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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.
This historic hotel from 1867 offers good basics: large comfortable rooms, powerful showers, friendly staff. And situated right next to the central station with easy connections to all parts of the city.
Located in Basel‘s car-free Old Town, ART HOUSE is a boutique design hotel set behind a black stone façade which houses rotating exhibitions that lean toward emerging street artists. Onyx stone, raw concrete, black steel, terrazzo, and oak wood set a Japanese-inspired scene for furniture pieces by big international names, like Vitra, Abacus, Artek, Santa & Cole, KNS, and Living Divani.


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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.
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.

Bern & the Bernese Oberland

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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.
Combining the style of an African game reserve with the Swiss tradition of luxury health retreats, this peaceful place overlooking Lake Geneva allows guests to cocoon themselves away from the world and reap the benefits of anti-ageing spa treatments, high-quality food and lakeside relaxation.
A contemporary boutique design hotel enjoying a privileged location in Geneva, between the pedestrianized Jean-Violette street and a park. The stylish and spacious rooms and suites are situated in 2 connected historic buildings and offer flat-screen TVs and Nespresso coffee makers. Suites come with a fully equipped kitchen. The fitness and wellness area is accessible free of charge.

Genève - Geneva

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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.
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.

Grisons - Graubünden

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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.
This neo-classical hotel opened in 1845 and all of the hotel’s impressive marble columns, intricately crafted floors, and delicately molded ceilings have been carefully preserved. The hotel is family-owned since 1861.
This luxury boutique hotel is set in a stunning Art Nouveau property dating to 1901, directly on the shores of Lake Lucerne, just footsteps from the spectacular Vitznau-Rigi rack railway, the oldest in Europe, climbing up to 1798 metres to the summit of Mount Rigi.

Luzern - Lucerne & Lake Lucerne

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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.


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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 of the converted former 1864 spinning mill of Murg, Lofthotel is an unique hotel featuring spacious lofts aimed at bikers, cyclists and design fans alike. It offers magnificent views over Walensee Lake and the Churfirsten Mountains, just a 3 minute walk from the lakeside. Some lofts allow direct access by bicycle or motorbike. The Sagibeiz restaurant located on the lakeside offers seasonal and traditional Swiss cuisine.
The design Hotel Dom is located in the Old Town of St. Gallen, just a short walk from the Abbey of Saint Gal, which has a UNESCO World Heritage Site medieval library, and the main train station. Swiss and international dishes, as well as a large vegetarian selection, are available in the buffet restaurant. Bright, functional and modern rooms come with private or shared facilities.

St. Gallen

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This unique hotel in Bauhaus style opened in 1927 high above Lago Maggiore. in 2008 the hotel was renovated, including the furniture (beds, tables, chairs and lamps) in a modernist style.

Ticino - Tessin

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The Monte Rosa is a Zermatt institution. It is the village's oldest hotel (1855), still owned by the Seiler family. Many famous guests stayed here, including Edward Whymper, before he made the first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865.
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.
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.

Valais - Wallis

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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.
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
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.


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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.
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.
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.


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