Looking for a unique lodging experience worth planning your whole trip around? Mountain hotels are a versatile option for travelers in every season, whether you’re a skier, hiker, adventure-seeker, or just looking to unwind with a view.
Here are seven incredible hotels nestled among the world’s most breathtaking mountain ranges, and the amenities and features that make them worth visiting.
Grand Hotel des Alpes: Mont Blanc, France
The highest mountain in the French Alps, Mont Blanc sits at the intersection of France, Switzerland, and Italy, and is a bucket list trip in itself. Add in a historic grand hotel with a luxurious spa just steps from the mountain’s cable cars, and it’s a good idea year-round.
The Grand Hotel des Alpes offers the best hotel value in the French Alps according to TripAdvisor, and features river and mountain views of the highest point of the Alps from Chamonix’s busy town center. The historic property dates back to 1840 and has held on to some of its original touches, but the ultra-modern spa is anything but rustic.
Skylodge Adventure Suites: Sacred Valley, Peru
Want to sleep precariously on the edge of one of the world’s most famous mountain ranges? Skylodge Adventure Suites are glass pods perched high on the walls of Peru’s Sacred Valley with breathtaking views of the Andes. And if the reinforced lodging doesn’t make you nervous enough, just getting to your suite requires a long, difficult climb along the side of the cliffs. Once you adjust to staying on the edge, however, the suites offer some pretty high-end amenities, like delicious food, a cozy bed, and stargazing that’s hard to beat.
Moose Hotel and Suites: Banff National Park, Canada
If you’re going to see the Canadian Rockies then you can’t miss Banff National Park, and Moose Hotel and Suites is the best mountain hotel in the famous park, according to TripAdvisor. The lodge-style hotel comes together with its outdoor spaces, including hot pools and fire pits to enjoy the mountainous landscape from. But there’s also a glass-enclosed indoor pool, a full spa, and suites that include kitchenettes for unwinding after long days spent exploring the park’s many aqua-colored lakes.
Bonus: For a similar yet splurge-worthy option, check out the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (pictured at top) which sits on Lake Louise. The Fairmont is the third-best hotel in the area according to TripAdvisor.
Hotel Everest View: The Himalayas, Nepal
If your idea of a mountain hotel is one overlooking the Himalayas, Nepal’s Hotel Everest View lives up to the name with its view of the world’s tallest peak. The lodge-like digs are simple, but the views from the hotel’s roof deck attract adventures both on foot and by helicopter for a stay. Nepal is the hiking trip of a lifetime, and it pays to be able to enjoy the view even when you’re kicking back at the hotel after a long day.
Rooms Hotel Kazbegi: Mount Kazbek, Georgia
If the nation of Georgia isn’t already on your bucket list for its wine tourism and medieval towns, it definitely should be for its mountain hotels. The Caucasus Mountains in Georgia claim some of the highest peaks in Europe (yes, higher than Mont Blanc) and the country is still a hidden gem where you’re less likely to deal with crowds of tourists.
The Rooms Hotel Kazbegi is a stylish design hotel with floor-to-ceiling windows for incredible vistas of snowy peaks, plus there’s a pool and a massive outdoor deck perfect for stargazing. Guests love the high-end Georgian food served here, and the high-altitude location means you have the option to hike or take a helicopter ride up.
Kasbah Angour: Atlas Mountains, Morocco
A grand mountain hotel with history, the Kasbah Angour Atlas Mountains Hotel is a former Berber palace overlooking the Moroccan desert—and one of the most Instagram-worthy ways to relax in the High Atlas region. In addition to the prime mountain location and lauded customer service, the hotel’s in-house yoga classes, balconies, pool, garden patios, and resident donkeys make it an ideal home base to sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy the scenery, especially after long desert treks and mountain hikes. Plus, it’s only 30 minutes outside of busy Marrakech.
McKinley Chalet Resort: Denali National Park, Alaska
A mountain hotel with river views to boot, McKinley Chalet Resort is about as close as you can get to staying in the wilderness of Denali National Park without downgrading to a roadhouse or camping cabins. Adjacent to the park, the lodge-style resort has all the comforts of home—fire pits, two restaurants, a cozy main lodge—and balcony views of Denali Mountain, the highest peak in North America. Activities offered by the hotel include wilderness and history tours, ATV rides, river rafting, fly fishing, ziplining, and even tundra golfing.
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