Hotel News & Names

  08.12.2023 Local News, Gastronomy, Hôtellerie, Business


Nadine Friedli will take over the position of General Manager at The Alpina Gstaad on 1 March 2024. She succeeds Tim Weiland, who is moving to the Board of Directors.

Friedli has been Deputy Director at the 5-star superior hotel since 2021. She was previously Director of Finance and Administration. Before joining "The Alpina Gstaad", the Bernese native worked as Manager of Finance & Business Support for Hotel Park Gstaad and as Operations Manager at Hotel Le Grand Bellevue Gstaad.

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Martin Bieri’s latest Venture

Michelin-starred chef Martin Bieri has joined The Mansard, the new boutique hotel set to open on Gstaad’s promenade in spring 2024. Bieri, is supported initially by co-investor Michel Wichman, and will oversee the hotel’s overall management in a new role as hotelier. Although Wichman brings experience from Hotel Spitzhorn in Saanen, Bieri’s primary focus will be on the hotel’s catering, boasting around 100 seats compared to its 29 rooms. Bieri expresses great anticipation and honour for this unique opportunity.

Last season Chlösterli and a new concept for Sunne Stübli

The Michelin-starred chef has leased the Chlösterli in Grund since last winter, and since this summer, he has also been the host at the Sunne Stübli restaurant in Turbach. When asked, Bieri stated that he would be welcoming guests to the Chlösterli for one last season. With regards to the Sunne Stübli restaurant, he is looking for solutions together with the Future Turbach Association. “Many people have gone to great lengths to ensure the continued existence of this restaurant. It is therefore important to me to work with the board to develop a good concept to ensure that this remains the case,” explains Bieri.

More news on the Mansard in the February issue of GstaadLife, meanwhile stay updated here

 Annual Winter Podium Placings

The Karl Wild Winter rankings are out, and eight hotels from Saanenland made the list. As competition intensifies, huge congratulations from GstaadLife to all the hotels for keeping Saanenland on the list.

#2 Gstaad Palace advanced one spot and is currently holding second place among the 75 best winter hotels in Switzerland. (3)
#7 Le Grand Bellevue (6)
#8 The Alpina (7)

#9 Not only a new name but also a new podium place for MAISON HORNBERG at ninth place, advancing one spot from last year. (10)
#25 Boutique Hotel Alpenrose (24)

#1 Once again, The Spitzhorn in Saanen maintained its position at the forefront of the scoreboard, securing the top podium place. (1)
#12 Hotel Kernen, Schönried (11)
#19 Hotel Alpenland, Launen (21)


Formerly known as Hotel Hornberg in Saanenmöser since 1936, has unveiled a new brand after a comprehensive rebranding led by Brigitte and Christian Hoefliger-von Siebenthal, the third-generation owners. The rebranding process aimed to evolve the hotel while preserving its core values and DNA. The name change to MAISON signifies the hotel’s commitment to conveying its character and hospitality.

The Hoefligers, reflecting on their ancestors’ contributions, emphasised the importance of maintaining the vision of founders Helene and Werner von Siebenthal-Hauswirth, and aimed to embody a contemporary expression of heritage, emphasising cosiness and focusing on guest needs.

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