Easily the best hotel in or near Sion (it is located in Uvrier, about 5 km east) Des Vignes looks better now than on our first visit in 1992: the Romanesque architecture fits better with the matured landscaping; guestrooms have held up well, and a few subtle additions have made the stunning lobby even more inviting. The latter still features a shiny black grand piano, a 360-degree black granite fireplace and a view past the vineyards to Sion's twin fortresses.

It's hard to believe this is a small, family-run hotel. With that lobby, the immaculately tended grounds and gardens, and a perfect vineyard setting, Des Vignes at first glance looks the part of a luxurious four or five-star property. But it is owned and run by a congenial former teacher and wife, Pierre and Christiane Menegale-Duc, and there is no uniformed doorman or concierge. Relaxed, three-star ambiance all the way. Guestrooms are spacious but we offer the same mild criticism we did five years ago: the lack of comfortable furniture for sitting in some rooms. This is an excellent hotel in a great setting.

Street Address: 9 r du Pont
City: Sion a Uvrier
Country: Switzerland
Phone: 011 41 27 203 16 71
Fax: 011 41 27 203 37 27
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Quality: Rating: 4 stars
Value: Rating: 4 stars
Price Level: $$$-
Type: Hotel