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St. Moritz, Switzerland
by George Rosengarten
Location: Badrutt's Palace Hotel is located in St. Moritz in the area of Engadin in the Southern Swiss Alps and is part Corviglia-Marguns-Piz Nair ski resort with 350 km of ski slopes being one of the largest ski resorts in the Swiss Alps. Badrutt's Palace Hotel, the well-known symbol of St. Moritz, is set in the breathtaking surroundings of the Swiss Alps and embedded in more than a century of history, home to royalty, stars and sport lovers who value quality. Although St. Moritz received some visitors during the summer, the origins of the winter resort only date back to September 1864, when St. Moritz hotel pioneer, Johannes Badrutt invited guests from Great Britain to return in winter. This marked not only the start of winter tourism in St. Moritz but the start of winter tourism in the whole of the Alps. Still, St. Moritz has got the sunniest days in winter in the Alps and is known as ‘Top of the Alps’.
History: In 1864, Casper Badrutt, son of Johannes Badrutt, bought the Hotel Beau Rivage in St. Moritz and altered it to the today’s Badrutt’s Palace Hotel including the hall-mark tower. The official opening was of Badrutt's Palace Hotel was in 1896 and two years later the son of Casper Badrutt, Hans Badrutt took over the management. The historical house, Chesa Veglia, was purchased and converted in 1935/36. With the death of Hans Badrutt in 1953, the directorship was passed on to his wife Helen and her son Andrea Badrutt, who later, together with his brother Hansjürg Badrutt, took over. Since the retreat of the Rosewood group in April 2003, Badrutt’s Palace Hotel is a private hotel again. In 2004, the distinguished hotelier Hans Wiedemann took over as Managing Director and owner of two-thirds share of the hotel.
Rooms and Suites: Badrutt's Palace Hotel careful refurbishments in keeping with the historical foundations ensure that the 157 comfortable rooms and 37 luxury suites meet the high expectations which both guests and friends of Badrutt’s Palace Hotel have of a luxury hotel in St. Moritz. A symbiosis of luxury furnishings, timeless elegance and modern technology guarantee endless comfort and an incomparable atmosphere where every wish is catered for. Guests can soak up the views of Lake St. Moritz, the Engadin alpine landscape and the picturesque village while enjoying the attentive and individual service of Badrutt’s Palace Hotel’s team. In both summer and winter, staying in the legendary Badrutt’s Palace Hotel has always meant a holiday of the highest order. The popular 280 m² large Hans Badrutt suite was completed in 2003 together with the 250 m² large Helen Badrutt suite with marble bathrooms.
Restaurants and Bars: At Badrutt's Palace Hotel six exclusive restaurants are awaiting you. The ‘Le Restaurant’ which serves French cuisine and international cuisine, the restaurant ‘La Diala’ which offers a light Mediterranean cuisine, the restaurant ‘La Coupole/Matsuhisa@Badrutt’s Palace’ by Nobu is the latest addition from the 2014/15 season and the ‘Chesa Veglia’, the oldest farmhouse in St. Moritz, built in 1658, with three restaurants and two bars ‘Polo Bar’ or the ‘Carigiet Bar’ (in Winter only) will welcome you. The ‘Pizzeria Heuboden’ offers its guests original Italian classics. In the ‘Patrizier Stuben’ Swiss and international specialties await sophisticated connoisseurs and in the ‘Grill Chadafö’, which like the ‘Polo Bar’ is only open in the winter season, you can enjoy an elegant dinner. To enjoy a cigar after dinner at Badrutt's Palace Hotel the ‘Renaissance Bar’ is the right place to go or go for dancing at the hotel's ‘King's Club’ discotheque.
Apart from skiing the Corviglia
up the Alps behind
Badrutt's Palace Hotel
range from GBP 150 for a single room to 16,000 for a suite, including breakfast