Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, St. Moritz, Switzerland – Review
There’s a certain look one would expect from a hotel in St. Moritz. A backdrop of mountains is a must. A massive façade with an imposing presence and a few towers thrown in for good measure is another. There must also be snow, the grounds groomed perfectly with it, creating a pristine white lawn. Finally, there needs to be a rather formal décor paired with a sense of the contemporary and a laid back attitude. Oh, and let’s not forget having a staff that all seem to speak German, French, Romansch, and English – sometimes seemingly all at the same time.
After picking up a brand new BMW 535d at the BMW Welt and completing a four-hour drive from Munich, my two nephews and I arrived at such a place: the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains. We just didn’t quite yet know it.
The hotel opened in 1896 as the Grand Hotel des Bains, acquired a new name at some point in the 1950s, and was completely renovated in 2002 when it got its original name back. Despite the late hour of our arrival, the lobby was lively and buzzing with a somewhat young and hip clientele.
We were warmly welcomed to St. Moritz, and several bellmen assisted with luggage. Check-in formalities were taken care of quickly by the elegantly and formally attired staff, and we were soon exploring our rooms.
The next morning, with the sun shining overhead, we were introduced to how beautiful both our hotel and location was.
My nephews shared a large double room with two beds and an immense wardrobe at the far end of the room. The elegant wood furniture gave the room a slightly formal air, while the warm earth tone fabrics and carpeting made it extremely inviting as well. Two comfortable armchairs separated by a table were by the window. The bath area was large enough for a soaking tub and a separate glass-enclosed shower.