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The Alpina Gstaad
Wednesday 24 Apr 2013
The Alpina Gstaad, the first new hotel in Switzerland’s most discretely glamorous destination in over 100 years, is an exquisite and sensitive interpretation of Alpine chic by The Gallery HBA London. With a design objective of creating an authentic, captivating and luxurious Alpine experience year-round, the result is a hotel that is cosy in the winter and fresh in the summer – a response to the beauty of all the seasons in the region of Saanenland. Following the chalet form of the building, the only style of architecture allowed in this part of Switzerland, the interior’s aesthetic is firmly rooted in the provenance of the location, but this is newly interpreted to nourish today’s luxury lifestyles. The design is a mix of rustic and refined, with many traditional materials crafted in a centuries-old way – reclaimed timbers mixed with embossed leathers, bronze sconces that have been hand-beaten and rolled by artisans, quartz bar taps, custom-designed wrought iron lamps, natural wools and linens.
Public spaces offer a range of experiences in which guests can indulge and unwind. The lounge is a very social space with huge armchairs and uniquely crafted double-sided bar of hammered bronze and textured forest pine. Restaurant Sommet, the “heart of the home” finely balances regional tradition - in the form of Swiss cabinetry, wrought iron and saddle leather - with a contemporary dining experience. Expansive outdoor terraces provide magnificent views of the Bernese mountains. Additional activity areas include a Wine Room, the Cinema, a luxuriously intimate hi-tech secret located deep in the building and the Kids Room – a unique indoor adventure for toddlers and children.
Guestrooms are spacious and residential in feel with magnificent views and large outdoor terraces. As in the public areas, the rooms are timber-clad and also have classically carved ceilings. Yet, the impression remains light and contemporary with modern fireplaces and an interplay of textures that helps to make the bedrooms feel cosy. The overall colour palettes reference local trees, enlivened with the rich hues of the upholstery and the warm-toned exquisitely crafted Swiss timbers. Door and room signage borrow on the patterns and textures of the decorative cowbells worn on festive occasions. Of the 56 guestrooms 31 are suites and the exceptional three-bedroom Panorama Suite offers stunning views of the glacial mountains to one side and Alpine meadows to the other, with an extraordinary top floor featuring spa, jacuzzi, fitness and massage areas.