We’re very fond(ue) of luxury hotel Le Grand Bellevue in picturesque Gstaad; it has a classic pale-goldenrod-hued palace exterior, and a modern chalet interior. Rooms have views of the surrounding Alps, which you can zip down at will, if you’d like, or the cobblestoned city centre. Indulge in a hot chocolate (the specialty menu has flavoured and spiked numbers) and raclette, or refresh your body and mind in the sprawling subterranean spa. We'll take this Swiss stay over a box of chocolates any time.


  • City-centre setting

  • Après-ski spa-ing

  • Traditional fondue

Smith extra

A private screening in the cinema room

In the know

Also need to know:

Ski kit hire can be arranged with the hotel, so you can focus on hitting the slopes.Daily afternoon tea is held in the sitting room; don’t miss out on the selection of mini madeleines and cakes.

Packing tips:

In the winter, bring your most stylish ski jacket and snow boots to pop on for strolls around Gstaad; in the hotel, make yourself at home in cosy Fair Isle knits and tailored plaids.

Dress code:

Dress in après-ski casuals: elegantly understated cashmeres and stylish knit scarves.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this luxury hotel in Switzerland and unpacked their ski goggles and Fair Isle knits, a full account of their ski break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Le Grand Bellevue in Gstaad…

Family-owned luxury hotel Le Grand Bellevue may be the oldest golden-hued palace in town, but inside, it’s a chalet wallpapered with House of Hackney's baroque prints and dotted with flair: a hanging birdcage seats here, a life-size camel there. There are fewer than 60 rooms, all with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains or the cobblestoned city centre, and no matter the season, this boutique stay is equally well placed for guests looking to hit the slopes or designer shops. 

When you’re not exploring Gstaad and the surrounding Alpine slopes, bounce between the hotel’s trio of restaurants and bars and sprawling subterranean spa. With such indulgence in one grand building, we’re betting you won’t want to (G)stop.

Accommodation details


Untergstaadstrasse 17, Gstaad, Bernese Oberland, 3780


0.3 mi / 0.5 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Onsite laundry
  • Spa
  • Valet parking
  • Exercise gym
  • On-Site parking
  • Internet services
  • Tennis court
  • Restaurant
  • Lounges/bars
  • Room service

Dining information


You’ll be spoilt for choice by Le Grand Bellevue’s trio of restaurants. Michelin-starred Leonard’s is a mod-European bistro decorated in tones of pale mint and cream; enjoy laidback sharing plates or dinners of black-lobster taglierini, tender beef fillet, risotto, schnitzel, and burgers topped gruyère. Buffet breakfasts of seasonal fruits, granola and muesli, and cooked-to-order à la carte options – porridge, waffles, eggs many ways, and fluffy pancakes – are served too. Cosy up for raclette and fondue evenings in charming log-cabin restaurant Le Petit Chalet; keep things merry and bright with cockle-warming hot drinks too. Refresh your palate with a lighter meal at the tucked-away Sushi Bar, where the master will deftly whip up maki rolls, sake-spiced shrimp and sashimi plates. 

Top Table:

Grab a booth by the windows to watch the snow fall with your meal at Leonard’s; and book any cosy table you’d like in advance at Le Petit Chalet and the Sushi Bar.

Last Orders:

Breakfast is served from 7am to 11am, lunch from 12 noon to 2:45pm, and dinner from 6.30pm to 11pm.

Room Service:

A pared-down version of the bar and Leonard’s menu is available 24 hours a day, so go ahead and order that on-a-whim burger at 3am. Non-alcoholic drinks from your in-room minibar are included in your room rates.

Hotel Bar:

Order expertly crafted cocktails in the Thirties-style art deco bar, then lounge away on the huge chesterfield sofa. Watch out for the mobile whisky trays too. In the lobby, there’s a library area and laidback lounge bar; while there, try anything (or everything) from the specialty hot-chocolate menu. Gstaad’s social scene is particularly fond of the fashion-forward bouquet cocktail lounge; order basil-infused whisky cocktails or home-made jasmine vodka and nibble on popcorn, olives and other moreish snacks. It’s only open in winter, from Wednesday to Saturday (9.30pm to 2am), and hosts karaoke nights, themed evenings and mixology classes.

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