New Gstaad palace named hotel of the year
Malcolm Curtis · 26 Aug 2013, 22:27
Published: 26 Aug 2013 22:27 GMT+02:00
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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.
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.