St. Moritz is no ordinary winter destination. Its alpine splendor is one thing, yet when you top it off with the world-renowned Swiss excellence, the mind wonders – is this the birthplace of luxury? And in a way it truly is. While the rest of the world is rushing to embrace the new, the old world cherishes its noble history and aristocratic roots; in few places, it feels as natural as here.
Sitting high in the Swiss Alps, St. Moritz is not just a winter playground known for spectacular views and pristine slopes – it’s a place where winter luxury has been carried over from a century ago in its most original and celebrated form. The town isn’t lacking in options and there certainly is quite a bit to choose from when it comes to 5-star hotels in St. Moritz that all channel historic significance and glamour.
Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski
Built in 1864 and steeped in history, Grand Hotel des Bains has been a long-time favorite for European high society. Originally it was a spa hotel due to the mineral springs in the area. The palatial-style building oozes magnificence from the moment you lay your eyes on it and the interiors follow suit. It doesn’t matter, really, which season it is – pulling up to the hotel, you cannot but pause in awe. Surrounded by gorgeous forested mountains that quickly turn into snow-capped peaks once the temperature drops, it’s remarkable how otherworldly and peaceful this place is despite its grand size. A style of service and hospitality that has been perfected through generations is ever-present. Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski is the only hotel in the area with direct access to the cross-country skiing site.
The grand hotel has 184 rooms and suites, as well as 27 luxury one-to-five-bedroom residences. The communal areas are spacious and a stunning mix of historic interior elements as well as contemporary chic. The rooms and suites are smart and luxurious, perfectly suitable for business and leisure trips alike. Muted color palettes are complemented by highest quality furnishings finished in stunning woodwork. It’s worth noting that this Kempinski property is also pet-friendly, allowing you to enjoy your holiday with your four-legged friends. With three gourmet restaurants – including the award-winning Cà d’Oro – and an on-site spa, everything you want is within easy reach.
With 160 years of history, Kulm Hotel is a St. Moritz legend still alive today. The hotel was present when St. Moritz became the epitome of winter luxury holidays and hosted the 1928 and 1948 Winter Olympics. So if there is one place that knows, how to do winter grandeur properly it’s Kulm Hotel. Located at the top of the resort, the place offers unmatched views of the vast lake and surrounding Albula Alps. With Michelin-starred dining options and interiors worthy of royalty, the levels of luxurious comfort don’t get better than here.
The interiors are a perfect mix of traditional and contemporary. High ceilings, chandeliers and plush red velvet sofas in the communal areas perfectly channel a timeless ambiance, while the rooms and suites are stylish and elegant with sophisticated furnishings; wooden elements and thick, heavy curtains for extra coziness. There are 172 rooms and suites altogether and the luxurious Lakeside view suites boast the best views in the hotel. There is an impressive number of five restaurants and three bars and the spa couldn’t be more fantastic – a pool with underwater music, an additional outdoor pool, several treatment rooms and a fitness area. The service is perfected to the highest level and you can expect absolute precision and discretion when staying at Kulm Hotel.
Clearly stated in its name, Badrutt’s Palace truly is nothing short of a palace. From its majestic Gothic exterior to grandiose interiors, the hotel is both timeless and classy. With a spectacular location overlooking the lake, Badrutt’s Palace offers absolute luxury and the best of St. Moritz to its visitors. Built at the very end of the 19th century in 1896, the hotel still features many of the original elements like furniture in the lobby and Italian art pieces. Yet there are tasteful contemporary additions creating a seamless blend between the old and the new. The hotel boasts an impressive number of restaurants – seven in total, including the Michelin-starred Igniv.
Palatial elements continue in the room and suite interiors too. While everything is dominated by a rather muted color palette, the furnishings and fabrics are luxurious and plush. Marble bathrooms are complete with standalone baths, rainfall showers and dressing tables. One of the most noteworthy suites in the hotel is the Hitchcock suite – the legendary filmmaker did stay here almost exclusively each year around Christmas time. It is worth noting that not all rooms have a balcony, but it’s certainly worth the upgrade – the views are impeccable. Badrutt’s Palace features one of the most spectacular mountain-view pools in the Alps – the oval-shaped pool complete with a granite diving rock and surrounding floor-to-ceiling windows is an absolute treat for the senses.
In comparison with some of the other hotels in St. Moritz, Carlton was a later addition to the five-star alliance in the region. Opening its doors in 1913 and welcoming its first guests over Christmas the same year, it was the fifth hotel in St. Moritz to offer unmatched excellence and luxury. To this day, it has retained its status as one of the finest establishments in the region. All of the hotel’s 60 suites overlook the lake providing a spectacular panorama and it’s worth noting – all suites also have balconies.
The interiors are the epitome of grandeur. Inspired by Russian tsars and imperial luxury, each room has a unique design complete with bespoke furnishings and a non-repetitive color palette. Berluti leather headboards, high thread count sheets, thick brocade curtains, marble bathrooms, Venetian stucco ceilings – do you feel like royalty yet? If not, it doesn’t take long in the Carlton to believe that you are. The staff is as excellent as the hotel itself and will make sure that you get the best St. Moritz experience during your stay.
As if St. Moritz itself wasn’t like something out of a winter fairytale, all it takes is stepping inside of one of the most charming five-star hotels in the region. Suvretta House has an irresistible old-fashion charm, masterfully adjusted to the modern day requirements. Boasting original features like timber floors and wood-paneled Grand Restaurant, Suvretta House embraces classiness in a way that feels authentic and apt. Having had decades to perfect the offer and understand visitors’ needs, Suvretta House is so much more than just a luxury hotel. With an in-house private ski school, equipment rentals, tennis courts and an outdoor ice-skating rink and a curling field, the offer is rich in every single aspect.
In total, the hotel has 181 rooms. Varying in size and style, these range from elegant and small singles to spacious suites with fantastic views. 44 rooms have balconies and it’s certainly a must during the summer months. The design is very sophisticated and tasteful without over-the-top design features. Instead, it’s all about high-quality materials, comfort and functionality. In a place like St. Moritz, it’s the landscape that does most of the talking and the interiors are designed in a way to let as much light in as possible. Bathrooms are remarkably well-equipped with walk-in showers, marble finish, dual basins and the softest robes you can imagine – exactly what you need after a day spent in dazzling white snow!