I have a very special attachment to this place, not only because it is beautiful, but because I spent a lot of time there for my studies (2 years in total). Yes! There is a school in that mountain 10 min down from Crans-Montana called Les Roches School of Hotel Management , and believe it or not there are students from all over the world coming here to study and once-upon-a-time I was one of them!
Last weekend we went there for some skiing and to revive some old good memories! Here is what we did and some other recommendations! I was very exited to use my new cozy winter sweater I found at street-one this season! I felt like part of the scenery 🙂
Crans-Montana in a few words …
For me, the best view of the Swiss Alps is from Crans-Montana, by far! The station itself if in a plateau, so the streets are not all uphill and downhill which gives peace of mind too. The slopes are not difficult, mostly red slopes and just 1 black if I remember well, lets say it is a level 7 out of 10 for skiers (however there is a great debutants zone if you are starting). Easy access from Geneva, either by car or train, good restaurants and the best part (that does not apply for my last weekend) it is facing the south which means it is almost alway sunny there, leaving you with pretty long days, even during winter, and most of the time the sun is at the rendezvous.
Accommodation: Crans-Ambassador 5*
This hotel is wonderful and was everything I expected; it was under renovation while I was studying there so I was super curious to visit and enjoy the place. I really recommend it for either a couple romantic getaway or family vacation, it is both calm and family friendly. The staff was adorable from the first impression to the last farewell (specially the guys from the vallet-parking since they are going out and moving cars and taking suitcases up and down and always smiling and super friendly!).
You enter by the 7th floor and after the reception to the left you have an amazing lounge with huge windows to enjoy the view or a terrace to drink a tea covered in a blanket!
We had a Deluxe Room with the view. I really liked how the room is constructed, it is very practical, with a lot of places to organise your things and voluminous things we carry when skiing. The bathroom is very nicely decorated, I appreciated a lot the materials, wood, stone and warm colors. The full is decorated in a modern chalet style way, keeping it traditional and cozy. Loved the plaid on top of the bed!
The Spa Area
The pool is really big and is not like a jacuzzi type of pool, it is more like a real pool, you can actually swim in it. Then they have the hammam, sauna and relaxation area which is next of the pool (no children under 16 allowed) that is very nice and the atmosphere is zen. They offer herbal tea and lemon water, nice touch.
There is also a huge fitness with a sick view in the alps and Montana in general that actually make you want to go to the gym…. just maybe. The only thing missing is an outside jacuzzi, I really love when ski resorts have an outside heated water facility, it makes the whole experience very magical.
Food and Beverage
We tried many things, the welcome drink (thank you!), the breakfast in the room, the breakfast in the restaurant, a tea in the afternoon and we had a club sandwich on Sunday before leaving. Check the pics below!
The Ski Shop
Here they take your skies and store them during your stay, in the morning you just need to go there and take them. They also sell very nice things and rent material if you did not bring your own. Cool service for a hotel!
This place is just the best to eat Valais specialities! It is next to the hotel school in Bluche (10min from Crans). It is totally worth the road, you will not be disapointed! What to eat? The mixed salad (they have the best dressing), the goat cheese salad, the tomato fondue (served with potatoes), and for dessert the vanilla chocolate ice cream coupe! No miss with these!
I have not tried many other things since I always order the same, but I am sure everything is good there!
Le Michelangelo – Great Italian!
When I used to live there we always went there for very nice pasta! They have a friendly service and pizzas to-go too!
I like a lot Leo’s Bar to have a quiet drink after dinner. You can also have nights where everyone is dancing and the ambiance is more fired up, but in general you will have a great place to have a drink and enjoy yourself.
Diana was born and raised in Mexico and considers Geneva her second home. She studied Hospitality at Les Roches School of Hotel Management in Switzerland and loves to share everything regarding food, travel, hotels and special spots. She hold several collaborations including Kempinski Hotels, Dorchester Collection Hotels, Forbes Travel Guide, Caviar House & Prunier and many more.
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