9 / 10 Telegraph Expert Rating

A Gothic-style landmark in the centre of St Moritz, Badrutt’s Palace combines historic splendour with Mayfair sheen. A grand lobby, elegant dining rooms and traditional furnishings provide the former, while stylish restaurants, designer boutiques and a subterranean nightclub take care of the latter.

Location - 9 / 10

The hotel sits right at the start of St Moritz’s main drag, overlooking the lake – three minutes’ drive from the train station. The resort’s shops, cafes and restaurants are within metres of the front door; a free shuttle runs to the Corviglia cable car.


Style & character - 8 / 10

Built in 1896 by Caspar Badrutt, the man credited with bringing the Brits to St Moritz, Badrutt’s Palace maintains its sense of history. Much of the furniture in the ecclesiastical lobby with its six-metre-high ceiling is original, as is the 19th-century Italian art.

The traditional feel permeates most of the common areas, including the breakfast salon and timber-beamed La Coupole restaurant, formerly Europe’s first indoor tennis hall. These are juxtaposed against contemporary additions such as Igniv restaurant and the spa, which wouldn’t look out of place in a slick Knightsbridge hotel.

Service & facilities - 9 / 10

Service is a well-oiled machine, with staff who are both courteous and quick to respond, if a little business-like; concierges and drivers are more charismatic.

Open in summer and winter, the hotel boasts a tennis court and ice rink, along with a state-of-the-art fitness room, yoga studio and on-site ski shop. Guests needn’t venture far for their shopping fix: high-end fashion, footwear and jewellery boutiques are found within the hotel.

A superb modern spa is accessed via an underground tunnel, at the end of which is an indoor pool with floor-to-ceiling windows, a large outdoor whirlpool and indoor hot tub. A substantial sauna area (decorated, bizarrely, in faux-Grecian style) includes two steam rooms, two saunas and ice room. A relaxation space with floating fire is the ideal place to drift off post-massage or facial, offered in one of 10 treatment rooms.

  •  Parking
  •  Restaurant
  •  Bar
  •  Laundry
  •  Room service
  •  Pool
  •  Sauna
  •  Spa
  •  Wi-Fi
  •  Tennis court
  •  Fitness centre
  •  Kids' club
  •  Steam room/hammam

Rooms - 8 / 10

Decorated in elegant, inoffensive neutrals, what rooms lack in character they make up for in plushness, with enormous beds and luxurious duvets. Superior rooms, some with balconies, have lake views that are worth the upgrade. Swanky marble bathrooms are equipped with rainfall showers and standalone baths.

Rooms are furnished with Bose docking stations and dehumidifier. While minibars are replenished once a day, standard rooms have no coffee or tea-making facilities – worth bearing in mind when an espresso costs 8 Swiss francs (£6).

Food & drink - 9 / 10

Seven restaurants, three of which are located in an old farmhouse across the road, cater for every dietary whim – from pizza to Swiss specialities. Contemporary restaurant Igniv gained a Michelin star for its innovative take on sharing plates – the pick’n’mix trolley also goes down a treat.

A Nobu outpost continues the hotel’s St-Moritz-meets-Mayfair feel, and although the concept feels at odds with the chalet-style surroundings, the food is without exception excellent. Guests can also dine in the Grand Hall (where a bowl of chips costs 20 Swiss francs/£15), before a nightcap in the (odourless) cigar lounge or, later, the renowned King’s Club nightclub, where prices are even more eye-watering.

For the morning after, breakfast is served in Le Restaurant to the strains of a live harpist: an extensive cold buffet is supplemented by a chef making eggs to order, with further hot dishes available à la carte.

Value for money - 8 / 10

Double rooms from 580 Swiss francs (£438) in low season; and from 1,305 Swiss francs (£987) in high. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

Two rooms are adapted for wheelchair users; specially trained staff can assist guests with other disabilities.


Yes: as well as a kids' club, children are given free ice cream and popcorn, and specially designed Badrutt’s Palace pyjamas. Interconnecting rooms and cots are available.