While most of us aren’t traveling at the moment, it’s always inspiring (and a wonderful cure for the coronavirus blues) to have a list of must-see places at the ready for when travel resumes. One spot that you’ll want to have at the top of your list is Badrutt’s Palace Hotel.
With its old-world glamour, unparalleled service, renown restaurants and incredible abundance of amenities, Badrutt’s Palace Hotel stands out as the crown jewel property in Switzerland’s glitzy alpine resort town of St. Moritz. Read on to discover the top five reasons Badrutt’s Palace Hotel offers such a stellar stay.
Set in the iconic ski resort town of St. Moritz, Switzerland, Badrutt’s Palace lives up to its palatial moniker. St. Moritz’s top destination for the affluent crowd, the turreted, castle-like structure beckons to those looking for a five-star, ritzy respite from a busy day of skiing and shopping at high-profile stores like Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Centrally located on the town’s main street, the property also overlooks the bucolic Lake St. Moritz and awe-striking Engadine Valley mountains.
Opened in 1896, the hotel honors its storied past with grand, authentic wood-paneled rooms, marble statues, priceless artworks, towering ceilings and sitting rooms filled with antique, original furnishings. Try at least once to nab a table for afternoon tea by the massive picture window in the lobby lounge—the view of the lake and snow-capped mountains will take your breath away.
Badrutt’s Palace Hotel has two main operating seasons. In the winter, which is the hotel’s busiest time of year, the property caters to the well-heeled, winter-activity loving travelers. In summer, the pastoral Engadine Valley draws spa and alpine hiking enthusiasts.
Plush, luxurious rooms with large, inviting beds tempt you to sleep in and miss the incredible buffet breakfast at Le Restaurant. In line with their 19th century construction, the rooms tend to be on the small side but nonetheless capture the grandeur and elegance of the rest of the property. The white marble bathrooms feature luxe soaps and shampoos, heated towel racks and deep soaker bathtubs.
The hotel features 157 rooms, 37 of which are suites that come complete with butler service. Be sure to splurge and get a room with a balcony facing the mountains. A thoughtful feature on the balconies is a large plaque that provides a map of the surrounding mountain peaks and corresponding elevations.
Food and Drink
Badrutt’s Palace Hotel has a restaurant to match every palate with eight restaurants, three bars and the off-property Chesa Veglia. Sophisticated Igniv, overseen by celebrated chef Andreas Caminada, are the most coveted seats in the hotel. In Febrary of 2020, the restaurant, which serves creative small plates for sharing, was awarded its second Michelin Star.
Don’t forget to take a treat bag t0 go from Igniv’s popular “candy store,” which is filled with hand-crafted confections that guests are invited to take with them.
Another favorite with guests is The Restaurant, which offers a seemingly endless variety of food during the one-of-a-kind breakfast buffet, including fresh sushi, fruit, desserts, dozens of homemade breads and cheese and more. Unlimited champagne, a live harpist and floor-to-ceiling windows with mountain and lake views top off the breakfast extravaganza.
Chesa Veglia, off-site in a nearby centuries-old farmhouse, is an atmospheric delight with fondue and not-to-be-missed truffle pizza. Matsuhisa (set in what was once the first indoor tennis court in Europe) is an upscale cocktail and sushi bar with a Japanese-Peruvian menu.
The King’s Social House is one of the oldest nightclubs in Switzerland and serves up a flavorful menu of innovative dishes and devilishly good desserts.
Badrutt’s Palace Hotel goes all out in its amenity offerings and it’s no exaggeration to say that there is something for everyone. The signature amenity is the amazing spa and pool area that you reach through an underground tunnel.
The large indoor pool boasts floor-to-ceiling windows facing the mountains, as well as an automatic door that opens within the pool to lead you outside to a warmed, outdoor pool with equally stunning views (and much appreciated bar service). The luxurious spa has an impressive array of treatments, including après-ski and even children’s massages. The hotel also features a state-of-the-art fitness center and will arrange a personal trainer, Nordic walking session or a mountain bike ride for guests.
If exercising your wallet is more your style, you can wander around the hotel’s on-site, high-end clothing, footwear, jewelry and ski shops.
The solicitous service—with charismatic staff that somehow manage to be professional yet genuinely warm—is one of Badrutt’s Palace Hotel’s high points. The incredibly knowledgeable concierges can be trusted for the best under-the-radar shop and restaurant recommendations. They’ll also arrange a romantic or family friendly horse-drawn carriage ride through the surrounding countryside or (if you feel like going over-the-top) a ride in the hotel’s own Rolls Royce once owned by Queen Elizabeth.
Whether you’re traveling with kids, a couple of dogs, or both, all the staff are well-trained to respond to every need, including arranging a walk for your pooch or a day for your child at the hotel’s Kids’ Club.