What We Love
- Stunning views of the Alps from each room
- The spa’s indoor/outdoor hot pool
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
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
Fantastic hotel, the prices are up there but rooms, the really wonderfull dedicated staff, really astonishing classic food (fit for a michelin star 2019!) topingredients and kitchen staff, amenities, welness, tennis, wonderfull pools are worth it. Dont mistake other a bit cheaper hotels with Gstaad palace. This is the real deal, worth it. The rooms with a warm classic style, not the modern brown/grey we see everywhere, the pastas are to die for incredible, but the swiss food try the veal sausage infused with brie and truffel with rosti and the memorable onion sauce......They have a different chef for italian, swiss, indian and it shows! Thank you for a wonderfull experience. And yes: we want to keep this secret to ourselves.....
A great 10 day stay with my family. Perfect accommodations with connecting rooms parents/children, first class attention from housekeepers, concierges, restaurant staff, pool attendants, reception clerks and others. Excellent food and the words “no” or “not possible” simply do not exist in this hotel vocabulary.
Heaven on earth., We had an incredible stay from start to finish. My room was just spectacular, I loved waking up every morning to views of the mountains . The staff were warm and so attentive and the crème de la crème is the food. Wish I got more time to the lounge at the pool/spa area. I would go back in a heartbeat.