St. Moritz Hotels
27 Via Serlas
Tel: 41 81 837 11 00
Badrutt's is one of the hotels of Europe, a bastion of old-school luxury favored by celebrities and royalty since 1896. It calls itself a palace, but a better description would be a chalet fortress with Gothic chateau meets Art Nouveau styling. Guests pay (and pay plenty) for the right to use Badrutt's as their St. Moritz address. The 112 smallish rooms have no great presence, although the 47 additional suites are much more welcoming, with four-poster beds and flat-screen TVs that rise out of the furnishings at the push of a button. The Palace also offers plenty of distractions for guests who, if they ski at all, are not usually the type to attack the trails from first to last lift. It has four bars and seven restaurants, including Chesa Veglia and Nobu. In addition to a wellness center with an expansive spa, solarium, and health club, there are indoor and outdoor pools. Tennis is a popular summertime activity here. The hotel houses The King's Club, St. Moritz's key nightclub. In keeping with the resort's quaintly archaic ideas about propriety, jacket and tie are required in many public areas in the evening.
Open mid-June through mid-September and mid-December through mid-April.
11 Via Johannes Badrutt
Tel: 41 81 836 70 00
This five-star hotel does not have the same high profile as its rivals, but it could be considered the most luxurious. Originally built in 1913, this historic resort has re-emerged, after an extensive refurbishment, as St. Moritz's first true boutique hotel. Swiss interior designer Carlo Rampazzi has transformed the rooms into 60 suites (all with lake views) in a blaze of red, green, and orange, with giant leather headboards, antiques, and reproductions of the original 1913 carpets. Facilities include a spa with six treatment rooms; as well as two restaurants (the Romanoff and the new Tschine which serves Asian fusion dishes).
Open mid-December through early-April and mid-June through September.
14 Via Veglia
Tel: 41 81 833 31 37
A more relaxed and informal (not to mention less expensive) alternative to St. Moritz's surfeit of grand hotels, the Trivella family's little lake-view inn at the heart of Dorf, St. Moritz's central village, is a family-run joint all the way—from the clan's array of ski trophies in the lobby to the buffet breakfast served atop a 17th-century wedding chest. The hotel occupies a former patrician home (in a tip of the hat to irony, built by the founder of the Kulm Hotel), and its 22 rooms reflect that Swiss minimalist style of knotty pine and oak paneling, clean white duvets, and straight lines.
Open July through mid-October and mid-December through late April.
6 Via Dim Lej
Tel: 41 81 836 60 60
This comfortable three-star hotel lies in an elevated position above the village of Dorf. It has a sauna, steam room, solarium, and great views of Lake St. Moritz from its 53 cheerful bedrooms decorated in modern Swiss minimalist style with white duvets and pine furniture. Its three restaurants have a sound reputation for hearty mountain fare at reasonable prices, including the atmospheric Stübli which specializes in typical Swiss Alp favorites such as raclette (melted cheese, boiled potatoes, and dried meat) and fondue Chinoise.
27 Via Mezdi
Tel: 41 81 838 30 34
Soon after the concept of a Swiss Alp vacation became fashionable in the middle of the 19th century, St. Moritz welcomed this grand hotel—located next to the mineral spring that made it famous—in 1864. Overhauled by Kempinski in 2002, this elegant five-star resort, in Bad village, continues to draw the trendiest of the modern jet set. (Generally, the younger well-heeled clientele stays here, while the old-money old timers opt for Badrutt's, Kulm, and Suvretta House.) Rooms tend to be a bit larger than at some of the town's other luxe properties, and many feature beamed ceilings that contrast with amenities such as in-room Sony PlayStations. If you chafe at the haughty refinements and rules of St. Moritz's other five-stars, this is the place to book.
Open mid-June through mid-October and mid-December through late April.
18 Via Veglia
Tel: 41 81 836 80 00
The 183-room Kulm—opened in 1856 as the first of St. Moritz's five-star grande dames—is ideally located a short walk from the ski train to Corviglia mountain. More sedate than the trendy des Bains and over-hyped Badrutt's, the hotel's rooms and suites are decorated with fine fabrics and have the latest electronic wizardry discreetly hidden away. Some might find its attitude and dress code a bit old-fashioned—eveningwear and dinner jackets are required in public areas after 8 pm—but the level of service is unrivaled. A trio of restaurants and an indoor pool and spa, as well as the curling rink, nine-hole golf course (summer only), and famed Cresta Run, ensure the Kulm's popularity.
Open late June through early September, and mid-December through early April.
1 Via Chasellas
Tel: 41 81 836 36 36
Perched above a little forest in an area of private chalets about a mile west of St. Moritz's main villages (i.e. Bad and Dorf), Suvretta House has excellent views of the Engadine valley. The Belle Epoque castle has 189 rooms and suites, and shares some of the superior service, elegant modern decor, and chilly formality of its rival, the Kulm; including the bit about requiring gentlemen to wear a suit and tie in the evenings in the hotel's public spaces (though the Suvretta does have a lobby bar/restaurant where you can slouch in casual wear). The hotel has its own ski lift tied into the mountain network (it also stores the skis and entire winter wardrobe of regular guests), as well as an indoor pool, spa, and an elaborate children's program.
Open late June through late September and mid-December through early April.