Hotel Chetzeron, a converted gondola station in Switzerland turned ski-in, ski-out boutique stay, looks out over alpine summits, from the towering Matterhorn to the peak of Mont-Blanc. This eco-friendly mountain-top stay has just 16 rooms, but each has breath-snatching views and a sleek, oak-lined interior. There’s a dainty spa with a tension-busting sauna, and a heated outdoor pool with serious snow-capped views. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the traditional Swiss restaurant and in the cosy bar a fireplace crackles while drinks are poured. Do we love a ski stay with all home comforts? Yes we fondue…
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A small bottle of white wine; GoldSmiths also get free ski rental in winter or a map and a picnic in summer
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from £258.03 (CHF330), including tax at 3.7 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of CHF3.00 per person per night on check-out.
Rates include Continental breakfast (and made-to-order hot breakfast favourites). In the winter, rates include snowcat transfers and in the summer, transfer by four-wheel drive and gondola.
The hotel is a converted gondola station – you can’t get much more ski-in, ski-out than that.
The hotel closes annually from Easter weekend to the third week of May and again from the fourth week of October to the first week of December.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, treatment room, steam room, infra-red booth and sauna. In rooms: TV and DVD player, free bottled water, minibar, sunhats and the hotel’s own-brand bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Every room is clad in locally sourced oak and has large picture windows (even the bathrooms) – it’s all about the views here. If you’re travelling with little Smiths or you’d simply like some extra space, spring for one of the Junior Suites.
The outdoor pool is heated to a balmy 35 degrees and is perched on the ski slopes for sweeping views of the southern Alps with each dip. It’s family-friendly too, but may be a bit toasty for some little ones.
Mountain-top massage, anyone? Head to the hotel’s treatment room for tension-detangling sessions with Wildhorn spa products. There’s also a wellness area with a steam room, infra-red booth and sauna.
Bring snow boots in winter, hiking boots in warmer months – you won’t want to miss any chance for outdoor adventures.
One Deluxe Corner Room and one Valley Superior Room are specially adapted for wheelchair users.
Welcome. There’s an unsupervised play room stocked with Lego, games and a big screen, the pool is family-friendly and Junior Suites have a sofa bed that can sleep up to two children.
The hotel’s 50sq m of solar panels heat the property’s water, 200sq m of photovoltaic panels produce electricity, eco-friendly insulation and locally sourced oak and stone were used in construction, bath products are organic and made with local plants, and ingredients for the restaurant are sourced exclusively from the Valais.
Nab a table by the floor-to-ceiling window for views of the illuminated valley with your dinner.
Fair Isle knits and cosy après-ski kit.
Restaurant Chetzeron – where gondolas used to come in and out of the station – looks out over the valley below. It’s warming Alpine dishes (with a French accent) are made with ingredients sourced from local farms of the Valais. For lunch, warm up with a bowl of creamy pumpkin soup, renew your energy with a hearty burger or dive into a full fondue pot with your nearest and dearest. Start dinner with a plate of beet carpaccio with flower vinaigrette before mains of roasted wild seabass or ravioli with morels and kale. In the mornings, tuck into a Continental spread of home-made pastries, jams and fresh fruit. For piping-hot pancakes and eggs-made-to-order, pop by the chef’s stand and make your request
With a candlelit interior, a glowing fireplace and an alfresco terrace, Chetzeron Bar is the perfect setting to relax in after a long day of slaloming down mountains or hiking to the highest peaks. (Doesn’t hurt that the hotel has its own wine cellar too.)
The restaurant is open daily for breakfast from 8am to 10.30am, lunch from 12 noon to 3pm and dinner from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.
Ski-in, ski-out Hotel Chetzeron sits at a lofty 2,112 metres above sea level and looks out across alpine summits down to the Rhone valley below.
The hotel is around two-and-a-half hours by car from Geneva Airport; transfers for up to four people can be arranged for CHF520 each way. Zurich has the next closest airport; transfers for the four-hour journey – for up to four people – can be arranged for CHF800 each way.
Rail services from Geneva, Milan, Bern, Basel and Zurich pull into Sierre station, 20 minutes from the hotel; transfers for up to four people can be arranged for CHF75 each way.
It’s not possible to reach the hotel by car; the closest parking is 20 minutes away in the resort of Crans-Montana. The hotel will arrange your final 20-minute transfer – made by a combination of snowcat, ski, four-wheel drive and gondola, depending on the season.
Guests can only reach the hotel by the Cry d'Er cable-car, skiing, snowboarding or walking (during daytime in the winter). From 6pm to 10pm in winter, a snowcat service is available; pre-booking is key. During summer, you can book a four-wheel drive to pick you up from the top of the cable-car by day, or from the station at the bottom in the evening.
Worth getting out of bed for
Hotel Chetzeron is an ideal base for downhill skiing. Just ask at reception and all manner of ski equipment can be rented for you, ski packages arranged and expert instructors looped in to guide you down the slopes. Ease those ski-weary muscles at the end of the day with a pummelling session in the hotel’s treatment room or relaxing warm-up in the sauna.
In warmer months, climb every mountain (or at least those nearby) following the network of hiking trailsthat criss-cross the region. Feel the need for speed? Get your adrenalin hit by careening down the area’s winding mountain biking trails. Afterwards (and the order is really key here), settle in for a wine tasting of the best the Valais has to offer. Avid golfers can book a tee time at Crans-Sierre Golf Club, home of the European Masters. Pros are on hand to help up your golf game, taking you from novice to Switzerland’s answer to Jack Nicklaus, should you be so inclined.
You can’t beat the views (or the convenience) of meals at Hotel Chetzeron’s own restaurant, but there are a handful of delightfully Swiss restaurants and cafés down in Crans-Montana too.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique chalet in the Swiss Alps and unpacked their bobble hats and snow boots, a full account of their mountain-top break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Hotel Chetzeron in Switzerland…
Swiss ski lodge Hotel Chetzeron’s angular grey stone exterior is punctuated with large picture windows that glow warmly in the evenings; no cold mountain lair, it’s an eco-friendly boutique stay that over-delivers on its ski-in, ski-out promises. The cosy interior of this former gondola station is clad in local oak, and plush furnishings throughout up the après-ski hygge feel. Marvel at the mountain views from the heated alfresco pool or summit-facing Swiss restaurant and toast to your good fortunes by the glow of the bar’s roaring fireplace. Sound like your cup of (spiked) hot cocoa? Don your favourite salopettes and jumper, pull on your snow boots and make your way up the mountain to this secluded chalet.