Hotel Schweizerhof, Bern reopens

Hotel Schweizerhof in Bern, Switzerland has reopened following a two-year redesign and renovation program by the UK-based interior design practice, MKV Design.

All the guestroom floors and a large part of the ground floor public spaces were retrofitted.

“Our aim was to create a hotel that was particularly relevant for 21st Century business people,” said Maria Vafiadis, managing director of MKV Design. “We therefore designed a hotel that is contemporary but not fashionable, that is both luxurious and functional and which will stand the test of time. We believe that heritage hotel refurbishments should not be a literal interpretation of the past. We have to think about the hotel’s customers of the future and, in order to preserve the individual soul of a grand hotel, designers have to gently move the design on to meet the expectations of the next generation.”

Previously, Hotel Schweizerhof had only 89 guestrooms. In re-planning the guest floors, MKV achieved 99 rooms, each with a four-fixture bathroom. All the guestrooms combine “traditional architectural detailing with contemporary and classical furniture and fittings,” the company said in a statement.

Among the other changes made were the stripping out of the lobby area to allow the relocation of the main entrance while leaving the lounge intact; flanking of the front façade by a double layer of sheers to allow lighting in, even if these filter the views of those looking into the hotel; and the addition of an alabaster reception desk, described to have an unconventional form, topped by a digital art installation that pays homage to Albert Einstein who once lived in Bern.

The Bel Étage, the first floor meeting rooms and ballroom, were also given a facelift; and the new public and guest areas now boast of artworks, including Paul Klee prints.


Lobby


Deluxe Room


Lobby Lounge


Unwinding at the Bar

Suggested Articles

The brand's debut Room8 Design Challenge is meant to bring a fresh perspective to shared hotel accommodations.

The Pantone Color Institute and Visit Carlsbad cited trending colors in influencer travel photos—and Carlsbad, Calif., hotels are incorporating the hues.

The former San Rafael Hotel on Uruguay's Punta del Este will become the Cipriani Ocean Resort.