The alpinist’s mecca of Pontresina is flanked by the towering Bernina massif and surrounded by stupefying views of ice-capped peaks. The most magnificent, Piz Palü and Piz Bernina, loom in the distance and beckon adventurous climbers.
But there’s much more to Pontresina than mountain climbing; the cute alpine village boasts traditional stone brick houses and charming Belle Epoque hotels. Time-worn churches and insightful museums are peppered around town, and there are several forested hiking trails through the Roseg Valley to explore.
During the winter, you can arrive at the ritzy ski resort of St. Moritz within 10 minutes.
Transferring from the Samedan Airport will also take 10 minutes. If possible, take the Rhaetian Railway (RhB) from Chur instead, which is widely regarded as among the best train rides in Europe.
Rooms & Suites:
Grand Hotel Kronenhof is the only five-star superior hotel in town and has become a local icon for its grandiose design.
The 112-room hotel divides into four unique room types, which host a total of 350 guests. Ask for an interconnected room if you’re on a family trip.
Despite its old-world elegance, the heritage-listed building comes has all the high-tech amenities you could hope for. Plush granite ensuites, integrated entertainment, and glistening hardwood floors add a touch of modernity to the classic décor.
In 2016, renowned architect Pierre-Yves Rochon renovated a few of the junior suites, some of which have luxe south-facing spaces with private balconies overlooking the Roseg Glacier.
The bigger suites feature a unique interior design with an array of lavish fixtures and furnishings.
Pool & Facilities:
The Grand Hotel Kronenhof boasts one of the best spas in Engadine, a sprawling 2,000 m2 facility that attracts wellness aficionados from around the country. Facilities include: a saltwater grotto, a stone grotto steam bath, a water in motion pool, two Finnish saunas, a Kneipp footpath, a bio sauna, a solarium, and a relaxation room.
Skilled therapists and beauticians do tailor-made sessions in the massage rooms and salons. For a proper good workout, head to the well-equipped Technogym instead.
If you fancy a secluded wellness fix, simply book yourself a two-hour session at the Private Spa Suite. Relaxing in the hydro jet tub, snoozing on the water bed, and indulging your senses in a natural salt body scrub are par for the course at this intimate experience.
Food & Drinks:
You’ll have three mouth-watering gastronomic establishments to choose from at Kronenhof, ensuring you’ll feel satiated and satisfied throughout your stay.
Located in a beautiful neo-baroque chamber, the Grand Restaurant serves all your favourite international and Swiss dishes. Maître d'Hotel Sergio Ciccarone is known far and wide for his exceptional hospitality.
For gourmet cuisine, check out the 16-Gault-Millau-point restaurant Kronenstübli, where refined French and Italian degustation menus are to die for. Head chef Fabrizio Piantanida’s signature specialty, Canard à la Presse, is especially divine.
Le Pavillon serves nibbles like local specialties and cheese fondue in a scenic outside setting with views of the Val Roseg glacier. Skating around its picture-perfect ice rink is a memorable way to work off any excess calories.
The hotel organises private dining experiences in unique locations on request.
Epochal enchantment and old-world grandeur make the Grand Hotel Kronenhof idyllic for an opulent event. Jet setting socialites and Fortune 500 corporations alike adore its lavish facilities, which host anywhere from 2 to 400 guests.
You’ll get free access to the Kulm tennis courts, the Kulm Golf St. Moritz, and the ice skating rink as part of the deal. Tailor made yoga and Pilates are available on request.
The Grand Hotel Kronenhof caters for kids. The in-house kid’s restaurant, Rondelle, serves child-friendly fare, and there’s a nanny service for children over three. The Krönchen Kids Club entertains the little ones with arts and crafts and age-appropriate games, while teenagers can make use of the table tennis, billiards, console gaming, and bowling facilities.
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