Most Luxurious Hotels in Switzerland
Discover the best luxury hotels in Switzerland
Switzerland is amongst the most picturesque countries in the world. The incredible mountain ranges, green foliage on the foothills and wonderful lakes and greeneries can make your holiday experience memorable for the lifetime.
Switzerland is awash with so many five-star, luxury hotels that it can be hard to know which to choose. To help you relax and enjoy your Alpine getaway we’ve put together a list of the most luxurious hotels that you’ll find.
There are many Switzerland hotels that provide exhilarating mountain views with a variety of facilities and amenities, but if you go for one of these hotels in Switzerland, you’ll have the best mountain views along with comfort and luxury…
A favorite of the diplomatic high-flyers and political elites who regularly flock to Geneva, the La Réserve aims to redefine luxury. Aside from the tastefully decorated rooms, you’ll probably never want to leave the health spa and fitness center, which promises to strip away all your stress and leave you feeling fresh and reinvigorated. The La Réserve hotel complex is also home to one of the best restaurants in the country.
Grand Hotel Trois Rois
Indulge yourself at the Grand Hotel Trois Rois, Basel’s most luxurious hotel. The Trois Rois sits on the edge of the Rhine river, exactly where it’s been for over 300 years. Don’t let its age put you off, as the Trois Rois has more than kept up with the times and offers a truly relaxed experience for guests. The culinary experience is exquisite and the Trois Rois houses the illustrious Cheval Blanc, a three-starred Michelin restaurant run by culinary genius Peter Knogl. If you are heading to the historic city of Basel and want to treat yourself or your partner then don’t hesitate in plumping for the Trois Rois.
Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains – St. Moritz
Take in the splendour of St. Moritz, the original ski destination, from the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, your one-stop shop for glitz and glamour. The location of the Kempinski is perfect for a ski getaway, with the slopes almost next door, and all your needs are taken care of at a whim. Choose from 184 rooms or suites or a chalet suite, each decked out with vintage antiques and wooden interiors for a cosy, mountain-life feel. Be aware though that the Kempinski is only open for set times during the season so check the website for opening and closing dates.
This 5-star resort hotel can be found in Gstaad, the swanky ski resort famed for its A-list celebrity patrons. With a range of comfortable suites from Junior through Deluxe, Signature and Presidential, you’ll find yourself immersed in total privacy. Each of the rooms, and the even more upscale residences, are kitted out with all the amenities you need for a relaxing stay. Enjoy a romantic gourmet dinner at the Duchessa restaurant or wind-down after a day on the slopes at the wellness centre.
It’s hard to miss the glittering Beau-Rivage, a hotel perched on the edge of Lake Geneva with an equally decorated past. The Beau-Rivage has hosted towering figures such as Victor Hugo, Charlie Chaplin and Nelson Mandela, to name a few. Each of its rooms is unique in style, ensuring that you’ll have a highly personal experience. Aside from the elegance of the Beau-Rivage, one of the outstanding features is Le Mayako, a sushi bar, and the two Michelin star Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant.
Your luxury trip comes steeped in history at the Château d’Ouchy, a building that dates back to the 12th century. Sitting within a stone’s throw of Lake Geneva, the Château is one of the top hotels to take in the beautiful city of Lausanne. Each of the hotel’s 50 room are artfully decorated, in tune with the Château’s prestigious heritage. At the in-house restaurant and bar you can taste exquisite dishes including the speciality perch meunière which comes directly from the lake.
The Chateau Gütsch is an icon of Lucerne. Beloved by the local people, the building was constructed in 1888 and doubled up as a home and hotel. Today, it is one of Switzerland’s most charming boutique hotels that will whisk you to a bygone era. The interior design effortlessly matches the Chateau’s Belle-Époque exterior. Here, luxury comes intertwined with pomp and style. Taking in the views from the Chateau’s terrace, which span the city, the lake and the mountains, is almost worth a visit all by itself.
All the rooms are equipped with cable TV, free minibar, and a bathroom with a bath or shower and a hairdryer. It also offers the guests 24-hour front desk, a tour desk, luggage storage and free private parking.
The views from Villa Honegg’s outdoor (heated) pool are simply outstanding. A short distance from Lucerne, the Honegg is perched on a hilltop overlooking Lake Lucerne and surrounded by nature. The hotel has been named a “hideaway hotel” for its blend of comfort and the great visitor experience that it offers. There’s perhaps no better way to take in Central Switzerland.
In the heart of Lucerne, overlooking Lake Lucerne, The Hotel is where to go for artful, yet stripped-backed luxury. Each of the 30 rooms of this hotel were designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel in a modern style. You can also delight your tastebuds at The Hotel’s five restaurants, each dedicated to a different part of the world from the Mekong to Tuscany.
The Dolder Grand
This sprawling hotel, perched above Zurich, with views spanning the city and the distant mountains, is a top pick. Prices may be steep, but it comes well recommended. What’s on offer here is everything you could hope for from a luxury hotel; a choice of suites and rooms, an on-call butler service and two restaurants, including two-time Michelin star chef Heiko Neider. It’s pretty simple, if you can afford the Dolder Grand experience, you’ll love it.
The spa of the multi-award-winning luxury city-resort The Dolder Grand is not only a top choice for international guests, it’s a hotspot catering to sophisticated locals and an exclusive group of spa club members (who are selected by a committee).
Hotel d’Angleterre, Geneva
Against the picturesque banks of Geneva’s Lake Leman, every room in this family-run hotel offers scenic views over the lake or Jet d’Eau, Switzerland’s largest fountain. Its 39 guest rooms and six suites are decked out with plush fabrics, colorful furnishings, and eclectic artwork, and the hotel’s Window restaurant features classics like smoked salmon with caviar and foie gras. After dining, do a whisky tasting—there are over 50 kinds on offer—by the fireplace at the cozy Leopard Bar Room.
When entering the modern luxury castle, the main hall welcomes you looking straight ahead on Lake Lucerne. This heavenly view continues at the spa. A 21m long and 9m wide heated infinity pool with surrounding lake and mountain landscape views make you melt and feel like being in heaven. The inside has a modern black and white color scheme, clear lines and shapes surround the wellness oasis. Another attraction is the huge saltwater aquarium that stretches from floor to ceiling and covers an entire wall. For these reasons the hotel is being particularly favored for weddings, honeymoons and romantic celebrations. The Parkhotel Vitznau offers an intimate Private Spa Suite with special treatments, of course.
Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne
Set on ten acres of parkland overlooking Lake Geneva, this Belle Époque hotel is simply magical. Here Lord Curzon and Benito Mussolini signed the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923, dividing the Ottoman Empire, and murals, frescoes, and stained-glass windows highlight the interior. The Art Nouveau rooms feature Oriental carpets and cathedral ceilings, and some offer views of the Alps. Anne-Sophie Pic, the restaurant helmed by and named after star chef Anne-Sophie Pic, serves contemporary French cuisine.
Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva
It’s hard to imagine a more natural fit than Four Seasons and Geneva, which is why the Canadian chain’s renovation of the celebrated Hotel des Bergues on the banks of the Rhone makes so much sense. The Hotel des Bergues features 103 rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows and a quietly elegant Anglo-Franco townhouse decor—think almond green, Wedgewood blue, and terra cotta color schemes and toile de Jouy motifs—by Paris decorator Pierre Yves Rochor. Built in 1834, this old-world charmer has been updated with a rooftop Japanese restaurant and a 24-hours fitness center.
Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, Montreux
Used as a hospital to shelter Allied soldiers during both World Wars, this 1906 Belle Époque hotel on the shore of Lake Geneva and at the foot of the Alps scores perfectly for location. The 2011 refurbishment of a number of rooms restored original architectural details and added a color palette of prune, lime, and stone. The hotel’s restaurant, La Brasserie, specializes in Swiss cuisine.
Baur au Lac, Zurich
Opened in 1844 and operated by the same family ever since, this property has hosted the likes of Joan Miró and Plácido Domingo. The hotel is set in a garden near the luxurious Bahnhofstrasse shopping strip and looks onto Lake Zurich and the Alps. The rooms mix Art Deco, Louis XVI, and Regency styles, and are individually decorated in neutral tones with red, purple, and teal accents. Rive Gauche is a chic Mediterranean restaurant, while the seasonal Rive Gauche Terrasse proves a popular spot for cocktails.
Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, St. Moritz
Badrutt’s Palace doesn’t skimp on extravagance, which you’d expect from a St. Moritz hotel. The glamorous alpine hideaway overlooks the ski resort’s famous lake, and has been the go-to destination for celebrities and royalty since it first opened in 1896: Alfred Hitchcock became a loyal guest after spending his honeymoon there, and even an elephant once graced its halls. Complete with towers and turrets, the hotel feels straight out of a winter fairytale—with the views to boot—and the rooms and suites provide an upscale, toasty retreat after a day on the slopes or surrounding hiking trails.
Palace Luzern, Lucerne
Central to everything, this century-old neoclassical hotel on Lake Lucerne takes its design cues from the blues, greens, purples, and oranges of the surrounding lake, mountains, and evening sky. Rooms are decorated with bold prints and Murano glass fixtures, and the restaurant Jasper delivers sophisticated Mediterranean fare amid lake vistas.
Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Pontresina
Located only a few miles from St. Moritz, this Engadine valley resort offers sweeping views of the Roseg Glacier, as well as forests of Swiss stone pine and larch. This classic hotel (it opened in 1848), with its horseshoe-shaped facade, suggests Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. While the nearby slopes will satisfy skiers, the hotel’s spa will give non-skiers plenty to do, too, and the restaurant offers Swiss classics like cheese fondue and raclette.
Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern, Lucerne
In quaint Lucerne, lakefront views come at a high premium. The best ones also happen to come with the best service at the Schweizerhof, which has been run by the same family for five generations. The grand lobbies will make you feel like you’ve been transported back in time. After a full day strolling Lucerne’s picturesque streets, head to the restaurant for meals prepared by a rotating list of acclaimed chefs.
Remember to book as soon as possible because the prices do go up (and well, you really could do with an exciting winter getaway)!
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