Gstaad is a village in the German-speaking section of the Canton of Bern in southwestern Switzerland. It is part of the municipality of Saanen and is known as a major ski resort and a popular destination amongst high society and the international jet set. The winter campus of the Institute Le Rosey is located in Gstaad.
Situated in the Berner Oberland, Gstaad is home to one of the largest ski areas in the Alps of slopes). The middle of the village features a picturesque promenade bounded by numerous shops, restaurants, art galleries, and hotels. Designer labels including Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Chopard, Brunello Cucinelli, Prada, Moncler, Ralph Lauren, and Cartier all have stores in Gstaad, while many smaller boutiques stock labels such as Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Tod’s, Burberry, Dior, Oscar de la Renta, and Marc Jacobs.
Long known for its walking and hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty, the mountain air and ambiance attracts guests year round from around the world. Gstaad is also known for its ski and cross-country slopes and winter hiking trails.
Here is the best 5 hotels in Gstaad:
Hotel Olden was known as the “Pinte” inn in 1690, which was destroyed by the big fire in Gstaad in 1895. A total of eight buildings fell victim to the fire, only four of which were rebuilt using stones. Following its reconstruction, the establishment was run as an inn again before being purchased by the Müllener family in 1924.
During the war years, the Olden was a central meeting point for locals and guests from all over the world. There was a farm behind the building which housed pigs, hens, cows and rabbits, and Ms Marie was an excellent chef who used the farm produce to make the most delicious vegetarian dishes for guests – although she discretely hid the meat under the vegetables on the meatless days during the war.
The Olden became a household name for its international clientele thanks to the in-house orchestra run by the Müllener family, whose daughters Hedi and Nelli were exceptionally talented yodellers. In 1952, Fausto Donizetti bought the Olden and turned the business into an elegant dining establishment, which became a household name the world over.
In 1960, together with Hedi, who was now his wife, he created the now legendary “La Cave”. Hotel Olden’s restaurants have been a meeting place for international and local guests ever since. Heads of state and celebrities are regular guests here. The proud current owner spared no expense to fully refurbish the rooms and catering businesses. Hotel Olden is characterised by a legendary tradition, great hospitality and first-class service. It is run by a professional team of staff who always demonstrate great passion and commitment.
Hotel The Alpina Gstaad
A new icon in the exclusive, discrete and cosmopolitan Swiss resort of Gstaad, The Alpina Gstaad five-star superior hotel has single-handedly redefined luxury and Alpine chic. This is no ordinary hotel, it is a unique establishment where authenticity combines with Swiss refinement to create an Alpine experience like no other. A jewel of the Swiss hotel industry, The Alpina Gstaad has been receiving outstanding distinctions since it opened in December 2012. Beyond The Expected…
At The Alpina Gstaad, each of the 56 rooms and suites uniquely embody Swiss authenticity and sophistication. The expertise of artisans from the region has created inspiring spaces, where original and contemporary local materials are subtly united with genuine period woodwork.
Defined as “the birth of a new classic”, The Alpina Gstaad has already come to represent the ultimate standard in the hotel business for the most exacting international clientele.
At the Bernerhof we combine superior 4-stars comfort with simplicity and genuine warmth. Come in and let us make you comfortable. We guarantee that your stay with us will give you just what everyone wished for you at home: wonderful holidays!
In our generous and beautiful rooms and suites, in the small but classy wellness area, in four different restaurants and a stylishly comfortable cigar lounge, and of course on wonderful hikes, walks, trail runs or bike rides through the splendid mountains around Gstaad.
Park Gstaad Hotel
In 1904, when a railway line was planned for Gstaad, Hans and Rosalie Reuteler understood that this little mountain village had the potential to become a sought after holiday destination. In 1910 the Park Hotel Reuteler opened its doors as the first five-star hotel in Gstaad.
When the hotel first opened it had exceptional amenities for that era such as central heating, electricity and a lift. The lift was preserved and after having been completely restored it is still in full working order today. It is a masterpiece of classic engineering and an impressive reminder of days gone by.
Thanks to its unique location, the hotel quickly became popular with its guests and its early patrons included crowned heads as well as celebrated personalities from the worlds of business, art and literature. Guests included the Aga Khan who resided at the hotel with his family during WW2, Field Marshal Montgomery, Princess Grace of Monaco and acclaimed actors David Niven, Sir Peter Ustinov and Audrey Hepburn.
The Gstaad Palace Hotel
100 stylishly decorated rooms and suites await you at our hotel. Whether it’s a single room or the spectacular Penthouse suite with three bedrooms – only superb quality materials have been used everywhere. They are all equipped with the latest technical requirements too. Enjoy the breathtaking view over the Swiss Alps. From the Walig Hut, which is situated 1,700 metres above Gsteig, you have an impressive view over Gstaad and the Saanenland region.
Alpine elegance and understated luxury – that is what distinguishes the single and double rooms at our 5-star hotel. All the rooms are luxuriously furnished and stylishly decorated. It’s not just worth taking a look inside the rooms though but outside the rooms too: enjoy the breathtaking view over the Swiss Alps.