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 stayed at this palace in Feb 2018. I never finished writing my review but it was such a wonderful stay that even today I could tell you all about it. Firstly Badrutt's has plenty of reviews that give you enough reason to visit, but here what was memorable for us.
1.) The spa and the pool. Certainly the best pool and spa i have ever seen in a mountain hotel. We've been to quite a few high end ski resorts and this is by far the best. Expansive views sky high windows showing you mountains and snow everywhere from every corner of the pool. The outdoor hottub that your swim to from the main pool was so special, and yes its been done before but not in the barrett's way overlooking the valley.
2.) the service. Its a large Palace hotel that caters to some very HNW clients i imagine, but it was not stuffy at all. The concierge, the wait staff the breakfast team all genuinely cared about their guests needs.
3.) The breakfast. A incredible breakfast buffet in a magnificent ballroom over looking the valley with really high windows and great views.
4.) the rooms were small and at 900/night i did wish i had more space, but it was fine even though i had a whole lot of ski stuff we managed, and the balconies were a great convenience for some fresh air.
Everything was perfect the room (best view ever) the service (every person from the staff did his job super kindly and with the greatest smile on the face) breakfast was incredible think of something they have it... dinner at the kings club fun and delicious! The spa? A dream come true with Mountain View everywhere you turn! St Moritz is beautiful, best place to ski and staying at the Badrutt’s Palace made my weekend so special.
Oh don’t forget to visit the Raffaello Room a favorite of mine!
My experience at this hotel was wonderful. The personal was very kind and attentive. The room was kept very clean service was great. This was one of the best hotel I ever stood in. Will be going back loved this hotel.I had great experience with an employee name Sarah Emy she really helped me and my wife with anything I needed.
We stayed as a family in December. The hotel is beautiful - we had large adjoining bedrooms and the views from the dining areas and lobby were truly spectacular. They had lovely gifts for the children in the rooms and local tart for us, and a fun treasure hunt for the children that took them around various locations in the hotel/associated with the hotel. There were lovely members of staff, including the very helpful housekeeping staff. However there were a number of issues during our stay which should not be happening at a hotel of this level, ranging from inconsistent information about ability to cater to dietary requirements, to incorrect restaurant opening times and a concierge member of staff who was abrupt and dismissive.
The ski school attached with the hotel was fantastic - we had never been skiing, but we had booked family lessons through the ski school there and our instructor Paulina was perfect and very patient with our youngest daughter!! The hire of equipment was very efficient and the system set up was perfect for us.
I would also highly recommend the hotel restaurant Chesa Veglia - the service and food was excellent.
Please note the luggage transfer via the rail service worked very well for us - our luggage was transferred from Geneva to St Moritz and then from St Moritz to Zurich airport which made the travel with small children and lots of luggage much easier. We prebooked it prior to our travel to Switzerland via the Swiss rail website.
We went primarily for the beautiful location, hotel, and ski school - these parts met our expectations and more.
Me and my family fell in love with the Palace,
The service was just incredible, hotel staff was ready to deliver every request in a heartbeat.
everything was super smooth, the service at the ski room and restaurants. Concierge was very helpful,
We got a royal treatment from our first day to last.
If you go to St. Moritz, must stay at Badrutt's Palace
Thank you for such an amazing stay.