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Where to stay in Gruyeres?

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We are thinking about taking a two day trip to Gruyeres in February. I found a great thread on what to do, but I have no idea where to stay. I have searched hotels.com and airBnb and neither have anything in the village. Everything is 12 km away or more. Are there hotels in the village of Gruyeres? Ones that take dogs? Is there a better website for smaller towns?

We are going to do the cheese factory, chocolate factory, museum and castle. Anything else we really need to see while we are there? We will have two little boys (almost 3 & 5) with us and two little dogs, but they can stay in the hotel when it is necessary.

Also, what is the likelihood that people speak English and/or Swiss-German everywhere we go there? My husband is not comfortable with his French, even though he speaks it pretty well.

We are driving from Jura. Anything we need to stop and see on the way down?

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Re: Where to stay in Gruyeres?

There are some hotels in the town itself, no idea whether they accept dogs or not.

http://www.booking.com/searchresults...oup_children=0

I typed a random date in and got these.

Gruyeres is a car free town so if you stay in the town you will have to park your car in one of the car parks and walk to the hotel.
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Re: Where to stay in Gruyeres?

Try searching for hotels around Bulle (about 10 mins drive).
I think there's at least an Ibis.

In the touristy places (Cailler, for sure) you may get English. The Fribourg French speakers hate and wont admit to speaking German.

Not too far away is Molèson village - may be worth a trip, and up to the top with the cable car.


Trip Advisor found 4 in Gruyere:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g1...rg-Hotels.html
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Re: Where to stay in Gruyeres?

Car free? I never read that anywhere. Thanks for letting me know.
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Car free? I never read that anywhere. Thanks for letting me know.
It's not far to walk though, especially from the top car park and the hotels may have parking for guests ( but not sure about that).
We have never stayed there just driven there for day trips.
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Car free? I never read that anywhere. Thanks for letting me know.
It's only the actual walled village.

There's a car park not too far on the outside of the walls, which shouldn't be full in February.
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Re: Where to stay in Gruyeres?

Tip for the walled village - don't wear heels. The cobblestones are really uneven and you're likely to sprain an ankle. Okay, it's February but in case someone reads this in the future...
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There are some hotels in the town itself, no idea whether they accept dogs or not.

I typed a random date in and got these.

Gruyeres is a car free town so if you stay in the town you will have to park your car in one of the car parks and walk to the hotel.
TiMow is right: only the fortified old town near the Gruyères Castle (le Château des comtes de Gruyères) is car free.
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Re: Where to stay in Gruyeres?

https://www.google.ch/search?q=hotel...OOIY7laL-JgpAO
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Try searching for hotels around Bulle (about 10 mins drive).
I think there's at least an Ibis.

In the touristy places (Cailler, for sure) you may get English. The Fribourg French speakers hate and wont admit to speaking German.

Not too far away is Molèson village - may be worth a trip, and up to the top with the cable car.


Trip Advisor found 4 in Gruyere:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g1...rg-Hotels.html

I agree 100%. Stay in Bulle and drive to Gruyères (it's only 5 km). Gruyères has very few shops and is a very boring place at night with limited dining and entertainment...

Hôtel Rallye (Best Western) in Bulle (www.hotelrallye.ch)

Located in southern side of downtown Bulle
Pros: Clean and modern hotel, walking distance (20m to 300m) to many shops and restaurants: Swisscom shop, Otto's, 2 x Denner, Migros MMM Gruyère Centre, Coop centre le Câro, another smaller Coop, Jumbo brico loisirs, 2 x Interdiscount, 2 x Sun Store, Müller, C&A, a huge toy store (maxitoys.ch), another huge store for babies'/kids' clothes (autourdebebe.ch which is a French chain), several restaurants, many boutiques. There are a Mc Donald's and a Subway nearby (2 bus stops).

Cons: limited parking


Hôtel Ibis Bulle la Gruyère (*)

Pros: Clean and newly built hotel, excellent view of the Alps, free outdoor parking, free internet, open 24 hours, near the Bulle beltway (H189 Umfahrung/contournement de Bulle)

Cons: The hotel is located in a new residential area, there is absolutely nothing at walking distance (1 km to downtown Bulle)



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- Gruyères (without article and with "s" at the end) is the township/commune/Gemeinde.
- la Gruyère (upper case G, feminine and without "s" at the end) is the area around Bulle / Broc / Gruyères / Charmey.
- le gruyère (lower case g, masculine and without "s" at the end) is the famous AOC cheese from that area.

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Also, what is the likelihood that people speak English and/or Swiss-German everywhere we go there? My husband is not comfortable with his French, even though he speaks it pretty well.
Not many people can speak English in that area. Also the only German-speaking commune du district de la Gruyère is Jaun (in French: Bellegarde) which is near Jaunpass (Bern/Freiburg cantonal line).
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Re: Where to stay in Gruyeres?

www.gruyereshotels.ch - covers most of the hotels
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Hello all-
We are thinking about taking a two day trip to Gruyeres in February. I found a great thread on what to do, but I have no idea where to stay. I have searched hotels.com and airBnb and neither have anything in the village. Everything is 12 km away or more. Are there hotels in the village of Gruyeres? .


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It's only the actual walled village.

There's a car park not too far on the outside of the walls, which shouldn't be full in February.
Yes I know that but from her first post I got the impression that she was looking to stay in the old village itself which is the pedestrian only zone.

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Yes I know that but from her first post I got the impression that she was looking to stay in the village itself which is the pedestrian only zone.
Probably the pedant in me, but the mediaeval walled village, on the hill with the castle (which, to be honest is what people think of) is the not the entirety of Gruyères.

The rest of the village is situated down the hill around where the cheese factory and station is, and I am unsure if any hostelry is located here (possibly B&B).

..... and to the OP: have you looked on Google Maps? In the just outside of the walled village a few hotels are marked.
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Re: Where to stay in Gruyeres?

Amanda - drive the route to Neuchatel (via Franches Montagnes (supposedly the quickest route from the Delémont valley) or via Moutier,Court, Biel etc) then direction Neuchatal (as far as Marin-Epargnier) then Murten, then Fribourg, Gruyeres. You avoid all the nonsense around Bern that way.

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Probably the pedant in me, but the mediaeval walled village, on the hill with the castle (which, to be honest is what people think of) is the not the entirety of Gruyères.

The rest of the village is situated down the hill around where the cheese factory and station is, and I am unsure if any hostelry is located here (possibly B&B).

..... and to the OP: have you looked on Google Maps? In the just outside of the walled village a few hotels are marked.
I guess that's where the issue lies. When somebody says they want to stay in the village of Gruyeres the old walked part is what immediately comes to mind because let's face it the bit at the bottom around the cheese factory isn't really that nice and all the photos and websites etc show the walled village.

The booking.com link in my first post came up with several hotels in Gruyeres itself plus Broc and Bulle as well. There are definitely hotels available which are not over 12km away from Gruyeres.
I'm guessing that with two young children in tow they're not really looking for nightlife.
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Re: Where to stay in Gruyeres?

Thank you everyone for all the help! We had a wonderful little trip. We found a cute inn in Albevue. The dogs stayed at home with grossmueti. The biggest hit was the chocolate factory, the cheese factory was nice except for the rude cow on the headset and the Chatêau was beautiful. ( as a history buff it was my favorite). We even took and impromptu visit to the ER when Thomas slipped on the ice and split hit forehead open. I can highly recommend the Urgence in Raiz. BTW, he is fine now.

ecB, thank your for the driving recommendation. We LOVED the senic drive.
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Re: Where to stay in Gruyeres?

Amanda, manz people ask for help on this forum, but few take the time afterwards to give feedback, or to thank those that have helped. You have done both, which will help others in the future.

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