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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.
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.
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We're not haters or anything, but we've had to endure reruns and all types of holiday delays. And then we had to get back to work on the 2nd. Hell, some of us working stiffs didn't get much vaca at all. So, we're just wondering why these celebs still seem to be taking a break. Do they not have movies to shoot? Tracks to record?
OK!We admit it--from the pics we're seeing we're just jelly we're not in their spots. So we'll once again just live through them. And seethe from afar.
Madonna and her brood (including her 25-year-old boyfriend Brahim Zaibat) headed to the resort town of Gstaad, Switzerland, for New Year’s. It seems Anne Hathaway and new hubby Adam Shulman were around for the holidays, too. While the Material Mama spent time attempting to ski and bit the dust a few times, it seems 16-year Lourdes was smoother on the snowboard.