Boutique Hotel Bären in Gonten

Shaped by the origin, animated by the future, inspired by the moment
Welcome! In the lovely boutique hotel Bären in Gonten, the warm hospitality of Appenzell awaits you. In our traditional Taverne we offer the best of the regional cuisine; in the gourmet restaurant Bärenstobe chefs and hosts Jürgen Schmid and Carlo Bet will delight your tastebuds. Enjoy a peaceful sleep in our newly designed, comfortable boutique rooms. Discover the historic Bären!

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Close your eyes and smell the hay – that’s what you will do at hotel Bären in Gonten when you sink into the comfortable box spring bed after an eventful day. Our newly designed boutique rooms cultivate the Appenzell tradition and leave nothing to be desired. Whether single or family, everyone will find their comfortable favourite accommodation with us.


The regional dual leadership Jürgen Schmid and Carlo Bet become the new Chefs at the boutique hotel Bären. The Bärenstobe is their gourmet flagship restaurant. Here they combine creative cuisine, the best ingredients, and aesthetic presentation with a dash of Appenzeller flair. Jürgen Schmid and Carlo Bet think of everything: from exquisite wines and local ingredients to the Bären cigar – perhaps because they themself are men of pleasure?


In June 2020, the cosy sauna oasis opened under the roof of the Bären. Here, in accordance with the boutique idea, you will find a steam bath, Finnish sauna, multi-sensory showers and a relaxation room under rustic beams. An antique tiled stove creates a feel-good atmosphere, especially in winter. We are totally committed to your relaxation, switch off for a change.


We in Appenzell know how to celebrate. Come to us and try it out! In the gourmet restaurant Bärenstobe there is room for up to 90 guests, in the Taverne and in the Wiichölle(wine cellar) up to 30 people each.


In our partitionable conference room (partly 1.80 meters ceiling height) you have peace and quiet for lively discussions and strategic decisions. We are happy to welcome a maximum of 24 people at the rustic “negotiating table”.
Anyone who spends wonderful days would like to take some of it home with them, either for themselves or as a greeting for those who stayed at home. We offer you the Bären room scent created for us, the fine Bären jam (“Latweri”), our edition of Bären malt whiskeys and the Bären cigars right in the present packaging. We are looking forward to your order.
Spezereien - Bären roomscent - Boutique Hotel Bären in Gonten
Delicacies - Bären jam "Latweri"
Delicacies - Bären malt whiskeys - Boutique Hotel Bären in Gonten
Delicacies - Bären cigars
With our attractive packages you now get even more of the Appenzell! Choose your offer


What guests say

A highly recommendable and very well maintained, newly equipped hotel . Staff (incl. patron/chef) very obliging and attentive. The dinner was a poem and was served with much joy and fresh, tasty ingredients. The hotel rooms were very clean and modern, but furnished with a lot of homely style. We have slept wonderfully and afterwards rich breakfast buffet. We were not there for the last time and will surely meet several times in the future in the hotel Pampering bears. A big thank you to the whole crew !

Wonderful culinary experience
The ambience is very nice, the food top and the service simply fantastic. Everything was perfect from A-Z.
Imthurn Valentin + Inka

A delicious 6-course menu . Everything fits from A to Z. Gastronomy at its best.
R. Favero

Excellent food in an elegant ambience, extremely attentive and courteous service. Here the guest is king.

Irene Hermann

Strong performance
We were offered a wonderful, unique and enjoyable evening. We thank the whole Bear Team. Family Keller Fischenthal.
Claudia Keller

A pearl in Eastern Switzerland
The food was a heavenly seduction. The staff is extremely friendly and spares no effort to make the guest as comfortable as possible. This house is an insider tip to enjoy and relax. With pleasure again!
Karin Saxer-Kaufhold

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About us

According to a dendrochronological report, the Bären was built in 1602 and is the oldest building in Gonten/Appenzell. In spring 2015, the three-star superior boutique hotel underwent extensive renovation. In 2020 the traditional hotel was extended by a further twelve junior suites and rooms, a spa and new seminar rooms.
Boutique Hotel Bären in Gonten