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After a Century, Le Grand Bellevue Returns Like New To Gstaad

January 31, 2014 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (2)

The last year or so has seen a number of new ski hotels hitting the slopes in perennially chic Switzerland: from the vast Asian-inspired Chedi hotel, somewhat improbably plopped on a mountainside in Andermatt by an Egyptian billionaire, to the first W ‘winter-style’ and more traditional alpine-rustic Cordée des Alpes in Verbier.

Just before Christmas, Gstaad – an haute-glam village that apparently counts Mrs. Sound of Music herself, Julie Andrews, as a long-time fan – welcomed back Le Grand Bellevue Hotel, after a year-long restoration of the original 1912 Cure House and Spa.

Inside, there are now 49 rooms and eight suites, most with light hardwood floors and off-white walls, but with a variation of colors added into the mix – like the red in the above “Design Room”, which takes advantage of the building’s corner turret to have a rather pretty circular bedroom. We like the quirky lampshades with the ropes, and downstairs in the lounge are tables from Alpine walking sticks.

Suite Etoile is where you find this bathroom, which not only has a bathtub with skylight for night-time stargazing, but adds its own twinkling lights in the ceiling for cloudy nights.

For a relatively small hotel, the list of facilities is pretty long: both a restaurant on the ground floor (called Leonard’s) and second dining option in the form of a small chalet in the grounds, a cigar lounge, private cinema, and private members’ club. Suite guests have access to the latter, and for anyone wanting some pampering with their après-ski, there is a spa with treatment rooms, pool, outdoor Finnish sauna, and a Himalayan salt inhalation grotto, something we’ve never even heard of.

Lastly, the Bar (above) has a 17-metre (55+ feet) long custom-made Chesterfield sofa and can lean on a 10,000-bottle wine cellar.

Gstaad is about two hours’ drive from Geneva, circling around Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) and heading up into the mountains after Montreux. Winter season comes with minimum-stay requirements depending on the dates, but a number of packages are available. If you’re able to avoid the weekend and stay between Sunday and Wednesday, two nights including breakfast, daily three-course dinner, and a one-day ski pass or spa treatment for two, runs from CHF620 (US$686) in a Design Double Room.

[Photos: Le Grand Bellevue]

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Now THAT is a bathroom!

Talk about a thoughtful and beautiful renovation!  Too bad it is not someplace more accessible to us non-skiing mortals...

Stunning

These are some seriously stunning hotel shots.

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