Small is beautiful. This seems to be the manifesto thought of the mountain boutique hotels, a happy counter-proposal for those who want a holiday dedicated to intimacy. Because if it is undeniable that XXL hotels are often equipped with all kinds of services, resulting in highly multitasking and hyper-equipped, sometimes the desire is that of a minimalist stay devoted to the concept of simplicity.
Which, beware, does not at all mean giving up quality. Far from it: when the hotel has only a few rooms everything must be impeccable. And so, drawing on the best lessons in design and architecture, Alpine addresses are born from love at first sight. We reveal some of them.
In the heart of Megève, a prestigious ski resort in the canton of Sallanche, the Alpaga Hotel of the Beaumier group was recently renovated by the interior design studio Charles & Co , co-founded by Vicky Charles and Julia Corden. The style is that of the classic and reassuring high mountain chalet, but the local rusticity has been refined by a wood-inspired color palette, with moss green velvets, smoky gray and dark brown details, plus a family of vintage furniture from the area combined with custom made pieces.
The Savoyard style of the Alpine boutique hotel, which includes 22 rooms, 5 suites and 6 chalets, has been preserved with respect for tradition, see the untreated light wood paneling, beautiful in its raw and natural essence. But the full-height windows and the airiness of the common and private areas have a completely contemporary taste, determined to make guests enjoy the spectacular view of nature.
Once upon a time
At Castel Maurn the past has an important value. In Palù di San Lorenzo di Sebato, in South Tyrol, the hotel has a story to tell. First mentioned in 990 AD, the structure has been managed by the Peintner family since 1935. Which, in 2021, decided to undertake an important renovation project, taking great care not to damage the heritage of over a thousand years of history of the house.
Today the Maurn has only 8 ApartSuites, with a generous surface from 35 to 220 square meters and the possibility of combining the housing units with each other to create luxurious one-storey apartments. Surrounded by uncontaminated woods and Dolomite peaks, fascinates with its original frescoes and floors, which are harmoniously contrasted by modern furniture and contemporary pieces. In a happy contamination between eras
Luxury at 2000 meters
We move towards the Swiss Alps, destination Chandolin. Here, in the Canton of Valais, at almost 200 meters above sea level, stands the Chandolin Boutique Hotel. 25 rooms and an interior project by Extreme Artdesign Studio, while the architectural restyling was entrusted to the designers of Kittel. The inspiration comes from the refined Swiss architectural tradition, spokesperson for the most rigorous and elegant minimalism.
The hotel has been completely renovated and made the equivalent of a luxury alpine retreat. With its all-wood casing, it reveals sober but extremely joyful interiors, played on a palette of neutral shades, in favor of monochromaticity. Exposed rough stone, aged oak parquet floors, wool and cotton for the textiles part. Plus an efficient eco-sustainable heating system, with photovoltaic system and triple glazing.