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 five star places to stay located right on the slopes for your next Swiss luxury ski vacation.
Verbier is a very chic 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 mountain views, conveniently located near 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. The 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 5-star inside, located in the Place Blanche at the base of Verbier’s ski lifts.
Zermatt has over 120 fine ski hotels, all walking distance to Zermatt’s ski lifts in this car free ski village. The Cervo is the ultimate chic alpine hotel, located at the base of the Sunnegga slopes. Cervo is also THE Place to be and be seen at après ski, so you are styling where the cool kids party after skiing, but your suite is quiet and sophisticated come evening. The Suitenhotel Zurbriggen Zermatt is a modern minimalist style hotel and spa, owned by famed Swiss ski racer Pirmin Zurbriggen.
Stay on mountain at Zermatt, The Riffelalp Resort at mid mountain or The Kulmhotel at the summit – both are reached by the Gornnergrat train. You can also stay in an igloo on the ski slopes at Zermatt’s Iglu Dorf – how cool is that! See our review of skiing Zermatt.
St Moritz most famed hotel is Badrutts. This grand castle is historic and gorgeous. Johannes Badrutt made a bold bet with his English summer guests, promising them mild Engadin sunshine in mid-winter. Badrutt won the bet – hence the 1865 5 star Badrutts Palace Hotel and St. Moritz went on to become one of the world’s most exceptional winter sports resorts. Badrutt’s is the “Grande Dame” of Swiss hotels. The 1855 Kulm is also 5 star, and even more historic, in St Moritz.
In Davos Klosters, the more charming alpine town of Davos Klosters, either Chalet Piz Buin or Hotel Vereina are lovely 4-star hotels, steps to the ski tram or a bus or train to more nearby ski slopes. If you must stay in Davos- the Seehof is 5-star, steps to the funicular and posh, or the Alpen Gold is a cool modern hotel – resembling a massive golden easter egg – its five star but further from the ski lifts and town.
Gstaad ski village in the Bernese Oberland is famed for beautiful chalets and upscale boutique shopping, even more than the skiing! Gstaad is also home to some of the best five star hotels in Switzerland – The Grand Hotel Park and Spa, The Gstaad Palace Hotel and the Alpina Gstaad, plus four star hotels ideal for families like The GolfHotel Les Haus and Spa in Saanenmoser, and the more casual Hamilton Lodge in Rinderberg – a true ski in ski out hotel. See our review of skiing Gstaad
Portes Du Soleil is a vast ski region connectign 12 village, in both the Swiss and French Alps. Our favorite place to stay is in Les Crosets, Switzerland, a small ski village, at The Mountain Lodge. From this modern but cozy on slope ski lodge, you are step to the lifts, and après ski provides a jacuzzi, steam room, Cinema, fireside bar, and delicious homemade dinner and breakfast – included in your stay. Our Mountain Lodge balcony in the beautiful chalet lodge afforded a great view of night skiing and the Dents Du Midi – the striking Alps peaks that frame Portes Du Soleil’s tremendous skiing.
Saas Fee is a romantic and relatively small car-free ski village near Zermatt, with just enough alpine chalets, far less busy than Zermatt. The Dom Hotel is our fave in Saas Fee, named for the 14,911′ peak, this four star hotel in the center of the ski village is modern alpine chic. Try Dom Bar downstairs for après ski, and the Wine Cellar 1881 for haute cuisine.
Adelboden is a small Swiss village that fills when the World Cup comes to town each January. The Parkhotel Bellevue and Spa is the perfect ski retreat, with its scenic hillside setting overlooking the historic village. 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 salt water heated pools plus a Finnish sauna await you. Adelboden is a sprawling Alps ski area, comprised of 6 ski areas: Adelboden Lenk, Engstligenalp, Elsigbach, TschentenAlp, Betelberg and Kandersteg
Wengen is the crown jewel of the Jungrfrau region in Switzerland, in the heart of the skiing at Grindelwald, Wengen and Murren – where you’ll find the Schilthorn and the Piz Gloria revolving 360 restaurant James Bond made famous. Wengen’s car-free ski village is historic and happening, especially during the World Cup race on the Lauberhorn. The 1894 Hotel Regina is a classic, old-world regal hotel perched on Wengen’s hillside, a short walk to town, the ski shops, bars, and train station. Rooms are old-fashioned, traditional, skier comforts in the hotel include a ski room, and a bountiful breakfast, plus a hearty prixe fixe dinner in the grand dining room. Après ski drinks in the Swiss décor piano bar are a flash from the past.
Ski Lodge Engelberg, while not a luxury hotel – is also not stuffy or sophisticated, its lively, casual and fun for skiers, perfect after skiing the Titlus Glacier and Engleberg’s beautiful ski slopes. This Swedish-owned hotel has great après ski, an outdoor hot tub and Sauna, ski room with boot dryers, modest comfy rooms, 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, and the 11th century Monastery where they make cheese.
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