What We Love
- The 14-seat private theater (with a popcorn machine)
- Gstaad’s first authentic Japanese restaurant, Megu
- The 21,000-square-foot Six Senses Spa, which includes an entire healing room crafted from Himalayan salt bricks.
- A Cuban-style cigar room, modeled after the Partagás factory in Havana
What To Know
- Children are anything but an afterthought here: the hotel has a playground and a Kid’s Adventure Club, while child-friendly menus are offered at all restaurants
- An in-house shuttle ferries guests to the slopes during winter months
- During winter season, guest receives a $150 daily credit to use for meals at the onsite restaurants and towards room service
- The Joseph Nahmad Gallery in New York City curates the property’s impressive and revolving contemporary art collection
If one thing most aptly reflects this grand chalet’s commitment to discretion, it would have to be the subterranean welcome. The resort eschews a splashy entrance and opts, instead, for hushed VIP treatment as guests are driven through a noise-absorbing tunnel before arriving at a graceful central fountain. (No wonder it’s a popular celebrity hangout for names like Madonna, Anne Hathaway, and designer Valentino, among others.) Once inside, it’s difficult not to marvel at the distinctly Bernese interiors, fueled by a pine-clad lobby (the wood was salvaged from old farmhouses) and pendant lights, which bear an uncanny resemblance to cowbells. Add a larger-than-life spa, Michelin-starred restaurant, staggering collection of folk art, and some of the Alps’ best skiing within easy distance, and you’ve got all the ingredients for an enchanting winter paradise.
Rooms here rely heavily on cushy touches like leather headboards, carved doors, and switch-operated stone fireplaces to create the ultimate après-ski atmosphere. The suite to book, however, is the Panorama—a magnificent, 4,300-square-foot duplex with a pitched timber roof and its own spa.
While the Michelin-starred restaurant Sommet is undoubtedly the gastronomic heavy-hitter here, serving up Swiss spins on steak and venison, Megu (the first European outpost for the New York City stalwart) is also popular for its sashimi and sake pairings—some rare bottles are imported exclusively for the Alpina.
Overlooking the tony Oberbort neighborhood, where hillside chalets once hosted luminaries like Elizabeth Taylor and Julie Andrews, the resort is a quick shuttle ride to a range of powdery pistes and a brisk 10-minute walk to the central Promenade.
How to Get There
whether you'd like to stop in the Alpina just for a coffee, a day at the SPA or a stay you will be happy and spend a magical moment.
We love their natural and genuine approach.
We had a private venue in The Alpina, everything was PERFECT from A to Z.
Amazing service Staff were incredible.
The property is beautiful and our room was perfect, we got upgraded to a junior suite it had a beautiful fireplace and plenty of cupboards to hang all your skiing gear. View is incredible.
Six senses Spa was amazing, need to book your services in advance especially in peak season.
We enjoyed dinner at the Japanese restaurant Megu the food was divine, as was the service. Also had dinner in the swiss restaurant which was also fabulous, we had the best fondue in switzerland.
Definitely returning back.
My wife and I spent 2 weeks in Switzerland celebrating our 40th. I wanted to be so specific with our accommodations that I bypassed the travel agent that we typically use and made all of the arrangements myself, calling the properties directly. The Alpina experience began with Theresa in reservations. She made me so comfortable once she realized what I was trying to do regarding selecting a room type for this special occassion and almost the exact room, that I continued. The hotel was so highly rated that I knew we were going to be fine. We have traveled extensively in Europe and stay at what we determine are the nicest properties in the locations that we want to go to. The experience at the Alpina was a "home run". As we arrived, Eric the General Manager greeted us. What impressed me so much was that he remained constantly visible during our 6 nite stay. He was always interested in how we liked the property and how his staff was performing. As you might expect, this "desire to serve" permeated the staff, they were exceptional! We had one of the nicest suites that we have stayed in with a view of the mountains that could not be beat, fireplace to relax together in front of and technology that made for a great stay! We ate almost every meal in one of the 3 restaurants on site and the food and service were impeccable. One thing they did so well was learn your name and preferences right as you arrive and sought to use this throughout your stay. Two people among many that stood out while we were there were first Salvatore at the fine dining restaurant, the Sommet. He was the maitre de and was one of the most sincere and hospitable people we have ever had serve us. There was nothing we wanted for while dining in the hotel with him at the helm. The food was all wonderful as well and if you wanted something done specially, which we did request several times, the staff was eager to deliver. Next, Benjamin the Concierge. He was just as impressive as Salvatore, so knowledgeable and sincerely interested in your satisfaction, no matter what. I will also add that knowing the hotel caters to a very wealthy clientele, you never felt that "air" that is sometimes noticeable when at a fine hotel. The second week was spent at the Park Hotel Vitznau which was also wonderful. We drove a rental car that we picked up at the Zurich Airport, spent the first nite at the Park Hyatt in downtown Zurich ( perfect ) and then on to the Alpina Gstaad. This was a 3 hour drive on great roads and then we moved on for 5 nites in Vitznau on Lake Lucerne. Lake Lucerne was a wonderful second experience, very different from the winter skiing and walks that we took in the mountains surrounding Gstaad and only a 2 hour drive back towards Zurich, leaving only an hour drive to the airport to return home to the states. We chose to stay at the Airport Radisson on our way out which made the early flight the next morning very easy. In summary, we "loved" this hotel as well as the itinerary and will plan to return again in the coming years!!!
The Alpina Gstaad is a true 5 star hotel. From the moment you arrive in the underground tunnel, you are greeted with a sense of hospitality that is lost in today's corporate hotel world. The hotel feels large but it is only 56 rooms. You can feel the love in this hotel. Artwork and detail are everywhere. The Lobby offers expansive views of the mountains. The food is excellent and the spa is amazing. The Alpina Gstaad is the type of hotel you don't need to leave unless you choose to ski or hike.
If you do choose to ski or hike or go out a night, you are driven around in a Tesla X. The drivers are incredibly polite and will carry your ski's etc. The concierge is so helpful that he said I can help you from getting an instructor to arranging for a private plane to take to New York tomorrow today.
I visited Gstadd because I wanted to experience old world Switzerland ski town. It lives up to it's billing. I can say that the hotel and it's guest are so elegant that you can people watch all day.
This hotel operates on a six star level. It is extremely rare to find such intimacy and detail in the corporate world of hatel chains. The staff really makes you feel cared for.
I will be back for sure.
Great food experience combined with great service!
Also for the cigar lovers there is one of the best cigar lounges in Switzerland I believe. A taste of Cuba watching the full of snow mountains. A place to be!
A big well done to the owners!