Located at the resort’s base station, The Riders Hotel blends well into its tree-lined, mountain backdrop, and ‘turns nature inside out’.
Its large windows mirror the surrounding scenery to passers by, while flooding light inside showcases its fabulously fashioned wooden, simple, stylish interior.
The former party place – Riders Palace – had a full-works facelift in 2017 giving the old ‘to dawn’ deva a refreshing redesign, where Alpine chic rubs cheeks with trendy retro touches.
It’s ambient, attractive, and service led, with a laid-back vibe that’s a hit with skiers and boarders.
The hotel has also maintained its musical roots, with regular gigs and artists such as Jan Delay (DJ Flashdance) hitting the decks.
Riders belongs to the Weisse Arean Grippe, and is owned by freestyler, Reto Gurtner, but the man behind the new minimalist concept is Roger Heid, the former creator and builder of the LAAX snow park.
Roger took on board 21st century urban lifestyle trends – from vegan and vegetarian foods, to live concerts, a fitness room (for working out and yoga), and open plan offices spaces.
And the hotel’s motto ‘by friends, for friends’ sums up the home from home feeling you get as you enter reception, and the lobby that doubles as a meeting place for folks.
The simply designed rooms are sumptuously comfortable, with the very best of the basics – a good bed, power shower – and an indulgent buffet breakfast.
Club nights and concerts attract a wide crowd, with locals partying freestylers, music lovers, dance fans and foodies.
The Riders was also the resort’s first low energy building (since 2001) and its kitchen team uses the Kitro food waste management, which helps reduce food waste and encourage recycling.
The hotel re-opens for the season on November 30. The four-bed dorm costs CHF 230 per room (CHF 57.50 per person)