Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Switzerland

With lush green forest giving way to sparkling lakes and snow-topped peaks, it’s easy to see why the Engadine is one of the most beautiful valleys of the Alps Wednesday, 9 November 2016

By National Geographic Traveller The Collection

With lush green forest giving way to sparkling lakes and snow-topped peaks, it’s easy to see why the Engadine is one of the most beautiful valleys of the Alps. And at 1,800m above sea level, it’s the highest inhabited valley in Europe.
Located in the mountain village of Pontresina, the five-star superior Grand Hotel Kronenhof has been influencing the region and its tourism since 1848. Known for importing fine Veltliner wines in the 19th century, the Gredig family created a jewel whose legacy continues to this day.

The Kronenhof is a Neo-Baroque tribute, with ceiling frescoes by local artist Otto Haberer dating back to 1901. Sweeping views over the Bernina glaciers, the charming Val Roseg, the Corviglia summit and the surrounding pine and larch forests can be enjoyed from the rooms and suites — and from the spa’s floor-to-ceiling windows. Spread over 2,000sq m, the spa features an indoor pool with underwater music, a private suite, fitness area and a relaxation room with fireplace, plus a trio of Finnish saunas, a stone grotto steam bath, saltwater grotto and a Kneipp footpath.

Come winter, a natural ice rink entices guests to stretch their legs, and just 500m from the hotel lies 125 miles of cross-country slopes, winding through the pristine landscape. Ice-climbing, skiing and snowshoe hikes are among the activities that can be organised by the hotel. In warmer months, guests can go hiking, biking, rock climbing and sailing, or picnic in the Swiss National Park.

Diners can pick from a tempting array of French, Italian and regional cuisine served in a choice of eateries: the Grand Restaurant, which dates back to 1872; the wood-panelled Kronenstübli, a gourmet restaurant with 15 Gault Millau points; or the historic Le Pavillon, with its sun-soaked terrace.

Post-dinner, gin-lovers should make a beeline for The Kronenhof Bar, which boasts the Engadine’s largest collection of this juniper spirit. Locals flock to this piano bar following a round of bowling in the hotel’s own historic alley.

Younger guests will be kept entertained by their very own Rondelle kids’ restaurant, the Krönchen Kids’ Club and the VIK (Very Important Kids) programme.

Don’t miss

Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the Engadine, an emerald-green valley flanked by majestic glaciers and mountains

Need to know

Key Facilities

• 112 elegant rooms and suites
• Grand Restaurant, dating back to 1872
• Le Pavillon restaurant with sun terrace
• Gourmet restaurant Kronenstübli, with 15 Gault Millau points
• Kronenhof Bar
• 2,000sq m Kronenhof Spa
• Krönchen Kids’ Club and babysitting services
• Rondelle kids’ restaurant
• Bowling alley
• E-bike and ski hire
• Free shuttle service

Contact Information

kronenhof.com
T: +41 81 830 3030
E: info@kronenhof.com

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