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Chef Francesco de Bartolomeis has run the Olden’s restaurants for over two years, offering Italian-inspired Mediterranean cuisine. His team of 22 cooks in winter and a dozen in summer serves 450 covers each day in high season, between all the hotel’s restaurants.
The Olden has one of the finest cellars in Gstaad. It contains around 350 different wines and some 14,000 bottles, including gems such as Petrus and Château Lafite Rothschild wines.
Gstaad became fashionable after the Second World War, particularly among Hollywood stars. Elizabeth Taylor owned a chalet there and was a regular visitor to the Olden, where she would drink Beaujolais with Richard Burton. Roger Moore, the third James Bond and a great fan of Gstaad, also fell for the Olden’s charms.
Hotel guests are cared for by a staff of 74 in winter and 33 in the summer season. The team represents five nationalities, including many Italian and Portuguese, and all have worked at the hotel for many years. The sommelier Franco Stella is the longest-serving employee, with 44 years of service!
The Olden is a luxuriously cosy refuge with a family atmosphere and, with only 12 rooms, is Gstaad’s smallest hotel. Its decor is inspired by the region’s traditional chalets, with authentic materials such as wood and stone, together with fabrics in a range of warm, natural shades.
by Odile Habel
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