St Moritz Hotels
where to stay
Although St. Moritz is considered “tres chic” by many jet setters, a wide range of accommodations and bargain packages can make a winter vacation here quite affordable. Not only are there luxury and first-class hotels (and condominiums), there are also comfortable budget hotels and even a modern youth hostel.
If at all possible, avoid staying in St Moritz Bad, down on the valley floor. This is an ugly suburban sprawl and, though cheaper, it simply does not provide the same experience as staying in St Moritz Dorf, as the main settlement is known.
St Moritz has no fewer than six five-star hotels, each with its own distinctive style. Badrutt’s Palace is the most famous and has the greatest social cachet.
The Kulm is perhaps the most staid and is the base for many of the St Moritz Tobogganing Club’s (as the Cresta Run organisers are known) activities. The Kulm Hotel offers elegant service and atmosphere. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, ice rink, bar with live music, and a children’s playground with a playroom.
The Carlton is the smallest of the six and has a more intimate atmosphere than the others.
The Suvretta House is effectively a self-contained resort. It has its own ski school and its own lifts that link into the Corviglia sector.
Giardino Mountain offers a spa as well as a nice restaurant – the Ristorante Ecco on Snow.
And finally the Kempinski has a wonderful view and offers luxurious spa services as well.
MID RANGE HOTELS
One of the better deals in St Moritz is a four-star hotel, the Steffani. It is less formal than the five-stars and it has a wonderfully central location. The Marky family works hard to cultivate a permanent party atmosphere among its guests. Hotel Steffani is a much smaller (130 rooms) and quieter hotel. Its use of natural woods, carved with regional decoration, gives it the feel of a rustic chalet. There’s an indoor pool and a fitness room.
Open all year, rates vary with time of year and type of room.
Schweizerhof is also a good four-stars hotel to consider. It has wellness facilities and a beautiful view.
Another good choice in St. Moritz is Hotel National. Not much to look at, the furniture is comfortable and informal. Some of the 40 rooms have private baths.
Switzerland’s student travel service operates two hotels in St. Moritz, Hotel Bellaval and Hotel Stille. You don’t have to be a student to stay at them.
SJH Stille is one of Switzerland’s largest youth hostels. There are 40 dormitory-style bedrooms, each with four beds, plus another 15 rooms with two beds each.