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New Gstaad palace named hotel of the year

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New Gstaad palace named hotel of the year
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22:27 CEST+02:00
Less than nine months after opening, The Hotel Alpina in Gstaad was named Swiss luxury hotel of the year by Gault Millau, the guidebook company.

An award ceremony was held on Monday at the first five-star hotel built in a century at the upscale mountain resort town in the canton of Bern, the SDA news agency reported.

A palace built with modern technology, incorporating plenty of wood and limestone rock, it opened in December at a cost of 300 million francs.

The owners are Jean-Claude Mimran, known for having made a fortune in African sugar, and Marcel Bach, a local real estate developer.

The 56-room hotel features a 14-seat private cinema, a spa, swimming pool, kids room, wine room, two bars, three restaurants — including a sushi bar, cigar lounge and luxury suites.

Click here to have a look inside the luxury hotel

The Panorama Suite, which rents for close to 20,000 francs a night in the peak season, is a two-level penthouse with its own spa that includes a steam room, sauna, terrace hot-tub and a massage room.

The hotel is located in the Oberbort neighbourhood of Gstaad on the site of a previous building that was demolished illegally in 1995, SDA reported.

After a long legal battle, Switzerland’s supreme court gave the go-ahead for the new building to be built in 2008.

The Alpina’s award marked the second time a Gstaad hotel received the Swiss hotel of the year honour from Gault Millau.

In 2003, Le Grand Bellevue won the honour.

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