Badrutt’s Palace Hotel
What We Love
- Its prolific guest log: Alfred Hitchcock spent his honeymoon here
- A whopping 11 restaurants onsite
- Hot water bottles under your bed-sheets—part of the hotel’s turndown service
- The grand marble lobby doubles as the area’s most coveted see-and-be-seen spot
What To Know
- For children ages 3-12, the property offers a Kids Club
- Ski passes are included as part of the room rate
- The concierge can arrange for a glamorous Rolls-Royce transfer from nearby St. Moritz station
- All rooms and suites come with butler service
The slopes of the Engadine Valley, a rugged and remote corner of eastern Switzerland, have long been star-studded, attracting the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, and Aristotle Onassis. Their refuge of choice was always this palatial base camp, a fairytale-like display of picture windows, coffered ceilings, and marble busts. After a recent revamp, this St. Moritz fixture, which opened doors in 1896 (rumor has it that the enterprising founder promised his inaugural guests full reimbursement if they didn’t see snow), is now gilded with modern lilies like marble tubs in all guest rooms, an edgy glass façade for the indoor pool, and a Nobu Matsuhisa eatery sprawled out in a former tennis hall (Europe’s first of its kind). But if you think this glamorous ski resort turns sleepy and deserted in the summer months, it’s quite the contrary—this splashy Alps icon is an all-season star. There are barefoot hiking trails, including three in the neighboring village of Celerina; a celebrated jazz festival that runs from early July to August; and cruises (the hotel has 3 sail boats) along the iridescent waters of Lake St. Moritz.
In the Area
Snowy attractions aren’t just limited to the winter months here: the hotel now offers an all-weather glacier walk, reachable by cable car. Novice hikers shouldn’t miss the Muottas Muragl Panorama Trail, where the picture-perfect summit affords views of pretty Alpine lakes. Once you’ve soaked in the area’s countless natural attractions—local peaks, like Piz Nair and the Corvatsch can be accessed by the reliable Engadine mountain railway network—take the ten-minute drive to Switzerland’s first vertical spa in the village of Samedan, which promises many breathtaking open-air soaks—much-needed therapy after a day on the slopes.
How to Get There
Without a doubt the best hotel experience, which is why we’ve been returning every year since we first visited.
Giuseppe at concierge has the most warm welcoming character, and makes sure never to say no to any query.
The hotel is so kind, that a couple of times when we were not able to make the non refundable reservation, they completely let it go and refunded us.
Badruts palace service is on another level.
The only thing perhaps that is needed, is a little brightening and uplift of the lobby in the night time.
I stayed here early March attending a meeting in the beautiful Swiss alps. The hotel is very unique and located with stunning views over St. Morritz.
The service is impeccable and the staff is truly amazing ambassadors of this historical property.
I would definitely return.
Ever thought about an excellent service? This is the place. The service is the best I've experienced. Polite, smooth, smiling, but never forced. Truly genuine. Top reception-, top concierge-desk. However the service is not the only amazing aspect; the whole hotel; rooms, restaurant, public areas are amazing. Traditional, elegant, spacey. Loved every single peace of it. Highly recommended.
My girlfriend and I have visited Badrutt’s Palace in March 2018 for two nights, and we could not have enjoyed it more. We arrived in St. Moritz by Glacier Express (can recommend!) and were greeted on the platform by a lovely member of staff from the Badrutt’s Palace who assisted with our bags and took us with one of their Rolls Royce up to the hotel. This is just one example of the outstanding service we have encountered staying in this place!
We have enjoyed both dinner times at Chesa Veglia, one in the Patrizier Stuben, one at the Pizzeria Heuboden. The attention to the service and the quality of the food in both restaurant were on a very high level, and we can absolutely recommend going there on your visit to St. Moritz.
At the hotel we particularly liked the Spa, who features both an inside and outside pool and faces the lake and the mountains. This magnificent view we were also able to appreciate from our room with balcony. The room features great bathroom amenities and a very special bathtub!
We decided to go skiing one day, and the concierge took great care of our skis that were predelivered to St. Moritz, storing them in the hotel own ski shop downstairs and getting them ready for the slopes with a service on our equipment.
To sum up, Badrutt’s Palace is a wonderful microcosmos in the heart of St. Moritz that provides the highest standard of service and has everything one could imagine to need. A big thank you to the whole Team at Badrutt’s Palace, it has been a pleasure.
The hotel and setting was fabulous. Breakfast was a treat and staff exceptional. Skiiing very convenient. Only negative was lack of a decent bar in the evening. The lobby is beautiful in the mornings but dull at night. It could be a beautiful area to sit in and sip a night cap with the addition of a few lamps and a corner set up as a bar. The actual bar has tired and dowdy decor and was full of cigar smoke on the evenings we sat there.