Outdoor gear rentals for guests (skis, mountain bikes and more)
Many staff members can speak English, German, French and Italian
GreenGo nightclub is open nightly in winter and Thursdays through Saturdays in summer
What To Know
It's a 10-minute walk (or free shuttle ride) to the village center
La Fromagerie and Gildo’s Ristorante are only open during winter months, while the outdoor pool, tennis courts, and Snack & Barbeque are only open during summer
Reserve ski or snowboard lessons through the hotel or a local school well in advance
Parking on site
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Year-round mountain escape in the Swiss Alps with four restaurants, detail-oriented service, and a storied nightclub
You don’t have to be royalty to feel comfortable at the elegant Gstaad Palace. Opened in 1913, the landmark hotel came into its own in the 1970s, when celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton partied at the GreenGo nightclub, whose dance floor still heats up cold winter nights. Today actors, aristocrats, wealthy businessmen — and, yes, a certain hotel heiress — come here time and again but prefer to keep a lower profile. Each of the Palace’s 104 rooms and suites is done in reds, blues and beige, with well-arranged functional wood furniture, but the jaw-dropping views of the nearby Alps are the main draw here. There are four exceptional restaurants serviced by eager tuxedoed waiters. A highlight: the gastronomic Le Grande Restaurant, an elegant space with chandeliers, striped banquettes, and a sweeping terrace. Meanwhile, the more intimate Le Grille is defined by an open kitchen, while the Tuscan-based team behind Gildo’s Ristorante channel their home country with dishes like sea bass cooked in clay with Périgord truffle sauce. There’s also an expansive spa with a seven-part “hammam experience,” though most look forward to floating in the heated outdoor pool surrounded by the Alps.
In the Area
In colder months, take the cable cars up to Wispile for adrenaline-inducing activities like riding a bobsled on rails or more low-key, family-friendly downhill runs and cross-country trails. There are also a number of hiking trails that lace the surrounding green Alpine slopes. Looking to take a culinary excursion? Head to the sublime Azalee, a small family-owned chalet hotel just outside of Gstaad. But winter doesn’t hog all the fun. Gstaad hosts a number of annual events year-round, including the classical music Menuhin Festival and even an international beach volleyball tournament.
How to Get There
Flights are available to Geneva International Airport (GVA) and Zurich Airport (ZRH) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Private limousine transfers to/from GVA, about 37 miles away, are approximately $589, each way, for up to three people, and to/from ZRH, about 55 miles away, approximately $800, each way; both can be arranged through the property directly. Alternatively, taxis are available to/from GVA for approximately $558, and to/from ZRH for approximately $768, each way.