St. Moritz, Switzerland
Iconic St. Moritz hotel Badrutt’s Palace is a much-loved hotel founded by Caspar Badrutt who was heralded as one of the inventors of alpine winter tourism when it first opened over 120 years ago. Today, the hotel remains the region’s most historic landmark and a grand-dame bastion of style – where generations have been meeting since 1896.
Rich in heritage and spilling with stories, the distinguished mountain resort houses 157 guest-rooms (37 of which are suites), all with spectacular views of the lake or the charming village centre. A neo-Gothic castle of towers, turrets and terraces, the hotel was designed by Chiodera and Tschudi. Ecclesiastic relics abound: antique benches once used by monks, dark oil paintings and huge antique chests, whilst Persian carpets, flock wallpaper and brocade-upholstered armchairs evoke a timeless charm in every room.
Home to eight on-site restaurants and three bars, guests can enjoy creations from world-class pastry chefs in the Grand Hall, Michelin-starred sharing dishes from IGNIV, timeless fine-dining at Le Restaurant and Japanese-Peruvian fusion fare at La Coupole. As night falls, guests can retreat to the Renaissance bar — the first vintage cigar lounge in continental Europe — for a nightcap, or enjoy after hours on the famed dancefloor at King’s Club. Moments away lies 1658-built Chesa Veglia, the oldest ‘peasant house’ in St Moritz, offering two further bars and three eateries.
Wellness comes naturally to this Swiss mountaintop village, with 300 days of soul-uplifting sunshine and exceptional air quality in the heart of the Engadin Mountains. The spa, Palace Wellness, boasts spectacular mountain views with extensive fitness facilities and a Wet Zone including hydrotherapy pool, ice room and aromatic steam rooms. Sitting at the foot of one of the world’s most exciting ski regions, the hotel also benefits from a close proximity to 350 kilometres of slopes and a myriad of winter sports opportunities including ice-skating, sledging, curling, horse-carriage trips and the electrifying Cresta Run. Come summertime, the Engadin Valley’s sun-soaked setting provides a restorative yet active atmosphere, with a vast array of activities on offer including fishing, hiking, biking, horse-riding, golf, kite-surfing and sailing on the lake, as well as a host of child-friendly activities and experiences for the hotel’s littlest guests.
‘It’s clear Badrutt’s Palace is a cut above the rest’
‘Badrutt’s Palace is the beating heart of St. Moritz… It’s pure classic luxury with tons of character and charm.’
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‘The most iconic hotel in the Alps’