A former cheese warehouse cast in chalked whites and pewter-grey shutters, this 120-year-old building of affinage is now the postmark of the Spedition Hotel & Restaurant - a small design boutique hotel that is home to casual hipness and is an insanely popular pit-stop in Bernese Oberland's gorgeous historic town of Thun, Switzerland.
Spedition Hotel is all about the design references to the building's provenance - which have been cleverly harnessed and are beautifully exposed. Heritage caresses the dapper interiors with simple elegance, as created by hospitality veterans Stylt Trampoli AB - an en vogue creative and design agency based in Gothenburg.
The ground-floor boutique interiors of the Spedition Hotel & Restaurant play host to mingling, all-day dining and are light, spacy and geared for sociability where the kitchen takes centre stage – not forgetting our favourite perch on the veranda. Move upstairs and the design gear is plush, seductive and chilled with a gorgeous palette of petrol blues, aubergines and canary golds that hug the twisted oak beams. Winner of the global award for hotel interiors by the prestigious Prix Versailles in 2017, the Spedition conveys that subtle feeling of being at home, to be staying in a best friend’s hip loft - complete with pleasingly unrefined knots to the wooden rafters.
Crushed velvets, wing-back chairs, sultry woods, tree-lined wallpapers, artworks and designer lighting are smoothly married with playful whimsical touches – artefacts from umbrella handles and antique cobbler’s lasts to wine labels and model railway cars nod towards the wonderfully eclectic. Spedition is no off-the-shelf boutique hotel – it has a story to tell, narrated by the likes of: Sängar, Designers Choice, Casarosa, Gervasoni, Miró Miró, Örsjö, Milla Design, Delius, Casa Rosa/ Kirkby, Trapiche & Co, Bankeryd/Pholc, JAB, Globo, Tapwell, MYSON, Aliseo, Cosmic, Vega.
Spedition Hotel & Restaurant is contemporary-chic in a historic build, a loft of style filled with thoughtful design elements and a signature of urban cool in the tiny town of Thun, Switzerland.
Serving nothing but plates of taste, farm-to-table deliciousness rocks at the Spedition. A fabulously casual eatery spans the ground floor and spills over onto an open veranda, this foodie hub follows the mantra of being local, simple, good and tasty – it is a popular gastro joint for both locals and visitors alike.
Centre stage is the open-show kitchen and glazed maturing cabinets hosting local mountain fare of meats, sausages and cheeses. A long bar and huge aged wooden chopping block rounds off the original kitchen concept. For those in the know there’s a private Chef’s Table too for exclusive hire.
Chef and Swiss television celeb Adrian Tschanz, aka the ‘kitchen rocker’, loves to rethink the gastro favourites, creating a menu mash-up of the classics – Tschanz treats the produce with great reverence, but is not afraid to cross the bounds with unconventional twists and his signature cheeky interpretations – even the simple burger is a taste bomb. Headliners include 21-day-aged Entrecôtes, handmade sausages from across the mountains, and regional specialities such as ‘Suure Mocke mit Stock’, a real Zurich ‘homemade’ dish of the most tender marinated veal served with what else, but crisp rösti. Harvested vegetables take lead roles in the vegetarian and vegan dishes. Tschanz likes to forage for his produce whether it be for the special ‘Wurst” found only in a small hamlet to selecting his sources of fresh meats, cheeses and forest herbs – a rebel and natural locavore.
From the breakfast buffet, to light luncheons and through to dining at night – the Spedition is the gastro pit-stop of flavour. The ambience of mixed-use seating from comfy sofas to the must-have bar stool, the restaurant caters equally for gatherings to dinner for one, not forgetting their former cheese cellars turned wine cave where chef Tschanz creates bespoke dining and gastro experiences.
Being born into a family of long established restauranteurs, it was a natural journey for owner and host Daniel Mani to continue the family legacy. After graduating Daniel wasted no time in working alongside industry legends like Jacky Donitz (Hotel Zürich) and at the tender age of 25 starting his first business venture.
A lecturer, entrepreneur, gastronome, and hotelier, Daniel is an ambitious character with an infectious passion for hospitality and his beloved homeland of Switzerland. In creating the Spedition Hotel & Restaurant, he put Thun back on the map and he is only just starting – watch this space.
“I like to create spaces people feel drawn to, feel at ease in, comfortable in and sort of feels immediately familiar with good food and design at its heart – oh and with a big welcome. This is what running a hotel and restaurant is all about, something my parents taught me from an early age.”
Günter Weilguni also learned his trade from scratch.
After graduating from hotel business school in Zurich and completing courses at Cornell University in New York, he gained his first professional experience on cruise ships.
Subsequent posts included Hotel Baur au Lac in Zurich and Sunstar in Grindelwald.
Crowned “Hotelier of the Year” in 2017, Günter is a marketing guru with a clear understanding of what today’s traveller seeks in a hotel, he explains that “hotels of modern luxury are relaxed in nature with excellent service and stylish in ambience.”
After completing culinary training and graduating from Thun Hotel Management School, Manfred Weilguni held the posts of F&B Manager and deputy-director at Seiler Hotels Zermatt, Grand Park Hotel in Gstaad and Alpine Lodge in Saanen.
With a number of hotel success stories, Manfred is a passionate hotelier who believes that the "guest should always be centre-stage and our role is about providing an experience beyond just accommodation.”
Spedition Hotel & Restaurant faces the historic and incredibly ‘instagrammable’ cute medieval town of Thun affording fantastic views of the town’s landmark, the 12thcentury castle, Schloss Thun and the Alpine drama cast by the mountainous Bernese Oberland.
Convenient for the train station and minutes from Thun’s main shopping districts on Bälliz, the hotel is located close to the banks of the famous River Aare full of cafes and hangouts. Not far from here is the stunning Thunersee (Thuner Lake) and Lake Brienz with the resort town of Interlaken just 30km away.
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