The Hotel Bären in the village square of Mellau in the Austria’s Bregenzerwald is one of the few stone houses within a village characterized by wooden houses. Its new owners have breathed new life into the traditional house, which dates to 1872. It was completely refurbished and it has been given a modern look inside. Original elements were preserved or reincorporated: the beds, for example, were made from the wood from the old roof truss. Natural materials, simple furniture designed by local artisans, and a reduction to the essentials create an calm and casual ambience. This relaxed simplicity runs throughout the whole house – from the hotel rooms (with a terrace or kitchenette), and the purist sauna with a relaxation room and mountain views, to the Café Deli where hotel guests and locals mingle throughout the day.
What to do
Sauna & relaxing, road bike & mountain bike, hiking, yoga, winter sports, skiing, mountain sports, cultural events and workshops (e.g. beekeeping, baking)
Why we like this house
A modern hotel with an informal ambience - a nice mix of rural and urban.
This house is great for
Sport lovers and families.
Details of the property
Region/Town: AT – Austria, Vorarlberg, Mellau
Name: Hotel Bären
Scenery: On the village square of Mellau and surrounded by the landscape of the Bregenzerwald
Number of guests: 26 rooms for 1-2, 1-4, 1-5 people
Architecture: Old & new
Design: Bernd Frick, Reuthe
Published: DIE ZEIT Reisen-Spezial 43/2019