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- Chetzeron

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Location

Crans-Montana, Switzerland


Nearest train station

Sierre/Siders railway station


Architecture

Actescollectifs Architects


Interior Design

Actescollectifs Architects


The Originals

Sami Lamaa

High in the hills of Crans-Montana, Switzerland, an abandoned gondola station has been transformed into the striking hotel Chetzeron. The commitment to environmental responsibility began with that very idea: to breathe life into an abandoned gondola station rather than build anew. The materials were carefully and consciously chosen. The stone that covers the structure was sourced from a ski slope less than three kilometers from the property. Wild oak from the other side of the mountain, Bernese Oberland, was used. The furniture that comprises the cozy interiors was designed with the help of local Valaisan artisans. And energy-efficient systems were installed—including solar panels, natural ventilation, and a heat recovery system—eventually earning Chetzeron the Swiss Minergie-P label, which honors buildings with very low energy consumption.

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Architecture

The building was recovered and renovated, the exterior stone was recovered from three kilometers away, and the materials were sourced from local companies.

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Waste

The hotel limits food waste and the use of plastic, PET, paper, cardboard, etc. In the rooms, there are no coffee machines, kettles, tea sachets, or coffee capsules.

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Energy

The building is equipped with solar panels, pellet heating, heat recovery, and highly efficient glass wool insulation. Chetzeron has a Minergie-P label for buildings with very low energy consumption.

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Water

Water is taken from a dam a few kilometers from Chetzeron, stored in a tank, and filtered on-site. It is considered a precious commodity that is conserved as much as possible.

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Products & Produce

Food is sourced from local producers only. Materials in the rooms are also sourced locally, such as bedding and furniture. The Kaaita slippers are made from plastic bottles and can be recycled.

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Culture

The hotel works with regional artisans, exhibits the work of local artists, participates in cultural events such as the Vision Art Festival, and more.

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Recreation

Chetzeron promotes eco-friendly recreation via such labels as Food, Slow Food Travel, Swisstainable from Switzerland Tourism, Label Fait Maison, and more.

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Accessibility 

Guests are encouraged to use the Crans-Montana ski lifts to get to the hotel. When the lifts are not working, 4x4 vehicles must be arranged. Journeys are limited and a hybrid vehicle is used.

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Healthy Workplace

The hotel favors year-round contracts, though it is a seasonal establishment. Leadership encourages internal promotions.

Learn about our Conscious Hotel Principles

What is your sustainability philosophy?

With our construction, energy use, and proximity to our suppliers, Chetzeron is environmentally friendly and dedicated to promoting sustainability. This process began at the genesis of the project, as rehabilitating a disused building is already a commitment. The founding partners wanted local artisans to carry out the work to avoid unnecessary transportation and involve local businesses in this beautiful project. The desire to protect the environment, reduce our ecological footprint, and keep our carbon dioxide emissions low has been present since the beginning. Today, this desire is reflected in the choice of our suppliers, the dishes we offer, and our internal processes that aim to respect our planet as best as we can.

 

How do you forge a connection to the local community and cultural surroundings?

We work exclusively with local artisans, producers, and winemakers. We know them and establish a relationship of trust with them. In addition, we participate in local life and support events such as the “Vision Art Festival” or “Cirque au Sommet,” as well as local media such as “La Vie à Crans-Montana” for example. Finally, many of our customers are local residents and we engage in dialogue and establish personal relationships with them. Coming to Chetzeron allows them to escape from everyday life just a few steps from home.

 

What do you see as the biggest sustainability hurdle for hotels? How are you combating that?

The biggest challenge is to meet our customers’ expectations while respecting our ecological commitment. It is a real challenge to find the right balance. Also, communicating and explaining our choices is not always easy. Customers who are not aware of our commitment sometimes have misunderstandings. In fact, the biggest obstacle is the current mentality, which has not yet fully evolved. Even so, we are optimistic that the generations are evolving and moving in the right direction.

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