Kulm Ho­tel

St. Moritz, Switzer­land

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BACK­GROUND: This leg­endary ho­tel is a cra­dle for win­ter sports; the ho­tel grounds hosted the 1928 and 1948 Olympic Win­ter Games. Founded by the Badrutt fam­ily – who later es­tab­lished the nearby Badrutt’s Palace – the Kulm is known for its un­der­stated glam­our. The ho­tel is open sea­son­ally: win­ter months are the big­gest draw for well-heeled Euro­pean and North Amer­i­can snow bun­nies long­ing for the lux­u­ri­ous tra­di­tion of this cel­e­brated lake­side ski town. WHERE IS IT? Sit­ting a cou­ple of curves higher up the moun­tain than the Palace, this prop­erty of­fers even more ex­quis­ite vil­lage and lake views. Notable celebri­ties date back to Char­lie Chap­lin, but the lat­est star check-ins are rather pro­tected by the dot­ing staff. If you want a com­pli­men­tary lift to the lake, the nearby ski area or sis­ter Grand Ho­tel Kro­nen­hof, lux­ury sedans and vans stand at the ready.

This re­stored palace is one of the top five-star ho­tels in town (quite a feat in a vil­lage stock­piled with five five-star prop­er­ties). The prop­erty is ac­tu­ally sev­eral build­ings that run along the hill­side; as the build­ings tran­si­tion, the in­te­rior de­sign of guest rooms changes from rus­tic-meets-el­e­gant to more tra­di­tional ski lodge. The more tra­di­tional lobby drips crystal chan­de­liers and ex­pen­sive fab­ric-coated fur­nish­ings.

ROOM FA­CIL­I­TIES: De­pend­ing upon your room cat­e­gory, the view and style can change quite dras­ti­cally, with al­most no two rooms alike. It be­gins with the dif­fer­ence be­tween Su­pe­rior and Deluxe (the for­mer fac­ing town while the lat- ter of­fers panoramic lake and vil­lage views). Hypo-al­ler­genic car­pet­ing is pil­low-like with bro­caded fab­rics lin­ing the tall win­dows that open for fresh (and we’re talk­ing the fresh­est) air. Many fea­ture fur­nished ter­races, and all come with nar­row work desks, small sit­ting ar­eas with fresh fruit bowls, and flat-screen cable TVs that swing out for an­gled view­ing. Free wire­less high speed In­ter­net is avail­able through­out the ho­tel. Mar­ble bath­rooms fea­ture heated floors, over­sized tow­els, rain­fall show­er­heads, and van­i­ties stocked with Asprey Pur­ple Water toi­letries. RES­TAU­RANTS AND BARS: As with most sea­sonal prop­er­ties, some res­tau­rants only open in the high sea­son (here, win­ter­time). Open year-round, how­ever, is the ex­em­plary pizze­ria with cre­ative piz­zas, freshly made pas­tas (the ho­tel is min­utes away from the Ital­ian bor­der), and a view that is one of the best on the prop­erty. Chesa al Parc is a short walk from the main prop­erty and op­er­ates as a truly Swiss restau­rant with out­door ter­race fa­vored by lo­cals. The lobby bar fea­tures live mu­sic most evenings and the cigar bar de­votes its wall of win­dows to amaz­ing Lake St. Moritz views. The ho­tel’s grand restau­rant serves a lovely buf­fet break­fast and el­e­gant a la carte din­ner with old world touches like a finely dressed som­me­lier and ta­ble­side pre­sen­ta­tions. BUSI­NESS AND MEET­ING FA­CIL­I­TIES: The ho­tel fea­tures nu­mer­ous wood pan­eled con­fer­ence ar­eas with nat­u­ral light and the lat­est au­dio­vi­sual ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Don’t for­get the card room, typ­i­cally used by those play­ing bridge or poker, but with the op­tion to turn it into meet­ing space – as is the case in some of the res­tau­rants. LEISURE FA­CIL­I­TIES: The spa is a ma­jor draw with an out­door hy­drother­apy plunge and a glass-coated in­door swim­ming pool. Be­sides a mod­ern fit­ness cen­ter, there are ten­nis courts and the Alps’ first nine-hole golf course. Guests also have ac­cess to a larger spa at the nearby Grand Ho­tel Kro­nen­hof.

VER­DICT: Bask in the glory that is ritzy St. Moritz. Whether it is sum­mer or win­ter (the ho­tel closes dur­ing the off sea­son), this ex­quis­ite En­ga­dine moun­tain palace is a charm­ing respite away from this vil­lage’s glit­ter­ing life­style. BT

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