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About Crans Montana
Crans Montana is a Swiss resort in the central Alpine region of Valais - though it is actually a fusion of three villages; Crans, Montana and Aminona. The best places to stay in Crans Montana offer easy access to both town and slopes.
Like many alpine resorts Crans Montana was ‘discovered’ by British winter sports folk in the early twentieth century. Set on a plateau 1500 metres above the valley the town enjoys panoramic vistas towards the South. On a good day one can see the Matterhorn - and Mt Blanc is clearly visible too.
There are over 140 kilometres of marked piste including the glacier at Plaine Morte (3000m). Most of the runs are of an intermediate standard, however, the sunny South facing aspect and sophisticated low-key atmosphere appear to attract a high standard of skier - this is where the discerning choose to practise their turns!
The resort itself is very stylish in an old fashioned way and the skiing - despite it being a World Cup venue - is not the be all and end all. In the summertime Crans is part of the European golf circuit, and it has also featured as the finishing post for stages of the Tour de France and the Tour de Suisse cycle races. And for music fans there's an annual Caprice Rock festival - the only one in the alps.
Aside from walking and sport, this is a great place to simply come and relax. Everything is of the highest order that one would expect from a first class Swiss resort. Crans-sur-Sierre is a shopaholics paradise with boutiques galore, Montana is more ‘bon marche’. Many stars have chosen to make a home here; Roger Moore and Sophia Loren to name but two!
Whether you're here for winter skiing, or a relaxing summer break, use our guide to the best places to stay in Crans Montana to help plan your visit.
For fine dining and a luxury spa
- Le Crans Hotel and Spa. Just a short walk from Crans village this exclusive luxury chalet is minutes from the piste. It offers a top of the range spa experience not to mention a Michelin starred restaurant. This is the ultimate romantic mountain retreat!
Best Hotels in Crans Montana
LeCrans Hotel & Spa 15 rooms from £439Crans Montana
A luxury mountain chalet with extensive spa and relaxation treatments. The hotel offers beautiful rooms & suites as well as an exquisite, fine dining restaurant. Bedrooms are lavishly decorated with elegant interiors and fabulous views. Cosy wine cellar and stunning outdoor plunge pool.Active Holiday - Skiing in winter and numerous summer activities including golf, walking, biking etc.Skiing - Just 100m from the extensive slopes of Crans MontanaSwimming Pool - Stunning outdoor plunge pool and indoor pool in the spaViews - Stunning mountain and valley viewsRecommended by - Tablet
Chetzeron 16 rooms from £307Crans Montana
A seriously chic converted cable car station, with expansive glass walls offering epic views. Contemporary rooms feature parquet floors, bathtubs with a view and minimalist design. Exemplary regional cuisine and an excellent wine list offered in the panoramic restaurant. Truly unique.Active Holiday - Located above Crans-Montana with direct access to the slopes and hiking trails and only accessible by foot, ski or snowmobile.Hideaway - High in the mountains, with panoramic views of the Rhone Valley and the majestic Alpine peaks, from Matterhorn to Mont Blanc.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Outstanding location
Helvetia Intergolf 43 rooms from £205Crans Montana (Crans-Montana)
Popular and elegant hotel overlooking Rhone Valley. Spacious guest rooms and apartments have blonde wood furniture, some with balconies. There is an indoor pool, sauna and hot tub for guests to unwind. Swiss specials offered in the restaurant. Outstanding panoramic views; great for families.Families - Spacious apartment suites with kitchens are ideal for families: children's playground and a shuttle to the ski lift & schoolsGreat walks - 280 km of hiking routes extend between five mountain lakesViews - Great views from hotelSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Hotel Royal, Crans-Montana 51 rooms from £250Crans Montana
A luxury hotel boasting glorious views of the surrounding mountains. Contemporary throughout, chic rooms feature plush leather, polished pine wood and clean design. A glorious spa is the perfect place to completely unwind. The restaurant mixes bistro dining with gourmet cuisine. Totally fabulous.Active Holiday - Crans-Montana is the ideal spot for outdoor enthusiasts with easy access to the slopes, hiking trails and a golf course.Spa breaks - Make the most of the utterly indulgent and extensive spa, by the luxury brand L’Occitane.Swimming Pool - Indoor pool.Views - Great views from hotel
Hotel Art de Vivre 24 rooms from £196Crans Montana
A wellness hotel with stunning mountain views. Rustic chic rooms mix contemporary style with traditional alpine features. Enjoy regional cuisine in the restaurant, and an evening drink in the cosy lounge, complete with open fireplace. The well-equipped wellness centre offers total relaxation.Spa breaks - A wellness focused property complete with extensive spa and the healing qualities of the surrounding mountains.Views - Great views from hotelRomantic - Good for couples.Spa
Crans Ambassador 60 rooms from £226Crans Montana
A luxury alpine hotel boasting spectacular views. Uber chic rooms with large floor to ceiling windows, crisp white linen, tartan fabrics and simply glorious bathrooms. There's a roof-terrace, complete with sheepskin rugs, for evening tipples and a choice of bars and restaurants. Mountain perfection.Skiing - Crans Montana offers 140 kilometres of pistes at a height of between 1500 to 300m which makes for good snow conditions.Active Holiday - With the Alps on your doorstep, whether skiing, golf or hiking is your pechant, there'll be something for everyone.Families - Babysitting available and plenty of activities to keep little ones entertained, giving adults some time-out.Swimming Pool - Indoor pool.
Hostellerie du Pas de L'Ours 15 rooms from £286Crans Montana (Len)
Five star chalet by Crans-Montana. Gorgeous rooms have stone walls, fireplaces, enormous beds and some, balconies. Outdoor pool, hammam, spa and jacuzzis plus a choice of three excellent restaurants with great wine menu from the cellar. No detail overlooked at this memorable stay.Active Holiday - Luxurious choice for a ski break - apres as rewarding as the slopes with a hammam, pool and gorgeous views from the roomsGreat walks - Plenty of well-marked routes and chance to spot the local marmotsViews - Great views from hotelSpaRecommended by - Relais & Chateaux
Hotel Central, Crans-Montana 28 rooms from £125Crans Montana (Crans-Montana)
A charming property in a central location with convenient access to the slopes. Well proportioned rooms with warm hues, large windows and modern bathrooms. Indulgent breakfasts served and a lively bar to unwind in the evenings. With friendly staff and great value, it's an ideal alpine base.Active Holiday - An excellent base for an active holiday, with comfortable elegant rooms and easy acces to skiing, hiking and golfing.Views - Great views from hotel
Ad'Eldorado Hotel 30 rooms from £218Crans Montana
A charming property in the heart of the Valais Alps. Traditionally styled rooms feature wooden clad walls, sink-in-to beds and small balconies with lovely mountain views. Hearty regional dishes are served in the restaurant plus a sauna to unwind in after a day on the slopes. A great Alpine base.Skiing - Miles of beautifully maintained pistes. The hotel is located just a short distance from the lifts.Active Holiday - Alpine activities in abundance throughout the seasons.Views - Great views from hotelTraditional
Guarda Golf Hotel 25 rooms from £392Crans Montana (Route des Zirès 14)
A five star luxury hotel, built in all natural materials and surrounded by mountains. The chic rooms offer wood panelling, refined interiors and lovely views. Boasting a superb location, two gourmet restaurants and a fantastic spa on site. Characterful, charismatic and charming.Total relaxation - For the ultimate relaxing experience hit the spa with Finnish sauna, indoor pool, massages and therapies.Active Holiday - This area offers hiking, biking, ballooning, riding, hand gliding, golf, skiing and much more!Back to Nature - In an idyllic setting with open landscapes framed by towering mountains in the background.Swimming Pool - An indoor pool for guestsRecommended by - Tablet
Chalet des Alpes 5 rooms from £66Crans Montana (Valais)
A charming traditional chalet with gorgeous views overlooking the Rhône Valley. Simple alpine rooms with white-washed walls, wooden furniture and crisp white linen. The best rooms have access to private balconies. Close to the slopes. The location within a sleepy village ensures a relaxing stay.Skiing - 140km of groomed pistes ranging from 1400m to 3000m and efficient lifts make for minimal queuing.Active Holiday - Numerous Alpine activities throughout the year.Views - Great views from hotel