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
All staff went above and beyond to make our stay exceptional. It never felt like we were asking for much, which speaks highly of the standard of service. The concierge was helpful, as were the desk staff. Kitchen staff were also accommodating to meet our dietary requirements.Very much looking forward to returning.
Never in my life have I experienced greater hospitality, respect, and luxury than at Badrutts Palace. The level of attentiveness and thoughtfulness to ensure guest satisfaction was on another level. The facility was immaculate, the staff trained to perfection, and the experience blissful. Badrutts made our family trip the best one we have ever had.
"5-star hotels" have nothing on Badrutts. If you ever go to St. Moritz, stay here. You will not regret it.
Absolutely first class. Amazingly attentive staff. The food was great but expensive as would be expected. Amazing afternoon chocolate bar. We loved the pool and its granite diving platform. My wife and I also really liked the coffee.
It doesn"t get better then this. The staff is wonderful. Always smiling and they make you feel like you are the only guests at the hotel. The views are spectacular from all locations. The rooms were outstanding. I cannot say enough good things about The Palace Hotel. It truly is a place fit for royalty. My only regret was that we didn't stay longer. Next time, and there certainly will be a next time.
This hotel went beyond our expectations...The service & staff were the best we have ever had at the many 5 star hotels and resorts we have stayed in...The hotel and rooms were beautifully designed...We had a fantastic view of the lake from our room...Breakfast and dinners in various restaurants were very good as well...
Thank you for making our visit the The Badrutt’s Palace Hotel so wonderful...