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Bern & the Bernese Oberland
Genève - Geneva
Grisons - Graubünden
Luzern - Lucerne & Lake Lucerne
Ticino - Tessin
Valais - Wallis
Historical features of the former building dating from 1904 were preserved in close cooperation with the monument conservation authorities. With its special flair, the historic Kursaal, for example, has been integrated functionally and architecturally into the building ensemble.
The DNA: An update on the classic Swiss chalet, the Hide is the latest bold creation of the Gothenburg-based, multi-award-winning design team of Stylt Trampoli. The Hide’s design concept considers the dramatic natural surroundings, which are also ideal for skiing, hiking, and an array of other outdoor activities.
The DNA: Family-owned and operated since 1929, the Hotel Alpina was completely renovated in 2006 by a local Grisons architect. Plenty of local wood lends the hotel a minimalist style. The first floor restaurant serves local specialities made from fresh, bio products such as organic local beef from Hof Leis, local game, trout from the valley streams in early summer and local lamb. Grisons wines complement your meal.
The second becozy Pop-Up Hotel – the first took over the Swissôtel in Oerlikon, now closed. As the name implies it is a limited service hotel. Staff is being kept at a minimum, and is available only for technical, security and cleaning purposes. When you want your room to be cleaned or linens changed, you pay extra. Food can be ordered through UberEats and there is a grocery delivery and laundry service. Rooms are particularly spacious, though some lack natural light.
Volkshaus translates from German to “the people’s house” and while this new Herzog & de Meuron-designed hotel in Basel features all the luxuries that modern lodgings require, it also retains the unpretentious values of the building it occupies. This renovation of a historic 1925 event space and concert hall now boasts 45 rooms on top of the bar and restaurant space opened in 2012.
Also known as the Pearl of the Swiss Riviera, this Belle Époque gem built in 1906 stands majestically on the shores of Lake Geneva in the town of Montreux offering a breathtaking view over the lake and the Alps. It offers all the luxuries of a grand hotel, including restaurants, bars and an extensive spa.
Arranged between three buildings: the 1877 Grand Hotel, turreted Villa Silvana and discrete Chalet Belmont – all connected by underground passages and covered walkways. The Waldhaus emanates an aesthetic of historic class with oodles of wow factor. A lavish renovation has resulted in a luxurious palette of gold, caramel and chocolate arranged in layers of leather, velvet and wood.
Set on ten acres of private gardens on the shore of Lake Geneva, the Beau-Rivage Palace exudes serenity and history. During the early 20th century, the Belle Époque hotel was the scene of two peace-treaty signings. Today, it attracts international attention with its two-Michelin-star restaurant, Anne-Sophie Pic. Three other restaurants offer local fusion, Japanese and Italian cuisine, while the 75,000-bottle wine cellar contains many vintages from the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Lavaux vineyard
From its origins in 1873 to its heyday in the Fifties and Sixties, the Bürgenstock Resort has quite the heritage. Its image following a nine-year renovation is fittingly spectacular. The 10-storey cube-shaped Bürgenstock Hotel cuts a striking contrast beside the Belle Époque Palace Hotel – although the two share a polished lobby with colossal windows overlooking Lake Lucerne and a neutral palette that gives onto corridors clad in wood and brass.
7132 in Vals, Switzerland is an otherworldly destination for architecture buffs and wellness enthusiasts alike. Known for its ancient thermal baths, the world-class spa and hotel (previously known as the Therme Vals before reopening in July of last year under new owner, property developer Remo Stoffel) is the handiwork of Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, whose monolithic masterpiece melds into the alpine landscape for a soulful and immersive experience.
The dome-topped Victoria-Jungfrau manages the delicate act of keeping the character of a Belle Époque grand hotel (in fact, it was originally two – the 'Victoria' and the 'Jungfrau'), while easing its way gracefully into the 21st century. Entering via the central atrium, corridors lead to chandelier-lit salons and a lavish Versailles-inspired hall, rich with murals, stucco and gilding. Attention to detail shows in everything from the beautiful flower displays to the trickling marble fountains.
With looks that are somewhere between English country home and Soho House, this grand hotel is playful rather than formal. Rich hues of teal, turquoise and plum complement painterly House of Hackney wallpaper, while layers of Neisha Crosland fabrics in earthy tones and folds of herringbone or velvet pose alongside bulging bookcases and glass-fronted fireplaces.
The grand, traditional interiors date back to the hotel’s opening in 1864 - large marble pillars, high ceilings, chintzy chandeliers and red velvet sofas decorate the lobby. Corridors proudly display artefacts from the hotel’s esteemed sporting history (the grounds played host to the 1928 and 1948 Winter Olympics) and royal guests. Its contemporary style, superb service, Michelin-starred dining and luxurious spa fit in well among its glamorous surroundings.
Year opened: 1865. The vibrant hotel of the Swiss government (the parliament is adjacent) with a history extending back 150 years – The Bellevue Palace is the only grand hotel in the heart of the capital. The magnificent salons, the grandiose vista of the Bernese Alps and the warm hospitality make this luxury hotel so unique.
Year opened: 1874. This charming old school grand hotel is located on the shores of Lake Brienz. A small funicular railway, Switzerland's oldest, runs from the private steamboat terminal to the hotel, and is an attraction in itself. The magnificent reception rooms and lounges feature original furnishings.
Year opened: 1907. Enjoy the relaxed, modern atmosphere of this family-run grand hotel. At Hotel Walther, hospitality has been a top priority for three generations, elevated all the more by the fresh and lively new look that the foyer, reception, lobby, restaurants, bar and smoker’s lounge received in 2017. From the comfort of a deck chair or up close during a hike, the surrounding mountainscape is nothing short of breathtaking.
- design by Jean Nouvel. A luxury design hotel set on a quiet city park near the centre, within walking distance of The Culture and Congress Centre, the historic old town with its lake promenade, the chapel bridge and the train station. The hotel offers refined, contemporary rooms, a stylish Asian restaurant "Bam Bou" and a cocktail bar which hosts DJs on the weekends. Photos on the guest room ceilings portray the favourite films of Novel.
Built in 1842 on the foundations of an old Swiss Castle (the vaults of which can still be seen in the spa), this historic and award-winning hotel is set against the timeless backdrop of Lake Geneva and the beautiful Alps. Its new Destination Spa offers several health and wellness programs. Tailored treatments from world-renowned skin specialist Joëlle Ciocco (exclusivity for Switzerland) are available. There is the city’s largest indoor pool, which plays crystal clear underwater music.
What started out as a single hotel in 1840 has evolved into a cluster of interconnecting buildings to include the spa and medical facilities, Tamina Therme, a further two hotels – including the newly overhauled Grand Hotel Quellenhof – and a clutch of bars and restaurants (including two brand new additions from Michelin-star chef Sven Wassmer). The resort’s mishmash of architectural and design styles – from low-key minimalism to elaborate luxe – adds to its appeal offering.
Part alpine country club, part fairy-tale castle. Opened in 1912, many original features remain, including timber floors and the wood-panelled Grand Restaurant. Grand, too, are the entrance lobby and breakfast rooms, with triple-height arched windows offering postcard-worthy views of the mountains. A vintage Ford transfer and its liveried drivers, antique furniture and oil paintings mean fans of cutting-edge design will be disappointed, but it’s comfortable, not stuffy – and entirely authentic.