europe – austria & switzerland

Worlds 100 Most Beautiful Hotels 2016

our pick of the world’s most beautiful hotels in austria and switzerland

I always associate Austria and Switzerland with grand palace hotels, mountain resorts and design hotels.

four seasons hotel des bergues geneva

The building now offered as Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva was originally built in 1834. The interiors are the work of the wonderful Pierre-Yves Rochon; the rooms and suites are bright and airy, decorated with rich blue and green fabrics, light woods and Louis Philippe-style furnishings. Even the Deluxe Rooms look gorgeous, but the Royal and two different Presidential Suites are simply spectacular. The hotel has a Spa, as well as a 12.5m indoor pool with underwater music and a separate vitality pool. The Italian Il Lago restaurant is one of the most attractive I’ve seen for quite some time – gorgeous blue panelled walls, chandeliers…and the adjoining bar, Le Bar des Bergues, looks like a great spot for a pre-dinner cocktail.

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* location: Geneva

* featured in: Hotel Lust List World’s 100 Most Beautiful Hotels 2016

* rooms and suites: 115 rooms and suites.

* designer: Pierre-Yves Rochon

* for more beautiful hotels in Switzerland, click here

* hotel’s website


the chedi andermatt

* featured in: Hotel Lust List World’s 100 Most Beautiful Hotels 2016, Conde Nast Hot List 2014, Tatler Travel Guide 2015

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The 35m indoor pool at Chedi Andermatt is simply spectacular – take a nighttime dip while it is dark and sexy and (in Winter!) enjoy the view over the snowy landscape – and the lobby area is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen – I love the wood burning fireplaces and the dark asian chill out feel.

The Chedi Andermatt has an attractive Japanese restaurant, and I love the cool Bar and Living Room.

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* location: Andermatt

* hotel category: design

* designers: Denniston

* hip hot & cool hotels: best design hotels in the Swiss Alps

* for more gorgeous hotels in The Swiss Alps, click here

* hotel’s website


the alpina gstaad

* featured in Conde Nast Hot List 2013, Beautifuldotcom’s World’s 100 Most Beautiful Hotels 2016 , Tatler Travel Guide 2017

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‘A fresh interpretation of Alpine chic’. And wonderful it is! Classically carved ceilings, timber-clad walls, leather headboards and Swiss farmhouse-style cupboards and chests. Open fireplaces and crisp white linen. Delicious. The Alpina Gstaad offer 56 rooms and suites, each with spectacular mountain views from either a private balcony or terrace. I love the Junior Suites and any of the categories above this, with the 3 bedroom duplex 400m2 Panorama Suite being just spectacular – the top floor has a private spa, Jacuzzi, fitness and massage area, another fireplace and a bedroom with classic timber latticework and its own verandah. The hotel also has a Six Senses spa, with one of the most beautiful indoor pools I’ve seen in a long while. The day spa also offers a sauna and steam bath, and there is an outdoor garden pool. Oh, and there are a number of drinking and dining options, my favourite looking being the Alpina Lounge & Bar  – huge armchairs and rich, tactile fabrics – many embroidered in the best of Swiss tradition – are combined with leather-clad columns and weathered timbers.

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* location: Gstaad

* hotel category: boutique

* hip hot & cool hotels: best boutique hotel in the Swiss Alps

* for more gorgeous hotels in The Swiss Alps, click here

* hotel’s website


zhero-ischgl/kappl

* featured in: Hotel Lust List World’s 100 Most Beautiful Hotels 2016

* marketing affiliations: Design Hotels Austria

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Zhero is located in one of the Austrian Tyrol’s top winter sports valleys, the Paznaun Valley. Even the entry-level Double Rooms look great with their contemporary styling, wood and stone, but the series of Penthouse Suites, ranging from the 66m2 Coco Penthouse Suite to the 143m2 Presidential Suite, look even more fabulous and some include a terrace, fireplace or jazcuzzi.

The hotels’ restaurant looks very attractive, and I particularly love the dark and sexy Minotti Lounge and bar. The hotel also has a 750m² spa area complete with various saunas, a steam-bath and a 20m long pool.

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* hotel category: design

* hotel lust list world’s best hotels: best design hotel in Austria

* for more gorgeous hotels in Austria, click here

hotel’s website

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wiesergut

* featured in: Hotel Lust List World’s 100 Most Beautiful Hotels 2016

* marketing affiliations: Design Hotels Austria

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The Wiesergut offers 17 suites and 7 garden estate suites with direct access to the skiing and hiking area in Saalbach Hinterglemm.  The Garden Suites include 4 metre high glass windows to take full advantage of the sunlight, as well as a free-standing bath and a private sun terrace complete with hot tub, whilst the Manor Suites offer great views. The decor is contemporary ‘design’ – lots of wood and stone, clean lines and a neutral colour palette.

The hotel has a hipster-feel restaurant and a spa with indoor pool.

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* hotel category: design

* hotel lust list world’s best hotels: best design hotel in Austria

* for more gorgeous hotels in Austria, click here

hotel’s website


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