Mellau, Vorarlberg, Austria

Throwing away and buying new is a thing of the past. After all, why should you use fresh wood when you had to replace the old roof structure anyway and the ancient wooden beams, freshly sanded and oiled, are still wonderfully suitable for the construction of new beds and doors, and so would like to continue to make useful living for another 200 years to have each other? And why buy new furniture when there are so many beautiful old pieces of furniture that still work wonderfully?

Based on this principle of reusing and reusing existing resources, the traditional Hotel Bären in Mellau was renovated in 2015 and completely redesigned. The massive stone building, which is actually atypical for the area, lies in the middle of the village and from here in summer and winter the wonderful area of the Mellental nature reserve and the entire Bregenz Forest in Vorarlberg in the middle of the Alps can be wonderfully explored and enjoyed.

In the hotel itself there is plenty of space for casual interaction, children can walk around carefree and all the comforts of modern life are there, although the focus is on simplicity and on the limitation to the essentials. Not everything is offered here, but the important thing, but in excellent quality. Arrive and "just be" is the motto.

You can find the hosts' favourite recipe to try in the kitchen whispers.

Rooms + Rates

per night
Single roomfrom70 €
Apartmentfrom107 €
Double roomfrom107 €


FoodRegional and seasonal super breakfasts are available in the Café Deli and on the associated terrace in the Hotel Bären. Every coffee bean used here can be traced back to the plantation and eggs and milk products come from animals that are known by name. It is the same with the baker of bread, cake and pastries. The food in the bear is largely vegetarian, a lot of organic quality - whether certified or not. And there are authentic dishes like Vorarlberger Riebel - a simple breakfast dish made from semolina. The Hotel Bären has the Café Deli for breakfast, an Italian restaurant for eating and the s'Bärle Bar for the evening.

The Hotel Bären is a young, modern company and is managed in cooperation with regionally connected people. The working hours are designed with particular consideration for the employees, currently around 15 women, and the various family situations of the individual. All employees are also continuously trained externally and internally on topics such as waste prevention and separation and other sustainability topics.

EnvironmentIf renovation is as sustainable as possible. The house has been thermally refurbished, the new roof is insulated with wood wool, the heat supply comes 100% from renewable energy sources and in the bear over 90% of the light sources are energy-saving LEDs. There is no air conditioning and the temperature in the room is regulated automatically. All employees are trained in the subject of waste prevention and wherever possible care is taken to ensure that the packaging is free. All waste generated anyway is separated and recycled.

Well-BeingYoga retreats with different focus areas take place at the Hotel Bären at regular intervals. Upstairs in the house there is also a spacious, puristic Finnish sauna and an open-air terrace from where you can gaze out over the mountains. Next to it is a large relaxation room, where fine teas and snacks are available for the guests. If you want to do a more extensive wellness day with massages, cosmetic treatments and thermal baths, you can do that in a neighboring hotel - at reduced prices for bear guests.


  • Newly and sustainably redesigned hotel with an ancient tradition
  • Centrally located on the village square in Mellau
  • In the middle of the Bregenzerwald cultural landscape, which is characterized by a lively coexistence of agriculture, handicrafts and tourism
  • Regular yoga retreats
  • Offering workshops on beekeeping, baking, wild herbs
  • Guided nature walks, sunrise walks
  • Biking, hiking, paragliding in the area possible
  • The Mellau-Damüls ski area (with 30 lifts and cable cars) can be reached in 5 minutes with the free ski shuttle
  • Various excursions, e.g. in the nature reserve Mellental, Hohe Kugel, Hoher Freschen and Vorsäßsiedlung Schönenbach (romantic high valley with 3 levels of agriculture and rustic inn)
  • Suitable for meetings, seminars
  • Ideal for nature lovers, active vacationers and for families

Hotel26 roomsRestaurant + some rooms with kitchenetteChildren welcomeWi-Fino disabled accessno PoolPets allowed


  • 26 rooms in a modern design with local craftsmanship
  • Slow food restaurant with a sun terrace
  • Pizzeria
  • Regional breakfast until 11 a.m.
  • Cozy library
  • Free wifi throughout the hotel
  • Meeting room for small workshops
  • Sauna & relaxation room with a view of the local mountains
  • Ski room with boot dryer
  • Bear Cave Playroom
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Rooms + Rates

per night
Single roomfrom70 €
Apartmentfrom107 €
Double roomfrom107 €

Location + Directions

By car

The Hotel Bären is located in Mellau in the middle of the Bregenzerwald in western Austria (Vorarlberg). Directions from Munich approx. 2.5 hours (226 km), from Zurich and Innsbruck approx. 2 hours (approx. 150 km).

With public transport

The closest train stations are in Bregenz or Dornbirn. From there there is a bus to Mellau (approx. 50 minutes driving time). The bus stop is in front of the hotel. A shuttle can also be organized on request (at an additional cost).