Schwende is a really small and quiet village, so not too much to do here, which in our case was perfect :) If you are looking for more choice of restaurants and a town rather than a village, Appenzell would be a great choice!
We made a same-day last-minute booking on a Thursday, when the hotel's staff had the day off. However, I got a phone call very quickly and was provided with a code to enter the hotel and get our keys from the key lockers. We got fantastic rooms that were newly-renovated and very clean. Their restaurant was closed but Hotel Alpenblick just below served a wonderful dinner (one of the best I've had!). Wifi signal was excellent. Great views from the room. Breakfast was simple but good Swiss-style fare (muesli, good bread, condiments, cheese and ham). The Ebenalp cable car and famous Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli was very accessible, just 1 train stop away at Wasserauen.