WHERE TO STAY IN APPENZELL, SWITZERLAND: A COMPLETE GUIDE

Appenzell is one of the most vibrant and cutest towns in Switzerland. This is only a tiny old town with approximately 6000 residents and it’s also considered as one of the most traditional towns in Switzerland. The traditional architecture and colorful masquerades of Appenzell’s main square and street draw visitors every year. The district is well-known for its hiking trails up to Ebenalp in the Alpstein region where you have beautiful views from cable cars, as well as the charming alpine lake called Lake Seealpsee. From Lake Seealpsee, you can also check out the must-visit Restaurant Aescher where locals and tourists go, not just to eat but also to enjoy the incredible view. Overall, nature lovers, hikers, and outdoor sports lovers are the common visitors here. In this blog post, I will share with you the top-rated hotels and guesthouses in Appenzell along with their rates and photos of each property to help you figure out where to stay in Appenzell.

I actually stayed in Appenzell for 10 days and hiked the entire Alpstein Loop, Saxer Lucke, Ebenalp, Aescher Cliff Restaurant, Mount Santis, and even the Lisengrat Ridge. It’s one of my favorite regions for hiking and Appenzell is the best place to stay as a base for this region. There really isn’t anywhere else convenient. The town is very qauint and traditional, which is a nice vibe to come back to after hiking. Each morning I would eat at a cute little bakery and get a coffee before hiking and at night find a pizza and beer for dinner.

Generally, accommodations in Switzerland cost a fortune but it is a bit cheaper in the Appenzell district compared to other touristy places and cities. It’s probably because there are no 5-star hotels but there are charming 3-star hotels, B&Bs, guesthouses, and inns. It may be also hard-pressed for you to find a hostel in this area but don’t freak out! In this blog post, I’ve handpicked the 11 best places to stay in Appenzell that will suit your budget and needs. I’ve chosen these places as they are reasonable in price, centrally located, close to the train station, and breakfast is included in the price. 

A drone view of Seealpsee while flown from Ebenalp

Here’s a little checklist for you to start checking!

WHERE TO STAY IN APPENZELL COMPARISON TABLE

AccommodationRatingsRate/night
Romantik Hotel Santis****8.8- Fabulous$243
Hotel Appenzell***9.2- Superb$212
Hotel Hecht Appenzell***9.2- Superb$182
Hotel Adler Appenzell***9.1- Superb$182
Hotel Lowen***9.2- Superb$162
Hotel Kaubad***8.9- Fabulous$152
Hotel Landgashof Eischen (Inn)**8.9- Fabulous$182
Neuhof Gaste-& Schokohaus (B&B)9.8- Exceptional$161 
Gasthaus Baren Schlatt (Inn) 9.2- Superb$142
Restaurant Hotel Stossplatz8.3- Very Good$131
Guesthouse Forrenhusli8.4- Very Good$50

11 BEST PLACES TO STAY IN APPENZELL

Romantik Hotel Santis (Luxury): Romantik Hotel Santis in Appenzell has been run by the Heeb family for a very long time. This is the only 4-star hotel in the heart of Appenzell that offers 36 beautiful rooms ranging from suites to double rooms. Enjoy the hotel’s complimentary buffet breakfast at the restaurant on-site and there’s a bar outside making it perfect for guests and locals to chill at after a long day of hiking. It’s in a convenient location as it’s close to the train station. It has a welcoming atmosphere which is another highlight of my stay here. The property has a sauna and a wide range of activities offered both in the summer and winter to their guests. What’s more? It’s a pet-friendly hotel so you will not have a problem tagging along with your furry friend with you. For me, this is one of the top-rated places to stay in Appenzell.

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Hotel Appenzell (Mid-range): This 3-star hotel is strategically located in the heart of Appenzell. It offers 16 spacious rooms with beautiful and conventional decors. There is a restaurant on-site with a terrace from where you can also enjoy the stunning views of the town. It offers great traditional local food and friendly service. The location is ideal for exploring the Appenzell town while doing outdoor activities and other nearby attractions. It’s a popular base camp for skiers because of its proximity to the slopes. What I like the most is their 5-star service with excellent amenities. I guarantee that everything is value for money if you stay at Hotel Appenzell.

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Hotel Hecht Appenzell (Mid-range): Convenience, comfort, and good breakfast are among travelers’ top priorities when it comes to choosing a place to stay. That is what Hotel Hecht is quite popular for. This cozy family-run hotel is positioned in the heart of the Appenzell district. It’s also within easy reach from the train station. It’s a sister hotel of Hotel Santis and Hotel Lowen with one host family. All fully-furnished rooms feature a TV and bathroom with a hot tub. This hotel is much loved not only because of its proximity to the train station but also the buffet breakfast. It was fabulous with various options of local cheese. For the price, it is a bit cheaper than Romantik Hotel Santis. I highly recommend this hotel!

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Hotel Adler (Mid-range): Hotel Adler is a well-run family business in an idyllic town of Appenzell. The hotel rooms are very clean and well-appointed. The location is just walking distance to other 3-star hotels, Appenzell museum, and the beautiful river. The staff are super friendly and very skilled at their job. The good news is that you can leave your stuff without any cost if you want to hike for a few days. They have a charging station for those who have or rent electric cars. You can enjoy some delectable Italian food at their Little Italy restaurant on the garden terrace. In fact, they have appetizing and extensive breakfast so you won’t get hungry easily during the day. If you do stay here for more than 3 nights, the hotel will give you a holiday card which you can get some benefits from. 

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Hotel Lowen (Mid-range): This charming hotel is close to the museum and the railway station so it’s pretty convenient. It’s only a 3-star hotel that offers 28 rooms ranging from single to double rooms. Like Hotel Hecht and Hotel Santis, it is run by Heeb family and passed down from generation to the next. Every guest is treated like a member of the family. This hotel is a welcome sanctuary for travelers of all sorts especially a family with kids. The property is not just family-friendly but also pet-friendly. There are plenty of activities for guests to enjoy such as playing board games and puzzles for youngsters as well as hiking, skiing, and playing golf for adult guests. If you are not exploring outdoors, try their jacuzzi and sauna, fitness center and sun terrace on-site. I loved the central location plus the breakfast here is rich. It’s a good value for money!

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Hotel Kaubad (Mid-range): Another mid-range hotel in Appenzell that offers great value for money is Hotel Kaubad. This hotel is for a traveler after something a little bit different. It is 4-kilometers away from the town center so you will feel have the countryside feel while staying in this hotel. Location wise, I loved it! There are only 14 rooms featuring singles and double rooms with all the necessities and not too expensive compared to the ones in the town center. There is a restaurant on-site that offers a selection of food from a buffet-style, vegetarian to gluten-free ala carte. Other amenities to enjoy including a parking area, an electric vehicle charging station, a swimming pool, and a children’s playground. For a relaxing and comfortable stay, Hotel Kaubad will make your stay here worthwhile.

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Hotel Landgashof Eischen (Inn): Sitting in a quiet town of Appenzell and at the foot of the Santismassiv and Kronberg Mountains is the Hotel Landgashof Eischen. This inn guarantees an unforgettable holiday with a property that offers a fantastic view of the mountains, a spa and wellness center, an indoor swimming pool, a bar, and a Wi-Fi. It’s just an unbelievable luxurious place to stay in Appenzell and the photos below will show you why! If you do stay here, enjoy the panoramic view of the Alps while chilling in their outdoor hot tub. There are only 18 rooms with a safe deposit box, a cable TV, and a private balcony. It’s also a stone throw away from the bus stop and a variety of activities such as skiing, hiking, and cycling are offered. So if you want a small place yet offers 5-star amenities and service, this is the right place for you!

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Neuhof Gaste-& Schokohaus (B&B): You can’t get more central than this Bed & Breakfast in Appenzell. This cozy property is a popular base for couples and families traveling with young ones. They only offer two types of accommodation which are deluxe rooms and family rooms with a private bathroom. I loved the breakfast here better as they served delicious homemade and fresh dishes. There are a sun terrace and a shared lounge where you can unwind as well as meet other travelers. For young guests, there are also activities on offer such as board games and puzzles, books, and DVDs. It is within close proximity to the museum and the train station. If you’re up for cycling and skiing, the property also offers these activities.

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Gasthaus Baren Schlatt (Inn): This might be a great choice if you prefer to stay at a budget place which is a little bit distant from the town center. Surrounded by greenery and Santis mountains, Gasthaus Baren Schlatt offers double rooms and super double rooms with panoramic views of the mountain. The rooms are quite simple but clean and cozy enough for a good sleep. Although it’s not centrally located, this inn still receives superb reviews from its guests. Plus the hosts do a great job in taking care of their guests. There are many things to do around the area such as strolling along trails or farm paths, sunset viewing, and hiking. There is also an in-house restaurant that serves Swiss and foreign dishes. Combining comfort, affordability, and tranquility, Gasthaus Baren Schlatt is all about living well for less.

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Restaurant Hotel Stossplatz (Budget Hotel): Set in the heart of the charming town of Appenzell is Restaurant Hotel Stossplatz. They offer rooms with single beds and double beds which cater to every guest’s budget. In terms of location, the hotel is just opposite the train station. Although breakfast is simple, it ‘s still good and included in the price. The hotel features 14 rooms ranging from single to triple rooms so it’s ideal for solo travelers and group travelers. For $76 a night, you can get a private single room with a shared bathroom. And take advantage of amazing views if you dine by the garden. I highly recommend this hotel.

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Guesthouse Forrenhusli (Guesthouse): Travelers watching their wallets should consider staying in this tiny guesthouse set approximately 2 kilometers away from the town center. There are only two types of rooms available in the house such as a single room and a double room with a shared bathroom. If you are lucky enough to book a single room for $50 a night, Guesthouse Forrenhusli will give you the best nature and wildlife experience in your life. With mountains and farmlands around, I especially loved its peacefulness and serenity. This guesthouse is a great starting point for hiking and biking. The property only accepts cash for accommodation and services payment though but I’m sure it’s not a problem. A parking space is available on-site and your furry friend can stay, too!

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I hope this blog post about where to stay in Appenzell helped you select a place that suits you and your family during your vacation to this beautiful part of Switzerland.

MY SWITZERLAND HIKING GUIDES

I spent 100 days hiking in Switzerland and created a guide for different regions around the country. You can click on one of my Switzerland hiking guides below to help you plan your trip.

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INTERLAKEN HIKING GUIDE: 15 AWESOME HIKES IN INTERLAKEN: Interlaken is my favorite town in Switzerland and is the number one hiking base.

12 AWESOME HIKES NEAR GRINDELWALD: A great location to base if you are a keen hiker with lots of hut-to-hut hikes and epic peaks.

7 AWESOME HIKES IN MURREN: Murren is one of the most beautiful towns in Switzerland and is surrounded by great hiking routes.

9 AWESOME HIKES NEAR APPENZELL: My favorite hikes around the Alpstein Region and other peaks near Appenzell.

7 AWESOME HIKES NEAR CHUR: Several beautiful lakes, and incredible gorge hike, and an epic Via Ferrata course.

MY PERSONALIZED SWITZERLAND TRAVEL TIPS

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MOST IMPORTANT TRANSPORT TIP: SWISS HALF CARD

OPTION 1: Switzerland trains, buses, and cable cars are EXPENSIVE! I found the best way to get around cheaply was to buy the Swiss Half-Fare Card before I arrived. It gives you 50% off every regular train, bus, and even many cable cars. It only costs $150 USD but pays itself off in just a few days with many train tickets in Switzerland costing close to $100 alone. OPTION 2: The second option is to get the Swiss Travel Pass, which gives you unlimited train, bus, and (many) cable car rides but it’s pretty expensive at around $100 USD per day so if you don’t travel each day it isn’t worth it. OPTION 3: The final option is to get the FLEXI Swiss Travel Pass, which allows you to buy 8 days’ worth of transit but you can choose the night before if you want to activate the next day. That way you don’t need to travel every day to get your money’s worth, you can just activate the FLEXI Swiss Travel Pass on the days where you are doing sizeable transits. My advice is to book the Swiss Half-Fare Card or the FLEXI Swiss Travel Pass in advance before your trip so it’s ready to go when you arrive.

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