St. Moritz, Switzerland
Badrutt's Palace Hotel
Legend on the Lake
What it is
An 1896 icon with 156 ornate rooms (each one with a lake or village view), plus an ayurvedic spa and highly Instagrammable indoor and outdoor pools.
What it isn't
Peckish. Five toothsome restaurants here include everything sceney Veranda, an al fresco spot overlooking the lake and surrounding Alps, and Gelateria Palace, where Chef-Pâtissier Stefan Gerber’s housemade (daily!) ice creams and gelatos are worth waiting in line for.
What we think
Audrey Hepburn was here. Marlene Dietrich and Alfred Hitchcock, too. Globetrotting cognoscenti still flock to Badrutt’s Palace today (and not just because their fleet of Rolls Royces include one that belonged to Queen Elizabeth). Every moment is a Swiss fever dream sprung to life, from the horseback rides at Engadin River Ranch to the ice skating on their perfectly maintained rink. Guest rooms are timelessly beautiful, with twinkling crystal chandeliers and golden gilt accessories. Because starter rooms can feel a little snug (starting at average 226 square feet), unless you’re traveling alone we’d recommend splurging on a Deluxe Junior Suite, with a much bigger floor plan at average 517-square-feet, including a separate sitting room that peeps out on either bustling St. Moritz village or Via Serlas—a.k.a. The town’s answer to Rodeo Drive.
You're here because
The more than centuries-old hotel will be happy to let you host a party, or even a romantic dinner for two, in their “secret places”—hidden, subterranean-feeling wine cellars not open to the public. Cue the truffle fondue!
After a refreshing dip in the hotel’s mountainside indoor infinity pool, complete with a waterfall and even a granite rock you can dive from, you’re ready to treat yourself at the spa. On the docket: an Alpine salt crystal body scrub and oxygen facial. Heaven.
Restaurants & Bars
Chesa Veglia Pizzeria Heuboden - original brick-oven pizzas and Italian specialties in the warmth of the former hayloft of this 1658 Engadin farmhouse
Chesa Veglia Patrizier Stuben - traditional Swiss cuisine, including locally sourced vegetables, fish, meats and an international wine list.
Chesa Veglia Grill Chadafö - French cuisine like foie gras and classic grilled meat and fish from the building's original stone oven *
Le Restaurant - French haute cuisine and international specialties, Fine dining
Le Relais - guests may order whatever they feel like having - regardless of whether it's on the menu.
La Diala - light, fresh, healthful menu, ideal for dining with small children.
La Coupole-Matsuhisa by Nobu – imaginative fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisines by Japanese star chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa*
IGNIV- IGNIV means "nest" and for celebrated chef Andreas Caminada, that stands for spending time together and an innovative take on small plates for sharing. 2 Micheline stars *
King’s Social House - Jason Atherton’s modern interpretation of classic bistro fare, as it is known in Paris and London. An exciting restaurant, bar and nightclub concept. *
Le Grand Hall - Experience Badrutt's Palace at its most glamorous over afternoon tea, or champagne and caviar, all accompanied by a live pianist.
Paradiso Mountain Club & Restaurant - located on the Corviglia mountain area, you can enjoy cozy mountain dishes and great cocktails surrounded by nature and stunning views.
Renaissance Bar - An attractive choice of the finest cigars in the world, whiskey and the lounge’s inviting ambience will set every aficionado’s pulse racing.
Bar Cariget in Chesa Veglia – The historical ambience of this bar offers the perfect setting for a wonderful evening.*
Bar Polo in Chesa Veglia - The waiting time at Patrician Stuben or one of the other two Chesa Veglia restaurants can be easily bridged at this charming bar.*
*only open in winter
Just a couple blocks from the ski slopes that have hosted two (!) Winter Olympic Games, and a quick stroll from the hotel’s outpost Chesa Veglia, where three restaurants are built into a storybook 1685 farmhouse.