Hotel WeissbadThe best accommodations and guest facilities in the canton are found at this ultramodern wellness and beauty center in the tiny hamlet of Weissbad, about four kilometers southeast of Appenzell. Built in the '90s under the looming Alpstein range, and since then refurbished and enlarged, the elegant Hof Weissbad is a gorgeous 21st century steel and glass hideaway with spacious guest and public rooms, and the requisite number of indoor-outdoor pools, saunas, spas, therapy systems, and a golf course. The plush public rooms feature a glassed-enclosed elevator, lobby fountain, and gleaming grand piano that is played most evenings.

Sleek, well-lighted guestrooms are done in a modern Bauhaus-style, with hardwood floors to keep allergy inducing dust at a minimum. Some are designated nonsmoking, and most have balconies and the usual four-star amenities. The restaurant is noted by Michelin as having a “particularly interesting” wine list The hotel boasts a 24-hour medical staff. Treatments range in price from a few dollars for 30 minutes in the Solarium to more than $200 for a “regeneration” treatment with massage and light therapy. Such group activities as Nordic walking and yoga are in the $15–20 range. For travelers seeking this sort of holiday, Hof Weissbad is a first-rate choice at surprisingly affordable rates.

Daily Rates: Singles CHF 290, doubles CHF 540–740, including breakfast and a four-course dinner. There are multiple-night packages that include various treatment programs. Free parking.

Contact: Hotel Hof Weissbad CH-9057 Weissbad, tel. +49/071 798 8080, fax 071 798 8090, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Proprietors Damaris and Christian Lienhard.

Rating: Quality 17/20, Value 13/20