For over 100 years, Badrutt’s Palace has been a beacon of excellence in the Engandine Valley and with its latest refurbishment, the legend continues. The hotel now boasts 40 newly renovated rooms and suites, whose design was overseen by Champalimaud. As a warm welcome to guests, inviting those far and near to enjoy the hotel’s latest additions, the Palace is offering a variety of culinary options and new winter packages. With added precautions to protect staff and guests’ health and safety, Badrutt’s Palace’s refined experiences are the perfect drawcard for a Swiss winter escape.
The reimagined rooms and suites have been carefully designed to celebrate the much loved classic facets of the fabled hotel, whilst incorporating contemporary elements that modern discerning travelers expect. A total of 31 guestrooms and 9 suites have been redone, and are ready to accept guests this winter.
Champalimaud Design Partner and CEO Ed Bakos comments on the projects’ inspiration, “We thought about all the reasons people come to St. Moritz and designed around that mindset. Badrutt’s guests have always sought adventure, comfort, and great experiences that are both social and private.
The rooms were designed to facilitate long stays, and recognise that guests will arrive with outdoor gear as well as evening wear, so we developed great closets and intimate personal spaces. One of the great features guests will appreciate are the new bathrooms, which are elegant with references to the old world detail one expects at Badrutt’s Palace with contemporary touches.”
The design of the rooms is a continuation of hotelier Hans Badrutt’s passion for collections. Each of the color stories for the suites were built around and inspired by the Persian carpets from the Hotel’s collection of rare carpets. The design is layered with a mixture of other antiques from the hotel’s collection as well as more contemporary furnishings and lighting to give the rooms a curated residential feeling that speaks to the property’s history in a modern way.
The team integrated modern conveniences and technology, which created spaces that combine old and new. Each of the suites has its own personality which is expressed through bespoke fabric and colour selections.
Ed continues, “One of the most spectacular aspects of St Moritz is the quality of the light, and we designed the rooms with that in mind. Subtle texture is made rich by the reflected daylight, and we crafted great lighting to bring it alive at night.”
Based in New York City, Champalimaud Design is an award winning multi-disciplinary design firm with a commitment to creating unparalleled spaces with their clients and collaborators. Run by four partners, including the company’s founder, Alexandra Champalimaud, the studio celebrates design excellence and the traditions of craftsmanship – a pairing that has allowed them to explore and redefine designing for impact. For the last quarter century, Champalimaud Design has been recognized internationally for its visionary design concepts and keen ability to infuse spaces with modernity while maintaining integrity, character and a sense of place.
The redesigned rooms are but another factor that will add to Badrutt’s Palace’s ever-increasing allure. As an establishment where generations have met since 1896, this hotel is one where guests come to experience legendary service and an enchanting atmosphere in the heart of St. Moritz. Unrivalled and unexpected eating and drinking and a unique sense of belonging come to life in this historic and iconic mountain resort, where style, sports, culinary and wellness adventures are celebrated at their highest degree.
From its enviable location 6,000 feet up in the Swiss Alps, the hotel’s luxurious accommodations – which include 157 guestrooms with 43 suites – all boast beautiful views of the lake or the picturesque village. In winter, guests can explore one of the world’s most exciting ski regions, while in summer, alpine and spa activities in the sun-soaked Engadine Valley are all the rage.
Newly-appointed Executive Chef Maxime Luvara, having extensive international experience and an impressive creative instinct, creates various delectable cuisines for guests, and has some exciting dishes up his sleeve for the winter season. Awarded a second Michelin star earlier this year, Andreas Caminada’s IGNIV will also share mouth-watering dishes, keeping guests warm inside while the snow trickles down on the slopes. For those looking for a lighter bite, Matsuhisa – signature Japanese-Peruvian restaurant by the eponymous Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa – is the perfect spot for a delicious meal. The vintage cigar lounge, Renaissance Bar, offers nightcap and cigar by the big stone hearth, while the eateries at Chesa Veglia, the oldest ‘peasant house’ in St. Moritz, serve Italian cuisines.
For ski-lovers this winter, the Palace will provide a remote mountain touring experience, where guests will be taken to some of the most secluded skiing destinations in the Engadine Valley by helicopter, accompanied by an experienced local guide. Spa lovers can find respite by opting for a spa-inclusive break. For the guests planning to work remotely from a different location, to enjoy St. Moritz and ski with friends and family, Badrutt’s Palace has introduced special amenities. For long term guests staying 28 nights or more, the Palace will provide discounts on laundry, complimentary breakfast, and 24-hour butler service for those who will opt for suite accommodation.
To find out more, visit Badrutt’s Palace’s website.
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