Hotel an der Aare Swiss Quality3.5 out of 5.0
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A business trip brought me to Solothurn for two weeks and this pleasant, quiet hotel was available for the duration. The hotel occupies a quaint old building with an interesting history. The rooms have been converted to hotel rooms with in-room toilet and shower facilities. Reviews should be understood by cultural differences. By US standards the room was small and Spartan, but typical of small towns in Europe. Similarly the thin mattress and limited bedding was typical of non-urban EU but not what is expected by US travelers. I found the breakfast very good, with freshly boiled eggs, meats, cheeses, and a variety of breads and fruits. The staff freshened the room daily and was both friendly and helpful. A small refrigerator provided a complementary beer after work.
We have nothing but praise for this historic hotel after spending 5 nights there. The location is ideal, a 10 min. walk from the train station and just accross the river from the center of the lovliest baroque town in Switzerland. All the rooms are facing the river with swans and ducks swimming by, and as an added bonus, our room was a corner unit (107) with fabulous views of the majestic cathedral St. Ursen (especially beautiful when lit up at night). Contrary to some comments posted, we found that the washroom was very functional, modern and well appointed - a great solution and design for an old historic building. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful, the breakfast buffet is abundant and of great quality. We also had supper in house several times and enjoyed the creative local cuisine very much. The complimentary coffee, tea, water, soft drinks, beer and fruits are unheard of in the industry and VERY generous. Overall a great and very uniquie hotel we highly recommend.
I stayed here with my wife and two teenage boys. Had to get two rooms but wanted the experience of this neat lodging. We enjoyed the location: short walk to the train station and short walk to old town Solothurn. The free cold beverages in the refrigerator were a nice touch. The rooms were comfortable with a nice view of the river
Stay here regularly for short business trips. Likes-view of the river and old town and the free beer (I kid you not!) Dislikes-close to the railway bridge which is in use through the night. That side it is one of my favourite hotels in Solothurn.
Hotel is hosted in an ancient building, by the city center. service is very good and people are very kind. Rooms are clean and modern, facing the river. Just try to avoid a couple of small rooms that face to the internal courtyard. Breakfast is also good
I had higher expectations, especially seeing the price. On the plus side; the location was great. The building was lovely. Though there is no on-site parking, ample parking available in the nearby parking garage (2 mins. walk) but you first have to go to the hotel to check in to get your entrance and exit ticket. The hotel is very nicely renovated and has certainly retained its character. The colours used are bright and cheerful throughout. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and as they double up as receptionist and at waitering, you do need to have some patience at the reception before you can be attended to - awkward when you're double-parked outside the hotel. The room itself (we had a superior on the 1st floor) was fine though we couldn't regulate the temperature - too warm at night and we didn't want to open the window as we were worried about mosquitos and the noise. The mosquito netting was pulled up but useless anyway as it was torn. The floors creaked but you can't expect anything different, seeing the age of the building and if you want to appreciate its original concept. Unfortunately no wifi though there was an internet cable - useless on Ipads. No minibar though complimentary coffee and drinks available outside one of the lounges. The bathroom itself was adequate with a good shower but I hate the concept of it being a (frosted) glass cubicle in the corner of the room. Absolutely no privacy, especially since the door didn't shut completely. The restaurant setting was small but nice though the dessert menu, with more than ample choice, was disproportionate to the main menu with basically quite limited choice. The food was very well prepared and tasty. The outside area alongside the river should be lovely on warm evenings. We enjoyed drinks in the sun in the afternoon though I first had to go into the restaurant for service. Having entered from the hotel side our presence had not been noticed by the waitress, which of course can happen. Why however she could not have been alerted by the kitchen staff who immediately pulled down the blinds of the window when we sat down, is a question. The breakfast room was totally inadequate for the number of guests, especially when nearly all the tables were reserved for a party of twelve who would have been better placed in the adjoining room. Finally, it may come across as being picky, but as a guest I'm not interested in seeing the dishcloths hanging to dry in the hallway leading to the restaurant and I would also recommend keeping the door to the 'utility' room, which opens into the reception, closed at all times (it was permanently open).
This is a tough place to rate. The bed was great, the breakfast excellent. Staff good and the room view lovely. Location near the old town, 15 minutes walk or EU10 in a taxi to the railway. But... No elevator. 19 steep steps to 1st floor, another 18 even steeper to the 2nd. Bathroom tiny with zero privacy, I mean zero! Impossible to sleep with the window open. Trains run all night and are similar to an A380 landing in your room. To be fair, with window shut, it's manageable. No aircon. Floors are terribly noisy. It's all a matter of what you want to pay. In hindsight, we would probably stay there again, but not for a long stay.
this hotel has come as a great surprise. the receptionist was very helpful. the finishes are great. the room had wonderful views with an ultra modern bathroom and great toiletries. the breakfast room and breakfast was awesome. so good; I considered coming back to Solothurn because of this great accommodation
Loved the concept of the place (converted nurses block). The conversion has been really well executed .... the public spaces are large and characterful with a lovely little courtyard on the way to the rooms with a free beer fridge and coffees - now there's an idea!!!! My room was large and characterful (on the second floor) - the bed was comfortable and the TV systems excellent. The staff were extremely friendly. The hotel was a short walk from the station, and accessible to all the restaurants in this nice little town.
This is an excellent hotel in a good location at the edge of the city's pedestrian zone and directly on the river. There are, however, some caveats to keep in mind. Parking is awkward at best. The noise level, both from the trains and from the road, are noticeable. The hotel was a former hospital and it retains some of its clinical feel. All that notwithstanding, it was a pleasant experience.
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75% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 74 reviews