Most accommodation in Switzerland can now be found and booked through the main internet booking portals, even hotels and accommodation in remote areas. Nevertheless, most tourist regions in Switzerland have a tourist office where you can call to book a hotel for a small fee. Each city usually has a full list of hotels on its website, and it is often easier and cheaper to book directly with the hotel. Some hotels ask you to fax or email your credit card information to guarantee a reservation. Generally, hotel staff are helpful and knowledgeable and speak English fairly well.
As in most European countries, there is a wide range of accommodation options in Switzerland. These range from 5-star hotels to campsites, youth hostels and accommodation in hay. Hotel types in Switzerland include historic hotels, traditional hotels, country inns, spas and bed and breakfasts.
Compared to other European countries, housing in Switzerland is generally among the most expensive. Hotel prices in Switzerland can be quite high, especially in popular ski resorts and large cities.
The following prices can be used as a general rule:
- 5-star hotel: from CHF 350 per person/night
- 4-star hotel: from CHF 180 per person/night
- 3-star hotel: from CHF 120 per person/night
- 2-star hotel: from CHF 80 per person/night
- Hostel: from 30 CHF per person/night
Swiss Hotel Stars are awarded by the Swiss Hotel Association. All members of hotelleriesuisse must undergo regular quality controls to receive their hotel stars. On swisshotels.com you will find information about hotel stars, infrastructure and specialisations.
Tips are included in all services. For special services, a small tip, usually by rounding up, is always welcome.
Switzerland also has a network of youth hostels for students. The prices of Swiss youth hostels are at the usual European level.