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Run by the respected local Gabbani food family and within sight of their signature shop, this gorgeous place has individually styled rooms, each with their own colour scheme built around food and the use of wood and marble – the 'Chocolate' room is da...
Beau Rivage Palace
Easily the most stunningly located hotel in town and one of only two five-star options, this luxury lakeside address is suitably sumptuous...
Ski Lodge Engelberg
This lodge is run by sociable Swedish pro skiers who make the most of their surrounds. The hotel fuses original art-nouveau flair with 21st-century comforts in smart rooms dotted with black-and-white action shots and old skis...
Plunge yourself into the heart of the Swiss Alps with this Heidi-style hideout, very much the Swiss Alps en ville with its fireplace, wildflower-painted pine bedheads and big, cuddly St Bernard lolling over the banister...
There’s not a whiff of Alpine kitsch in Nevaï’s minimalist-chic rooms – think earthy hues, beds dressed in Egyptian cotton, boudoir-style bar with 4m-long fireplace, penthouses with log fires and outdoor whirlpools.
Rattan furniture and vintage tourist posters give this place an airy Mediterranean atmosphere, which is reinforced by its proximity to the lake and the on-site Restaurant Latino.
A stylish hotel in the equally grand district of Augustiner, the Widder is a pleasing fusion of modernity and traditional charm. Rooms and public areas across the eight town houses that make up this place are stuffed with art and designer furniture.
Tucked away in the wooded back lanes of Waldhaus, these contemporary digs are a beauty-conscious diva’s dream, with saunas, steam baths, whirlpools and pampering treatments. Oh, and they have rather nice rooms too.
If you’re looking for design-oriented luxury in the Jungfrau mountains, this boutique gem delivers with discreet service and authentically French cuisine...
Grand Hôtel Suisse Majestic
With its two-tiered frontage and ranks of bright yellow awnings sheltering the balconies of those rooms looking out over the lake, this historic hotel (built in 1870) remains one of the most atmospheric on the waterfront...
Hotel Des Balances
Behind its elaborately frescoed facade, this hotel flaunts a light and airy design ethos, with ice-white rooms, gilt mirrors and inlaid parquet floors. Suites have river-facing balconies. Parking costs Sfr27 per day.
Don’t be put off by the uninspired name and institutional-green facade of this central, riverfront cheapie. Dorms are basic, but rooms cheerily modern, with flat-screen TVs. There are also cheaper rooms with shared bathrooms...
This luxury belle époque hotel on the lakefront is sure of its place in many a heart. Inside it’s all gleaming marble, chandeliers, airy rooms and turn-of-the-20th-century grandeur. Parking is Sfr35 per day; wi-fi an extortionate Sfr45 for 30 hours.
Perched on a hill and surrounded by rambling gardens, this quirky place comprises several chalets. The individually themed rooms are certainly fun – you can snooze in a tree-trunk bed, under a bale of hay or in an Alpine-style hut...
Hotel Drei Könige
Despite crying out for a makeover in the hospital-ward-like corridors, this 18th-century hotel is a central, good-value pick. The humble but comfy rooms vary from timber lined to bright white. Free wi-fi is a bonus.
Expect a wonderfully warm welcome at this turn-of-the-20th-century hotel. Many of the high-ceilinged, well-maintained but dated rooms afford glacier views...
Hotel International Au Lac
From the balconies of the front rooms you look straight out over Lago di Lugano – some of the best hotel-room views in the city. There are other cheaper rooms scattered about the hotel. Rooms are comfortable, with some antique furniture.
An affable Swiss-Kiwi couple, Andreas and Kim, run this ornate, flower-bedecked chalet. Rooms are simple yet comfy, decorated with pine and pastels. Cheaper rooms forgo balconies and Jungfrau views. Home-grown farm produce is served at breakfast.
Romantik Hotel Stern
Part of Switzerland's romantic clan, this centuries-old hotel has kept its flair, with vaulted corridors and low-ceilinged, pine-filled rooms. Call ahead and they'll pick you up from the station in a 1933 Buick.
An almost startlingly modern hotel, plonked in the middle of the Old Town. The room decor is razor-sharp with clean lines, backlit walls and bold colours. Genuinely friendly staff and a generous breakfast buffet sweeten the deal.
The sweet Breitenstein family make you feel at home in their rustic timber chalet, brimming with heirlooms from landscape paintings to snapshots of Elsbeth’s grandfather who had 12 children (those were the days…)...
Aptly named, this bright, modern two-star address just off the main street is the best place to stay in town. Rooms, painted soft apricot hues, are not quite as bold as the pillar-box-red reception.