Pension (lodging)

Pension (lodging)

A pension is a family-owned guesthouse or boarding house. This term is used in Spain, Italy and other countries as a synonym of cheap hostel, where one can usually get a room with a shared bathroom. These small businesses may offer special prices for travellers staying more than a week.

In Switzerland this definition has a wider range. There, these family run guesthouses may be located in historic old buildings, have beautifully designed rooms with private bathrooms and usually have a restaurant for breakfast and dinner. They are less expensive than a full service hotel since they are family run and have limited services beyond lodging and food. A real advantage is ongoing interaction with the owners which may lead to a more enjoyable experience. Don't be surprised to find family antiques and beautiful artwork mixed in as well. Many found in smaller villages in the mountains.

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