Switzerland – Cha...

From the outside, the five-star Chalet RoyAlp Hôtel & Spa looks like three traditional chalets, all built of wood on a mighty scale. But its interiors owes nothing to chalet style, borrowing instead from mainstream contemporary design. Close the curtains and you could be in a business...

Switzerland – Hot...

A local man, Heinz Julen, has almost singlehandedly made Zermatt a design-friendly environment, with a series of imaginative hotels and apartment buildings, a restaurant and a nightclub. Others have followed his lead, among them the designers of the Hotel Firefly, adopting his artful...


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Austria – Hotel A...

Planning controls in the resort of Lech ensure that the three new ‘chalets’ of Hotel Aurelio don’t look unusual. But the ambition of the hotel, owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, is exceptional: it is, says the CEO of Deripaska’s hotel-management company,...

Germany – Das Kra...

The hotel’s main building was commissioned in 1913 by a rich young Englishwoman called Mary Portman, and designed by the British architects Detmar Blow and Ferdinand Billerey to look like a castle in English Arts and Crafts style. But World War I spoiled Ms Portman’s plans; and...

Switzerland – Hot...

Apart from its big, shield-shaped sign, there is little to make the Hotel Firefly stand out on this quiet street in the southern part of Zermatt. Its public areas – the slate-floored reception, the bar lined with chesterfield sofas, the hi-tech games room – are pleasant but...