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November 19th, 2008

As anyone who has ever gone to Art Basel (the Swiss original, not the Miami offshoot) knows, finding a decent hotel room is next to impossible.  The good hotels are spoken for months in advance, leaving auction house and gallery assistants scrambling.  However, the well hasn’t run completely dry:  capitalize on Switzerland‘s stunningly efficient national rail system and consider staying in a nearby town like Bern, a quick one-hour ride to the center of Basel.  The only five-star hotel in the Swiss capital of Bern, the Bellevue Palace, is certainly worth the short trip.

Not to mention, Bern is an infinitely more charming place to wake up in each morning.  The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with medieval streets full of kooky boutiques (Gothic gear, handmade wooden toys, avant-garde kitchen items) set against a backdrop of the River Aare and a perfectly Swiss alpine landscape.  The hotel sits next to the Swiss Parliament, and some say that more decisions are made over lunch on the Bellevue Palace terrace than in the halls of its more official neighbor.  For more information on the Bellevue Palace, visit

AMPR Calendar: 2009 Fairs in Basel: BaselWorld, Watch and Jewelry Show – March 26 through April 2, 2009 / Art Basel – June 10-14, 2009  / Basel Wine Fair –  October 24 through November 1, 2009

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