Are you looking to book a kosher hotel for your long-awaited trip to Switzerland?
If so, you’ll find comfortable, kosher-friendly hotels with great amenities scattered across the Alpine nation. Jews have been present in what is now Switzerland for at least a thousand years, and today, most Jewish communities happily serve the public in the hospitality business with kosher stores, restaurants, and hotels.
The Jewish community in Switzerland is small (approx. 18,000 or 0.2% of the population) but very diverse. Their attitudes and lifestyles vary greatly. Cities like Zurich and Geneva do not have any completely kosher hotels, but several cater to Observant guests. They serve kosher foods in their onsite restaurants or are near kosher grocery stores and synagogues. A few may offer options like mechanical keys to honor Shabbat.
But if you want to stay at a completely kosher hotel, you’ll find them in smaller, more touristy towns because these are places where the Jews who live in Switzerland go for getaways. Whichever you prefer, you’ll find excellent accommodations from this list of kosher-friendly hotels in Switzerland.
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Saint Georges Hotel, Zurich
Located just 300 meters from the Zurich-Vidicon train station, Saint Georges Hotel is the perfect place to stay while exploring all Zurich has to offer. A kosher breakfast is offered, and the Hachshara Mafia is a short walk away where you can get kosher pizza and sandwiches. Best of all, the synagogue Agudas Achim is just a 9-minute walk away.
Saint Georges guarantees you very competitive prices. The rooms are simple and clean and have all the basic amenities including cable TV, free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, and an inviting lobby. Choose from single or double rooms with a private bath or single, double, or triple rooms with shared baths. Some rooms have balconies where you can enjoy your morning coffee.
Although Saint Georges is in a very quiet part of town, the famous Bahnhofstrasse shopping street is only a 10-minute walk away. Airport shuttles are available, and the hotel is pet-friendly.
- Address: Weberstraße 11, 8004 Zürich
- Phone: +41 44 241 11 44
Engimatt City & Garden Hotel, Zurich
Located in a lovely garden in the heart of Zurich, the Engimatt City & Garden Hotel is an excellent accommodation for the kosher observant. The friendly staff looks forward to helping Shabbat observers with whatever is needed. The hotel is a 5-minute from the Zurich Chabad House and close to kosher shops and restaurants.
The rooms at the Engimatt are luxuriously decorated and have a private balcony overlooking the garden. They all have excellent amenities such as a Nespresso coffee machine, wireless internet, balconies with a view, and a mini-bar. Enjoy Zurich hospitality at Leaf’s, the hotel’s onsite restaurant.
Exploring Zurich is easy from the hotel. You can walk to the city center in about 15 to 20 minutes, or ride the tram and get there in 5 minutes. It’s a 17-minute ride on the S-Bahn city train to the airport.
- Address: Engimattstrasse 14, Enge, 8002 Zurich, Switzerland
- Phone: +41 44 28 16 16
Kempinski Grand Hotel Des Bains, St. Moritz
Discover St. Moritz, a famous ski resort town in the Alps, and book a stay at the Kempinski Grand Hotel Des Bains. From February 25th to March 5th, (the week when the Jewish holiday Purim is celebrated), and during the Hebrew month Av (July 22-August 12th), the hotel hosts an organized Jewish group with a kosher kitchen, synagogue, and more. During the entire month of August, the local bakery sells kosher bread and features a corner selling strictly kosher dairy products.
The 5-star hotel occupies an iconic 19th-century building and has elegantly decorated rooms and suites, an Alpine spa, and an onsite restaurant featuring several kosher choices. It’s located at the foot of a cable car with access to skiing and hiking trails. You’ll truly enjoy the peaceful and scenic surroundings.
- Address: Via Mezdi 27, St. Moritz
- Phone:+41 81 838 3838
Hotel Neufeld, Zurich
One of Zurich’s less expensive hotels, Hotel Neufeld is conveniently located on the Goldbrunnenplatza near a public transportation route and only 1.5 miles from the city center. The hotel is suitable for Shabbat Observers and the staff will help with whatever is needed including mechanical keys. The Chabad House is a 20-minute walk away and the Agudat Ahim Synagogue is a 10-minute walk away.
Hotel Neufeld has comfortably furnished Superior Double Rooms with a seating area and Double or Single rooms at a lower price. All rooms have private baths, flat-screen TVs with over 80 channels, hair dryers, and free Wi-Fi. The onsite Restaurant Neufeld features a breakfast and lunch menu with several kosher choices.
Drinks and snacks are sold in the lobby area, and reception includes a tour information desk, luggage storage, and a currency exchange for euros. Children under 6 stay free and pets are allowed for an extra CHF 15 per night.
- Address: Friesenbergstrasse 15, CH-8055 Wiedikon-Zurich
- Phone: +41 43 960 73 73
HITrental Chapel Bridge Apartments, Lucerne
The spacious and beautiful apartments offered at HITrental in the old town of Lucerne are perfect for your kosher vacation. Facing the river with stunning views near the famous Chapel Bridge, they are less than 10 minutes away from the Lucerne Synagogue and the Lucerne Chabad House. Mechanical keys are provided for Shabbat observers.
Each apartment has a kitchen equipped with a fridge, microwave, and electric kettle so it will be easy to prepare your own kosher dishes. Linens and towels are provided. Each apartment has a TV and Wi-Fi, and shared laundry facilities are available.
Several restaurants, shops, and bars are located within walking distance. Lake Lucerne and Glacier Garden Lucerne are a short walk away.
- Address: Zihlmattweg 44, 6005 Luzern
- Phone: +41 41 311 29 29
Solaria Serviced Apartments, Davos
Experience the highest city in Europe in luxurious Davos at Solaria Serviced Apartments. Jewish events occur the year around here with prayer lists and minyans most days in the Jewish Etania building up the mountain. In the summer, you can buy kosher bread and dairy foods along with other strictly kosher products at the supermarket in Davos.
This apartment-style hotel has a variety of apartments for up to 6 guests. You’ll be in control of your meals with a fully equipped kitchen including a fridge, stove, oven, coffee maker, and washer and dryer. All of the apartments are modernly furnished and have a dining area, sitting area, and a balcony. For a small fee, Shabbat observers receive a Shabbat hotplate.
The apartments are in an excellent location next to the Athenaeum building and within walking distance of a prayer hall and a supermarket. A local bus stops in front of the apartments, and the Parsenn cable car station is a 6-minute walk away.
Solarius can arrange every facet of your ski trip and organize car rentals. In summer, a playground on the property opens for children. Daily maid and shuttle services and garage and outdoor parking are available upon request.
- Address: Solariastrasse 4A, 7260 Davos
- Phone: +41 81 416 35 35
Hotel Mirabeau, Crans-Montana
Sitting in front of the impressive Valasian Alps, the Hotel Mirabeau is the perfect place to explore the resort town of Crans- Montana with its 140 km of ski runs and hiking trails. It’s a kosher-friendly and family-friendly hotel in the town’s pedestrian district just 200 meters from the Arnouva ski lift station.
During the winter season and again in July and August, a Jewish group provides kosher meals by reservation, synagogue prayers, and more. Shabbat meals are available in the kosher restaurant, and the hotel has an active synagogue.
The rooms at Hotel Mirabeau are spacious and connect to accommodate families. Supermarkets, restaurants, bars, a casino, and more are located nearby.
Special events can be booked at Mirabeau and the establishment will provide a variety of services for its Jewish guests if the stay is organized by the Jewish community.
- Address: u. Mattenstrasse 12/14, 3920 Zermatt
- Phone: +41 27 966 26 60
Fraser Suites, Geneva
Stay in the heart of Geneva at Fraser Suites, a 4-star hotel featuring well-maintained apartments and suites located 1.4 miles from the United Nations. Geneva has no completely kosher hotels, but Fraser Suites is a 6-minute walk from the Great Synagogue and a 20-minute walk from the Chabad House. They include a fully-equipped kitchen so you can take charge of your meals.
The apartments at Fraser Suites are luxuriously furnished and include a living area with a sofa, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and a private bath. Choose from one or two bedrooms with a combination of double, single, and king beds.
You’ll have complimentary access to the onsite fitness center, business center, and free laundry services.
- Address: Rue de la Rôtisserie 3-5, 1204 Geneva
- Phone: +41 (0)22 525 98 88
Hotel Sagitta, Geneva
Hotel Sagitta is an expensive hotel in a great location. It’s situated in the center of Geneva about a 10-minute walk from the famous Jet d’ Eau and a 5-minute walk from the Geneva Chabad House. The historical center and Lake Geneva are nearby. You’ll also be close to the Natural History Museum and Cornavin Train Station. The Geneva Airport is only about 3 miles away.
Choose accommodations from studios, suites, and apartments all comfortably furnished and with private bathrooms. You’ll have your own kitchenette with a fridge and stove to prepare your own meals. A free continental breakfast is served each morning in the lobby. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, and private parking.
This hotel gives all of its guests free transportation passes.
- Address: Rue de la Flèche 6, 1207 Geneva
- Phone: +41 22 849 81 00
Schloss Hotel & Spa, Pontresina
The Schloss Hotel & Spa is a completely kosher hotel located in the heart of the Alps in Pontresina near beautiful Lake St. Moritz. You’ll enjoy impressive views of lakes and mountains on an unforgettable summer holiday.
Operating under the supervision of Rabbi Pinchas Leibush Padwa of Amsterdam, this 4-star deluxe hotel is open from the end of July to the end of August. The suites are large and luxurious with excellent views. The halls and dining rooms are spacious, and an enclosed terrace overlooks a peaceful panorama.
Facilities to enjoy at the Schloss Hotel include a spa, sauna, jacuzzi, covered heated swimming pool with separate bathing, tennis courts, volleyball courts, a synagogue, and a children’s playground.
Gourmet meals are served including fine Italian fare befitting of the St. Moritz area. All dishes are strictly Glatt Kosher Mehadrin by Rabbi Pinchas Leibush Padwa Shlita. On Shabbat, catering is provided with a lavish Kiddush.
- Address: Via Maistra 94, 7504 Pontresina, Switzerland
- Phone: 97239050505
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