Hotel Schweizerhof Bern scoops Interior Design Award

A luxury Swiss hotel has just been named home of the most beautiful interior design in Europe. The Hotel Schweizerhof in Bern, the capital of Switzerland, was recognised during the International Hotel Awards when is won the prestigious European Award Best Hotel Interior 2012 title.

The Awards

The purpose behind the International Hotel Awards is to recognise and honour outstanding achievements and performances in the Hotel and Hospitality industry. The top international projects and designs are judged by a panel of industry experts, and awards are given in several different categories. The International Hotel Awards are officially presented at a ceremony in London.

The Aesthetics

The five-star Hotel Schweizerhof is one of the most luxurious accommodation options available in Bern; the 150-year-old hotel was completely renovated recently and has gone from strength to strength since it reopened for business in June last year. The new Hotel Schweizerhof is part of the exclusive alliance of Leading Hotels in the World (LHW), and boasts the following luxury features:

• 99 beautifully furnished rooms and suites
• A conference centre and ballroom
• A restaurant, bar and cigar lounge
• A wellness spa, for which earned the hotel its membership among the Leading Spas of the World.

The interior design of this beautiful building combines classic and contemporary elements, mixing period pieces and historic elements with the latest in modern luxury and convenience. While the rich tradition and history of the hotel is upheld, it has also moved with the times to attract the most discerning international travellers in search of exceptional accommodation. All rooms come complete with state-of-the-art entertainment systems, high speed Internet connections and luxurious en-suite bathrooms with a choice of a rain shower or an oversized bathtub. Meanwhile, the indulgent spa features a pamper-pool and sauna as well as treatment rooms for relaxing spa therapies.

The Hotel Schweizerhof is a short walk from the Bern Art Museum, Clock Tower and Historical Museum, allowing visitors to travel back in time while still enjoying cutting-edge convenience in their hotel suite. The hotel has also been visited by celebrity guests over the years, including the glamorous Grace Kelly.

The Team

The Hotel Schweizerhof Bern’s award was accepted by Bruno Schopfer, the managing director of the Burgenstock Selection Katara Hospitality Switzerland, and Maria Vafidis, an internationally recognised interior designer who headed up the hotel’s interior design team. Maria Vafidis described working on the Hotel Schweizerhof as “a wonderful experience”, and the whole team was delighted to win such a prestigious award in their highly competitive industry.

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Nicky Warner is an avid business writer and traveller who loves exploring the interior design and contemporary furniture of international hotels and historical buildings.

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