I stayed ten days at the Palace in January. I was scared at first as I remember this hotel 40 years ago and its reputation of stuffy, snobby and selectively efficient depending on who was the guest. I must say that I was agreeably surprised and overall very satisfied with my stay at the Palace. First the rooms & bathrooms are first rate, very comfortable, large with free internet service. The hotel rooms and lounges are pretty appointed with a chic rustic swiss feel; the SPA is very nice, first class as well as the restaurants and lounges. As far as food and service, I felt that le Grand Restaurant was the best restaurant of the hotel; a very nice menu, very efficient service and a maitre D with his staff that knows his business. The other restaurant "Le Grill" was somewhat a step under in service with a limited menu and an unjustified price hike versus the main restaurant; near le Gril, you have a bar where you can have a drink and listen to a singer in the evening. Gildo's, the italian restaurant by the name of the longest serving head of the restaurants, is serving classic italian fare; service was efficient and the food was good. La fromagerie, finally is the last restaurant at Palace and one that I would skip. The service is below what is expected and you can find better in Gstaad or surroundings if you are looking for a fix in raclette or fondue. In conclusion, the Palace in Gstaad is a very nice hotel; they were minor quirks during my stay, but the overall experience was positive. If you are looking for a dressy, chic' vacation in this exclusive resort and don't mind paying Palace prices, go for it; you won't be disappointed; they will know on how to pamper you and your wallet will be lighter after your stay...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Over the years the Gstaad Palace has earned an unrivalled reputation for discreet, refined hospitality, and has always welcomed the most discerning international clientele. Set on a hill overlooking Gstaad, the resort is privileged to offer a breathtaking view of the majestic Swiss Alps. The 104 tastefully decorated rooms include 19 junior suites, 4 suites, 2 Tower Suites and the most luxurious and sophisticated three-bedroom Penthouse Suite ever built in an Alpine resort. ... more less
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