Since opening its doors in December 2016, Huus Gstaad has fast become a favorite for locals and guests alike. Nestled on a rolling hillside between the villages of Saanen and Gstaad, the seven-story, 136-room traditional wooden-clad chalet transcends simple Swiss hospitality and strikes a delicate balance between a restful retreat and a community hub for likeminded explorers and adrenaline junkies. From the adventure lounge, restaurants, spacious spa, and fully fledged family area, to the all-inclusive activities and complimentary equipment hire, the year-round hotel is the sheer embodiment of Bernese bonhomie.
Built in the classic Swiss chalet-style, the original building has undergone a complete renovation that was placed in the accomplished hands of Erik Nissen Johansen—the visionary architect and designer behind Swedish design studio Stylt Trampoli. Johansen’s first move was to replace walls with enlarged windows, flooding the rooms and guest areas with natural light. “We want guests to feel like they are staying with a friend,” says Erik Nissen Johansen, “a friend with a gorgeous home who takes you on incredible outdoor experiences and then serves you a delicious meal by the fireplace.”
A Window to the World The heart and soul of the hotel is The Livingroom, where over 400 square meters encompass a lounge, a bar—boasting the highest bottle wall in the region—an extensive library, and a terrace. Furnishings are a mix of contemporary materials and styles which evoke a sense of familiarity and warmth, while the floor-to-ceiling windows ensure guests have one foot firmly placed in the mountains at all times. The Livingroom is also home to the hotel’s very own Mountain Concierge, Thomas Rügger, who is on hand to advise guests on all on- and off-piste pursuits, from skiing and snowboarding in the winter months to hiking and river rafting during warmer seasons.
Global Gourmet With award-winning gourmet Guiseppe Colella at the helm, Huus Gstaad’s four restaurants easily carve out a name for themselves in the region’s highly competitive culinary scene. Colella brings with him 24 years of experience working in some of Europe’s most exclusive hotels (including the Grand Hotel Park Gstaad and the Four Seasons Milan). Colella’s food style is very much family-focused, with sharing platters and tapas a staple across all of the hotel’s menus. Wherever possible, produce served in the restaurants is organic and sourced locally from farms in the Gstaad/Saanenland region.
Original Craftmanship All of Huus Gstaad’s 136 rooms and suites have been furnished with large, inviting beds by Swedish brand Hästens, while natural woollen blankets and warm pendulum lights add to the cozy chalet-like atmosphere. The four room categories all feature a balcony or terrace with either north- or south-facing views so guests can sit and soak up the mountainscape. Bathrooms are fitted with oak shelves, slate-black hexagonal tiles, and gray pebbles, that offset the copper fixtures. A window, positioned for views out to the room and through to the surrounding woodland, allows natural light in. Each room also comes with its own SuitePad Samsung tablet, which features more than 150 complimentary newspapers and magazines.
Wellness Within Spread across 2,000 square meters and three floors, the hotel’s spa takes the concept of relaxation to another level. Here, the Finnish sauna offers panoramic views of the gardens below, while the aromatic sauna allows guests to unwind after a long day on the slopes. Other offerings include an ice fountain, a herbal steam bath, a panoramic swimming pool, children’s spa, and yoga classes. The two treatment rooms offer invigorating massages to rejuvenate weary bodies and minds.
What to do in Gstaad-Saanenland? Both summer and winter, the Gstaad-Saanenland destination offers many incentive activities:
– Skiing or snowboarding on 220 km of slopes
– Spend a night in an igloo village, a unique ice experience.
– From luge, an initiation to curling or ballooning.
– Attend the Snow Bike Festival in January with fully frosted cyclists.
– Walking or hiking on 200 km of marked paths
– Bathing in mountain lakes
– Breakfast at the mountain pasture
– An excursion to the Glacier3000 with Peak Walk by Tissot and Alpine Coaster
Made By Originals Men from different mountains will always have different perspectives. Luckily for Günter Weilguni and Marwan Naja, they both have the same soaring ideals that have led them to open Huus Gstaad together. It seems that the pair realized their compatibility early on, which ensured that the conceptualization process of Huus could be long and thoughtful, leaving no stone unturned. “We wanted to come up with a concept that was different” explains Weilguni. “We wanted people to feel at home.” They decided to include a variety of additional “add-ons” in the room rate, such as guided winter hikes, canyoning, climbing, and mountain biking, by working closely with the Alpine Centre Gstaad and another ski school in the area. This led to the pair settling on a concept that can be neatly summarized in two words: adventurous hospitality.
Do business in style at the largest conference facilities in all of Gstaad. Ranging from 22-128m² in size, each of the seven meeting rooms is equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi and the latest technology to facilitate product presentations, workshops, seminars, conferences, training sessions and meetings of up to 250 people. Available in a number of layouts, they’re flexible with how you do business. Why not exchange the dulcet tones of the soulless boardroom for a venue that inspires creativity and sparks those big ideas?
Looking for originality? Think of the “Stollen” space, a cave with a unique atmosphere that looks like a former mine and can accommodate up to 100 people for a cocktail or a party.