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
Badrutt's Palace is a very special place! The hotel itself is filled with history, rooms with unparalleled views, an excellent dining room, a fun bar, and spa/pool that looks out on the Swiss Alps. So you have all of these great physical attributes to Badrutt's that let you know that you are staying in a world-class resort. But honestly, what makes it great are the people who work there! Everyone is friendly, respectful, and very helpful. They genuinely want you to have a good time and are very proud of what the hotel and the St. Moritz community have to offer. If you truly want to get away from it all, need a break, Badrutt's Palace would be my destination of choice (again). By the way, this is not the first time we have stayed at Badrutt's and, if anything, it was even more enjoyable the second time around (we were personally more comfortable and knew what to expect). Don't miss going to Badrutt's Palace, you'll thank me for the recommendation. Regards, Gary B
Stayed for a short week of summer holiday with the family. Great experience throughout. Very friendly and attentive staff. Great facilities from the latest Technogym equipment in the gym to the new Pirelli bikes that you can use free of charge. Had lunch at the La Diala a few times. Vast selection of food from Arabic, to sushi, to local dishes. Were very happy with our room, a Beau Rivage Suite with a connected room for the children. Large living room and bath room, both offering great view of the lake. Great breakfast buffet. Will definitely be back.
Great room, great breakfast, and friendly staff.. definitely I will visit the hotel again .. if you like halal food then it’s the best place to have dinner. There was a chef from Jumeirah group he used to cock Arabic food