Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvedere
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes buffet breakfast
- Most rooms feature a balcony or a terrace looking out at the Swiss Alps
- International fare is served at Restaurant Belvédère and Bistro Voilá
- The indoor pool offers panoramic mountain views
What To Know
- Easy access to year-round mountain pursuits including skiing and hiking
- The hotel is a two-hour drive from Zurich
- Free WiFi
- A city tax of $5 (summer) and $6 (winter) per person will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Romeo and Julia restaurant is only open during the winter months
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Built in 1875, the Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère Davos is an elegant five-star retreat with stunning views of the Swiss Alps. Located in Davos Platz, the hotel combines Old World charm and luxe perks, and provides a handy base for mountain pursuits year-round. The spacious rooms start at 240 square feet, and most come with a balcony with alpine views. The bathrooms feature bathrobes and sleek black countertops. Wining and dining options include Restaurant Belvédère for fancy French fare and specialties from the surrounding Graubünden region, Romeo & Julia (closed in the summer months) for classic Swiss dishes in a rustic setting, Bistro Voilà for light bites on the sun terrace, and the Carigiet bar, an intimate drinking den with live piano music. After a day of navigating the slopes, hiking the summer trails or sealing a business deal (Davos plays host to the World Economic Forum every January), head to the wellness center to kick back in the Finnish sauna or take a dip in the heated pool, which has panoramic views of the Alps.
In the Area
At 5,120 feet Davos is Europe’s highest city and is a popular year-round escape for its vast array of alpine pursuits. In winter 54 ski lifts connect a huge network of slopes and cross-country trails, and in summer cable cars provide access to four hiking areas. Davos Lake has a swimming area and a sailing and surfing center. The Alpinum Schatzalp is a five-acre botanical garden that is home to high-altitude flowers from the Pyrenees, New Zealand, China, Nepal and Tibet. For an art fix head to the Kirchner Museum to see works by the German impressionist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Refresh with a brew at the Bier Vision Monstein, Europe’s highest brewery. Davos is a two-hour drive from Zurich and is the starting point of the Glacier Express, a scenic railway route that cuts through the Swiss Alps.
How to Get There
I booked two single rooms next to each other. While this wish was met, my room turned out to be fully renovated and almost comparable to rooms in other five star properties. It only lacked some personal touches like a coffee maker and/or free bottled water. The other room, however, was an old-fashioned room, by far not to the standard of my bed- and bathroom. Price however was the same. My friend was complaining for three days of the cold temperature in his room. He was told that they will look at it. In the evening of the third day they finally admitted that there was no hot water in the radiator. The tone the message was delivered was such that my friend had to assume that he was to blame for not figuring out the nature of the problem by himself . There was no formal apology, nor did they even consider refunding a portion of the room charge. An other problem was the entrance to the hotel. Granted that it snowed a lot while we were there, no effort was made to remove the snow on the walkway leading to the front lobby. Every time we left or came back to the hotel we had to stomp thru calf-high snow. During weekdays they had a chef preparing egg dishes during the breakfast hours. Oddly, on Sunday, when most people were in the breakfast room, the related cooking station was not staffed; plates were not available from the plate-warmer.Also on Sunday we wanted to take the hotel shuttle shortly after 7pm to a restaurant. We were told the shuttle was no longer running and that the driver had already left for the evening.I understand that the hotel was preparing for the WEF and that due to the challenges this event poses to a hotel one has to accept a number of inconveniences. In this case there were just too many and the lack of management attention to details big and small became more than obvious.
We stayed at this hotel for 6 nights on a ski vacation week during New Year. The location of the hotel is quite central, just 15 minutes walking to the village. However it is not convenient for skiing. In order to reach the ski areas you need to take a car or the shuttle bus of the hotel. The organization of the shuttle bus from the reception is a mess. We were never able to get an answer as to the times that the bus runs and even during one afternoon we had to wait for 30’ and finally take the public bus. If you are looking for a ski hotel, this hotel is not a good option.
The hotel is nicely decorated with comfortable and spacious areas. We stayed at a junior suite and it was very clean and as described in the website. Breakfast was delicious with lots of varieties. Swimming pool was ok but unfortunately due to a recent fire at the sauna and there was a smell of smoke.
In general this hotel didnot provide to us a 5 star service, at least during the week that we stayed. Maybe it was overbooked and the staff not enough. But the impression that we got was that the staff was tired and dissatisfied, from the reception to the waitresses during breakfast, even the cleaning ladies.
We found it overrated and quite expensive.
Congratulation for your personal. All the people was very kind and ready to assist any time .The Breakfast was really very good and the food was good quality .We are very satisfy from our staying. Our only friendly advice is to create a better entertainment program for children especially during Christmas period .The existing program even in the 31/12 was really very pure .Maybe for this period since we show many families is better to have a professional person to play with the kids .Also congratulation for the live program .The Partners was really very professional team .Over all we had a very nice experience and we got what we pay .We hope to visit again your hotel .We wish you happy new year
Great location with best staff. The breakfast is really good. We had dinner in the reataurant of the hotel and it was great as well. It was snowing all the time during our stay, magnificent view from the room.
Excellent reception, especially the lady checking me in on 22.09.2018 @ around 13.00. Unfortunatelly did't get her name. Room was tidy and clean. The a la carte restaurant waitors were polite and available. I would visit again or recommend the hotel to friends with no reservations.