Switzerland

Hotel Schweizerhof, Lucerne

15/03/2019 by .

“Celebrate good times,” sang Kool and the Gang as I enter my spacious dual aspect bedroom.

Ornate outsize calligraphy spells out “Celebrate”, crowning the headpiece above my bed. It’s where Lucerne’s remarkable light and Grand Tour elegance coalesce,  stylishly blended with a sophisticated hint of pop art.

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Hotel International au Lac

10/06/2018 by .

Maybe if E.M. Forster had stayed at the Hotel International au Lac in Lugano, Switzerland in those early years of the 20th Century, literary history may have been different.

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The Alpina Gstaad

04/04/2018 by .

As the train pulls into Gstaad, I get a glimpse of the Alpina, looking like a stately castle perched high above the town. The driver who meets me tells me that, although the hotel looks old, it only opened in 2012, built on the site of a previous property which had fallen into disrepair.

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Hotel N’v’Y

18/12/2017 by .

Imagine giving Andy Warhol licence to decorate a hotel. Then think of vibrant colourful Pop Art blending with head-phoned Generation Y – a demographic that prefers wellness to excess. Mix in some cardboard cut-out figures of Hollywood icons, a flock of purple cushions, a few bean bags – then you’ll just begin to get a picture of N’V’Y, Geneva.

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Park Weggis Hotel

15/08/2016 by .

Sylvia the keeper of the bar at the sumptuous Park Weggis Hotel, is something of a whiskey buff I’m led to believe. So I leave the choice of my late night dram to her. After all, as they say, why have a dog and bark yourself.

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Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel

15/08/2016 by .

Out on the terrace of the Quranta Uno, the Italian fine dining restaurant of  Interlaken’s famous Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel,  Milanese head chef Ricardo  is waxing lyrical about his new menu.

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Beau Rivage Hotel Neuchatel

13/08/2016 by .

Many people would say Neuchatel’s famous castle is the best landmark the city has to offer, but for me the lakeside Beau Rivage Hotel is a whole lot more memorable.

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Hotel Eden Roc

09/08/2016 by .

Ascona’s annual jazz festival is in full swing as I roll into town at the end of another memorable day driving clockwise around the Grand Tour of Switzerland. Hotel Eden Roc is waiting to greet me, my haven of luxury on the shore of Lake Maggiore, a slice of Italian Riviera in Switzerland’s Italian speaking region.

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Nira Alpina Hotel

05/08/2016 by .

If the glam and glitz of St. Moritz brings on a weary sigh as the thought of another round of dressing to impress is simply too much to bear, then salvation awaits at Nira Alpina Hotel in Silvaplana.

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 Grand Resort Bad Ragaz

03/08/2016 by .

In the 16th century, it was said the thermal water from the Bad Ragaz spring cured all ills. Little wonder then that the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is built over that very spring and its healing waters are still doing good things to this day.

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