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
We had only one night in September, en route to the Glacier Express, and wished we could have taken the Palace with us! We've stayed in many a hotel and this was over-the-top in every way, from the staff to the breakfast.
When you're picked up at the train station by uniformed Giuseppe in a Rolls Royce, it just sets the tone for the entire stay!
While we are clearly not high rollers, the staff gave us high class treatment, especially in ensuring we had everything we needed in our room.
Room 701 was just lovely, with a chandelier, little balcony with views of the lake, great amenities, complimentary munchies, spacious bathroom with tub and shower.
Most Swiss hotels provide free local transportation cards with two nights stay. We asked for a pass to go up the lift to Piz Nair even though we were only there one night, and they generously complied.
Breakfast: OH MY! We were stunned by the lavish variety, and we didn't even know you could order from a menu in addition to the buffet. If we didn't have a train to catch, I would have just eaten myself into a delightful stupor in the shadow of the mountains.
I was about to squirrel away a few items for our long train ride when I was told they provide "to go" boxes!! What other hotel does that?
Upon checkout, they gave us a gift of chocolates, which my mother reported later as the best of many we brought back from Switzerland for her!
We got all this for $352 US, due to off season, I presume.
We weren't taken with St. Moritz, but we were captivated by the Palace. Thank you!
The staff was very courteous and professional. This hotel was pricey, however, the cost was worth it. Strongly recommend because it provides services and amenities that you cannot get at any other hotel. In truth, the experience was beyond excellent.
Amazing hotel, great service, perfect building, wonderful room, great Spa,impeccable spa and pool staff, the best concierge ever, the most helpful and kind front desk!! Indeed Badrutt Palace is the place to be for all seasons! Last but not least, wonderful restaurants inside the building, and also Chesa Veglia, the place to be! We are so looking forward to going back!!!