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Switzerland is a lot more than a neutral country known for its chocolate production and cuckoo clocks. Firstly the alpine landscape is spectacular. The peaks pointed and snow capped, the alpine meadows as green as any muesli advert and its al reflected in still, clear glacial lakes. Where you might see a cow wearing a cowbell… Then there's the clean, lively cities known for their high standards of living.

Switzerland is glamorous too. Full of financial institutions, multi-linguists, and tasting of the fused cuisines of all of Europe. And some of the best places to stay in Switzerland are enough to impress anyone.

Zürich today is much more than a sleek, cosmopolitan financial capital which enjoys the finer things. Its lakeside position means it's not just clean, it's beautiful, with plenty of ways to enjoy the water come summer. As well as being a gateway to the Alps in winter. And its large expat and student population means it's also arty, vibrant and possibly even 'happening'.

Geneva is a wealthy, cosmopolitan city full of pretty spots, good restaurants and interesting museums. And of course the views over the lake, the Alps and the Jura are a truly spectacular backdrop to any activity. So it deserves more than just a stop off on the way to the Alps. The old town is where the Roman's settled, now at the highest part of the city, and totally Heritage Listed, it's full of small bars, cafes and boutiques lining winding, cobbled streets.

If you're looking for peace in an almost divine setting visit Lake Geneva, the glittering beauty spanning Switzerland and France. Surrounded by mountains, rows of neat vineyards, and pretty chateaux and charming little resort towns, on a clear day you can see the wonderful views of the Alps reflected in the water. Largely French speaking, the Lake Geneva region has a real European flavour to it - packed with many national, but complimentary flavours.

Many visitors to Switzerland are here for the winter sports, but just because you know why you're travelling, it doesn't necessarily make the choice of where to stay any easier! Switzerland's chocolate box alpine villages, welcoming traditional chalets and modern resort towns are all tempting.

Zermatt, is the village at the foot of the dramatically pointed Matterhorn, with year-round glacial skiing and the highest skiing in the Alps, Zermatt is blessed with guaranteed snow. Verbier is further south, but it's connected to one of the best and most extensive ski resorts in the Alps, with more than 400kms of pistes and runs for all abilities. Wengen is another high altitude resort, on a plateau below both the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, and it's one of the most charming, and traditional, ski resorts in Switzerland. Saas Fee was inaccessible until the 1950s, the beautiful amphitheatre of thirteen peaks and nine glaciers which surround the tiny resort kept out all but locals and their mules - it's still quieter, but the extended ski season, and the views, mean it's worth the effort.

If you know which part of Switzerland you'll be exploring skip through to our Swiss Destination Guides:

The Best Places to Stay in Switzerland for a City Break

  • Right on the river, in the centre of old town Zürich, the Storchen has been a hotel for 650 years. The public rooms have plenty of charm, and while the bedrooms are a bit dated, they're spacious and comfortable.
  • Also in a quiet corner of Zürich's old town, the Florhof Hotel is a converted merchant's house around a sunny courtyard. As well as being cosy it's close to the museums, theatres and shopping district.
  • The Hôtel de la Cigogne is the only Relais et Châteaux member in Geneva, a superbly appointed charmer with beautiful traditional decor with a few clever modern twists.
  • Vibrant and funky, Zürich's 25 Hours Hotel is also great value. A colourful spot, in the financial district - slightly out of the centre of town, it has its own fleet of free bikes, and of Minis, to take you to the main sights.

The Best Places to Stay in Switzerland for a Special Occasion

  • Regal 10th Century palace, the Baur au Lac's guestbook is an impressive read; there's Alfred Nobel, heads of state and royalty. Opulence and service for the most discerning of visitors to Zurich, and a Michelin starred restaurant.
  • The Dolder Grand is fabulously luxurious, a fairytale palace of a hotel overlooking Zürich, the lake and the alps. The spa is vast and its traditions in hospitality are unimpeachable.
  • Zürich's Widder Hotel is five stars worth of ultra modern cool, converted from a row of eight medieval townhouses. The food, service and music are all excellent.
  • Also in Zurich, the Alden Luxury Suite Hotel is a five star collection of rooms and suites in a beautiful building close to the lake and the old town. Elegant and grand on the outside, the interior is all contemporary luxury.
  • The Hôtel Longemalle is a Belle Epoque beauty rife with elegance. In the heart of old Geneva, this hotel is full of one-offs and the service is personalised too.

The Best Places to Stay in Switzerland to Relax

  • The B2 Boutique Hotel and Spa in Zürich occupies a former brewery, but the conversion is exceptional, giving the building a spectacular rooftop swimming pool and wonderful wellness centre. Plus a library lounge featuring around 33,000 titles which you are free to borrow.
  • The Auberge de Confignon is in a village just outside Geneva - but still only 20minutes by bus from the city centre. People who stay here are here for the peace and the food, both of which are simple and wholesome.

The Best Places to Stay in Switzerland for Winter Sports

  • Zermatt's Riffelalp is Europe’s highest 5-star resort. Far away from the main town you’re unlikely to worry about too many of your worldly cares. The opulence at such altitude should also help to distract you.
  • The Hotel Bellevue des Alpes is a historic grand dame of the Swiss Alps with unbeatable views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Traditional, yet still very family friendly, this hotel has been owned and run by the same family since the 19th Century - it's the perfect match to Wengen as a resort.
  • Hotel Fluhalp in Zermatt, is quite a unique option. Perched at 2620m up it is the ideal place for those who need that first run down to wake them up. (Why not have a quick whizz in your pyjamas, before breakfast if you’re really struggling?) Also suitable for summer walking excursions you’ll labour to beat the view. Don’t miss the last lift up!
  • Saas Fee can be quite expensive, but it doesn't have to be. The excellent Hotel Schweizerhof, for example, offers a half board option which includes a six course dinner! This is a comfortable, family-run hotel in the centre of town, with a balcony for all - the view is always going to be a highlight, however nice the contemporary decor and spa facilities.

The Best Places to Stay in Switzerland to Explore

  • Perfectly located in Geneva's old town, the Hôtel Bel’Espérance has beautiful lake and cathedral views. Its studios and family suites make it welcoming for families, but the prices, which start from just £70 per night, make it welcoming for anyone looking for a comfortable home from home close to the lake.
  • Les Armures is a family run hotel and restaurant very well known for its Swiss specialities - raclettes and fondus galore here! The hotel is homely, with oak beams and stone floors and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming in the heart of Geneva's old town.
  • Built in 1855, Hotel Monte Rosa is certainly not short on history. The headquarters of Whymper’s expedition, which first conquered the Matterhorn, the Monte Rosa now merges traditional Alpine interiors with undeniable comfort.
  • Chic to the extreme, Hotel Alex seems to be the perfect place to mount summer assaults on the Alps. With an indoor pool and sociable bar amongst many other comforts to welcome you back, the Alex presents a slightly different experience to most of Zermatt.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Switzerland for you? Browse though our list of all the best places to stay in Switzerland, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

See all » 24 hotels in Zermatt

  • Parnass 30 rooms from $91

    Zermatt

    Friendly family-run hotel with stunning views of Matterhorn. Warm and homely, wood clad rooms with crisp white linen and cosy living areas. Excellent five course dinners are served in the dining room or garden. Exceptional value for money makes this an ideal choice for families and groups.

    Active Holiday  -  A world-class ski resort that caters for sporty guests in endless other activities such as hiking, biking and sledging.
    Value chic  -  A stylish property, with warm fires, library and garden, in a prime location offering very reasonable rates.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Check prices
  • Fluhalp 4 rooms from $97

    Zermatt (Switzerland)

    Traditional Alpine mountain inn accessible only on skis or by foot. In the winter, it's only the restaurant that is open. Late June to October, great value for money and perfect for groups - you can choose between four bed rooms or dormitories. Ideal as an overnight stop off.

    Groups  -  Fluhalp has a variety of acccommodations ranging from 4 bed rooms to dormitories - ideal for trekking groups.
    Value chic  -  Providing excellent rates in an expensive area
    Active Holiday  -  Right on the slopes
    Remote  -  Accessible only by skis or on foot!
    Check prices

See all » 22 hotels in Lake Geneva

  • Auberge de Confignon 14 rooms from $150

    Geneva (Confignon)

    A gastronomic auberge tucked away in a village just outside Geneva. The locally renowned restaurant and its secluded setting are its main attractions, not to mention the wonderful mountain views from the terrace. Tranquility and local gourmet treats with easy access to Geneva.

    Restaurant  -  The hotel bistro and restaurant are locally-renowned and serve traditional dishes, using fresh local products.
    Sights nearby  -  Conveniently close to Geneva and the Selève mountain.
    Secluded setting  -  Located in a small village on the outskirts of Geneva.
    Check prices
  • La Rouvenaz 17 rooms from $163

    Montreux

    With a fabulous location on Lake Geneva, La Rouvenaz is a classy establishment. Its rooms are modern and spacious with some boasting fantastic views of the lake from adjoining balconies. Perfect for exploring the local area. A must for jazz lovers in July.

    Local exploring  -  Twenty minutes from Lake Geneva with unspoilt views, right from your bed
    Value chic  -  Great value for this area
    Great walks  -  Take a walk along the 10km Montreux Promenade and enjoy its fantastic views of Lake Geneva.
    Sights nearby  -  Marvel at the 1000 year-old Chillon Castle less than two miles away.
    Check prices

See all » 19 hotels in Geneva

  • Auberge de Confignon 14 rooms from $150

    Geneva (Confignon)

    A gastronomic auberge tucked away in a village just outside Geneva. The locally renowned restaurant and its secluded setting are its main attractions, not to mention the wonderful mountain views from the terrace. Tranquility and local gourmet treats with easy access to Geneva.

    Restaurant  -  The hotel bistro and restaurant are locally-renowned and serve traditional dishes, using fresh local products.
    Sights nearby  -  Conveniently close to Geneva and the Selève mountain.
    Secluded setting  -  Located in a small village on the outskirts of Geneva.
    Check prices
  • Edelweiss Hotel 42 rooms from $185

    Geneva

    A quintessentially Swiss hotel and restaurant with authentic mountain chalet décor. Wood-lined rooms with cosy furnishings and fireplaces. The restaurant offers traditional cuisine and live folk music. A great place for families with children.

    Families  -  A charming chalet with family rooms, babysitting and cose proximity to both the lake and the city centre.
    Great walks  -  Great walks around the stunning lake, followed by Fondue and Raclette by the fire!
    Sights nearby  -  Just a few steps from the city centre, within easy access of all the sights.
    Full of character  -  Swiss chalet setting, with traditional décor.
    Check prices

See all » 18 hotels in St Moritz

  • Hotel Restaurant Corvatsch 27 rooms from $171

    St Moritz

    A charming family-run hotel boasting an excellent location close to the ski lift. The traditionally styled rooms feature hand-carved furniture from the Engadine Valley and homely pine details. The locally renowned restaurant serves exquisite regional dishes, and barbecued specialities.

    Foodies  -  The restaurant truly showcases the best of local cuisine, as well as Italian dishes and a range of bbq items.
    Country Escape  -  The hotel is a cosy and welcoming spot to return to after an active day on the slopes, lake or in the woods.
    Great walks  -  For those who find mountain treks daunting, take a relaxed stroll around the lake or through the woods.
    Fishing  -  Try your hand at fishing on the lake, a great activity for all ages.
    Check prices
  • Hotel Chesa Spuondas 17 rooms from $202

    St Moritz

    A charming chalet, in a picturesque spot just outside St Moritz. Traditionally styled rooms complete with pine clading, private balconies and large sash windows. Elegant reception rooms and cosy fire-lit lounges, ideal for relaxing with an evening drink. Simply fabulous.

    Families  -  A family-friendly hotel complete with playground, baby-sitting facilities and acres of space to run-around in.
    Country Escape  -  A chic country retreat with a plethora of outdoor alpine activities in the surrounding area.
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Check prices

See all » 16 hotels in Gstaad

  • Landhaus 24 rooms from $189

    Gstaad

    Pleasing hotel in the ski resort town of Saanen. There is a visible alpine feel to the place with cosy, pine walled rooms and mountain views. Perfect for a family skiing holiday with a ski school attached to the hotel for first timers. Also expertly equipped for seminar and business weekends.

    Active Holiday  -  The ideal location for skiing, mountaineering, mountain biking and hiking.
    Check prices
  • Hotel Kernen 22 rooms from $170

    Gstaad

    Lovely ski-hotel in central Schoenried. Guestrooms have Alpine style wooden furniture and wooden beamed ceilings. Great restaurant with regional produce. Ski-to-door facilities and big terraces for a drink after enjoying the variety of outdoor fun nearby.

    Active Holiday  -  Excellent choice of activities, from heli-skiing, riding, swimming in the lakes, hiking and of course skiing
    Great walks  -  30 well prepared winter hiking trails in the Gstaad region
    Check prices

See all » 15 hotels in Verbier

  • B&B Les Sapins Bleu 3 rooms from $162

    Verbier

    Traditional chalet with dashes of modern interior. Three simple bedrooms with beamed ceilings and mountain views join a large lounge. Walking distance restaurants or a lovely dining area to cook after a day on the slopes, make for a wonderful stay for a family. Excellent value and ski bus close by.

    Active Holiday  -  Ski slopes, hiking trails and toboggan runs all a few minutes away with spectacular mountain views from terrace
    Skiing  -  1 km from the Savoleyres Cable Car, and just 30m from the ski bus stop
    Great walks  -  Verbier provides superb walking in summer months
    Views  -  Fabulous mountain views
    Check prices
  • Central Hotel 8 rooms from $182

    Verbier

    Chic and compact, a gem of a hotel. Just nine light and airy modern bedrooms with all the high-techery. Some of the bedrooms feature large jacuzzi spa bath tubs. Extremely friendly and intimate chalet. Tbar plays host to some of the best apres ski. A small hotel that has it all.

    Groups  -  Situated in the heart of Verbier and within easy distance to all the winter and summer activities.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
    Check prices

See all » 14 hotels in Pontresina

  • Berghaus Diavolezza 6 rooms from $86

    Pontresina

    Chalet overlooking the Bernina Mountain Range. Guestrooms and dormitories are simple with wooden furniture and modern bathrooms. Hot tub on outdoor terrace to take in the spectacular views. Regional Graubünden and Valtellina specialities in the restaurant and simpler snacks in buffet restaurant.

    Value chic  -  Excellent value with half-board included in the price - no scary hotel bills!
    Groups  -  Light and fresh dormitories are ideal for a larger group's stay
    Great walks  -  The Piz Palu and the Piz Bernina can be reached from the hotel and offer challenging climbs
    Secluded setting  -  In winter, hotel can only be reached by cable car before 5pm
    Check prices
  • Hotel Albris 33 rooms from $171

    Pontresina

    Idyllic hotel in the Upper Engadine mountains. Guestrooms have exposed beams, mountain views worth waking up early for and charming Alpine touches. Sauna and spa treatments, some rooms have steam showers. Large bakery serving the shop (ask for a tour!), and excellent restaurant.

    Foodies  -  The hotel bakery produces 40 different types of bread and the infamous Engadine Pie, as well as fantastic restaurant
    Great walks  -  For mountaineers, the Engadine is among the most beautiful areas in the entire Alpine region
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Check prices

See all » 24 hotels in Zermatt

  • Parnass 30 rooms from $91

    Zermatt

    Friendly family-run hotel with stunning views of Matterhorn. Warm and homely, wood clad rooms with crisp white linen and cosy living areas. Excellent five course dinners are served in the dining room or garden. Exceptional value for money makes this an ideal choice for families and groups.

    Active Holiday  -  A world-class ski resort that caters for sporty guests in endless other activities such as hiking, biking and sledging.
    Value chic  -  A stylish property, with warm fires, library and garden, in a prime location offering very reasonable rates.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Check prices
  • Fluhalp 4 rooms from $97

    Zermatt (Switzerland)

    Traditional Alpine mountain inn accessible only on skis or by foot. In the winter, it's only the restaurant that is open. Late June to October, great value for money and perfect for groups - you can choose between four bed rooms or dormitories. Ideal as an overnight stop off.

    Groups  -  Fluhalp has a variety of acccommodations ranging from 4 bed rooms to dormitories - ideal for trekking groups.
    Value chic  -  Providing excellent rates in an expensive area
    Active Holiday  -  Right on the slopes
    Remote  -  Accessible only by skis or on foot!
    Check prices

See all » 22 hotels in Lake Geneva

  • Auberge de Confignon 14 rooms from $150

    Geneva (Confignon)

    A gastronomic auberge tucked away in a village just outside Geneva. The locally renowned restaurant and its secluded setting are its main attractions, not to mention the wonderful mountain views from the terrace. Tranquility and local gourmet treats with easy access to Geneva.

    Restaurant  -  The hotel bistro and restaurant are locally-renowned and serve traditional dishes, using fresh local products.
    Sights nearby  -  Conveniently close to Geneva and the Selève mountain.
    Secluded setting  -  Located in a small village on the outskirts of Geneva.
    Check prices
  • La Rouvenaz 17 rooms from $163

    Montreux

    With a fabulous location on Lake Geneva, La Rouvenaz is a classy establishment. Its rooms are modern and spacious with some boasting fantastic views of the lake from adjoining balconies. Perfect for exploring the local area. A must for jazz lovers in July.

    Local exploring  -  Twenty minutes from Lake Geneva with unspoilt views, right from your bed
    Value chic  -  Great value for this area
    Great walks  -  Take a walk along the 10km Montreux Promenade and enjoy its fantastic views of Lake Geneva.
    Sights nearby  -  Marvel at the 1000 year-old Chillon Castle less than two miles away.
    Check prices

See all » 19 hotels in Geneva

  • Auberge de Confignon 14 rooms from $150

    Geneva (Confignon)

    A gastronomic auberge tucked away in a village just outside Geneva. The locally renowned restaurant and its secluded setting are its main attractions, not to mention the wonderful mountain views from the terrace. Tranquility and local gourmet treats with easy access to Geneva.

    Restaurant  -  The hotel bistro and restaurant are locally-renowned and serve traditional dishes, using fresh local products.
    Sights nearby  -  Conveniently close to Geneva and the Selève mountain.
    Secluded setting  -  Located in a small village on the outskirts of Geneva.
    Check prices
  • Edelweiss Hotel 42 rooms from $185

    Geneva

    A quintessentially Swiss hotel and restaurant with authentic mountain chalet décor. Wood-lined rooms with cosy furnishings and fireplaces. The restaurant offers traditional cuisine and live folk music. A great place for families with children.

    Families  -  A charming chalet with family rooms, babysitting and cose proximity to both the lake and the city centre.
    Great walks  -  Great walks around the stunning lake, followed by Fondue and Raclette by the fire!
    Sights nearby  -  Just a few steps from the city centre, within easy access of all the sights.
    Full of character  -  Swiss chalet setting, with traditional décor.
    Check prices

See all » 18 hotels in St Moritz

  • Hotel Restaurant Corvatsch 27 rooms from $171

    St Moritz

    A charming family-run hotel boasting an excellent location close to the ski lift. The traditionally styled rooms feature hand-carved furniture from the Engadine Valley and homely pine details. The locally renowned restaurant serves exquisite regional dishes, and barbecued specialities.

    Foodies  -  The restaurant truly showcases the best of local cuisine, as well as Italian dishes and a range of bbq items.
    Country Escape  -  The hotel is a cosy and welcoming spot to return to after an active day on the slopes, lake or in the woods.
    Great walks  -  For those who find mountain treks daunting, take a relaxed stroll around the lake or through the woods.
    Fishing  -  Try your hand at fishing on the lake, a great activity for all ages.
    Check prices
  • Hotel Chesa Spuondas 17 rooms from $202

    St Moritz

    A charming chalet, in a picturesque spot just outside St Moritz. Traditionally styled rooms complete with pine clading, private balconies and large sash windows. Elegant reception rooms and cosy fire-lit lounges, ideal for relaxing with an evening drink. Simply fabulous.

    Families  -  A family-friendly hotel complete with playground, baby-sitting facilities and acres of space to run-around in.
    Country Escape  -  A chic country retreat with a plethora of outdoor alpine activities in the surrounding area.
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Check prices

See all » 16 hotels in Gstaad

  • Landhaus 24 rooms from $189

    Gstaad

    Pleasing hotel in the ski resort town of Saanen. There is a visible alpine feel to the place with cosy, pine walled rooms and mountain views. Perfect for a family skiing holiday with a ski school attached to the hotel for first timers. Also expertly equipped for seminar and business weekends.

    Active Holiday  -  The ideal location for skiing, mountaineering, mountain biking and hiking.
    Check prices
  • Hotel Kernen 22 rooms from $170

    Gstaad

    Lovely ski-hotel in central Schoenried. Guestrooms have Alpine style wooden furniture and wooden beamed ceilings. Great restaurant with regional produce. Ski-to-door facilities and big terraces for a drink after enjoying the variety of outdoor fun nearby.

    Active Holiday  -  Excellent choice of activities, from heli-skiing, riding, swimming in the lakes, hiking and of course skiing
    Great walks  -  30 well prepared winter hiking trails in the Gstaad region
    Check prices

See all » 15 hotels in Verbier

  • B&B Les Sapins Bleu 3 rooms from $162

    Verbier

    Traditional chalet with dashes of modern interior. Three simple bedrooms with beamed ceilings and mountain views join a large lounge. Walking distance restaurants or a lovely dining area to cook after a day on the slopes, make for a wonderful stay for a family. Excellent value and ski bus close by.

    Active Holiday  -  Ski slopes, hiking trails and toboggan runs all a few minutes away with spectacular mountain views from terrace
    Skiing  -  1 km from the Savoleyres Cable Car, and just 30m from the ski bus stop
    Great walks  -  Verbier provides superb walking in summer months
    Views  -  Fabulous mountain views
    Check prices
  • Central Hotel 8 rooms from $182

    Verbier

    Chic and compact, a gem of a hotel. Just nine light and airy modern bedrooms with all the high-techery. Some of the bedrooms feature large jacuzzi spa bath tubs. Extremely friendly and intimate chalet. Tbar plays host to some of the best apres ski. A small hotel that has it all.

    Groups  -  Situated in the heart of Verbier and within easy distance to all the winter and summer activities.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
    Check prices

See all » 14 hotels in Pontresina

  • Berghaus Diavolezza 6 rooms from $86

    Pontresina

    Chalet overlooking the Bernina Mountain Range. Guestrooms and dormitories are simple with wooden furniture and modern bathrooms. Hot tub on outdoor terrace to take in the spectacular views. Regional Graubünden and Valtellina specialities in the restaurant and simpler snacks in buffet restaurant.

    Value chic  -  Excellent value with half-board included in the price - no scary hotel bills!
    Groups  -  Light and fresh dormitories are ideal for a larger group's stay
    Great walks  -  The Piz Palu and the Piz Bernina can be reached from the hotel and offer challenging climbs
    Secluded setting  -  In winter, hotel can only be reached by cable car before 5pm
    Check prices
  • Hotel Albris 33 rooms from $171

    Pontresina

    Idyllic hotel in the Upper Engadine mountains. Guestrooms have exposed beams, mountain views worth waking up early for and charming Alpine touches. Sauna and spa treatments, some rooms have steam showers. Large bakery serving the shop (ask for a tour!), and excellent restaurant.

    Foodies  -  The hotel bakery produces 40 different types of bread and the infamous Engadine Pie, as well as fantastic restaurant
    Great walks  -  For mountaineers, the Engadine is among the most beautiful areas in the entire Alpine region
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Check prices