Hotel Appenzell, AppenzellThough the Appenzell is rated three stars, some of its raw materials are five-star caliber. In many respects, such as service, location, quality of fixtures, and furnishings, it equals the Säntis, our first choice in-town. Public rooms with crystal chandeliers, rich paneling, highly polished wooden door frames and lintels, and carved wooden ceilings speak of a commitment to quality. The feel here is more intimate and small-hotel; guestrooms are a shade smaller than at the Säntis, but rates are lower. Each room offers the usual amenities including high-speed Internet access.

A very good, all-fresh buffet is laid out each morning in a cozy room notable for its stunning hand-carved breakfront/sideboard. As one of the town’s more popular gathering spots, the hotel’s café-restaurant is busy from morning till night.

We can find no fault with the friendly, efficient Appenzell and recommend it without hesitation. Ask about their three-night package that includes both breakfast and dinner. For most travelers, that’s just about the right length of stay for the town. The hotel is directly on the Landsgemeindeplatz.

Daily Rates: Singles CHF 120-130, doubles CHF 200–220, half board CHF 35 per person.

Contact: Café-Hotel Appenzell Am Landsgemeindeplatz, CH-9050 Appenzell, tel. +41/071/788 1515, fax 788 1551, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Proprietors: Leo and Margrit Sutter.

Rating: Quality 15/20, Value 13/20