The Best Luxury Hotels

As somebody who is happy to stay in Switzerland’s excellent Youth Hostels and budget accommodation, I do get to stay once in a while in somewhere a little bit up-market. Unfortunately I don’t get to go often or to many, so it was interesting to see what the Swiss newspapers (or at least Zurich’s Tages-Anzeiger, 9/12/2010) reckon as the best hotels for winter breaks. Here is their list with ranking and previous year ranking in brackets, firstly for 5-star hotels:

1 (1) Badrutt’s Palace, St. Moritz,
Dbl from 895 Fr, Tel. 081 837 10 00, www.badruttspalace.com
2 (2) Tschuggen, Arosa,
Dbl from 665 Fr, Tel. 081 378 99 99, www.tschuggen.ch
3 (4) Gstaad Palace, Gstaad,
Dbl from 1020 Fr, Tel. 033 748 50 00, www.palace.ch
4 (3) Kulm, St. Moritz,
Dbl from 935 Fr, Tel. 081 836 80 00, www.kulmhotel-stmoritz.ch
5 (7) The Carlton, St. Moritz,
Suite from 1400 Fr, Tel. 081 836 70 00, www.carlton-stmoritz.ch
6 (6) Riffelalp Resort, Zermatt,
Dbl from 1060 Fr, Tel. 027 966 05 55, www.riffelalp.com
7 (10) Kronenhof, Pontresina,
Dbl from 590 Fr, Tel. 081 830 30 30, www.kronenhof.com
8 (8) Grand Hotel Bellevue, Gstaad,
Dbl from 650 Fr, Tel. 033 748 00 00, www.bellevue-gstaad.ch
9 (9) Suvretta House, St. Moritz,
Dbl from 835 Fr, Tel. 081 836 36 36, www.suvrettahouse.ch
10 (5) Waldhaus Flims, Flims Waldhaus,
Dbl from 715 Fr, Tel. 081 928 48 48, www.parkhotel-waldhaus.ch
11 (12) Le Crans Hotel & Spa, Crans-Montana,
Dbl from 800 Fr, Tel. 027 486 60 60, www.lecrans.com
12 (11) Lenkerhof Alpine Resort, Lenk,
Dbl from 710 Fr, Tel. 033 736 36 36, www.lenkerhofch
13 (14) Kempinski Grand Hotel, St. Moritz,
Dbl from 710 Fr, Tel. 081 838 38 38, www.kempinski-stmoritz.com
14 (13) Mont Cervin Palace, Zermatt,
Dbl from 870 Fr, Tel. 027 966 88 88, www.seilerhotels.ch
15 (neu) Ferienart Resort & Spa, Saas-Fee,
Dbl from 626 Fr, Tel. 027 958 19 00, wwa.rferrienart.ch

The best rated 4-star hotels were:

1 (4) Wellnesshotel, Pirmin Zurbriggen, Saas-Almagell
Dbl from 290 Fr., Tel. 027 957 23 01. www.zurbriggen.ch
2 (3) Guarda Val, Lenzerheide-Sporz
Dbl from 470 Fr., Tel. 081 385 85 85, www.guardaval.ch
3 (1) Le Grand Chalet, Gstaad
Dbl from 450 Fr., Tel. 033 748 76 76. www.grandchalet.ch
4 (2) Castell, Zuoz
Dbl from 310 Fr., Tel. 081 851 52 53, www.hotelcastell.ch
5 (5) Waldhotel National, Arosa
Dbl from 520 Fr., Tel. 081 378 55 55, www.waldhotel.ch
6 (8) Romantik-Hotel Schweizerhof, Grindelwald
Dbl from 460 Fr., Tel. 033 854 58 58, www.hotel-schweizerhof.com
7. (new) Guardaval, Scuol,
Dbl from 310 Fr., Tel. 081 861 09 09, www.guardaval-scuol.ch
8 (9) Alex, Zermatt
Dbl from 500 Fr., Tel. 027 966 70 70, www.hotelalexzermatt.com
9 (new) Wellnesshotel, Chasa Montana, Samnaun
Dbl from 260 Fr., Tel. 081 861 90 00, www.hotelchasamontana.ch
10 (10) Parkhotel Bellevue & Spa, Adelboden
Dbl from 460 Fr., Tel. 033 673 80 00, www.parkhotel-bellevue.ch
11 (11) Mirabeau Alpine Residence, Zermatt
Dbl from 574 Fr., Tel. 027 966 26 60, www.hotel-mirabeau.ch
12 (12) Vereina, Klosters
Dbl from 470 Fr., Tel. 081 410 27 27, www.vereinahotel.ch
13 (14) Alpenhof, Zermatt
Dbl from 596 Fr., Tel. 027 966 55 55, www.alpenhofhotel.com
14. (new) Cervo, Zermatt
Dbl from 390 Fr., Tel. 027 968 12 12, www.cervo.ch
15 (15) Walther, Pontresina
Dbl from 510 Fr., Tel. 081 839 36 36, www.hotelwalther.ch

Best of the 3-star Hotels:

1 (1) Waldhaus am See, St. Moritz
Dbl from 310 Fr., Tel. 081 836 60 00, www.waldhaus-am-see.ch
2 (5) Romantik Hotel Schönegg, Wengen
Dbl from 360 Fr, Tel. 033 855 34 22, www.hotel-schoenegg.ch
3 (4) Krone, La Punt
Dbl from 260 Fr., Tel. 081 854 12 69, www.krone-la-punt.ch
4 (2) Jungfrau, Wengernalp
Dbl from 420 Fr., Tel. 033 855 16 22, wwwwengernalp.ch
5 (3) Misani, Celerina
Dbl from 230 Fr., Tel. 081 839 89 89, www.hotelmisani.ch
6 (6) Hotel Kernen, Schönried-Gstaad
Dbl from 300 Fr., Tel. 033 748 40 20, www.bruno-kernen.ch
7 (7) Sporthotel, Pontresina
Dbl from 260 Fr, Tel. 081 838 94 00, wwwsporthotel.ch
8 (9) Chesa Grischuna, Klosters
Dbl from 430 Fr., Tel. 081 422 22 22, www.chesagrischuna.ch
9. (new) Hohnegg Alpine Resort, Saas Fee
Dbl from 340 Fr., Tel. 027 958 10 70, www.hohnegg.ch
10 (8) Bodmi, Grindelwald
Dbl from 294 Fr., Tel. 033 853 12 20, www.bodmi.ch
11 (10) Parkhotel Schönegg, Grindelwald
Dbl from 340 Fr., Tel. 033 854 18 18, www.parkhotelschoenegg.ch
12 (12) Elenwäldli, Engelberg
Dbl from 280 Fr., Tel. 041 637 19 49, www.eienwaeldli.ch
13. (new) Bella Vista, Zermatt
Dbl from 235 Fr., Tel. 027 966 28 10, www.bellavista-zermatt.ch
14 (14) Des Alpes, Samnaun Dorf
Dbl from 330 Fr., Tel. 081 868 52 73, www.hotel-desalpes-samnaun.ch
15. (new) Alpine Lodge, Saanen-Gstaad
Dbl from 380 Fr., Tel. 033 748 41 51, www.alpinelodge.ch

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Where to Stay

Switzerland provides some of the best accommodation in the world, from the swankiest hotels through to outstanding hostels. Although there is everything you would expect of a country with over 150 years of Winter tourism experience, one uniquely Swiss option, thanks to the wonderful transport infrastructure and the countries compact size, is the opportunity to stay in a metropolis and “commute” to the slopes, visiting different resorts each day. Lausanne, Interlaken, Bern and Luzern all make good bases.

The Switzerland Tourism web site is, as always, a fount of useful information for the independent traveller. For general accommodation, information is available at  My Switzerland. Switzerland Tourism also produce brochures which can be ordered at the web site or perused online for  (Swiss Luxury Hotels),  (Luxury Chalets),  (Wellness Hotels), (Design & Lifestyle Hotels), (Typically Swiss Hotels), and (winter huts), amongst others.

For the budget traveller, the quality of Swiss hostels will come as a pleasant surprise. They are clean, efficient, inexpensive, convenient and offer a range of accommodation options from dormitories to en suite bedrooms from as little as around CHF30 per night. The two main networks are the (Swiss Youth Hostels) and (Swiss Backpackers). Not only are many of the youth hostels conveniently situated in ski resorts, there are several located close to the stations in bustling cities like Bern and Lausanne which make great centres to ski multiple locations. The youth hostel in the Cantonal capital of Valais, Sion, opens late in the season, but makes a great base for snowboarding and skiing in the canton.

Mostly inexpensive Bed and Breakfast (http://www.bnb.ch/) often offer rustic settings and fare, while igloos are a more unconventional option to get close to the mountains (http://www.iglu-dorf.com/).

The travel agents that operate package holidays to Switzerland are listed elsewhere, but the following provide accommodation only services:

There are many specialist chalet companies, such as:

Additionally there are a number of independent chalet owners who advertise everywhere from Craigslist to expatriate bulletin boards.

In 2008, the most popular locations for visitors in Switzerland to stay were:

Location Beds
Zurich 11675
Geneva 10333
Zermatt 5881
Lucerne 5499
Basel 5208
Davos 5261
St. Moritz 4288
Lausanne 3753
Bern 3379
Interlaken 3030
Lugano 3036
Arosa 2838
Grindelwald 2923
Lauterbrunnen 2974

Source: Swiss Tourist Federation

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