The postcard-perfect mountaineering hub of Pontresina affords views of the looming Bernina massif, whose ice-capped peaks tempt intrepid climbers to summit. Though Pontresina isn’t just about scaling lofty heights, for the secluded alpine village boasts beautiful Belle Epoque hotels and quaint Engadine stone houses to explore. Hiking through the forested trails of the Roseg Valley or skiing down the exhilarating runs of St. Moritz are other popular pursuits.
A taxi from Samedan Airport takes only 10 minutes. If possible, however, opt to arrive on the Rhaetian Railway from Chur, one of the most scenic routes in Europe.
Rooms & Suites:
The 112-room hotel has four unique room types and can host a total of 350 guests. Most rooms can be interconnected to cater for families.
The posh heritage-listed hotel comes with a timeless interior design. Shiny hardwood floorboards and sparkling granite ensuite bathrooms reside in every room, while elegant antique furnishings add a historic air.
Celebrated French architect Pierre-Yves Rochon designed some of the luxe junior suites, a few of which feature panoramic south-facing balconies that afford awe-inspiring views of the Roseg Glacier. The larger suites have been individually decorated in an enchanting old-world style and have ample space to stretch out.
Spa & Wellness:
The sensational Kronenhof Spa is the highlight of the hotel, a soothing 2,000 m2 oasis that’s among the finest wellness centres in Engadine. A whole host of exquisite aquatic therapies are available to calm the body and soul: a stone grotto steam bath, a Kneipp footpath, a solarium, a bio sauna, a water in motion pool, two Finnish saunas, and a saltwater grotto.
If you’d rather some hands-on therapy, make a beeline for the treatment centre where a team of highly-trained professionals will spoil you with a rigorous massage. In the salons, qualified beauticians use top of the line cosmetics and state-of-the-art techniques to get you looking your glamorous best. A high-tech Technogym is also on offer should you fancy a high-intensity workout.
Perhaps its greatest asset, however, is the setting. Many of these divine therapies take place under the shadow of the ice-capped Bernina massif–an inspiring backdrop for an unforgettable wellness holiday.
If you don’t feel like sharing, book yourself a divine pampering session at the Private Spa Suite instead. Over two bliss-inducing hours, you can pamper your core in the hydro jet massage or a natural salt body scrub–and without a single other person in sight.
Food & Drinks:
Grand Hotel Kronenhof has three exquisite culinary venues:
Kronenstübli is the place to go for gourmet dining, which its impressive 16 Gault Millau points can attest. Refined French and Italian degustation menus make for a lip-smacking meal, the highlight of which is the signature dish: Canard à la Presse.
The Grand Restaurant offers international and Swiss dishes in a charming old neo-baroque vault. Maître d'Hotel Sergio Ciccarone ensures the service is exceptional every night of the week.
For a casual snack, head outdoors to nibble on local delicacies like fondue at Le Pavillon. The charming al fresco venue boasts sweeping Val Roseg Glacier views and an attached ice-skating rink.
Private dining experiences in unique locations are available on request.
Its classic glamour and epochal charm make events at the Grand Hotel Kronenhof a hit among affluent socialites and successful corporations. High tech meeting rooms host anywhere between 2 and 400 guests.
The nightly room rate includes access to the Kulm tennis courts, the in-house ice skating rink, and the Kulm Golf St. Moritz. Pilates and yoga classes are available in the gym.
Grand Hotel Kronenhof is a hit with kids of all ages. A nanny service is available for children over three and includes dining at the kid’s restaurant, Rondelle. Younger kids love the Krönchen Kids Club for its arts and crafts and games, while the older ones can play table tennis, billiards, bowling, or console games.
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