Grand Hotel Kronenhof
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast and access to the spa
- Gorgeous neo-Baroque interiors (wood paneling, chandeliers, original ceiling paintings)
- Treatments at the award-winning spa use bioactive products from the Swiss Alps
- Two fancy fine dining restaurants plus an alfresco terrace for laid-back lunches
What To Know
- Free shuttle to/from the local train station
- Pontresina is 130 miles from Zurich Airport (ZRH); the domestic Samedan Airport (SMV), which serves the Engadin valley, is four miles away
- Excellent outdoor activities (hiking, biking, skiing) on the doorstep, but not much in the way of nightlife
- The Grand Restaurant is just as it sounds, with a strict jacket-and-tie dress code
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In the tiny village of Pontresina, in Switzerland’s Engadin valley, the Grand Hotel Kronenhof is an opulent Alpine retreat with postcard-pretty views of the surrounding glaciers. Swiss-owned since 1898, it has neo-Baroque interiors (think cherubs on the ceiling and elaborate stucco work) that are indicative of this hotel’s long and impressive history. Dark pine panels, so typical of 19th-century Swiss style, create a warm welcome, and panoramic windows offer dramatic views at every turn.
Bed and Bath
With cherrywood-paneled walls and huge windows, the guestrooms have a luxe log cabin feel. Fling open the windows for a breeze bearing the scents of the Alps (Swiss pine and other evergreens). The Standard Rooms are located in the Ganzoni wing and overlook the inner courtyard; Deluxe Rooms feature comfy chairs and a sofa; most have a balcony or terrace. The small touches — a generous fresh fruit bowl, underfloor bathroom heating, full-size L’Occitane products and a powerful walk-in shower — are indicative of the Kronenhof’s attention to detail.
The hotel has two fine dining restaurants: the aptly named Grand Restaurant, which has lavish ceiling paintings and sparkling chandeliers, and the cozy, wood-paneled Kronenstübli Restaurant, a gourmet spot that serves classic French and Italian dishes. For laid-back lunching, have a light Swiss bite on the terrace at Le Pavillion. Finish the night in the lounge bar, where you can listen to live piano music every night from 9 p.m. The award-winning Kronenhof Spa is a health haven with a large glass-fronted indoor pool with views of the mountains, a Bio Sauna scented with essential oils, a saltwater grotto and a flotation room with underwater music and calming wave projections. Indulge in a therapeutic massage using Alpienne products, a product range with bioactive ingredients including honey, propolis, arnica and marmot oil.
In the Area
The surrounding area is a hiker’s paradise, with a 360-mile network of idyllic trails. The friendly staff at the hotel can give you well-informed recommendations, whether you’re after a casual walk, a romantic stroll, a family outing or an ambitious climb. The Kronenhof’s sister hotel, the Kulm, is 10 minutes away in neighboring St. Moritz, and a spa or dinner reservation can be easily arranged. There are 18 mountaintop restaurants nearby; ask the concierge about discounts. And it’s worth mentioning how surprisingly close to the Italian border the property is. The Valtellina region of northern Italy, famous for its wines, is an hour’s drive away and perfect for adding some unexpected variety to your Swiss adventure.
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This hotel is one of the best hotels in the world.Everything is perfect like a swiss clock!!! The staff is amazing.Very polite friendly and helpful.Great breakfast and great food.Personally I reccomend halfboard stay.And as a beautiful hotel the swimming pool is very nice and unique.High quality and high service.
We have tried various hotels in the St Moritz region but this is the best 5star hotel in our view.
The Kronenhof has a great and long history but does not feel stuffy or 'old' at all. It has a fresh, young feel, I guess mostly to do with the enthusiastic and cheerful reception staff.
Service is the key strength of this hotel, making our family with two kids feel really welcome. We were particularly impressed with the concierge team who helped us with dinner reservations elsewhere in a very pleasant and unobtrusive way.
Dinner at the hotel was a daily highlight too. We had a half-board arrangement which was really good value. The quality of the food was outstanding, among the best I've had at any hotel. And service was 'old-school' but in a very positive way. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
We will book again for our ski holidays next year!
The hotel was not so charming at the first sight because the entrance is smaller than I expected . However , once u stay here, u may fall in love with it .
They give guests fruit basket, and they change fruits every few days , they also put free candies , free bottles of water etc on the table.
Children can enjoy free ice cream , free hot chocolate etc here too.
It is not as crowded as those hotels in St. Motriz I always enjoy quiet moment and relax at every corner of the hotel . Eg pool side , bar , lobby lounge etc.
It’s located in a small village .
ski shop is only 3 mins walk from the hotel , the shop keeper there are very friendly , ski school only 5 mins walk and the staffs are helpful and kind too.
I am impressed of the quality of the staffs of this hotel. Eg.
The reservation lady : Ann Kathrine , she answered my question very detail and prompt .
The best and friendliest driver : Axel and Angel. Axel is just like those Best butler in Hollywood movie
And Smart and the kindest Concierge : Daniel , Ivan etc... too many that I can’t remember all
Everyone are all very professional and took care of my family very well.
I know I missed some names as everyone is doing great in this hotel .
Breadfast is included and it’s excellent . I love the cheese selection( I posted it here) . Cappuccino is very nice. Carrot juice is super ! Tea selection is great! Salmon and shrimps is very fresh . Fruits are better than many hotels , everything is fresh !
Pool is clean although the design is a little out dated but very comfortable and classic . View is amazing and unbeatable !
Spa and indoor jacuzzi is excellent and not crowded.
Restaurants are great and food quality is very high.
Room is clean although noting special , mattress is very comfortable .
If guests prefer to ski at St Motriz . They can drive u there. It’s only 10 mins from the hotel . Or can go other ski area nearby too. Just ask the reception to arrange it before.
The hotel offer free ride to and from the train station and nearby ski area
Half board guests can go to The Kulm hotel to use their dining credits . Also can use The spa and pool of the Kulm hotel . Recommended to book any restaurant-at Kulm hotel before trying their spa . As they won’t offer u ride back if u don’t spend money there.
Recommended level b 1 room , nicer corridor or high floor that facing the mountain as the swimming pool .
I love the stay here in Grand hotel Kronenhof . Everything is wonderful .
My whole family had great wonderful time here!
Great spa and swimming pool in hotel! A lot of saunas and chilling rooms.
Best massage in my life made by Immanuelle! Great work! My muscles suffered from skiing. He rebuilt my body!!! Great sport massage! Thank you for having Immanuelle, dear Kronenhof
Excellent in every way. Incredible view, very good service and a menu typical of the Swiss ski resorts. I had chateaubriand steak shared with a friend and we drank Swiss red wine. It is expensive but this is to be expected of Switzerland where meat and alcohol are expensive, especially in their famous holiday resorts.