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One of the Grandest: Gstaad Palace
One of the finest and grandest hotels in Switzerland, Gstaad Palace is set on a hill overlooking the picturesque town of Gstaad and offers stunning views of the Swiss Alps. Owned by the Scherz family, this elegant hotel employs 250 people and features a relaxing ambiance, spa, health club, pilates studio, saunas, steam baths, treatment rooms, state of the art gym, outdoor tennis courts, squash court, and indoor and outdoor pool with Jacuzzi. On the roof of the Palace is an exclusive 240-square-meter Penthouse Suite with a private terrace and sweeping views of the Alps.
There are five restaurants in the hotel that serves traditional Swiss dishes, Italian cuisine, barbecue specialties, and gourmet haute cuisine. There is also a stylish Bar du Grill, a lobby or lounge bar, and a GreenGo nightclub. La Formagerie is housed in a historic space where the government hid gold reserves during the war. Today Champagne truffle fondue is served here and the terrace serves as the Lobby Bar where guests can listen to live music and sip Champagne. More formal dining options include Le Restaurant, Le Grill Rôtisserie (open show kitchen with intimate dining room), and authentic Italian Gildo’s Ristorante.
Gstaad Palace opened in 1913 and was considered very modern during that time. It had 150 rooms with 50 private bathrooms, electrical lighting, and six telephone booths. The First World War brought hard times but the Golden Twenties were good years and was the time that the Palace became very popular. It was in 1938 when Mr. and Mrs. Scherz-Bezzola arrived in the hotel as managers, previously running the Hoteal Carlton in St. Moritz. When the Second World War broke, Mrs Scherz was left to manage the hotel almost on her own as her husband guarded the borders together with the Swiss Army. She cultivated the Palace’s gardens and raised chickens. Over the years, the Scherz family acquired most of the hotel shares and gradually improved the palace.