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Meet the “Big 5” in St. Moritz

The Kulm Hotel welcomes you at its splendid lobby
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St. Moritz offers different types of accommodation such as hotels, chalets and boardinghouses. Since staying in St. Moritz is never cheap, you may want to switch towards the neighbouring resort such as Samedan or Celerina in order to find a greater selection of moderately-priced hotels. But, if you’d like to experience ultimate luxury and top class accommodation, then you’ll love St. Moritz’s deluxe hotels.


For centuries, St. Moritz was known for the healing power of its spring water which attracted visitors to come especially during the summer months. However, tourism didn’t start until the 1830’s when the first skiers appeared in the Upper Engadine region. Thirty years later, the St. Moritz pension owner Johannes Badrutt brought a group of upper-class English people to town who ended up being so overwhelmed and enthusiastic that it triggered off a whole flood of tourism. The rich and famous, royalty and jet set people also discovered St. Moritz and it became their frequent retreat for luxury vacations. 


There are five 5* hotels in St. Moritz which are also called the “Big 5”. They are long-established and each one of them has a unique ambience and offers the best of everything. Among the town's top deluxe hotels are the Kulm Hotel, which was the first grand hotel in St. Moritz and built in 1851. With spacious guest rooms, a splendid ambience with 19th century charm and all modern conveniences, this five star luxury hotel is a safe choice.  Badrutt’s Palace Hotel also ranks among the top luxury accommodations of St. Moritz. Ever since opening in 1896, it’s been a favourite for celebrities, royals and jet setters because it offers the best of everything; perfect service, any luxury imaginable and breathtaking views of the alpine and lake landscape. At Badrutt’s Palace you find 7 restaurants, 4 bars, a spa and health club, 2 heated pools and 4 outdoor tennis courts. What else could you ask for? High on a sunny hill and only minutes away from the centre of St. Moritz lies the Carlton Hotel; also a 5 star house that has about 60 luxury suites that all face the lake and the Alps. The view is simply spectacular. The other two hotels that rank among the “Big 5” are the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains and the Suvretta House.


If you look for a moderately-priced hotel in St. Moritz, we recommend the Hotel Languard or the Hotel Waldhaus am See. Hotel Languard, once built for the owner of the grand Kulm Hotel, today is in an excellent location just off the town’s main street. This family-run garni-hotel (meaning it serves just breakfast and no other meal) provides a real Swiss and familial atmosphere. The Hotel Waldhaus am See (Forest Home on the Lake), a castle-like building that was once a tavern, is idyllically situated on the lake. It is one of the few hotels of St. Moritz that remain open year-round. Besides comfortable rooms and great service, this hotel also offers a big sheltered sun terrace that’ll spoil you with a grand view of the lake.



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