St Moritz is one of the most stylish ski resorts in Switzerland, known for its wealthy clientele, expansive ski area and snow-sure altitude. Arguably, winter sports holidays were born here in the 1860s when hotelier Johannes Badrutt encouraged his British guests to visit in the winter. It’s no wonder that since then, St Moritz has hosted two Winter Olympics. Nowadays, visitors flock here in the winter, but many still enjoy its original summer pursuits of swimming in the lake and hiking, alongside the addition of mountain biking. We’ve selected the best hotels that this beautiful town has to offer.
One of the most beautiful hotels in the area, the stylish Giardino Mountain hotel consists of seven different traditional Engadine houses. A former girls’ boarding school, it has been beautifully renovated into a modern, classy place to stay, while still retaining the fascinating historical aspects that make it unique. For example, the former chapel, resplendent in white and gold, now hosts a celebrated two-Michelin-star restaurant, Ecco.
Spectacular views of Lake St Moritz characterise Soldanella, a family-run hotel just a nine-minute walk from the St Moritz funicular lift. Rooms are simple, if a little dated, but the super friendly staff and sumptuous buffet breakfast make up for this. Dine on local Swiss cuisine at the cosy restaurant downstairs, lined with bottles of excellent Swiss and French wine.
Located right in the centre of town, the charming Hotel Eden is an unpretentious, personal hotel full of character. With its incredible views of the lake and fabulous rooms, Eden does indeed seem to be an appropriate name. The stunning breakfast buffet is a sight to behold, as it is served on a converted, authentic horse-drawn sleigh from the Engadin region itself. The terrace offers wonderful views of the lake and mountains, from which guests can watch the famous White Turf horse races during the winter, or the sailing during the summer.
Grand in every sense of the word, the enormous five-star Kempinski Grand Hotel is the perfect place to stay for ski-lovers who want to sojourn in style. It is right at the foot of the renowned Hahnensee slope with direct access to the main gondola up the mountain. If the weather turns inclement, seek refuge in the luxurious on-site spa – there’s a heated indoor pool, sauna complex and indulgent spa treatments for aching muscles. Choose from four hotel restaurants, including the one-Michelin-star Cà d’Oro.
Welcoming guests since 1896, the beautiful, almost castle-like structure of Badrutt’s Palace Hotel fits in well with the craggy landscape and stylish town. The magnificent rooms transport guests to another world, uniting a 19th-century aristocratic feel with modern, convenient touches. Many rooms offer superb views over the lake, and it is possible to have breakfast on the lovely terrace that also overlooks the water. The restaurants provide great gastronomic quality, most notably Le Restaurant, a bistro that specialises in authentic French haute cuisine.
Providing five-star excellence for over 150 years, Kulm Hotel offers an authentic experience that caters to its guests’ every need. With its gourmet restaurants, piano bar and the largest bar lounge in the Engadine valley, as well as a spa and a number of children’s activities, the Kulm Hotel is the perfect place to wind down, whether after a long day of sporting activities or just relaxing in this mountain-shrouded paradise. Especially worth mentioning is the famous and intimate Dracula Club that has been running since 1974; it is one of the best spots to visit during the celebrated annual Festival da Jazz. It’s also the hotel where Johannes Badrutt (mentioned above) invited his English guests for their first winter break.
A modern, comfortable hotel, Hotel San Gian is in a great location for skiers, with the bus stop to Corvatsch directly outside the hotel. It is even possible to ski down from most of the ski areas practically straight to the hotel’s door. Dine at the hotel’s unusual Mongolian restaurant or opt for traditional Swiss classics – such as fondue – at the Viva restaurant. The hotel also offers free access to one of the best spas in the area, the Ovaverva Spa, which is right across the road.
You can’t get much better views of Lake St Moritz than this. Hotel Waldhaus am See is on the banks of the beautiful lake itself, meaning that almost every window of this unpretentious establishment offers stunning panoramas of the landscape, including the breakfast room. One of the most iconic aspects of this pretty hotel is its whiskey and wine bar. With 2,500 different whiskeys, it reportedly has the largest selection in the world and is an unmissable stop for any connoisseur. The wine cellar also boasts an extensive selection (though it seems modest in comparison) of 1,300 different wines from across the globe.
For over a century, the gorgeous Suvretta House has been welcoming guests into its luxurious hotel, which has a grand castle façade. With roaring fireplaces and stately, pillared rooms and chandeliers, this hotel transports guests to a world of near-aristocratic luxury. Marvel at the spectacular mountain views from the breakfast terrace. It is also particularly convenient for skiers, just paces from a ski lift, with an extensive spa and gym to boot.
A haven for those interested in art, Hotel Monopol is a boutique hotel that marries modern style with an authentic, traditional mountain chalet decor. Look out for the interesting artwork on the walls; regularly changing displays allow budding artists to show off their work. Make sure you pay a visit to the spa and sauna, which features a jacuzzi with fantastic views of the surroundings. This is only topped by the new St Moritz Sky Bar, ready for you to sip an Aperol Spritz overlooking the snowy mountain tops.
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Tucked away just off the town’s main avenue, Hotel Arte is a more modest, personal hotel than some of the grander, luxurious hotels in town. Its nine art rooms are quirky; each one is themed to represent a different country, including Japan, Australia and Mexico. There are also 20 studio rooms with new kitchenettes for in-room cooking. Attached to the hotel is a superb pizzeria, featuring authentic Italian cuisine, including thin-crust pizza and a particularly good tiramisu.