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An Inside Look at Hotel Schweizerhof Bern in Switzerland

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  Site Where: Bahnhofplatz 11, Bern, Switzerland, 3001
April 30, 2015 at 5:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

The last hotel on our ramble through Switzerland takes us to the country’s capital of Bern and the uptown chic hotel, the Hotel Schweizerhof Bern (part of Leading Hotels of the World and Swiss Deluxe Hotels).

This 99-room property’s been around for more than 150 years and in 2005 the hotel shut down for a major reno (you know the story: you’re a new owner so you absolutely have to re-decorate) and, six years and 50 million Swiss Francs later, ta-da! Now it’s a stylin' five-star superior property.

Designed by Maria Vafiadis from MKV Design in London, our 410 sq ft Deluxe King Room was decorated in earthy taupes and grays with dramatic stainless steel and black-and-white glass bathrooms. Floors were done in herringbone oak which kept the room warm in feel and the view was of the rooftops of the Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It had the feel of a luxe pied-à-terre.

Room perks include the minibar with its complimentary beer and soft drinks, a Nespresso machine and kettle, free WiFi, locally-made comfy linens, a Japanese soaking tub AND a shower, a window in the bathroom that opens and has the same aforementioned view, and Bulgari White Tea toiletries (this writer’s fave of the Bulgari line).

See the rest of the hotel pics in the image gallery!

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Sweet Suites: The Adara Suites at the Park Weggis Hotel Near Lucerne

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  Site Where: Hertensteinstrasse 34, Weggis/Lucerne, Switzerland, 6353
April 29, 2015 at 11:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

Originally opened as the Hotel Bellevue in the oldie days of 1875, the Park Weggis hotel (part of Swiss Deluxe Hotels) – on Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne – has definitely renovated since that time. One of its latest renos, completed in 2007 (they also renovated some rooms in the main building in 2011), was to add ten uber-modern Adara Suites and this is where our story starts.

Many of the luxury hotels in Switzerland are beautiful, yes, but tend to lean towards a more traditional elegance. What strikes us about these suites, which brings the room count up to 52 at this boutique Relais & Chateaux property, is their modernity.

We stayed in an Adara Deluxe Junior Suite – the Adara ones come in Deluxe Junior Suites and then Suites – which was about 70 sq m (750 sq ft) and we’ll tell ya, the green-tinged black marble bathroom took up about half of that space. If your idea of relaxing is to set your one-touch mood lighting to “evening,” hang out in the deep soaking tub in the middle of your bathroom with a glass of prosecco, and then shower under the Dornbracht Bigrain rain shower using the Bulgari Red Tea toiletries (surprisingly hard to come by and, in case you’re wondering, we did take them home with us), then this is the luxe crash pad for you.

There are so many more pics in the photo gallery!

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3 Killer Views at Fairmont Le Montreux Palace in Switzerland

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  Site Where: Avenue Claude Nobs 2, Montreux, Switzerland, CH-1820
April 23, 2015 at 5:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

We do like to wax poetic sometimes over the killer views we find from hotel rooms all over the planet, but the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace in Switzerland (part of Swiss Deluxe Hotels and Leading Hotels of the World) has not one, not two, but at least three killer views that we noticed recently. It seems that wherever you go you’re faced with another scenic vista of mountains and lake (Lake Geneva, to be exact).

We’re sharing those vistas here with you in a minute, but this isn’t the particular scene that prompted Deep Purple to write their hit, Smoke on the Water, while staying at a hotel nearby this illustrious hotel that’s played host to many a rock star celeb.

No, that scene, which probably included the aforementioned vista, was of a fire started by a fan with a flare gun (kids, don’t try this at home) at the famed casino close to the hotel where Frank Zappa was playing in 1971. Rumor has it that the band Deep Purple looked out their window this particular December to see flames and smoke rising from the building and were so inspired that they penned the song. And where did they end up recording said song? At Le Montreux Palace.

But back to the views we saw. The first is from room 118, a Junior Suite category room. This Mediterranean-like room in butter yellows, creams and light pebble greys (reno’ed in 2009), has a small balcony that looks out over Lake Geneva PLUS a French balcony off of the bedroom side of the room to give you the same scrumptious view. Most rooms, in fact, have either a balcony or veranda in this 236-room property. The Junior Suites also come with a sitting area with a desk, coffeemaker, a bathroom with both a tub and a shower, the brand’s Le Labo Rose 31 toiletries and, our favorite, a mirror/TV that swivels so that you can watch CNN in the living room or from your comfy bed. WiFi’s part of the package for President’s Club members, which is free to join.

Plenty of pics of the room and the other killer views in the photo gallery!

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All About the Killer Views and Weird Spa Treatments at Switzerland's Palace Luzern

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  Site Where: Haldenstrasse 10, Lucerne, Switzerland, CH-6002
April 22, 2015 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Okay, it’s time to 'fess up: This writer has fallen in love with Switzerland in a mad, gushing “I can’t live without it” sort of way. And why? Aside from its other qualities, it’s beautiful. I’m telling you this so that when I describe the Palace Luzern hotel as being a great spot to take in Switzerland's delights, you’ll understand the importance of that statement.

The hotel (part of Swiss Deluxe Hotels and Leading Hotels of the World) is situated right on the tree-lined, lakeside pedestrian promenade, with views stretching out over Lake Lucerne to the Alps in the background. Can't you just feel yourself relax as you take in that mountain view? Plus it's only a short walk to Lucerne’s quaint Chapel Bridge and Old Town.

But the hotel is not content to rest on its scenery laurels. The first time this 1906 property had a major overhaul was after WWII, during which time it had been used as a military hospital. Then, in 2005, the hotel opened its one-of-a-kind spa and reduced the number of rooms from 168 to 136 so that guests, i.e. you and me, could spread out more. Then, in 2013, 42 additional rooms were renovated, leaving us with 129 rooms and suites, and that brings us all the way to now, with the Davidoff Cigar Lounge having opened in February and the new restaurant, Marlin, replacing Jasper with a newly-deigned menu. Whew!

More scenic pics in the photo gallery!

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Hanging Out (And Over) the Giant Singing Bowl at Palace Luzern

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  Site Where: Haldenstrasse 10, Lucerne, Switzerland, CH-6002
April 17, 2015 at 12:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

Right now, many of you are probably going, “What the…?” Well, let me introduce you to the one, the only, 1.2 ton, 6’ wide Giant Ceremonial Singing Bowl – the only one of its kind in the world and found at the Palace Luzern hotel (part of Swiss Deluxe Hotels and Leading Hotels of the World).

Traditionally used for meditation, Tibetan Singing Bowls are kind of like inverted bells. The rim is struck by a mallet to produce a harmonic sound and reverberation that is said to both relax and soothe. The folks at the Palace Luzern decided that if a little bowl is good for you, then a gigantic one must be terrific.

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This Hotel Was Entirely Designed by Its Facebook Fans

February 10, 2015 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

Guys, this is just the beginning.

You thought millennial hotels were bad enough? Meet the Club Med Val Thorens Sensations, which was designed by… its Facebook fans.

According to the Mail, the 384-room hotel was the first to be entirely crowdsourced, and it was all done via Facebook requests.

So what do Facebook fans want in a hotel?

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Kameha Grand Zurich Will Open March 1 as an Autograph Collection Hotel

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  Site Where: Dufaux-Strasse 1 / Corner Thurgauerstrasse, Glattpark/Zurich, Switzerland, CH-8152
January 15, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Switzerland has been concentrating so hard on their budget offerings recently that we were beginning to worry they’d forgotten all about what they do best – insanely expensive luxury properties.

Luckily, they haven’t – just take a look at the Kameha Grand, opening in Zurich March 1.

The Kameha is already styling itself as your new “lieblingsplatz”, or regular haunt, in Zurich. Not sure where they reckon we hang out already, but this is a bit of an upgrade.

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Only In Switzerland Could a Hostel Have a Spa Like This

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  Site Where: Panoramastrasse 1 , Saas-Fee, Switzerland, 3906
September 24, 2014 at 8:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

Switzerland: a country that takes pride in being completely unaffordable for anyone from outside of it. Edit – a country that did take pride in being completely unaffordable. For this summer, we have seen the emergence of a New Switzerland – one that pities us, one that wants us to come stay without having to remortgage our house, one that suddenly wants to thrust budget accommodation at us. Not you’re your standard crappy budget digs, of course; no, the New Switzerland is a place of hip ‘hostels’ that other countries would class as nice hotels.

First came the Saanenland Youth Hostel in Gstaad. Now we have the wellnessHostel 4000 in Saas-Fee, which opened this month.

Of course, you already know it’s a trendy kind of place – it was clearly named to be a hipster magnet, after all – but listen to what it actually has. It has a pool (and separate children’s pool). It has a spa with saunas, a herbal steam bath, hydromassage showers, and a ‘gorge balcony’ (presumably it looks over a gorgeous, rather than being especially gorgeous). It offers a hotel-level massage list. And all this stuff comes with humungous windows overlooking the mountain landscape.

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The Ever-Expanding Burgenstock Resort Will Have 3 Hotels When It Re-opens in 2017

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  Site Where: Burgenstockstrasse, Burgenstock, Switzerland, 6363
July 17, 2014 at 2:05 PM | by | Comment (1)

Nestled 1600 feet up from the shores of Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, a luxury resort is recreating itself--The Burgenstock Resort, scheduled to re-open in 2017. When all is said and done, there will be three hotels: The Burgenstock Hotel; the circa 1906 Palace Hotel; and the Waldhotel, a medical wellness destination. Add to that a spa the size of a football field, a conference center, residences, and several dining options.

The Burgenstock Resort is being developed by Katara Hospitality, who are also presently transforming the Royal Savoy Lausanne. Katara has again retained London-based MKV Design to take on the interiors of the Burgenstock Hotel, as well as the Palace Hotel renovation and the mega Alpine Spa. Right now, we're getting an early look at the Burgenstock Hotel.

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Hostel Is Not Necessarily A Dirty Word In Expensive Switzerland

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  Site Where: Spitzhornweg 25 , Gstaad Saanenland, Switzerland, 3792
July 8, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ah, Switzerland. Beautiful. Peaceful. Friendly. Easily navigable…

Expensive as *&$k.

Luckily, for those of us who’ve been put off visiting because we don’t earn the world’s highest minimum wage, Switzerland has a plan.

It involves a hostel, but don’t stress. This is no ordinary hostel. It’s a posh hostel (surely someone’s coined “poshtel” by now).

The Gstaad Saanenland Youth Hostel is, as the name suggests, in pricey Gstaad – the village of Saanen, to be precise. It opened a few weeks ago, and it’s eco-friendly. Most importantly (because who cares about the environment when facing the prospect of sharing a room with strangers) it has ensuite double and single rooms as well as its shared rooms (no giant dorms here – four or six beds are your options). A buffet breakfast and locally sourced, three-course dinner is available in the dining room, and there’s a sunny/snowy terrace, depending on the season, to soak up the views.

Let’s be honest, this is no Kex Hostel – rooms are Ikea-basic, with wooden floors, bedframes and shelving the fanciest thing about them. But this is hearty Switzerland, where it’s all about the views – almost all the rooms face the Swiss Alps, giving you megabucks panoramas for a fraction of normal Gstaad prices.

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Funky Friday: The Amazing Floating Candles In the Bar At The Dolder Grand

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  Site Where: Kurhaus Strasse 65, Zurich, 8032
June 6, 2014 at 4:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

For this week’s Funky Friday, we’re stepping up to the bar at The Dolder Grand in Zurich, at least via the internet. Now look up. It is a magical sight to behold – an array of sparkling candles seemingly floating in mid-air.

OK, they’re not real candles and they're not really floating, they’re custom lights made by Swarovski crystal, which explains the extra sparkle. Swarovski is not just about jewelry or your favorite figurine. It has a successful architectural lighting division and has created some pretty amazing designs for hotels such as the Sparkling Hill Resort in British Columbia.

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The Royal Savoy Hopes the Hobnobbing Will Continue When it Debuts its New Look in 2015

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  Site Where: Avenue d'Ouchy 40, Lausanne, Switzerland, 1006
February 27, 2014 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

The historic Royal Savoy in Lausanne, Switzerland is in the midst of a dramatic makeover, due to be completed next year. The word is out, and now early images are out, and we are sharing them with you.

The Royal Savoy opened as a hotel in 1906 and was a popular destination for royalty and bigwigs from around the world. It was built during the short-lived but highly artistic Art Nouveau period, and the hotel is both a landmark and a pride of Lausanne. Defined generally by the free-flowing curves and shapes found in nature, Art Nouveau style provides a rare context for contemporary hospitality design. The Royal Savoy has taken on the challenge with a full-out renovation and expansion that will include almost twice the number of guest rooms (196), a wellness center, and quite a new look.

The hotel is one of three properties of the Burgenstock Selection, owned by Qatar-based Katara Hospitality. They have some pretty special properties including one in particular we have all been waiting for – the Peninsula Paris. That being said, we can’t wait to see how they transformed Royal Savoy.

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