Whether you are planning a family vacation to historic Swiss cities or a ski resort, Switzerland has it all. Swiss hotels are run with the same efficiency and attention to details as Swiss watches.
From Zurich, the financial hub of Switzerland, Berne, whose old town is listed with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, to Interlaken and Zermatt, famed for breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps and easy access to the ski lifts, there’s a luxury 5-star hotel awaiting you in each famous location.
The descriptive words “grand” and “elegant” pop up at ski resorts, and at the hotels of historic cities of Berne, Basel, and Zurich—the financial center, alike.
Looking for best business accommodations? Best kid friendly or most romantic hotels/resorts? Swiss hotels have all the amenities for discerning travelers.
While Switzerland is known for its mountain-ringed “cantons”, crystal clear lakes, the country only feels remote nestled among the Alps. Hotel accommodations are classic luxury with modern train transportation accessible to even the most isolated ski resorts.
Of course, international airports are plentiful as well as frequent service within Switzerland.
Every canton offers luxury hotel accommodations. Grand Hotel Park in Gstaad is typical of the elegance: with the 2008 renovation, the original marble furnishings in the lobby vie for your attention. The often redundant word, best, refers to the impeccable service, cleanliness, hotel restaurant cuisine, and skiing experience.
My trip to Switzerland, when my knees were still spry, stands out in memory for the climb up the Matterhorn, not quite to the top. A convenient gondola style ski lift takes the visitor to an outlook post.
Lausanne, where I stayed in a beautiful hostel, is picture perfect green and offers water sports as well as world class shopping. Ask your concierge for the best boutiques.
The Swiss hosts may be traditional when it comes to courteous service, but the country is up-to-the minute in fashion and luxurious dining experiences.
Restaurants, always within easy walking distance, offer cuisine from three major culinary groups: German, Italian and French. Let the valet park the car while you enjoy the sightseeing.
Don’t be surprised if you never leave your luxury hotel to sample restaurant fare outside the comfort of your hotel. An exceptional hotel located between Vevey and Lausanne, Les Trois Couronne, affords views of Lake Geneva and the Alps. Reminiscent of the “belle-epoque” of Europe, this 5-star hotel has fitness rooms, spa, and a grand salon fit for royalty.
Another great tradition in Switzerland that won’t escape your notice is the Konditorei,
the charming bakeries/cafes that specialize in cakes, pastries, cookies and Swiss chocolates have made Swiss pastry chefs and chocolatiers in great demand worldwide. I loved sitting in a window balcony at one such konditorei overlooking the town square in Basel. While eating the hazelnut- filled torte and the plum torte (not too sweet), I watched from my lofty perch the daily life of a typical Swiss historic yet modern city enfold.
Ski resorts fashioned into self-contained worlds of world-class skiing and upscale social gatherings, offer the best groomed trails for novices to expert skiers. Enjoy your vacation in safe, elegant, world-renowned Switzerland.