The pocket-sized Alpine village of Andermatt is shedding its dowdy image and becoming a chic destination. The opening of The Chedi Andermatt hotel has helped, along with some choice boutiques and restaurants, spectacular private housing developments and more construction projects in the pipeline. The sleepy village today presents a livelier face, especially during ski season, when it attracts a small but sophisticated crowd.
Designed by the celebrated architect Jean-Michel Gathy, the exterior is a contemporary take on an Alpine chalet on a grand scale, and the interiors combine the lofty ceilings and modern fixtures associated with his Asian projects, using warm tones and textiles. The effect is impressive and gave me a sense of glamour and cosiness in equal measure. The clean lines of the interiors contrast with the views out onto the pine trees and mountains. There is even a sunken, outdoor seating area with a central firepit, a replica of those I have seen in Aman properties in India and Bhutan (and probably more useful here in the Alps).
Inside the main hotel building is a collection of lounges on the ground floor that flow one into the next. Each has a designated purpose – bar, library, cigar lounge, and so on, but in reality, The Chedi has created a series of chill-out areas with day beds and soft seating, great for a light snack, a spot of tea, or to relax after a hard day’s skiing. It’s as if cosiness was one of the remits for the architect, as there are so many lovely nooks and crannies to explore, making this grand hotel feel almost homely.
My visit to Andermatt was in the height of summer with sunshine, beautiful wild flowers and glorious, long days. In autumn, I imagine it’s a stunning setting too, with the changing colours in the forest and cosy evenings spent inside. In the winter it must be wonderfully atmospheric with snow underfoot and a real sense of occasion. And in spring it’s still possible to ski, while at lower levels the hiking trails open up. This is truly a hotel for all seasons.
- Early check-in / Late check-out
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- Room upgrade upon arrival
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- Daily breakfast for 2
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
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