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Hotel Bären

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
Name Hotel Bären
Scenery on the village square of Mellau and surrounded by the landscape of the Bregenzerwald
Number of guests 26 rooms for 1-5 people
Completed 2015
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
Accomodation Hotel
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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Peter Koch sagt:
Wir waren im September 2021 eine Woche zu Gast im "Bären" und haben die Zeit dort wirklich genossen. Es ist dies ein liebevoll geführtes Haus (sehr nettes Personal!) in mitten des Bregenzerwaldes; viele Wandertouren beginnen direkt vor der Tür. Und wer auf der "richtigen" Seite des Hauses wohnt, blickt vom Zimmer direkt auf die mächtige Nordseite der Kanisfluh. Bis zur Talstation der Mellaubahn sind es ca. zehn Fußminuten. Wir hatten eines der wenigen Zimmer unterm Dach mit großer Terrasse belegt - perfekt für sonnige Tage. Das Frühstück im Haus ist der Hammer - selten sind wir kulinarisch so gut in den Tag gestartet wie hier! Besonders die Mehlspeisen haben es in sich (kein Wunder, wir sind ja in Österreich...)! Ach ja, und der Espresso dort ist um Längen besser als in den meisten Hotels landauf, landab. Das Yogangebot ist überschaubar (immer gibt es eines), variiert in der Qualität aber doch sehr stark.
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Karl Förster sagt:
Die Homepage sieht schon mal sehr gut aus...
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