For the finest luxury retreats in Switzerland, look no further than these opulent hotels in Gstaad ski resort.
Gstaad is a town of glitz, glamour and frankly remarkable, indulgent hotels. On the mountain, the skiing has a little bit for everyone – with more than 200km of runs, including the wooded pistes of Rinderberg-Saanerslochgrat, open slopes of Eggli, and access to Glacier 3000, the only glacier ski area in Bernese Oberland, with its 30km of pistes. Here’s our guide to hotels in Gstaad.
Huus Gstaad aims to be a home away from home. Rooms have high ceilings, comfy couches, felt chairs and cosy tartan blankets. Their La Vue restaurant is simple but contemporary and stylish. Vegan and veggie dishes aren’t an afterthought here (try the grilled artichokes). Ski tickets, lessons and equipment are all included for kids up to nine, while everyone can enjoy skiing with the Huus mountain guides. This place is truly the best of both worlds – luxurious, but unpretentious.
Le Grand Bellevue is a hotel with food at its core. Their Gault & Millau-awarded chef serves everything from herb-crusted rack of lamb to handcrafted sushi. Leonard’s restaurant will take you back to 1920’s high society, and the bar and lounge are just as classy. There’s an exclusive aura here; luxurious rooms have high ceilings, warm colours and style in spades. There’s also the grand spa, and a cinema you can curl up in after a day’s skiing.
Fancy a post-ski dip in a heated saltwater pool overlooking the Swiss Alps? There are also 10 saunas at the Ermitage and yoga available on site, enough to fully embrace their “wellness” name. Meanwhile, the rooms are appointed in traditional alpine style – choose the Eggli suite for its cosy window seat and Nespresso coffee machine. In the morning, guided ski excursions, winter hiking and snowshoe tours are also included, leaving from the hotel.
Gstaad Palace is one of those places so beautiful, it’s hard to fathom it’s not been taken straight out of a Disney film. The building was designed by Dutch architect Adrien van Dorsser back in 1913. The cellar, which was used to safeguard the money of the Swiss Bank Corporation during WW2, is now a fondue restaurant. Rooms are grandiose, Glacier 3000 is a 20-minute drive, and heli-skiing can be booked from reception.
The five-star Alpina Gstaad opened in 2012, and has maintained a firm commitment to sustainability ever since. Indigenous wood, stone and recycled materials were used by local craftspeople in the construction of the property, which mixes traditional alpine style with contemporary class. Each room has a private terrace and mountain views. Indulgent is the best way to describe their stunning Six Senses spa, complete with a cool, cave-like treatment rooms, two pools, plus regular workshops, such as energy sound healing.
The Bernerhof is another hotel which takes sustainability seriously. From natural materials to green energy, the hotel also ensures the kitchens sources all produce from Gstaad where possible. Those kitchens make magic, too. Gault & Millau gave 13 points to both their Blun-Chi restaurant, serving authentic Chinese food, and their classic Swiss restaurant, La Gare. The ski bus stops right outside too, so when you get hungry on the slopes, just head back for some award-winning gastronomy.
Hotel Olden, which dates all the way back to 1690, was originally known as the Pinte Inn until it was destroyed by a fire in 1895. After reconstruction, Hotel Olden became internationally-renowned, thanks to the in-house orchestra and the daughters of the Müllener family who owned the place (they were exceptional yodellers). The tradition and standards remain the same, but inside, it’s up-to-date and stylish. Unsurprisingly, it still regularly welcomes celebrity guests.
If you’re after high standards with a casual feel, the Gstaaderhof is a great option. Located in the middle of Gstaad, so it’s only 10-minutes walk to either the Eggli or Wispile tramways, and the ski bus stops outside. The two on-site restaurants are both worth booking for the end of your ski day – the Saagi Stübli for the raclette and fondue, the Müli for their stripped back fine-dining. Try their duck liver or venison saddle.
Posthotel Rossli is the oldest continuously standing hotel in Gstaad, dating back to 1845. At that time, the building was also used as a post office. The current management are actually the fourth generation of the same family managing the Posthotel Rössli. It looks like a traditional alpine mountain chalet, flowers in the window and all, and oozes charm. Though the rooms are recently renovated, it still has that classic alpine feel.
Hotel Alpenland boasts unobstructed views of the 3,000m (9,000ft) Niesehorn, Geltenhorn and Wasserngrat peaks. Grab a burger or cheese and meat platter on their terrace for lunch and reserve a table at their tiny Fondue-Hüttli mountain chalet for dinner. Neutral hues, wooden backboards and beams create a cosy feel in the rooms. There is also an 8km cross-country ski trail starting at the hotel, and pistes opposite, served by the Lauenen ski lift, make it ski-in, ski-out.