Badrutt's Palace Hotel.
BADRUTT'S PALACE HOTEL
At 1800 metres above sea level, on the "roof of Europe", sun-blessed St Moritz is known as the festival hall of the Swiss Alps, and this is its most legendary accommodation. The grande dame of Switzerland's hotels carries 120 years of history and is still owned and operated by the same family who created winter tourism in the region. Rebuilt after a fire in 1967, the palace is favoured by royalty, dignitaries and celebrities, who come for the unparalleled scenery and impeccable service. Dining options include a restaurant run by Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, which serves Japanese cuisine with Peruvian influences. Rooms from 225 CHF ($260) a night. See badruttspalace.com
Schlosshotel in Zermatt.
Facing the Matterhorn, the world's most photographed mountain, Schlosshotel has an enviable location in the car-free village of Zermatt. Two minutes' walk from the train station, it is ideal for rail travellers taking the Glacier Express. A major revamp last year added an annex of luxury apartments, with landscaping of the garden completed this year. A new wellness area comprises a gym, pool, Finnish sauna, steam bath and bubble beds. The cosy lounge has an open fireplace and a reading corner, but on some nights it turns into a lively, communal space for watching sports on TV or enjoying light entertainment.
Rooms from 130 CHF ($130) a night.
HOTEL PARK WEGGIS
What it lacks in recognition, it compensates for with prime position. On the northern shore of Lake Lucerne, about 30 minutes from Zurich, Weggis may not be very well known but its outlook should be famous. This five-star Relais & Chateaux property has a private beach with bar, a Michelin-starred restaurant, a 2600-strong wine list, a caviar bar and a heated infinity pool. For the ultimate in private pleasure, spa cottages can be booked for four hours' use of a waterbed, sauna and rose petal-sprinkled jacuzzi, with a therapist on call for treatments and massages.
Rooms from 285 CHF ($330) a night. See parkweggis.ch
ART DECO MONTANA
The world's shortest funicular brings guests from street level up to reception in 60 seconds. One of the last art deco hotels to be built in Lucerne, the 100-year-old hilltop property recently opened six penthouse suites. But most impressive are the public areas, framed by panoramic lake and mountain views. Louis Bar features live jazz, funk and soul six nights a week, and a whisky collection of 130 classic malts. The outdoor dining room of Scala Terrace can be enclosed as a heated conservatory with floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing year-round spellbound dining.
Rooms from 180 CHF ($208) a night. See hotel-montana.ch
Overlooking Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva's iconic fountain, this Red Carnation boutique property is A-list: award-winning accommodation, antiques, art, afternoon tea and alpine sports on your doorstep. Extra efforts are made for families, such as adjoining rooms, an extra bed free of charge, child-size bathrobes, video gaming via Wi-Fi, board games and toys, and a children's menu in the fine-dining Windows Restaurant. For adults, thoughtful touches include your preferred drink on arrival and evening canapes. Leopard Room Bar provides live music, whiskies, cognacs and cocktails. A sauna, gym and in-room massages and beauty treatments are also available.
Rooms from 430 CHF ($498) a night. See dangleterrehotel.com
Head-on with Jungfrau Mountain in Interlaken, this four-star hotel is all about the views from the balconies and rooftop restaurant. Its rooms and exterior are nothing flash, but the dated decor means a budget price for a priceless vista. Facilities include an indoor pool and sauna, with a central location close to two train stations.
Rooms from 85 CHF ($98) per night. See metropole-interlaken.ch
The writer was a guest of Switzerland Tourism and Rail Europe.