Badrutt's Palace Hotel

Classic elegance in St. Moritz

Built in 1896, Badrutt’s Palace Hotel retains the glamour of a classic Swiss Alps resort, from the expansive lobby with its original carved wood ceiling to the at-your-service staff.

Mountains surround this traditional property, which is in the village of St. Moritz, long a popular ski destination. Winter remains high season here, drawing celebrities and well-heeled guests from around the world. Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, Rita Hayworth, John Lennon and George Clooney have all stayed at Badrutt’s Palace; Hitchcock visited regularly enough that the hotel still has a Hitchcock Suite where the director used to dwell.

Beyond its 157 elegantly outfitted rooms and suites, Badrutt’s Palace prides itself on its amenities, from complimentary soft drinks and beer in the minibars to the onsite ice-skating rink. The family-friendly hotel offers a kids’ club daycare facility, and even provides complimentary laundry service for children under 12.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • One of Badrutt’s best features is its luxurious pool and spa complex, which you access through an interior tunnel from the main hotel building. The glass-enclosed indoor pool has views of the mountains, and you can swim from the interior to a heated outdoor pool with even more dramatic vistas.
  • Book one of the property’s 43 suites and your stay will include complimentary butler service.
  • Oenophiles, take note: Badrutt’s wine cellar is stocked with more than 30,000 bottles, including rare vintages such as a Lafite Rothschild from 1900.
  • The lavish daily breakfast buffet — served to a backdrop of classical music in Le Restaurant overlooking the lake — features freshly baked pastries and breads, yogurts, cheeses, fruits, quiches and a variety of cured meats and fish. A chef prepares omelets to order and white-jacketed waiters carry your plates back to your table.
  • For a unique gastronomic experience, schedule your stay during the annual St. Moritz Gourmet Festival. Held at Badrutt’s each January, the international event sees chefs from Europe and around the world host special dinners and other culinary delights. The hotel itself offers an impressive lineup of restaurants and three bars.

Things to Know

  • Badrutt’s Palace has two operating seasons: the winter ski season (when the property is busiest) runs from December through late March, and the summer lasts from late June until early September. The hotel is closed in the spring and fall.
  • If you’re set on dining at a particular eatery, visit in winter when the hotel’s restaurants are all operating. Several of the property’s venues, including IGNIV, La Coupole-Matsuhisa, King’s Social House and Grill Chadafö, close during the summer months.
  • Hotel staff provides complimentary transfers to and from the railway station and to destinations around town, often in the property’s Rolls-Royce.

The Rooms

  • All traditionally furnished with plush upholstered headboards, classic armchairs and dark woods, the guest rooms in this seven-story property vary in size from 270 to 485 square feet. The best among them overlook the adjacent lake with vistas to the mountains beyond.
  • The suites start with a 485-square-foot junior option, ranging up to the sumptuous Hans Badrutt Suite, which incorporates a marble entrance hall and wood-paneled library into its expansive 1,885-square-foot space.
  • You’ll find a warm touch on the beds: old-fashioned hot water bottles with a sassy cover suggesting, “If nobody keeps you warm tonight, let it be me.”
  • The spacious marble bathrooms are outfitted with black granite countertops, rain showers and plush terrycloth robes.

The Restaurants

  • During the 2023-24 winter season, the hotel will have 11 restaurants, ranging from the smallest eatery in St. Moritz, the three-tabled Carigiet Fondue Stübli, to the fine-dining address Le Relais. And in addition to these permanent restaurants helmed by executive chef Jeremy Degras, the hotel also focuses on pop-up concepts from award-winning toques.

  • In a former farmhouse that dates to 1658 across the street from the main hotel, Chesa Veglia houses three separate restaurants: Patrizier Stuben, known for Swiss classics such as capuns (stuffed cabbage rolls); Pizzeria Heuboden serving pizza and pasta; and the French-style Grill Chadafö.
  • In a space that once housed Europe’s first indoor tennis court, La Coupole-Matsuhisa— created by Nobu chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa — offers a Japanese-Peruvian menu.
  • A traditional afternoon tea is served in Le Grand Hall, the hotel’s centrally located lobby lounge and dining space, which has been nicknamed “the living room of St. Moritz.”
  • In the space that formerly housed Switzerland’s oldest nightclub, King’s Social House is Jason Atherton’s modern interpretation of classic bistro fare. Alongside food and drinks, DJs and live performers keep guests entertained.

24-hour room service
Babysitting services
Fitness classes
House car
Indoor pool
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Pet friendly
Getting There
Via Serlas 27, St. Moritz, 7500 CH
ZRH (2 hr 40 min-3 hr)   MXP (2 hr 40 min-3 hr)   SMV (12 min)  
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