The Swiss Alps are legendary for Alpine skiing, extraordinary scenery and
authentic chalets for lodging, dining and
après ski. Here are a few of the best ski hotels in Switzerland's Alps, four and
places to stay located right on the slopes for your next Swiss ski vacation.
Zermatt has over 120 fine ski hotels, all walking distance to the ski lifts in
this car free ski village. Zermatt's historic hotels include the historic Hotel
Monte Rosa, Mont Cervin Palace, and the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof. For more
modern lodging, The Suitenhotel Zurbriggen Zermatt is a minimalist style
hotel and spa, owned by famed Swiss ski racer Pirmin Zurbriggen, and The Cervo is
new alpine hotel, located at the base of the Sunnegga slopes.
The Hotel Alex in Zermatt is four star with rich traditional Swiss décor, conveniently
located a block from the train station and the Gornergrat ski train. If you are
daring and want to stay on mountain, The Riffelalp Resort
at mid mountain and The Kulmhotel at the summit are both high above town reached by
the Gornnergrat train. You can also stay in an igloo at Iglu Dorf - brrr.
Gstaad ski village in the Bernese Oberland is famed for
beautiful chalets and
boutique shopping. Gstaad is also home to some of the best five start hotels in
Switzerland and The Alps for that matter, like
The Grand Hotel Park and Spa, The
Gstaad Palace Hotel and the Alpina Gstaad, plus four star hotels ideal for
The GolfHotel Les Haus and Spa in Saanenmoser, and the more casual
Lodge in Rinderberg - a true ski in ski out mid-mountain hotel in the Saanenland Region.
Verbier is a very chi ski village, a party town and playground for the wealthy
and wild - the ski terrain here is pretty extreme and steep. Among Verbier's
hotels and chalets, the Chalet de Flore
is four star and offers beautiful suites with a mountain views, conveniently
locate to the lifts and the village shops, dining and après ski. Its sister
hotel is the 5 star Chalet D'Adrian. Verbier's No. 14 Chalet and The Lodge
Verbier, owned by Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic, also get high marks
for mountain hotels. A new Hotel W Verbier, W Hotel's first ski hotel and first
Swiss W Hotel, is a prime place to stay - The W has an authentic alpine exterior
yet its uber posh inside, located in the Place Blanche at the base of Verbier's ski lifts.
Adelboden Lenk Adelboden is a small Swiss village, but offers over 10,000 beds in the region
which fill when the World Cup comes to town in January. For a scenic hillside
Parkhotel Bellevue and
Spa overlooks town and provides guests with lovely guestrooms- some modern,
some traditional, excellent dining and après ski in the glass lined dining room
and lounge, and a splendid Spa with indoor and outdoor slat water heated pools
plus a Finnish sauna.
Three car free alpine villages make up the interconnected ski resorts
of Aletsch Arena. Staying in Bettmeralp you are in the center of it all,
ski in ski out and a short walk along the snowy streets to après ski and dining
among the quaint chalets.
Alpfrieden in Bettmeralp provides cozy guestroom in
traditional Swiss decor, most with balconies, and half board includes four
course dinner and a bountiful breakfast with a view of the ski slopes.
Saas Fee is romantic and relatively small, with about 500 residents and classic alpine chalets
in the car free village. Among the Saas Fee hotels are three to five star
chalets including ski racer Pirmin Zurbriggen Wellness Hotel, Hotel Allalin and
The Dom Hotel, named for the 14,911' peak, which is a grand four star hotel in
the center of the ski village recently remodeled with alpine modern comforts and
electronics. There is even a Best Western in
Engelberg-Titlis Ski Lodge Engelberg, while not
a luxury hotel - is also not stuffy or sophisticated, its lively, casual and fun
for skiers. Owned by Swedes who are clearly passionate skiers judging by their
alpine casual decor, this hotel has great après ski, an outdoor hot tub and
Sauna, ski room with boot dryers, and serves a bountiful breakfast buffet well
before lift opening in the pretty mountain village of Engelberg. The balcony
views of Mt Titlis, Spannort and Hahnen are impressive as well, and you are steps
to the Train station and ski bus.