We travelled to Bern on business, so since we only spent time to sleep in this hotel, it met our needs completely. First on coming to Bern's railway station we did not know that the street from which the tram No.9 was supposed to take us to the Guisenplatz, where the hotel is located, is closed due to some works. So, we had difficulty to find transportation to the hotel. Not many people actually spoke English. You can actually walk to the Zytgloge, it is only 10 minutes walk and take any tram there to the hotel. The best option is to buy a short trip ticket, which is valid for 30 minutes and is the cheapest.
Coming to the hotel, you need to know that there are three hotels located in one building. Ibis hotels are entered on the left (behind the building) and Novotel is located on the right. When you enter the Ibis hotel, the reception on the ground floor is that of the IBis premium hotel. For the Ibis budget reception you can take the lift to the first floor and there you can check/in. The rooms of Ibis budget are located on the 10th and 11th floors. The staff is quite friendly and will support you for all issues you might have. The breakfast is also served in the same place on the first floor. The food is quite plain, you can select only from several kinds of cheese, marmelade, some musli. Coffee, tea, milk and orange juice, so do not expect a great variety. For the price of 11 cHF for breakfast, this is really not much.
The room itself is very basic, but clean and well organised. Note that it does not have any hair dryer, so bring it with you. Also, no shower gel, just several soaps. There is no wardrobe in the room, just couple of hangers. Overall, it was a good experience, since we really did not spend much time in the room. The beds are comfy and the pillows OK. It is only 15 minutes walk away from the city centre, so even the location is good. I can recommend it fully, especially since for the Swiss standards it is cheap (we paid 109 CHF plus 11 CHF for the breakfast).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The ibis budget Bern Expo is an economy hotel located opposite the BERNEXPO and is a short distance from the new Stade de Suisse football stadium and the National Equestrian Centre. The centre of the city is just 1.7 km from the hotel and the Bern-Belp International Airport is only 10 km away. The hotel has 102 comfortable rooms with air-cooling system, free Wi-Fi, pay parking and a restaurant nearby. Enjoy an economical stay on a weekend or during the week in Bern for two, with the family or in a group. ... more less
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