Why stay in a traditional Alpine hotel?

Most new build hotels in the Alps tend to offer a very similar look and feel these days, which quite frankly lacks the Alpine charm I am after. We too often hear the  words: minimalistic, chic, cool and urban, associated with the new Alpine look. Surely, if this is what I wanted I would have stayed in London or gone on a city break. Having said all that for some, modern design hotels work well and if you are of a certain age these hotels tend to be the place to be seen. To be honest the facilities, such as the Spas, pools, restaurants, and bars cannot be faulted as they are amazing.

Personally however, I would always choose a more traditional Alpine hotel as after all for me Alpine and traditional go hand in hand. I prefer the discreet service, intimacy, the luxurious warm feel of wood panelled rooms, the fire place in the living room always lit, the friendly barman and best of all the family owners meeting and greeting me on arrival. Many traditional hotels are of course family run and have been passed down with love and attention from one generation to the next, so you can always expect to be very well looked after.

Who would suit a more traditional hotel?

  • Couples looking for a romantic weekend or a full week in the Alps.
  • Families looking for good friendly service.
  • Those looking for a more authentic experience.

My favourite traditional hotels in the Alps:

ST ANTON, AUSTRIA – HOTEL SCHWARZER ADLER

Hotel Schwarzer Adler in St Anton
Hotel Schwarzer Adler in St Anton, Austria

LECH, AUSTRIA – HOTEL KRISTIANIA

Hotel Kristiania in Lech, Austria
Hotel Kristiania in Lech, Austria

KITZBUHEL, AUSTRIA- SPORTHOTEL REISCH

Sporthotel Reisch in Kitzbuhel, Austria
Sporthotel Reisch in Kitzbuhel, Austria

CHAMONIX, FRANCE – HOTEL MONT BLANC

Hotel Mont Blanc in Chamonix,France
Hotel Mont Blanc in Chamonix,France

MEGEVE, FRANCE – FER A CHEVAL,

Hotel Fer A Cheval in Megeve, France
Hotel Fer A Cheval in Megeve, France

LES GETS, FRANCE – HOTEL MARMOTTE

Hotel Marmotte in Les Gets, France
Hotel Marmotte in Les Gets, France

SAN CASSIANO, ITALY – HOTEL ROSA ALPINA

Hotel Rosa Alpina in San Cassiano, Italy
Hotel Rosa Alpina in San Cassiano, Italy

CERVINA, ITALY – LES NEIGES D’ANTAN

Hotel Neiges d'Antan in Cervinia, Italy
Hotel Neiges d’Antan in Cervinia, Italy

MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, ITALY – BIOHOTEL HERMITAGE

BioHotel Hermitage in Madonna di Campiglio
BioHotel Hermitage in Madonna di Campiglio

ST LUC, SWITZERLAND – HOTEL BELLA TOLA

Hotel Bella Tola in St Luc, Switzerland
Hotel Bella Tola in St Luc, Switzerland

KLOSTERS, SWITZERLAND – HOTEL CHESA GRISCHUNA

Hotel Chesa Grischuna in Klosters, Switzerland
Hotel Chesa Grischuna in Klosters, Switzerland

 

If you would like to know more about these hotels please feel free to call me or one of the team at Alpine Answers. We would be delighted to help you experience any of these wonderful and charming hotels.

Happy skiing from Earl and the Alpine Answers team.

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