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Baeren - Das Gaestehaus
Ranked #1 of 6 Gais B&B and Inns
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Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
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126 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Quiet and very friendly”
Reviewed 19 August 2013

We stayed only one night here, but felt at home. The hosts were very attentive to our needs and the pension is decorated with very good taste, a mixture of tradition appenzeller style and modern. While it is aouside the town it is very quiet at night and one can sleep very restfully here.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 8 May 2013

We had a wonderful (one-night) stay at this recently renovated guest house. We were traveling with our young son & had some additional requests prior to arrival. Stephan was exceptionally helpful, generous & prompt in responding to our inquiries. The house and rooms are impeccable, cozy and lots of decor is traditional Swiss, most probably many pieces are family heirlooms. The furnishings are far nicer than anything we have in our own home! Stephan & Willy were very welcoming and warm, served a delicious breakfast, allowed our son to terrorize their dog, showed us the animals on the grounds, answered our questions and chatted with us about their lives and the plans for the guest house. We have lived in Switzerland for 5 years now and have stayed many places but these guys are certainly a cut above the rest. We have been recommending this place to all our friends in Zurich (only about an hour drive) & will certainly send any of our visitors their way.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Grandvaux, Switzerland
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92 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2013

At first, the location is not so attractive. But wait to come inside this old typical Appenzeller house and discover the hospitality of the Willi family !
The rooms are cosy, tastefully furnished with local craftsmanship and perfectly equipped. And above all, the Willi will do just everything to make your stay totally enjoyable : ready to give you very good hints for restaurants and authentic berghaus. You help yourself with drinks and tasty pies, fresh fruits, aso.
Not to mention an gorgeous breakfast !
Than you, Mrs and Mr Willi !

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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20 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2012

We arrived during an unusually early snowfall, which we aren't used to, and were so warmly greeted and welcomed that we were immediately at ease and relaxed after a long drive from Germany. The owners were more than accommodating, in less than 1/2 hour we were settled in our beautiful, clean and cozy rooms with reservations for dinner and transportation through the snow. Their recommendation was wonderful and so appreciated. We woke the next morning, very rested, to the gorgeous Swiss countryside and snow covered fields, like a Christmas card. Breakfast was phenomenal, everything you could want and the highest quality, served by Vreni Willi, owner and chef. She and her husband truly went out of their way to be kind and accommodating and we cannot wait to return for another visit.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2012

The Baeren Gaestehaus is beautifully situated just a few kilometers outside of "downtown" Appenzell. The Inn is impeccably clean, the owners warm, friendly, welcoming and helpful and the breakfasts offer everything one might want. Our elderly dog accompanied us and she too was catered for with a cozy bed and special treats.

I can highly recommend the Baeren Gaestehaus for an authentic rural Swiss experience.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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tasmania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2012

If you are travellers seeking an experience of sharing a Swiss country "home" with wonderful hosts in a picture book alpine valley surrounded by mountains, farms, and a short walk from a quaint village and train - then this is the place to stay. Not the glossy trendy tourist destination,but to us it is the "real" Switzerland of the Heidi book. Hans and Vreni are genuinely warm and welcoming, you leave feeling like you have made new friends - but also respect your privacy. Their renovated farmhouse has the right mix of Swiss culture and modern amenities. Our room was lovely with the warmth of wood and natural colours, and a lovely view over the field and stream to the village and mountains beyond. A highlight is Vreni's breakfast - one of the best in our travels. Lots of scenic walks - even easy ones for us not so seasoned hikers. With no car we found the local train service fantastic - highlight being the cable train to Allstaten in the Rhine valley, with incredible views. Allow time to get off en route and go for a walk. Had a great meal at a local inn/hostel just out of Gais on road to Alpenzell. It was open on Monday when hotels were closed. Yummy potato dish, inexpensive and locals keen to have a chat.
Just a wonderful find in a picture book valley. Enjoy!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 26 June 2012

It rarely happens that a place is a flawless as the Baeren Gaestehaus. The son of the owners welcomed us during our three-night stay and he couldn't have been more helpful and kind. The room - I booked a suite - was lovely and spacious and impeccably clean and the combination of wood, stone and earthy colours made for a wonderfully relaxing and soothing atmosphere. Breakfast was impeccable with as much fruit, Birchermuesli, cold cuts, cheese, eggs, bread, butter, jam, coffee, tea, juice, etc. one could possible wish for and to top off the Baeren's hospitality there is a self-service policy to any non alcoholic drink all day long. Not to mention the cake and other treats you might come across while doing so...
There's a cheesery down the road which might hum you to sleep or keep you from it, depending on your disposition, but in addition to the odd cowbell every once in a while this simply adds to the sounds of country-life which is peaceful and friendly in a way that more urban settings have seemingly forgotten about...

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Baeren - Das Gaestehaus
Address: Zwislenstrasse 42, Gais 9056, Switzerland
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Region: Switzerland > Canton of Appenzell > Gais
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Gais
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Baren Guesthouse is a beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of picturesque Appenzellerland. Come and enjoy a relaxing short holiday, far from any noise and stress, in our idyllic guesthouse with its peaceful setting. It is also the ideal starting point for active sport holidays, at the foot of the Alpstein mountain range. With its nine tastefully furnished double rooms, the hotel offers guests the highest degree of comfort and ensures that they feel at home and relaxed. ... more   less 
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