Where to stay: SWITZERLAND
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Bern & the Bernese Oberland
Genève - Geneva
Grisons - Graubünden
Luzern - Lucerne & Lake Lucerne
Valais - Wallis
2024: Mandarin Oriental Savoy, Zürich
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will manage and re-brand the historic Savoy Baur en Ville hotel in Zurich, from 2024. The 80-room hotel, which first opened in 1838, is a landmark property on Paradeplatz, the main square in the city center. The hotel is currently managed by Credit Suisse. In 2022, the hotel will close and undergo a comprehensive two-year renovation to reposition the property as the market leader in the city.
Hotel Baur au Lac | Zürich
The hotel opened in 1844 and has remained in the same family ever since. It melds impeccable old world grandeur – the lobby is panelled in wood and features a traditional kiosk – with tasteful flamboyance that plays out in jewel colours, oversized porcelain vases, modern oil paintings and beautiful flowers curated by the in-house florist. In Le Hall afternoon tea is served among smart topiary, Louis XVI-style velvet armchairs and a tumbling sparkle of chandelier.
The Alpina | Gstaad, Switzerland
The first luxury hotel to be built in Gstaad for a century. The hotel was built on the site of the Grand Hotel Alpina, which was demolished on April 11, 1995. Opposition from local residents to the building of a new hotel took thirteen years to overcome. Local planning regulations dictated the style of the hotel, which had to be similar to the local three-storey 'Simmentaler' architectural style.
Badrutt's Palace | St. Moritz, Switzerland
Built in 1896 by Caspar Badrutt, the man credited with bringing the Brits to St Moritz, the Gothic-style landmark Badrutt’s Palace maintains its sense of history. Much of the furniture in the ecclesiastical lobby with its six-metre-high ceiling is original, as is the 19th-century Italian art. The traditional feel permeates most of the common areas, including the breakfast salon and timber-beamed La Coupole restaurant, formerly Europe’s first indoor tennis hall.
Lausanne Palace | Switzerland
The hotel dates from 1915 and was the last of Switzerland’s high-end palace hotels to open during the tourism boom that began in the 19th century. Visiting today, it feels as though every decade of its century-long history is preserved within its walls. There’s the elegant Belle Époque style of the 1915 Bar and foyer, with its marble columns and chandeliers, and the traditional Parisian bistro that evokes 1940s France with its green leather banquettes and wood panelling.
Park Hotel Vitznau | Switzerland
Behind the exterior of this 1867 luxury hotel lies a wonderfully inviting interior. This extensively renovated jewel offers an individual hotel experience like no other, influenced by three main themes: wine and dine, art and culture, and health and wealth.
Hotel Marina Lachen | Switzerland
Design by Piero Lissoni. An elegant design boutique hotel located at Lachen, at the southernmost tip of Lake Zurich. It offers stylish, air conditioned rooms with audiovisual equipment by B&O and private bathrooms. Three quality restaurants are available where you can enjoy Italian, Thai and barbecued dishes. There is also a bar/lounge and large terraces bordering the marina.
Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic | Montreux, Switzerland
Built in 1870 in classical Belle Époque style, the grand hotel captures the elegance and extravagance of the period. Each of the 155 guest rooms boasts vivid yellow, blue and green tones, paying homage to the Swiss Riviera and mirroring the colours of the lake and natural surroundings. Natural light floods the building, illuminating the elegant interiors and colourful prints around the hotel, creating a bright and vibrant space for guests.
Boutique-Hotel Schlüssel | Beckenried, Switzerland
Set in a historic building dating back to 1727, Boutique-Hotel Schlüssel offers rooms of unique charm in the village of Beckenried, between majestic mountains and Lake Lucerne. Since 1820 the building has been operating as an inn.
The Dolder Grand | Zürich
The Dolder originally opened in 1899 as a retreat from the city, but went on to attract illustrious guests including Winston Churchill, Roger Moore and Sophia Loren. Nowadays, its reputation as one of Switzerland's best hotels continues, in part thanks to two Norman Foster-designed wings of steel, stone and tinted glass that sweep, wave-like, around the shuttered cream-and-merlot Belle Époque building in a glossy interplay of old and new.
Hotel Storchen | Zürich
Storchen Zürich, a centuries-old establishment that melds traditional hospitality with polished design-led good looks, occupies an enviable perch on the river in central Zurich. Its pier lends exclusivity, a mood enhanced by the jazz-filled waterside bar.
LADYs FIRST | Zürich
Located in a quiet sidestreet of Lake Zurich, LADYs FIRST is a stylish boutique hotel set in an elegant 19th-century building with modernist interiors. Rooms feature old parquet floors, bright colors, carefully selected lighting and furniture, and quality beds from Swissflex.Although the hotel welcomes everyone, the spa is exclusively for women and offers a steam bath, saunas, special showers, and foot baths.
B2 Boutique Hotel | Zürich
An industrial chic hotel in an imposing brewery with an edgy aesthetic offset by warm colours and oak fittings. B2 boasts a perch above Zurich, where views are best enjoyed from the hot rooftop pool with jets. There is also an excellent series of indoor pools.
Hotel Seehof | Zürich
Set close to the opera house and the promenade that parallels the lake, the small design Hotel Seehof is set in an original 1930s-era private house. The hotel retains the original russet-colored exterior, but the interior decor is angular and efficient, with stark white walls and the kind of black furniture that you'd expect in a trendy art gallery. The angularity is softened, in both the public areas and the bedrooms, with varnished and beautifully crafted oak floors.
25hours Hotel Zürich Langstrasse
This hip hotel is located in the equally hip District 4 of Zurich, just a short walk from the main train station. The hotel has an eclectic style: zany bric-a-brac, including model boats, flamenco dancers and giant Duplo bricks, is arranged around the front desk, while truck tarpaulin bags, made by cult Zurich company FREITAG, dangle from the ceiling.
Hotel Helvetia | Zürich
This boutique hotel on the River Sihl in central Zurich combines Art Nouveau good looks with design-led charisma. The superbly comfortable Hästens beds are a highlight, but other reasons to stay are the Gault Millau-rated restaurant and a rooftop terrace with 360-degree views.
Swissôtel Kursaal Bern | Switzerland
An immaculately designed hotel project by award-winning Austrian interior and product designer, Nina Mair, the Kursaal offers a contemporary kind of comfort that’s derived from its alpine heritage, one that champions sustainable design, warm hospitality and a connection to nature.
Crans Ambassador | Crans-Montana, Switzerland
Many hoteliers, faced with the task of designing a hotel in an Alpine setting as awe-inspiring as Switzerland’s Crans-Montana, would opt for something safe and unremarkable, and convince themselves they’re letting the landscape take center stage. Crans Ambassador, on the other hand, takes a more active approach; this building aims to complement the majesty of the Alps, not cower before it, and thanks to its rakish angles and its monumental modern spaces, you’d have to judge it a success.
Cervo Mountain Resort | Zermatt, Switzerland
A luxury design hotel set in five newly built chalets around the original main building from the 1950s. Natural, local materials (wood, stone, felt, loden) adorn the interiors, which although modern give a cosy "lodge" feeling.
Hotel Zermama | Switzerland
Ski hotels were a bit late to get swept up in the boutique-hotel wave. And Switzerland, despite notable pockets of creativity, has a reputation for conservatism that’s not entirely undeserved. So a hotel like Zermama comes as something of a shock. Not just its modern style, putting the bare wood and organic textures of the Alpine lodge idiom to striking novel use. But also its friendly, welcoming atmosphere, its youthful attitude, and even its ultra-casual name.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel de la Paix, Geneva
Positioned on the shore of Lake Geneva, with exceptional views of the city’s famous Jet d’Eau and Mont Blanc as a timeless backdrop, Hotel de la Paix has defined luxury in Geneva since its inception in 1865. It has also stood at the crossroads of history, inspiring many memorable gatherings including the International Congress of Peace, and has welcomed high-profile guests from across the globe, such as the Monaco Royal Family and notable American actor Orson Welles.
W Verbier | Switzerland
Contemporary design meets traditional Swiss at the W. Classy without being stuffy, fun without sacrificing quality, it's well designed to appeal to the professional, international crowd who come to Verbier to ski – and given its location right next to the main lift, they don't have far to go.
Hotel Matthiol | Zermatt, Switzerland
Hotel Matthiol is a younger, fresh, alternative to a lot of the more traditional style hotels in the area. A modern chalet style building, constructed in 2009, it is situated at the far end of Zermatt Village. It features modern-contemporary rooms and buzzing common areas. Set on a hillside, the hotel has beautiful alpine surroundings, and you can actually ski-in to the hotel which is unusual for Zermatt. Getting to the center of Zermatt is a 20 minute walk.