A modern new option among the gilded old-world hotels that dominate Swiss slopes, the Huus Gstaad is set on a bluff facing jagged peaks. The lobby, with its massive stone reception desk, opens to a cozy library with a fireplace and a telescope, and the garden outside holds a stand-alone cheese chalet that specializes in fondue and raclette. Each of the 135 guest rooms features Alpine views through floor- to-ceiling windows, and just the right amount of Swiss kitsch to remind you where you are (cuckoo clocks, mountaineering lanterns). Another pleasant departure from other lodges: Huus welcomes kids, who get free ski passes, rentals, and lessons as well as their own restaurant. From $200. —Alex Pasquariello.