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
I enjoyed my stay in this hotel. Best Hotel in Gstaad. Excellent food, Excellent service, Excellent staff, Lovely hotel for a family vacation.. I will visit again and stay in this Hotel. I highly recommend this hotel.
This hotel is lovely, with south facing rooms that have breathtaking views of the Alps. We stayed in a Double Superior Room South which had a balcony. My daughters stayed in a Double Classic Room which faced north and did not have a balcony. The rooms were spacious, comfortable and roomy bathrooms. The price includes some meal credits, so eating at the hotel is encouraged. There is a lovely veranda and lawn which are perfect for having cocktails or snacks/meals in nice weather, which we had while we were there. The Le Grand restaurant is excellent but requires a jacket for men and appropriate attire for ladies after 7 pm or so, same for the bar I think. There are tennis courts and a wonderful spa, one of the nicest ones I have experienced.
went to white night tonight turned away for dress code not allowed in, in summer, with leather flip flops even though women can. First time taking my wife to this event and I was extremely embarrassed and my wife disappointed as we had to turn around and go home, attired similarly. Paying for a taxi, getting ready and looking forward to a fun night out with friends, who were waiting inside. What a disaster¨¨Others were underage, wearing trainers (even though the "dress code" sign outside said clearly, no training shoes. The reason given when I complained, new management!! Obviously "*****
" management. I will stick to The Alpina, from now on.
The location of the Palace Hotel in Gstaad is spectacular. The views all the way around are incredible! The temperature in the Summer is usually quite moderate and comfortable, which is good because the hotel does not have air conditioning. The staff are excellent and the service is fabulous. I didn't use the spa on this visit, but it is very nice. The outdoor pool is also used by non Hotel members. It is a huge pool, with quite a significant kids area and an outdoor eating / drinking place.
A visit to the alps in the summer was spectacular. The Gstaad Palace Hotel is a once in a life time experience. The staff, food, facilities were outstanding in every respect. The tennis courts and spa are superb with the mountains as the backdrop you are in awe everywhere you look all while being taken care of like you are royalty. Highly Recommend. I bet a stay in the winter is just as magical.