The simple Traube has the look and feel of a bargain hotel but isn't. Despite its location in one of the town's most handsome buildings, very near the Landsgemeindeplatz, it lacks panache. Guestrooms are modern and clean and come with TV, radio, and direct-dial phone, but we recommend spending the extra francs for one of the other hotels reviewed here.

Daily Rates: Singles CHF 85–110, doubles CHF 150–180, half board CHF 35 per person

Contact: Hotel Traube, Marktgasse 7, CH-9050 Appenzell, tel. +41/071/787 140, fax 787 2419, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.hotel-traube.ch. Proprietors Kurt and Margrit Hunziker-Sager

Rating: Quality 9/20, Value 9/20