Some of these hotels will take your breath away and others will leave you scratching your head. These are the most epic hotels that Switzerland has to offer and the ones that you simply need to see for yourself.
Nestled in the Swiss Alps near Adelboden, The Cambrian Hotel is famous for its spectacular views of the mountains that surround it on every side. It’s one of the few places that can compete with the Villa Honegg for the best placed pool in Switzerland. You’ll find your every need catered for, and the immense beauty of the Bernese Oberland and its ski slopes are right on your doorstep.
About the place:Modern, Outdoors, Stylish
Imagine a hotel with no concierge or no reception desk whatsoever and that’s what you’ll find at the Morosani Fiftyone, a completely autonomous hotel experience. Bookings are made online and when you arrive, you check-in to your room at a computer which promptly returns your electronic keycard. If you’ve watched one too many sci-fi movies and fear the rise of the machines, you don’t have to fret as the hotel owner is nearby in case of any I-can’t-let-you-do-that-Dave incidents.
What better way to enjoy the iconic Matterhorn than from an igloo? At the Iglu Dorf, all the accommodation is made of ice and snow and you’ll even sleep on a snow bed (with a sleeping bag, of course). A system of tunnels connects all the rooms in the snow hotel. There are a whole range of rooms available that range dramatically, from standard to the luxurious hot-igloo, proving that no igloo is the same.
About the place:Unusual
Above Lake Thunersee, you can go all out and sleep in a tube. The Swiss Tubes are each made out of concrete and lined with wood, offering an odd shape but also comfortable living space and a panoramic window at the tube’s end, so you can enjoy the views. They rest atop one another but are securely fastened down, so there is no chance of you rolling off down a slope during the night.
It’s guaranteed that you won’t come across many hotels like Hotel Palafitte in the whole of Europe, as it’s built on stilts. The hotel’s rooms sit on top of Lake Neuchâtel and each one has its own balcony, offering you a moment of seclusion every day to enjoy the scenery.
The Whitepods may look tiny from the outside, but stepping inside is entering into a little eco-friendly world of luxury. All the pods are built on stilts so as not to damage the ground beneath. The Whitepods are more than just a place to sleep as they are a gateway to a nature lover’s dream, with 25 kilometres of trails leading into the surrounding country.
Over 170 years old, the Berggasthaus Aescher sits in a rather precarious place on its mountain ledge. It was originally built as a resting place for farmers looking for new pasture for their livestock. Now, it’s far more easy to get there by cable car, followed by a short hike. You can enjoy a meal on the terrace complete with splendid views of the valley below.
Get yourself dizzy at the Kulmhotel Gornergrat, the highest hotel in the Swiss Alps at 2,048 metres above sea level. As you may expect, every one of the hotel’s 22 rooms comes with spectacular mountain views. There are two observatories nearby as well, where astronomers regularly visit to take advantage of the starry skies.
Few views rival that of the Villa Honegg, particularly from the comfort of its outdoor heated pool that overlooks Lake Lucerne and the surrounding mountains. The hotel itself has been open since 1905 and has since been given a modern makeover to bring into the 21st century.
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Ever wanted to stay in an abandoned army bunker? Well, in the Swiss Alps you can do just that. La Claustra is a fortress hotel that is buried inside the Gotthard Massif. Despite its rather grim and sombre look, the hotel has been granted four-stars and has a sauna, restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool.
The Bertol Hut is more of a hut than a hotel, that just happens to be 3,311 meters above sea level and sitting atop a rocky peak. It’s run by the Neuchâtel Swiss Alpine Club for climbers and hikers and is open during winter and summer.
About the place:Adventure, Outdoors