HUUS Hotel

Gstaad, Swiss Alps, Switzerland Book from Book from £122 per night

Scandi-style design hotel in one of Switzerland’s smartest mountain resorts, with excellent food, a spa and all-inclusive activities
Gstaad is best known for traditional 5-star palaces, but HUUS Hotel is something quite different. Designed by a Swede and newly opened in late 2016, it oozes laid-back Scandinavian charm from industrial-chic interiors. In the lounge, giant orange sofas sit alongside leather pouffes, statement lights, hand-picked coffee-table books and even the odd guitar hanging from the wall. The 136 bedrooms are similarly cool, with smokey-blue walls, toffee-brown cushions and copper lamps. It all combines to create a very stylish mountain retreat.

The hotel attracts an all-encompassing crowd, from couples to families (there are dedicated play zones and family rooms); dogs are welcome, too. Skiing is the main attraction, with hundreds of kilometres of all-level pistes on the doorstep, but folk also come for other winter and summer activities in the surrounding Bernese Oberland, many of which are included in the rates. After a day of outdoor adventure, return for some pampering in the spa, a soak in the indoor pool, sophisticated food in the twinkling à la carte restaurant, or burgers and cocktails in the bar, all accompanied by sweeping mountain views. This gorgeous place has something for all tastes.

Highs

  • Striking yet homely design – we particularly liked the lounge, with its sleek furniture and display cases full of mountain paraphernalia
  • A huge range of activities included in the rates - guided snowshoe walks, a ski shuttle and sledging in winter; rafting, climbing, canyoning, mountain biking and more in summer
  • Lots of dining options: gourmet fare, informal buffets and tapas, bar food, even a fondue chalet in the grounds
  • Wonderful attention to detail, from the Zeiss binoculars and tablets in the rooms to interesting books scattered here and there
  • An excellent spa with an indoor pool, an aromatic sauna, an ice fountain, a herbal steam bath and massages

Lows

  • It's larger than most i-escape hotels, but that doesn't mean it's short on character
  • Gstaad is quite low, so it's not one of the most snow-sure ski resorts
  • We found the service a little slow at times
  • The rooms all sit below the main lounge but are confusingly named first or second floor. It's very easy to go the wrong way in the lift!

Best time to go

January and March are best for skiing, as they avoid the crowded peak season during the February school holidays. June, September and October are lovely and warm - perfect for hiking and biking. July and August can get very hot and bring the risk of thunderstorms. The hotel closes for around a month after Easter, and again from the end of October to mid-December.

Our top tips

Grab a stool at the bar and sample one of the potent house cocktails. We recommend the Aloha, a head-spinning combo of ginger, coconut and pineapple juice featuring George Clooney’s very own Tequila brand, Casamigos – all served in an over-sized gold pineapple with a gold straw. Heaven!

Great for...

Family
Foodie
Great Outdoors
Spa
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 136
  • Restaurants & bars (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 23 Oct 2017 - 14 Dec 2017
  • Indoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room: Double Room

Rooms

The rooms are all styled in exactly the same way: smokey-blue walls, toffee-brown leather cushions, dazzling white bed linen and copper industrial lighting. The snazzy decor is complemented by an array of useful touches, such as HUUS-branded backpacks and toiletries, an in-room tablet for accessing weather forecasts and the like, a Swiss army blanket to wrap yourself in on the balcony or terrace (all rooms have one), and Zeiss binoculars to bring the mountains even closer. You also get a sitting area with a round metal table and banquette seating, as well as banks of cupboards.

The rooms are either north-facing, sunnier south-facing, or south-facing with a restricted view. Other than that there's little difference between categories, apart from smaller double beds in the single rooms, and separate sitting rooms in the suites; some rooms have sofabeds or mezzanine levels with extra beds, too. Only a third have bathtubs, so ask when booking if you like a good soak after a day of mountain adventure.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Binoculars
  • Central heating
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • Tv
  • WiFi

Eating

You can eat anything and everything here, from teetering burgers with crunchy chips in the bar, to hearty raclettes and fondues in a separate chalet in the grounds. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, there's also delicious tapas in The Stollen, a cosy, cave-like bar beneath the hotel.

You'll find the poshest nosh in the à la carte restaurant, La Vue. The world cuisine is impeccable - we dined on tempura-style calamari with lime mayonnaise, and sweet roasted spring chicken perched on a mound of purple potato puree. We didn't have room for the signature HUUS dessert, a frothy confection of Bavarian cream with honey, hazelnuts, dark chocolate and forest fruits, but it looked divine.

Breakfast is served in the canteen-style HUUS Gstaad Restaurant and consists of the usual continental spread (pastries, yoghurts, fruit, cold cuts, cheeses). You can also head there for buffet-style dinners of pizzas, pasta and salads, available through a half-board add-on.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children meals
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • The hotel is in the Gstaad-Saanenland ski area, which has 250km of pretty pistes suitable for all levels. You can hire equipment from the hotel (the first day is free of charge), and the lifts are just 5 minutes away by free shuttle bus
  • During winter, the hotel lays on complimentary snowy activities each day, including snow-shoe tours, sledging and guided off-piste skiing, all bookable via the 'Activity Lounge' next to reception
  • In summer, options include guided hiking, Nordic walking, climbing, river rafting, canyoning, stand-up paddleboarding and mountain biking - all also included in the rates
  • The brave can embark on the Indiana Jones climbing experience, a rugged introduction to mountaineering with rappelling, zip wires and more
  • If you fancy something a bit more relaxing, float above the mountains in a hot-air balloon (extra cost), shop in the ritzy boutiques of Gstaad, or loaf around the pool and spa
  • Or take Charlie, the hotel's friendly resident dog, out for a walk. He'll happily perform tricks, too!

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Canyoning
  • Climbing
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Mountain biking
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Private guided tours
  • Rafting
  • Shopping / markets
  • Skiing
  • Sledging
  • Snow-shoeing
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding
  • Well being

Kids

Children are welcome and all ages, from toddlers to teenagers, are more than catered for. There are play areas with toys, a teenagers' lounge (with PlayStations, Xbox, Wii and Nintendo), even an outdoor adventure garden and a dedicated spa area with a cave shower. Children up to the age of 9 also get free ski equipment, ski passes and ski-school access.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Ten of the south-facing double rooms have connecting doors, and all can take an extra bed or baby cot (free for children under 7); suites can take 2. There are also 4 gallery rooms with a double bed for parents and a ladder leading to a safe mezzanine with 2 single beds.

Babysitting:

Available by arrangement

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • High chairs

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

A huge range of food is available, including child-friendly burgers and buffet-style meals with pizza, pasta and stews

Kids Activities on site:

  • Play space with toys
  • Wii, XBox, PlayStations and Nintendo
  • Dedicated spa area with cave shower
  • Table football
  • Outdoor adventure play garden
  • Swimming pool and treatments in main spa

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Ski school
  • Show-shoe walks
  • Sledging
  • Mountain biking
  • Climbing
  • 'Indiana Jones' experience with rappelling, zip wires and more
  • River rafting
  • Canyoning
  • Stand-up paddleboarding

Distances:

  • Airport: 1.5 hours (Bern)
  • Shop: 5 minutes (Gstaad)
  • Hospital: 20 minutes (Zweisimmen)
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Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
10/10
Food
8/10
Service
10/10
Value
10/10
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