The Best Hotels in the Alps
Collected by AFAR Editors , AFAR Staff
Whether you’re basing your stay in Switzerland, Austria, or Germany, the Alps offer a range of accommodations. Spend the night at a trendy hotel in the city, relax in style at a lake resort, or sleep slope-side in a mountain chalet.
Talstrasse 1, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
This grande dame of Bahnhofstrasse hotels has sat graciously at the mouth of Lake Zürich since 1844, welcoming through its white-columned portico the ultra well-heeled to bonafide royalty, including Kaiser Wilhelm II, and in more recent...
Beethovenstrasse 21, 8002 Zürich, Switzerland
From the box-shaped, glass-fronted architecture to the high-ceilinged foyer, complete with a granite floor and immense, specially commissioned Sol Le Witt mural, the Park Hyatt Zürich aims to impress. The interior is classy and...
Kurhausstrasse 65, 8032 Zürich, Switzerland
The castlelike Dolder looms large, both literally (it’s a massive complex, hovering high above the city) and in local lore (guests have included Winston Churchill and Elizabeth Taylor). In 2008, it received an over-the-top extension and...
Bürgenstock Hotels & Resort, 6363 Obbürgen, Switzerland
After nine years and nearly $600 million, it’s not an exaggeration to suggest that the re-opening of the iconic Bürgenstock resort—set on 148 acres of ridgeline above Lake Lucerne—was one of the most widely anticipated of...
Alpinastrasse 23, 3780 Gstaad, Switzerland
Gstaad may not be as well known as St. Moritz but the rich and famous flock there just the same. The Alpine mountain village has a pedestrian-only central strolling area with lots of upscale shopping and eating options. Joe and I stayed at the...
Höheweg 41, 3800 Interlaken, Switzerland
Situated between two lakes at the bottom of the Jungfrau mountain in the Bernese Highlands of Switzerland, this venerable five-star hotel and spa, which dates back to 1865, offers scenery and comfort in equal measure. Subtly balancing tradition...
Chemin de Beau-Rivage 21, 1006 Lausanne, Switzerland
In operation for almost 160 years, this renowned Belle Époque resort on the shores of Lake Geneva in Lausanne is steeped in important history and culture. The treaty that broke up the Ottoman Empire was signed here in 1923, and guests have...
Auf dem Fels, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
Built into a mountainside with uninterrupted views of Zermatt and the Matterhorn, The Omnia is a contemporary take on a mountain lodge, envisioned by the late modernist architect Ali Tayar. From below, the glass, metal, and larchwood...
Gotthardstrasse 4, 6490 Andermatt, Switzerland
When architect Jean-Michael Gathy designed The Chedi Andermatt, located 90 minutes from Zurich in the Ursern Valley, he gave the Swiss chalet style a contemporary edge. Some elements, however, remain decidedly traditional—the warm woods,...
Via del Segnale 10, 6612 Ascona, Switzerland
Nestled in scenic parkland near the northern section of Lago Maggiore, Giardino Ascona is an intimate retreat. The hotel’s 72 rooms and suites are spacious and decorated with chic, modern furnishings set against bright, breezy color schemes....
Via Serlas 27, 7500 St. Moritz, Switzerland
Since opening in 1896, this Gothic Revival ode to Continental elegance has remained the place to see and be seen in glitzy St. Moritz. Caspar Badrutt almost single-handedly created the concept of “Alpine winter tourism” here in the...
Dorf 11, 6764 Lech, Austria
What was once an impressive farmhouse in Austria’s lovely Lech Valley has been run for the past 80 years by the same family as a luxe yet unpretentious resort that draws a discerning clientele—including the Dutch royal family. A...
In Elmau 2, 82493 Krün, Germany
It’s easy to see Sound of Music parallels at the Schloss Elmau, a sprawling temple of wellness and culture (Turkish baths! Piano concerts! Grassy hills made for yodeling!) surrounded by mountain peaks.
Kaiserjägerstraße 2, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Lovebirds from all around the world flock to Austria to spend some time amid the romantic scenery of the Alps. The Hotel Schwarzer Adler is the ultimate destination for couples, with its prime location in cozy Innsbruck and dedication to luxurious...
Griesenauweg 26, 6370 Kitzbühel, Austria
A Relais & Chateaux Hotel just above the internationally renowned ski resort of Kitzbühel in Tyrol, Austria, the charming, five-star Tennerhof blends old-school Alpine charm with the service and comfort of a luxury hotel. From...
Exit through the thick green door of the baroque Hotel Goldener Hirsch, your quietly understated luxurious home a few buildings from Mozart’s birth house, and you will re-enter the bustling old town of Salzburg. The oldest hotel in the...
Untere Bachgasse 8, 93047 Regensburg, Germany
Hotel Orphée, in the medieval city center of Regensburg, Germany, oozes 19th-century French glamour. Centrally located to Regensburg’s cobblestone streets, local shops, restaurants, and small town squares, it’s decorated in...
Sophienstraße 28, 80333 München, Germany
This 160-room hotel attracted a lot of buzz when it opened in 2007. A brand-new building next to Munich’s former botanical gardens, it was part of a major effort to revitalize a struggling neighborhood. Though its Art Deco flourishes pay...
Promenadepl. 2-6, 80333 München, Germany
Stop by Munich's most luxurious hotel and spend some time at their Blue Spa. Swim in the rooftop pool (the roof is open on nice days), sip a Hugo while relaxing in one of the lounge chairs, and enjoy the sauna. Remember to toss your prudishness...
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