Holiday Inspiration

Five of the Best Ski Hotels in Europe

By Susan Ward Davies

The Mooser; St Anton, Austria

Take one infamous bar – the MooserWirt – in a ski resort known for having the best après ski in Europe, stick a handful of rooms on top of it (literally) and what have you got? A place we simply had to check out. Surprisingly given the location, debauched party hotel The Mooser is not. Opening at the end of 2011, there’s an excellent spa and an outdoor infinity pool to go with the 17 beautifully put together rooms. And despite all the partying going on downstairs, up in the rooms you can’t hear a thing…

Read our full review of The Mooser

The Cambrian; Adelboden, Switzerland

Compared to brash newcomer The Mooser, The Cambrian is a veritable grande dame of ski hotels in Europe. That’s not to say that the design is staid and boring. Far from it, in fact – if the exteriors are classic alpine, the interiors are sharp as a tack with rustic elements like artfully piled logs, slate floors and exposed wood mixing with classic design pieces from B&B Italia, Porada and Knoll International.

Read our full review of The Cambrian

St Antoner Hof; St Anton, Austria

With its spa, a subterranean pool and a restaurant serving superb Austrian cuisine, St Anton’s only five-star packs a lot more facilities in than its 39 rooms might suggest. But it’s no large and luxe-y resort hotel, and it toes a nice line between Tyrolean twee and boutique chic with rooms that mix time-honoured Alpine standards (think wood, wood and more wood), with modern touches such as curvy open fireplaces and huge cacti.

Read our full review of St Antoner Hof

Hotel Nevai; Verbier, Switzerland

Verbier has changed beyond recognition in recent years. And, Branson’s luxury Lodge aside, nowhere is that better embodied than in the super-cool Hotel Nevai. It might be next door to the revamped Farm Club (80s hangout of Fergie et al), but the similarity with the resort's Sloaney past ends there in a hotel where sleek minimalist interiors and an air of studied cool reign.

Read our full review of Hotel Nevai

Schlosshotel Chaste; Sparsels, Switzerland

We love the Schlosshotel for a number of reasons. The first is that it’s in a gorgeous setting in a relatively undiscovered corner of the Swiss Alps. The second is that, having been in the same family for more than 500 years, the welcome you get is wonderfully warm. And the third? From the cuckoo-clock exterior to the cosy, slightly chintzy interiors, it’s the place go for a reassuringly old-fashioned Alpine fix. Oh, and the food’s fabulous, too.

Read our full review of Schlosshotel Chaste

And one more ski hotel in Europe for luck…

Chalet Merlo; Val d’Isere, France

This last pick doesn’t really have any business to be in a pick of European ski hotels, given that it is, in fact, a private ski chalet. But with its beautiful wood-framed premises, interiors straight out of Ralph Lauren Home, a setting between Val d’Isere, Tignes and Les Arcs, and some of the most stunning alpine views we’ve ever clapped eyes on from its terrace, we just couldn’t leave it out. If you’ve got a cool few grand to drop on a luxury ski break with friends, it’s a very special place to return to after a day on the slopes.

Read our review of Chalet Merlo

Like our pick of the best ski hotels in Europe, and planning what travel accessories to hit the slopes with this winter? Check out our edit of ski essentials.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for something different for your next break, browse our full collection of places to stay.

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