The Swiss Alps are legendary for Alpine skiing, extraordinary scenery and authentic chalets for lodging, dining and après ski. Here are a few of the best ski hotels in Switzerland's Alps, four and five star places to stay located right on the slopes for your next Swiss ski vacation.
Zermatt has over 120 fine ski hotels, all walking distance to the ski lifts in this car-free ski village. Zermatt's historic hotels include the historic Hotel Monte Rosa, Mont Cervin Palace, and the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof. For more modern lodging, The Suitenhotel Zurbriggen Zermatt is a minimalist style hotel and spa, owned by famed Swiss ski racer Pirmin Zurbriggen, and The Cervo is a chic new alpine hotel, located at the base of the Sunnegga slopes. The Hotel Alex in Zermatt is four star with rich traditional Swiss décor, conveniently located a block from the train station and the Gornergrat ski train. If you are daring and want to stay on the mountain, The Riffelalp Resort at mid-mountain and The Kulmhotel at the summit are both high above town reached by the Gornnergrat train. You can also stay in an igloo at Iglu Dorf - brrr.
Gstaad ski village in the Bernese Oberland is famed for beautiful chalets and upscale boutique shopping. Gstaad is also home to some of the best five start hotels in Switzerland and The Alps for that matter, like The Grand Hotel Park and Spa, The Gstaad Palace Hotel and the Alpina Gstaad, plus four star hotels ideal for families like The GolfHotel Les Haus and Spa in Saanenmoser, and the more casual Hamilton Lodge in Rinderberg - a true ski in ski out mid-mountain hotel in the Saanenland Region.
Verbier is a very chi ski village, a party town and playground for the wealthy and wild - the ski terrain here is pretty extreme and steep. Amongst Verbier's hotels and chalets, the Chalet de Flore is four star and offers beautiful suites with a mountain views, conveniently locate to the lifts and the village shops, dining and après ski. Its sister hotel is the 5 star Chalet D'Adrian. Verbier's No. 14 Chalet and The Lodge Verbier, owned by Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic, also get high marks for mountain hotels. A new Hotel W Verbier, W Hotel's first ski hotel and first Swiss W Hotel, is a prime place to stay - The W has an authentic alpine exterior yet its uber posh inside, located in the Place Blanche at the base of Verbier's ski lifts.
Adelboden is a small Swiss village but offers over 10,000 beds in the region which fill when the World Cup comes to town in January. For a scenic hillside setting, the Parkhotel Bellevue and Spa overlook the town and provides guests with lovely guest rooms - some modern, some traditional, excellent dining and après ski in the glass lined dining room and lounge, and a splendid Spa with indoor and outdoor salt water heated pools plus a Finnish sauna.
Three car free alpine villages make up the interconnected ski resorts of Aletsch Arena. Staying in Bettmeralp you are in the centre of it all, ski in ski out and a short walk along the snowy streets to après ski and dining amongst the quaint chalets. Hotel Alpfrieden in Bettmeralp provides cosy guestroom in traditional Swiss decor, most with balconies, and half board includes four course dinner and a bountiful breakfast with a view of the ski slopes.
Saas Fee is romantic and relatively small, with about 500 residents and classic alpine chalets in the car free village. Amongst the Saas Fee hotels are three to five star chalets including ski racer Pirmin Zurbriggen Wellness Hotel, Hotel Allalin and The Dom Hotel, named for the 14,911' peak, which is a grand four star hotel in the centre of the ski village recently remodelled with alpine modern comforts and electronics. There is even a Best Western in Saas Fee.
Ski Lodge Engelberg, while not a luxury hotel - is also not stuffy or sophisticated, its lively, casual and fun for skiers. Owned by Swedes who are clearly passionate skiers judging by their alpine casual decor, this hotel has great après ski, an outdoor hot tub and Sauna, ski room with boot dryers, and serves a bountiful breakfast buffet well before lift opening in the pretty mountain village of Engelberg. The balcony views of Mt Titlis, Spannort and Hahnen are impressive as well, and you are steps to the Train station and ski bus.