Crans Ambassador is the very chic 5-star hotel in Crans Montana – on the Montana side – with a dramatic setting high on the hillside, a mid-century mod A-Frame building that overlooks the ski village. For ski families, it’s posh, best saved for well-behaved mature kids.
Upon arrival, our luggage was whisked away, including skis and boots brought to the hotel ski room (and Fusalp boutique). Stepping into the lobby – the Alps are forefront from the big balcony with light pouring into the hotel. As our room was not quite ready, we headed to the balcony for a late lunch, enjoying sheepskin covered chairs, and blankets, and crisp mountain air from our uninterrupted view. Next we were invited to enjoy the Spa, where we were handed robes.
Crans Ambassador has the largest spa in Crans Montana. Bathed in natural light, the glass-walled indoor heated pool reflects the Alps. The outdoor balcony allows you to cool off, savor the view or roll in the fresh snow! Following the candle illuminated stairs downstairs, we found steam rooms, a sauna and relaxation area. Spa treatments are available, and there are adult only swim hours for the pool.
Our Alpine Prestige Suite met all expectations – alpine chic wood, mirrors, intuitive lighting, and a wall-to-wall glass slider was in perfect harmony with the mountains surrounding us. A big balcony and luxurious spa-like bathroom perfected the spacious room, along with a mini-fridge, Nespresso, and Bogner bath amenities -who knew Bogner made shampoo as well as fabulous ski outfits?
Of the 56 rooms, there is a range of cozy rooms to palatial suites for families on upper floors. Ambassador’s team of colleagues, especially the Concierges, are gracious and service-trained.
To go to the ski slopes, Maxime had the Mercedes Van at our service within moments. Turns out the walk to the Arnouva Gondola was very short – but the ride was luxurious. In the evening, the posh shuttle delivered us to town just moments away, though we chose to walk up the hill after our special evening in the pretty village Montana. Our suite balcony overlooked the ice rink, where après ski music and family skating was followed later by lively hockey games.
Within Ambassador’s rather “70’s A Frame” original facade, the hotel is entirely contemporary and chic – a three-year facelift was complete in 2013. The five-star hotel is French owned, A Michel Reybier property.
Crans Ambassador’s dining includes a chic but casual Lounge and Bar. La Muña is a sophisticated dinner menu of Peruvian Japanese inspired cuisine, this is also the bountiful breakfast room, included in your stay. Finally, classic Swiss cheese fondue or raclette is served in the cozy Carnotzet “cheese corner” at Ambassador.
Crans Montana is a major ski resort in Valais to visit on a Swiss ski safari including neighboring Anzère, Grimentz Zinal, and other smaller family ski areas in the Rhone valley. Crans Montana can be added to the Magic Pass for 100 days for an additional fee.