Need to know
Fifty-seven, including nine suites.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $677.61 (CHF674), excluding tax at 3.8 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of CHF4.20 per person per night on check-out.
Rates generally include à la carte and buffet breakfasts (otherwise CHF35 a person), a welcome drink, unlimited spa access, roundtrip transfers from Gstaad Train Station. Winter rates also include a daily three-course dinner at Leonard’s restaurant.
Daily afternoon tea is held in the sitting room; don’t miss out on the selection of mini madeleines and cakes.
The hotel is closed from mid-October to mid-December and from the start of April to mid-June every year.
At the hotel
Spa with sauna, hydrotherapy pool, outdoor spa pool, expansive thermal suite, steam room and hammam; fitness centre with personal training and Pilates, yoga and fitness classes; tennis courts; on-site ski hire; kids’ club, playroom and cinema; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: minibar with free bottled water and non-alcoholic drinks, tea-making kit, Nespresso coffee machine, and Bamford bath products.
Our favourite rooms
We especially love top-floor Suite Etoile, which is set in the eaves; a portion of its massive ensuite bathroom has a glass roof, so you can take après-ski soaks under a canopy of twinkling stars – when it snows it’s even more romantic.
The serene and subterranean indoor pool is part of the spa, and has an adjoining hot tub that’s particularly inviting après-ski. Well-behaved little Smiths are welcome in this massive pool until late afternoon, and child-friendly splash hours are from 2pm to 4pm. From 5pm, it’s adults only in the pool. There's also an outdoor relaxation pool in the Thermal Oasis.
Subterranean Le Grand Spa is one of Switzerland’s largest. This sprawling (3,000sq m) spa has 10 treatment rooms (two kitted out for pampering à deux). All treatments (massages, facials, wraps, scrubs, aromatherapy, and more) use Bamford and Cellcosmet products. The spa also has a Thermal Oasis – 17 interconnecting hot-and-cold zones that include a herbal sauna, Finnish sauna, salt inhalation grotto, Turkish steam bath, ice fountain, and outdoor spa pool. Beauty treatments and hairstyling can be arranged in the on-site hair salon, and hot-and-cold hydrating and detoxifying drinks can be ordered anywhere within the spa. There’s also a spa garden where you can practice yoga and a fitness centre offering personal training, reformer Pilates, and yoga sessions.
In the winter, bring your most stylish ski jacket and snow boots to pop on for strolls around Gstaad; in the hotel, make yourself at home in cosy Fair Isle knits and tailored plaids.
Ski kit hire can be arranged with the hotel, so you can focus on hitting the slopes.
Dogs can stay for CHF30 a night; they’re allowed in the bar and terrace if they’re on a lead. Dog bowls, food and special treats will be provided too. See more pet-friendly hotels in Gstaad .
All ages are warmly welcomed – with treats. There are several playrooms, the Polar Bear Kids’ Club (December - March), and even escorted skiing. Each restaurant has a children’s menu and highchairs on loan; babysitting is available for CHF35 an hour.