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.