On the other side of the Landsgemeindeplatz is our second choice for an in-town stay. Though the Appenzell is a three-star, 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. 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, plus one that’s not so usual: high-speed Internet access for guests with laptops.

A very good, all-fresh buffet is laid out each morning in a cozy room most 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 its three-night package for CHF 381 per person, including breakfast and dinner. For most travelers, that’s just about the right length of stay for the town and, at about $650 for two persons, is a good deal—remember this is Switzerland. Daily Rates: Singles CHF 113–125, doubles CHF 186–210, half board CHF 30 per person.

Street Address: Hauptgasse 37
City: Appenzell
Country: Switzerland
Phone: 011 41 71 788 15 15
Fax: 011 41 71 788 15 51
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Quality: Rating: 3 stars
Value: Rating: 3 stars
Price Level: $$--
Type: Hotel