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
Parking on site
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Opulent Alpine spa retreat with a chandelier-studded restaurant and spectacular mountain views at every turn
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.
Grand Hotel Kronenhof
Via Maistra 130
How to Get There
Flights are available to Samedan Airport (SMV) via connecting flights from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from Samedan Airport (SMV), about four miles away or Pontresina Railway Station about half a mile away are free in a private minivan for four to six people and can be arranged through the property. Please note Samedan is a private airport for charter flights. Alternatively, transfers to/from Zurich Airport (ZRH), about 131 miles away, and Milan Malpensa (MXP), about 208 miles away are approximately $836 each way in a private car or a mini-van for four to six people. Both can be arranged by the property. Taxis to/from SMV are approximately $52, each way.