Hotel Bristol is an ideal location to stay on a ski trip to Saas-Fee, very close to the ski lifts, overlooking the slopes, and within the historic car-free village. We stayed at this traditional Swiss hotel for a ski holiday, and found it comfy and enjoyable, with everything we needed – ski room, breakfast buffet, and 4-course dinner each night, plus a clean neat room with a mountain view balcony.
The Hotel Bristol dates back to 1963, started by the Bumann family – one of the founding families of the ski area of Saas-Fee in the 1950’s. Now Bristol is owned and operated by Reto Bumann, 3rd generation innkeeper, his three children are often happily playing around the hotel.
This traditional Swiss hotel is conveniently located just 100 meters from the slopes and a short walk to several of Saas-Fee ski lifts. Upon arrival to Saas-Fee, the Bumann family will pick you up at the parking garage or bus, and whisk you and your luggage to their hotel in their electric van – the only cars allowed in the village.
Bristol is cozy, old-school with a small reception area, slope view dining room and terrace, and a tiny lounge off the dining area called “the bar.” A yoga retreat completes the property in a separate wing where classes are offered mornings and evenings to locals and guests alike.
With Hotel Bristol’s half-board, your stay includes a bountiful breakfast buffet, and a 4-course menu prepared each evening, making your stay easy and relaxing. We loved the breakfast, a help-yourself spread of meats, cheeses, yogurt and fruit, and boiled eggs. Fresh coffee is made to order. Our dinners during our stay ranged from classic Weiner Schnitzel to Rumpsteak with noodles, fantastic rack of lamb, and Fondue chinois. A plentiful salad bar, plus a creative starter and dessert, make for a lovely evening meal after a big day skiing. You can order Swiss and French wines from the bar, or a cocktail. The Chef actually drives the electric shuttle to and from the transportation center at times, and shovels snow too. The entire Bristol team is super friendly and accommodating, speaking local German, French and English.
Our room at The Bristol, with private bath, had comfy down duvets on our bed, ample built in closet space, TV and speedy WIfi, and a desk. and a grand balcony. We loved our south facing balcony overlooking the lower mountain ski slopes, kids learning area, T-Bars and trams, with magnificent mountain views above.
As you return from your day on Saas-Fee’s ski slopes, you walk into Bristol’s convenient downstairs ski room and boot dryer storage area. While not glamourous, this gear storage area is well-situated and saves space in your room, plus your boots are nice and dry for your ski morning.
Family suites are also available, and Bristol is definitely a kid and pet-friendly property. While Bristol’s decor has not been updated, it has a pleasant atmosphere, and quickly feels homey. A décor reno here would go a long way, but the rates reflect good value.
Bristol does offer a chic newer chalet apartment – Bristolina, and a Penthouse Suite. There are very few hotels as close to the slopes at Bristol, and you can easily walk to the village, the cute shops and cafés.
Saas-Fee’s best après ski is right across from Bristol on what we called “après ski row” – the Black Bull Snowbar, Rudi’s, High Life Après Ski Club, and The Muehle.
Bristol Hotel is a well-located and affordable ski lodge to stay in the beautiful Swiss ski resort town of Saas-Fee. Neighboring Zermatt, also car-free, is bigger, busier and pricier. Saas Fee is fun ski terrain and superbly scenic with its glimmering glaciers for a few days ski holiday. Of note: Saas-Fee has many English-speaking clients and hosts.
Saas-Fee is one of the best Swiss Ski Resorts for snow reliability, slope preparation (grooming) and quaintness. Saas Fee is comprised of three ski areas, including Saas-Grund and Saas-Almagell. Saas-Fee and Saas-Almagell are on the Swiss Magic Pass so you can create a Swiss ski safari, also skiing nearby Grimentz Zinal, St-Luc/Chandolin, Leukerbad, Les Marecottes, Nax Mont Noble, Anzère, and many more.
Travel to Saas-Fee: Fly into Geneva or Zurich, take a Train to Visp, then a 40-minute Bus to the parking garage where your hotel will pick you and your luggage up.