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. Much emphasis was placed on robustness and durability. 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.
Guests can also relax with yoga. Studio B on the ground floor of the hotel hosts open yoga classes, courses and retreats. The newly built yoga room with solid oak floors, walls plastered with clay and linen curtains has a soothing, tranquil ambience.
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, couples and families
|Region||AT – Austria, Vorarlberg, Bregenzerwald, Mellau|
|Scenery||on the village square of Mellau and surrounded by the landscape of the Bregenzerwald|
|Number of guests||26 rooms for 1-5 people|
|Design||Bernd Frick (architect), Reuthe|
|Published||ZEIT-Edition Hotels zum Verlieben 2021, DIE ZEIT Reisen-Spezial 43/2019|
|Awards||Vorarlberg Tourism Innovation Recognition Award 2018|
|Architecture||Old & new|
|Criteria||Rooms for 1-2 (hotel), Rooms for 1-4 (hotel), Dog-friendly, Family, Hiking, Mountains, Restaurant, Sauna, Skiing, Spa, No car needed|
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