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Fondue And A Private Cinema At the New Alpina Gstaad

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  Site Where: Alpinastrasse 23, Gstaad, Switzerland, 3780
February 15, 2013 at 5:52 PM | by | ()

Ah, Gstaad. Maybe you too have fond memories of swooshing down the mountainside, hiking in the hills, sipping on Glühwein or hot chocolate, and eating fresh raclette cheese. It’s all good. But now, it's even better because for the first time in about 100 years, there’s a new luxe hotel opening: The Alpina Gstaad.

This 56-room Preferred Hotel is a real beauty -- think big stone fireplaces, pine interiors, cozy nooks, timber peaked ceilings and spectacular views of the Alps. No two rooms are exactly alike and, although beautifully-designed, also have plenty of quirk (just wait until you see the cowbell bedside lamps!)

The Alpina Gstaad is set on five acres and is bordered by an acre-and-a-half of gardens. There are three restaurants onsite including the first European outpost (not counting Eurasian Moscow, of course) of MEGU, serving modern Japanese cuisine; a traditional Swiss stübli (hello, fondue!), and the Restaurant Sommet, offering gourmet goodies.

If a cocktail is more in order you can try out the Havana-inspired Cigar Lounge, the Wine Cellar or the Alpina Lounge & Bar. A large spa –- Six Senses -- features a hammam, a fitness center and an 82-foot lap pool. The hotel also has an outdoor pool to cool your heels and, for those of you who need it, there’s a private cinema.

Rates at The Alpina Gstaad start at CHF 650 ($705) for the Bed & Breakfast rate in a 330 sq ft Deluxe Double but the CHF 850 ($921) Daily Rate gives you breakfast, a CHF 100 ($108) credit per day for any of the restaurants, lounges or room service, WiFi, entrance into the Six Senses Spa, and parking or shuttle service to and from the Gstaad train station.

But enough talk; it’s time for pics.

[Photos: The Alpina Gstaad]

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