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
Fantastic breakfast, very attentive staff, beautiful views from the terrace and the room. Also I want to especially commend Alexandra from the reception who went above and beyond in looking after us during our stay. We are more then grateful for her kindness and professionalism.
I am definitely coming back to this beautiful palace!
Laly and Mariana
This place is absolutely berfect from A to Z. I was surosued bumy the price of a simple bottle of water which is expensive, but we'll, you're paying for the quality and the excellent service. I've stayed there for approximately 10 days and had the best time! The spa is beautiful and super clean, the housekeeping service is on point and the food is to die for as is the view from the restaurant.
Probably one of the best places to stay for your skiing holiday. As regular annual guests over the last 18 years, we stayed in standard rooms, modern suites, and both of the Helen and Hans Badrutt suites - both with stunning views over the lake below.
Frankly, we never understood why anyone would bother going to any other hotel for the skiing season, when there is the Badrutt’s.
Service and facilities are so much up to 5 star standard that it is hard to imagine what competitors would be able to offer as an alternative.
That is why we kept coming back for all those years.
The Badrutt’s speaks for itself and so does its list of famous guests over decades.
Amazing stafff amazing food! Altogether its the best!
The view and the stay is to die for!
It is just on the shore of the frozen lake! The white turf race is amazing site to see.
Also the swimming pool is breathtaking!
Fantastic breakfast, great spa after wholeday skiing with an cold water tub , special mention to the staff at the ski rent:-)) and the consierge. not to mention the ride to the trainstation with Rolls Royce.