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
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!
We enjoyed 2 nights in “La grande dame” with an excellent breakfast buffet, piano gourmet dinner and a classy bar. Top service and a great spa to relax after one of the hotel’s recommended hike in Pontresina. Treat yourself!
Amazing food and service. We made a reservation for my wife's 60th birthday in their gourmet restaurant. We were the only reservation that night but they kept it open for us. Gen manager even stopped by to wish her a happy birthday. Great advice from the staff, even if it did vary on occasion. Impeccable service. Stunning location.
Once again, a beautiful weekend.
I cannot praise staff of Grand Hotel Kronenhof enough - we returned to Pontresina for a quick autumn break and what a great weekend it was. The food, the SPA, the room! I absolutely recommend a room in the new wing for the modern luxury and to get a half-board holiday to not only enjoy the very good breakfast buffet, but also the gourmet dinners! We were hoping to get one of their infamous buffets. Each day of the week is different and on Saturday we were lucky to have desserts buffet after main dinner.
SPA - amazing as usual. Sauna experience at 6pm every day is very special!
Personal touch - knowing that I enjoy ironing, we had an iron and an ironing board in the room waiting for us on arrival. Not every hotel is that attentive to its guests' needs!
I hope to will be back!
We had a single night at Grand Hotel Kronenhof in a superior room and it was an unforgettable experience. From the moment you arrive, you really feel that the service is top-notch and very friendly with extremely attentative staff.
Every detail in the hotel is of very high standard and nothing is left to chance. We ate in the Grand Restaurant. The food was delicious and again the staff very attentative and friendly. Remember to bring a dinner jacket and suitable clothes as there is a dress code (elegant, gentlemen wearing jackets).
The spa area is fairly new with great facilities and a wonderful view.
We will definitely be going back for a longer stay in this beautiful hotel!