland attractions, like the Rhine Falls; the world-famous cliff mountain guest house, the Aescher in Appenzell; Lucerne; Stein am Rhine; and Schaffhausen.

The city itself is home to a costly shopping street (the Bahnhofstrasse), many clubs and bars, museums, and of course, Lake Zurich. For more tips on what to do in Zurich, click here.

Here are some tips for places to stay in Zurich. 

Baur au Lac in Zurich

If you are looking for a luxury hotel in this beautiful city, go for this one. It is definitely a good choice. This beautiful 5-star hotel is located right next to the Bahnhofstrasse, Lake Zurich, and close to several tram and bus stations.

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Whether you enjoy the view from the hotel, relax in the private garden, or walk to the lake or the city center. You will have plenty of options to discover Zurich or to enjoy all the fantastic hotel amenities  – all this is easy while staying in one of the best hotels in town.

Mövenpick Regensdorf in Zurich

This four-star hotel is a good choice if you want to stay in a good hotel without breaking the bank. It is not located in Zurich but in Regensburg, a lovely, quiet village-like area. Thanks to the amazing public transportation, you can get to the city center of Zurich quickly and easily.

Admittedly, the building itself does not look very inviting from the outside but it is actually very beautiful, modern, and friendly on the inside and offers all you need if you are looking for a peaceful stay. 

You even have access to the gym and a large pool, and of course, the famous Mövenpick restaurants serve excellent food!

Oldtown Hostel Otter

Switzerland is not known for many amazing budget accommodations – Zurich is one of the most expensive places to stay in Switzerland. However, I recently stayed in a nice hostel I actually liked.

It is located in the old town of Zurich – from there, you can easily reach many sights and attractions in Zurich on foot.

Also, you can stay out late and do not have to worry about “getting home.” A train station is close by so you can also do day trips quite easily.

The rooms are basic but okay, and it is actually known for its famous bar “Wüste.” I have not visited the bar myself, but for those who are into meeting people from all over the world, this hostel is probably the best choice to stay in Zurich.

BERN

Bern is probably one of the prettiest capitals in the world. Though it is quite small (way smaller than Zurich), it is the official capital and actually a great place to stay. 

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Due to its location, it is THE best place to get around from – whether you head to Interlaken or the Italian- or French-speaking parts, many train connections are via Bern.

But there is a lot to do and see in Bern, too. 

Visiting the bears that live at the Aare River, right in the heart of the city center, strolling the old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (yes, the whole beautiful town is one heritage site!), or enjoying the views from the Rosengarten on the “house mountain” Gurten – these are just a few reasons to pick Bern as your base and stay for a few nights. Click here to read about the best things to do in Bern.

Here are some tips for places to stay in Bern:

Bellevue Palace in Bern 

This 5-star luxury hotel is the most luxurious one in all of Bern. Its very central location (right in the heart of the Old Town) makes it convenient to walk to many top attractions in Bern.

Its classy interior and the amazing views from the rooftop restaurant make it a perfect place for those who like to start and end their day in a top-notch hotel right in the capital of Switzerland.

Bären am Bundesplatz

This 4-star hotel is also located right in the Old Town of Bern, which comes very handy as you are just a stone’s throw from the train station and main tourist spots.

The hotel is not very big (69 rooms), and you can choose between single and double rooms. It is surely a great choice for those who do not want to spend a fortune on accommodation while still staying in a welcoming hotel with a great location.

Bern Youth Hostel

Unfortunately, Bern, like many other tourist hot spots in Switzerland, does not offer a lot of budget hotels. Most cheaper options include the fact that the restrooms are shared.

Bern Youth Hostel is located in the city center. It offers affordable dorm beds but also private rooms with private bathrooms.

LUCERNE

Lucerne is probably in the top 3 most popular tourist destinations in Switzerland. It seems that all visitors are crazy about this small city that is located on the shores of Lake Lucerne. 

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It actually does not surprise me, as the scenery is among the most beautiful around. Mount Pilatus, Mount Rigi, and places like Weggis or Vitznau make it a great Switzerland vacation area.

The city itself is also perfect for some nice evening strolls (with the Chapel Bridge as the main tourist attraction) or walks along the lake. It is probably the most romantic place, perfect for love birds but actually, it is an amazing place to stay for all kinds of travelers. Click here to read about the best things to do in Lucerne.

In addition to it, it is quite easy to get around from Lucerne – many train connections are via Lucerne.

Here are some tips for places to stay in Lucerne:

Schweizerhof Lucerne

This iconic luxury hotel is the best choice for a stay in Lucerne. It is a festival hotel – meaning smaller concerts and music events take place here. Also, you will find many music-oriented details here. Though I did not experience a concert during my 2-night stay, I fell in love with the hotel. 

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Friendly, charming, and with a fantastic location, it is for sure a hotel you cannot go wrong with. 

While the wellness part falls a bit short, the location (just in front of the lake and a stone’s throw from the Chapel Bridge) and the atmosphere make up for it.

It is my first choice for a trip to Lucerne.

Hotel des Alpes

I also stayed at the Hotel des Alpes next to the Chapel Bridge for two nights. It is a mid-range hotel, and the location is perfect.

If you choose a river view, you can admire the stunning Mount Pilatus and the Alps. The city rooms of the old town. So, I recommend paying a little extra to see the great panorama of the river.

Bellpark Hostel

Lucerne, without question, is a treat for the eyes, but unfortunately, not a treat for your wallet. It is expensive. And so, this simple but sufficient hotel is a good choice if you are on a budget.

This hostel is located close to Kriens, not too far from Lucerne’s old town, and perfect if you plan a trip to the Mount Pilatus cable car station. You´ll find some restaurants and cafes nearby, and you can catch a bus directly to the train station in Lucerne.

Though the prices are much lower than hotels, you still get the ticket to use public transportation for free because you get a guest card.

INTERLAKEN

If you are wondering about the best place to stay in Switzerland, I would probably say somewhere in the Interlaken region. 

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If you visit Switzerland, you cannot – no, you should not – miss out on Interlaken. It is one of my very favorite areas in the whole wide world – it even makes me write like a teenager in love. Despite the high prices in summer and winter, I keep going back. 

Its beauty is almost overwhelming. The prettiest lakes, the most stunning mountains, the cutest towns, and much more: that region has it all. Even for Switzerland standards, the region is expensive. However, given its gorgeousness, it is worth the money.

Visit the St. Beatus Caves, Brienzer Rothorn, Jungfraujoch, go skydiving, and much more – you surely will not get bored in this region.

HERE ARE THE BEST PLACES TO STAY IN INTERLAKEN

Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa

Though Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa does not look very impressive outside, it is the most luxurious hotel in Interlaken.

Located right in the heart of Interlaken, amid beautiful mountain views of the Bernese Highland, this is the hotel to stay in if you are looking for top-notch service and amenities.

The hotel leaves nothing to be desired (including two pools), and if you have the budget, this hotel is the perfect choice in the perfect region on Interlaken.

Grandhotel Giessbach

Though it is only a four-star hotel, it is fantastic in every single detail. The best views, the most stunning sceneries, and the most interesting, historic interior design make this a perfect hotel in Switzerland. 

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Even the restaurant’s food is delicious!

If you head there from April-October (it is closed in winter), this is a good choice for your trip to Switzerland (and make sure you book a room with a waterfall or Lake Brienz view).

Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof

One of the best hostels I have stayed at is the Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof next to the Höhenmatte. It is not the cheapest hostel but definitely worth the money. 

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I stayed four nights and loved getting around easily. The rooms are modern, clean, and the views were quite beautiful.

They even offered free parking (the main reason to book this hostel, to be honest), and breakfast is always included (a very simple yet decent breakfast).

I only missed bed curtains to have more privacy, but sticking towels on the top-bunk bed will do as well. So it is my top tip for a budget tip in Interlaken.

ZERMATT

Toblerone! When I found out that the Matterhorn is printed on the Toblerone chocolate, it was a real eye-opener. After all, this astonishing mountain is the main attraction in Zermatt and one of the most impressive natural wonders in Switzerland.

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As a ski resort, it is a perfect destination for the winter. In and the summer (prices are lower in summer for basically all hotels here) you can do some amazing hikes and explore what this area has to offer (spoiler alert: it is a lot). 

This beautiful, car-free town is a bit remote so it is not a perfect base to explore the rest of Switzerland. However, it is home to many attractions – so you do not have many reasons to leave.

You can start the famous Bernina Express or Glacier Express train rides from here.

Riffelalp Resort 2222m

This hotel in Zermatt has probably the best location of all. The views of Zermatt and the Matterhorn are stunning. Though I have not stayed there myself, this place is where I would love to splurge.

Most of the rooms have breathtaking panoramas of the Matterhorn (make sure to book a room with a view), and all rooms have a bathroom with a bathtub and/or shower, a Nespresso coffee machine, and a Smart-TV. But the outdoor pool with the view of the Matterhorn is probably one of the best facilities. 

It is loacted quite remote – so perfect for spending some nice days in the hotel and enjoy all the amenities.

Sunstar Hotel Zermatt

This accommodation is a lovely four-star hotel. Since Zermatt is quite small, most hotels have a perfectly central location, and so does Sunstar Style Hotel. 

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The hotel has a rustic Swiss charm, and you can walk to many Zermatt attractions and the shopping street (mostly for luxury watches). The cafes and restaurants are just around the corner.

MONTREUX

After Lucerne, Montreux is probably the best place for love birds. Walking along the most beautiful water promenade in Switzerland while watching Lake Geneva’s sunset is quite romantic. 

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However, it is also a perfect Swiss destination for everyone else. Whether with kids, as a solo traveler, or with your friends, Montreux is a good option for your Switzerland holiday.

Stroll along Lake Geneva, visit picturesque Chateau de Chillon, and overlook the most impressive vineyards – Montreux might be small, but there is plenty to do and see in the area.

Eurotel Riviera Montreux

This is a lovely and friendly, four-star hotel right on the shores of Lake Geneva – which is quite handy, as the hotel has no pool and you can easily take a dip in the pristine water of the lake in front of the hotel.

The hotel itself is bright, friendly and most of all, has a fantastic location. You can stroll Lake Geneva and have many restaurants and cafes close by. Getting to Chateau de Chillon(one of the main attractions in Montreux) takes about 30 minutes on foot (including some stops to snap pictures of this beautiful area).

All rooms come with a view of the lake, and if you start your day with breakfast on the terrace, the day cannot go wrong!

GENEVA

Geneva is a city with quite a lot of history: the Geneva Conventions, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the United Nations. If you are into these things, you will enjoy them as much as I do. 

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If you are not into politics or luxury watches, you might not love it (but I am also nuts about Lake Geneva). 

Actually, I see many people returning a bit disappointed. There are more beautiful and fun cities to visit in Switzerland. However, it is a great place to stay if you want to explore the area of Lake Geneva.

As I do not have much luck with Geneva’s hotels, I can only recommend this one.

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Hotel Manotel N’vY Geneva

This hotel is fun. And stylish. And extremely colorful. So, it does not surprise, that I loved it.

While there was no pool or any super facilities (apart from the Nespresso machine and very cool light), the proximity to the lake (just a 1-minute walk to the lake and a 5-minute walk to the busiest part of the promenade) and the friendly and bright interior make up for it.

TICINO

Whenever you are in Switzerland, make sure to visit the Italian-speaking part of the country, too. I admit that part of Switzerland sometimes comes up short in my posts, but you can believe it is beautiful! Do not miss out on this area. 

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Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano, the Alps, the waterfalls along the highways, historic castles, and…Valle Verzasca, these are just a few reasons to stay here.

And on top of that, the people here are a bit louder, friendlier, and livelier. This spark of Italy makes a trip to Ticino even more beautiful.

Villa Orselina in Locarno

To date, this is probably my favorite hotel. 

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If you want to feel ZEN, then book your stay here and enjoy dinner at the restaurant with a view of Lake Maggiore. I have never felt calmer or more at peace than here.

This has probably influenced my perception of the hotel, but since it was named the best small hotel in Switzerland, I am not the only one who fell head over heels in love with it.

The hotel has less than 30 rooms and suites. All rooms have a view of Lake Maggiore, and so does the restaurant (where you can have a fantastic dinner or breakfast) and the pool.

Whether you decide to get pampered in the spa area or take some spa time in your own bathroom (there is a sky ceiling, meaning little lights in the ceiling which you can turn on and off and which makes it look like a beautiful sky with stars), or swim in the outdoor pool – nothing is left to be desired.

P.S. Unfortunately, the hotel is not open in winter.

CONCLUSION: BEST AREAS TO STAY IN SWITZERLAND

I hope this post has helped you find the best places to stay in Switzerland.
 
This country is so amazing, and deciding where to stay in Switzerland might be overwhelming at first – but with my tips, you hopefully have found the best area and hotel for your trip.
 
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Safe Travels, Arzo
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