This grande dame hotel in the center of Bern has played host to politicians, diplomats, authors, and heads of state for more than 150 years. The service and hospitality is top-notch, and the 128 rooms are large and comfortable. Ask for one with a view of the river and rows of intact Renaissance-era homes. Bern is the capital of Switzerland, and the entire Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is preserved in another time, and the Bellevue is an excellent place to return to at the end of a day exploring the city.