The secret of Klosters' popularity is that it remains firmly a delightful and unspoilt Swiss mountain village in the Walliser Alps in the Graubünden region. Klosters has for years attracted royalty and wealthy Europeans, many with chalets and apartments. And it is perhaps for this reason that we assume that all the best places to stay in Klosters are going to be very pricey!
The train snakes its way though the village from Zurich to St Moritz with skiers clambering on and off in boots covered in fresh snow. The scenery is impressive with steep wooded mountainsides and high craggy mountains.
Although the village is low at 1100m there is usually plenty of snow to be found, a terrific variety of piste and some sensational backcountry to be explored. A third of the ski instructors are farmers producing cheese and milk from Jersey cows amongst other more typical local breeds.
Some of the town's earliest hotels date back 145 years, there’s a good variety amongst the best places to stay in Klosters from the grand dames such as the Chesa Grishuna to the more affordable Hotel Rustico and unpretentious Hotel Wynegg. In common they share a love of good food; Klosters offers some fine regional cuisine.
Unlike its larger and more international neighbour Davos, the village remains true to its Alpine roots and is a close community, divided into two sections, Klosters Platz and Klosters Dorf.
Klosters Platz is the heart of the village, around the railway station, with hotels, restaurants and chic shops. From here the Gotschnagrat cable car takes 110 passengers every 15 minutes up the gateway to the Parsenn and towards Davos.
From Weissfluggipel, at 2844m the highest peak, skiers have access to the famous uninterrupted 12 kilometres run down to Kublis, through picturesque hamlets with tiny churches, ancient chalets and farms. From the top of Gotschnagrat is the notorious steep black Wang, a run to test the most serious skier.
The Madrisa gondola at Klosters Dorf is ten minutes by the efficient and regular ski bus from Klosters Platz. Madrisa boasts some of the best and quietest nursery slopes and also some excellent off piste. There’s a challenging days skiing with a guide to Gargellen in Austria.
Gemütlich Restaurants are a Klosters speciality; the pretty Schwendi huts are dotted on the Parsen and offer tasty regional dishes: Grison barley soup, rosti with melted cheese and bacon and fondues.
A good bet is Alte Schwendi and the best fondue to be had on the mountain is at Fondue Stübli just above Schifer - book at peak times. The Gotschna Restaurant built in 1841 in the picturesque hamlet of Serneus in the lovely Prättigau valley is a favourite. Another lunch stop is at the station restaurant at Kublis before you hop on the train back to Klosters Platz. The Hotel Restaurant Kulm in Wolfgang is a unpretentious and good value, as is the delightful Berghaus Erika in the hamlet of Schlappin at the end of the wonderful black run down from Madrisa.
As with all popular ski resort the best places to stay in Klosters are very busy during the usual peak times (Christmas, New Year, Half Term etc). So unless you want to come during the quieter weeks (or the summer season) you'll have to get organised and plan early.
Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Klosters, or contact, one of our friendly gurus for advice Alternatively check out our recommendations for hotels in Verbier or Zermatt.
Good value and a warm welcome from one of the oldest hotels in Klosters offering simple, comfortable rooms and family rooms. The hotel boasts a gourmet restaurant and the best fondue stübli in the village.
The legendary Wynegg, owned by the Guler family since 1887 is under new ownership. Ruth Guler finally handed the reins over to three local young men. The fondue Chinoise is still as good, and the bar and restaurants are packed. Rooms are comforatable and traditional. Great value and great fun!
Best for families, this lovely four-star, family-run hotel was a landmark when it was built in 1870 and is still the largest hotel in Klosters. Well placed in the middle of Klosters over looking the river and mountains. Great facilities for all ages & only five mins to the cable car.
Once known as “Hollywood on the Rocks” the Chesa Grishuna has entertained a star studded list of movie legends from Greta Garbo, Gene Kelly to Rex Harrison and Anthony Perkins, over the decades. Alpine chic rooms and inventive cuisine in the highly regarded restaurant.
One of the best-placed hotels in Klosters, the delightful and welcoming family owned four-star Alpina is opposite the station and just a five-minute walk to the Gotschnagrat cable car. Service is very personal and the food is fabulous.
The place to dine in Klosters. This perfect small hotel is traditional and unpretentious, with a loyal and regal cliental. Don’t expect fancy extras the emphasis is on the Michelin starred restaurant accompanied with exemplary service and wine.