Crans Ambassador is a chic 5 star hotel in Crans Montana with a dramatic setting high on a high hillside, a mid-century mod peaked building that overlooks the ski village. Its luxurious from its beautiful suites to its impeccable service. Within Ambassador’s rather “70’s A Frame” original facade, the French owned Michel Reybier property is entirely contemporary and chic thanks to a three-year facelift completed in 2013.
On our arrival at Crans Ambassador valet whisked our BMW and luggage away, skis and boots delivered to the hotel ski room, which is also a Fusalp boutique and ski gear shop. Stepping into the lobby – the Alps are forefront from the big balcony with light pouring into the hotel. As our room was not quite ready, we headed to the balcony for a frothy cappuccino and a late lunch, seated in cozy sheepskin covered chairs, with blankets. The Swiss love to sit outside, breathe the crisp mountain air surrounded by uninterrupted views. Then we headed to the Spa, where we were handed robes and slippers and given a tour.
Crans Ambassador has the largest spa in Crans Montana. Bathed in natural light, the glass walled indoor heated pool reflects the Alps. The outdoor balcony allows you to cool off, savor the view or roll in the fresh snow! Following the candle illuminated stairs down, we found steam rooms, a sauna and relaxation area. Spa treatments are available, and there are adult swim hours for the pool.
Ambassador’s friendly informed staff found us poolside, informing us our room was prepared. Checking into our Alpine Prestige Suite exceeded expectations – alpine chic wood, mirrors, intuitive lighting, and a wall-to-wall glass slider was in perfect harmony with the mountains. A big balcony and luxurious spa-like bathroom completed the spacious room, along with a mini-fridge, Nespresso, and Bogner bath amenities – who knew Bogner made shampoo as well as fabulous ski outfits?
Ambassador has a range of 56 cozy rooms to palatial suites on upper floors. Ambassador’s team of colleagues, especially the Concierges, are gracious and top-shelf. When we asked to go to the slopes, Maxime had the Mercedes Van at our service within minutes. Turns out the walk to Arnouva Gondola was very short – but the ride was luxurious. Later we enjoyed a ride downtown, though we chose to stroll up the hill to work off dinner after our special evening out in the pretty village. Our suite balcony overlooked the ice rink, where après ski music and open skating was followed later by lively hockey games.
Crans Ambassador’s Bar Lounge has a cozy, furry, après ski atmosphere, and bistro style dinners are served here, often with music weekends. Dining downstairs at La Muña is another sophisticated glass-walled setting where a menu of Peruvian Japanese inspired cuisine is featured. This is also the bountiful breakfast room, included in your stay, where the sunrise over the Alps is an inspiring start to your day. Finally, there is a classic Swiss setting in the cozy Carnotzet, “cheese corner”, where they specialize in cheese fondue and raclette.
We loved skiing the scenic entertaining slopes of Crans Montana and returning to our luxe lodging at Crans Ambassador.
For families, Hotel Eldorado is more classic Swiss chalet with a casual vibe in Crans near the family “Snow Island” learn to ski area.
Crans Montana is primarily French-speaking Swiss Alps, though most everyone also speaks English. Crans Montana is just two hours from Geneva, accessed via winding roads up the hillside or by train then a funicular from the village of Sierre. Crans Montana is a must-visit ski resort in the Valais region, you can enjoy a ski safari including neighboring Anzère, Grimentz Zinal, and other smaller ski areas in the valley many of which are on The Magic Pass.