A unique blend of Swiss and contemporary style and materials, a state-of-the-art Six Senses Spa, a world-class fine dining restaurant, an elegant yet relaxed Bar& lounge, a Megu restaurant, a unique and carefully curated collection of modern art-works, two swimming pools including a heated outdoor one and fire-places throughout all suites and public spaces – are just some of the defining elements which have secured THE ALPINA Hotel, in one year since opening, a solid position among the top luxury hotels in Gstaad, one of the most competitive luxury hospitality markets in the Alps.
From the grand palatial-scale entrance court, ultimate technology and the finest hand-made leather furnishings, The Alpina lends a WOW factor which is rare among luxury resorts in the Swiss Alps. A young team headed by General Manager, Eric Favre, succeeds in impressing with the level of personalized service – staff are genuinely warm, courteous and passionate to serve. Service throughout the entire hotel is prompt, intuitive and efficient, with very close attention to personalization.
One of my typical days at The Alpina:
After a lavish breakfast I would be whisked off to the slopes (hotel provides free day-ski passes) in the hotel car (complimentary for all guests within Gstaad) followed by lunch on the mountain top in a traditional chalet style restaurant. Afternoon would be reserved for the Spa, where Antonis, an exceptional therapist would work his magic either reccommending a treatment or activity after literally reading your mind – I would highly reccommend the unique floating pool experience in a private space which following a massage which again, Antonis would intuitively adapt to your state of mind and physical strains.
My evening would start with a cocktail at the bar – make sure you try a very unique Russian vodka based cocktail (the hotel has a limted edition of a rare vodka in a gold plated bottle) or a Rose Champagne, followed by a lavish dinner – extremely tasty in an unpretentious presetation. I would end my evening with a cigar in the hotel’s very own Fumoir. Back in my suite, I could not help but turn on the fire place and open my balcony door to breath-in the fresh mountain air. Should you wish to offer yourself an ultimate pampering, make sure you try a late night swim in the outdoor pool under the full moon surrounded by the snowy mountains.
You will love: the winding steep train ride from Montreux to Gstaad; the mix of guests in the bar and restaurant – both hotel and locals; the natural fireplaces in the public space; large balconies for all rooms and suites; old wood sourced locally throughout the entire hotel, pure Mongolian cashmere spreads in the rooms;
Room for improvement: name recognition of guests (prefer it to being asked your number number); flowers in the rooms, Spa reception and lobby (I would prefer the ones in the Sommet Restaurant to the vase orchids); bathroom amenities could be replaced with a natural line, instead of the existing cosmetic one.
My special thanks to Gabor, Benjamin, Gaeton, Eric and all the entire team for going out of their way to create a memorable and most enjoyable stay.
Oliver Petcu in Gstaad
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