May 1, 2015 - 3:01 PM
in reply to Arno
As Arno said, the star rating has nothing to do with the quality of the hotel. It refers only to the amenities the hotel provides. For example, the Sunstar has a spa with pool and a large bar/commons area; neither the Bären nor Edelweiss do. Therefore Sunstar gets a higher star rating.
Sunstar sits in the middle of the village. It recently underwent an update and I have not been inside since that happened. It has always been a fine hotel, on the larger side and often caters to tour groups. However, there likely won't be many of those during the dates of your stay.
Bären is more casual but is very nice and has some of the best food in the entire region. The restaurant has always been a favorite of ours and local residents. It is usually quite crowded, but won't be in early October. It is a smaller family-run hotel. Edelweiss is also a small hotel run by a charming young couple and I've heard the food there is also very good. I have only been in the reception area of the Edelweiss but can tell you that the visitors that were checking out were effusive in their praise for the staff, food, and their entire stay.
Both Bären and Edelweiss are a short walk (about 5 mins) from village center in a beautiful area that looks out over the Lauterbrunnen Valley.
So if you want a large hotel with a spa, pool, and large commons area pick Sunstar. If you want something more intimate, pick one of the other two.