The Grand Hotel Kronenhof is a leftover from the Belle-Époque era and is situated in Pontresina, Switzerland. It is a historic hotel and has been owned by the same family for 140 years until it was sold to Swiss private investors. It was actually named the best hotel in the world in TripAdvisor’s annual Travellor’s Choice Awards in 2014.
The municipality of Pontresina is in the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland. The town has been around since before the 12th century, but it’s hard to say for sure how long. It was first mentioned in a Medieval Latin document in 1137. The town name has been translated from the Latin to mean “Bridge of the Saracens,” referring to an Arab invasion that happened in the 10th century.
It’s a high elevation town, sitting just below 6,000 ft. About 30% of the population is comprised of foreign nationals, much like the other towns in Switzerland. The majority of the population speaks German, with actually Italian as the second-most spoken language. This surprised me, because while Switzerland sits between Germany, Austria, France, and Italy, I had always assumed that French and German were the ruling languages, with modern English infiltrating due to tourism. Not to say that English is not spoken, it’s just not the native language. And, you may be surprised to learn, but the language up until the 19th century was Upper-Engadin Romansh, and no I did not make that language up. It was a dialect of Puter, also not a made up language. But as trade became possible with the different regions during the 19th century, the language began to die and is very rarely used anymore.
The Grand Hotel was started by the Gredig Family when Andreas Gredig bought the GasthausRössli for his son Lorenz. The original name of it was Gasthauszur Krone-Post, but they simplified it to “Krone.” But with some additions and incorporating the existing outbuildings, it was gradually enlarged to become the hotel it is today. As it was expanded through the years, it moved to a neo-baroque-style, but the renovations were put on hold when World War I broke out. The hotel suffered a great deal during the war, but because of their wine shop, which has been there since the beginning, they were able to survive.
The hotel offers 9 suites, all unique and luxurious. They are meant to impress and offer a unique view of the Roseg glacier. They do have junior suites and single and double rooms too, so not everything has to be the very best in the world, not that it isn’t awesome and beautiful too. Single rooms start at 395CHF and go up to 515CHF. Double rooms start at 545CHF and go up to 875CHF. The junior suites start at 860CHF and go up to 1225CHF, all depending on whether you are aiming for the high or low season for travel, the high being, of course, ski season. And remember that Swiss Francs are about 1:1 in the American Dollar to keep the prices in perspective. Now the most expensive rooms are the individual suites of course, with a starting price of 1020CHF to 1755CHF per night.
The hotel does have a spa, of course, and it is boasted to be amazing. The wellness spa in the Grand Hotel Kronenhof has direct contact with forests, water, and the mountains from the moment you arrive. Inside of the treatment rooms themselves, you can catch a glimpse of the Swiss pine and the Roseg Glacier. Not bad if you are really aiming to relax. And, if you are in the best hotel in the world, in the most beautiful country in the world, shouldn’t you have the best views in the entire world? I mean, how disappointing would a mediocre spa be at the Grand Hotel Kronenhof? Pretty disappointing. But alas, you will not be disappointed here. Whether you want to work out at the gym get a massage, or just rest your tired eyes, the spa is the place to be.
Switzerland is like a fairytale come to life. The scenery is some of the best in the entire world, and the country is situated between the artistic centers of Europe. With their amazing economy, it is no wonder that Switzerland wants to keep what they hold dear intact and away from the wars happening throughout the world. And, since they are quite secure sitting in the Alps, they really don’t have to engage in war even when it comes to their doorstep.