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.
How to Get There
When you check into the Grand Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina, in the heart of the Engadine Valley, you get what you expect: 5-star service. Front Office staff is welcoming but not pretentious. Food and beverage outlets are majestic in terms of decor and offer gourmet specialties from the region along with stunning views of the Swiss Alps through huge windows. Refurbished guest rooms are tip top with up-to-the-minute amenities and modern decor and provide superior noise reduction insulation between rooms. The newly christened spa facility boasts a state-of-the-art fitness facility and swimming pool and sauna which are not to be missed. Staff is attentive to every whim and desire.
We stayed for a weekend and we received what we expect from a 5-star hotel; service! We had a lovely weekend, enjoyed the breakfast, dinners and spa and skiing. And again the spotless service. Only comment was the Friday dinner service. The waitresses were in constant fight and grumpy and a hectic service. The Saturday was however perfect. So a great weekend!
This hotels beats all I have stayed in. It is beyond Grand; it is an experience of the best kind. The Staff are tuned to ones every wish; they are professional in everything they do from the service in the restaurants to the service one requires when away from home. They are polite, helpful and well spoken: the list goes on.
The Spa is out of this world, exceptionally clean; modern and wonderful: one can really relax and spoil ones self in this atmosphere. The cuisine is fabulous; evening and breakfast. I personally experience a 'Master Chef' moment at dinner. This is not the last time I will stay at this hotel.
I stayed here for 2 nights and LOVED it. It is beyond gorgeous. Everything is perfect - the staff, the rooms, the beds, the linens, the views, the breakfast (amazing!), the gourmet dinner in the carnotzet, the spa/pool. Just everything.
I much prefer Pontresina to St Moritz. Trust me, this hotel is pure elegance and perfection. Swiss hospitality at its best.
It was our first time at the Grand Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina.
The staff was more than professional and always kind
The hotel very clean and elegant
Breakfast was amazing and full of all kinds of things
The Spa maybe among the best we have seen.
There is a vintage bowling right close to reception. We has so much fun
The concierge will help you find best trekking route up the mountains or around the area. We went up Muottas Muragl.
Thanks for the great time and see you soon!