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June 12, 2014

The Perfect Winter Break at the Carlton Hotel, St. Moritz

By Chris Boyle

Exclusivity and privacy are the defining characteristics of the Carlton Hotel St. Moritz, which opens for the winter season from early December to mid-April. This luxury five-star establishment beguiles the senses with its extravagant world of colours, its culinary creations of the highest standard, and its unrivalled generosity. The 60 junior suites and suites designed by Swiss interior designer Carlo Rampazzi using the finest materials offer the highest levels of comfort with plenty of light and space. Culinary excellence is celebrated in both the Restaurant Romanoff and Da Vittorio Restaurant – St. Moritz restaurants, for an authentic and informal fine dining experience. For a light lunch or afternoon tea, the spacious sun terrace – undoubtedly the resort’s finest – is the place to be. The 1,200 m2 Carlton Spa also offers countless opportunities to withdraw, relax and unwind.

A myriad of details convey the sense that the Carlton Hotel, built in 1913, is shaped by its landmark historic character. The complete refurbishment undertaken in 2007 not only preserved the exterior of the hotel, but also brought the historical values to the fore, adding a modern, contemporary re-interpretation that combines the new with the traditional. The stately stairway, decorative stucco work along the ceilings of the ballroom and historical stone walls in various places throughout the building are a constant reminder of the glory days of the early 20th century. For the interiors, Swiss designer Carlo Rampazzi has combined antique furniture with vibrant modern colour schemes, which gives the hotel its distinctive unconventional character. Many existing pieces of furniture were restored and re-upholstered with new fabrics and paintwork. The mix of materials such as glass, wood and fabric blends harmoniously to create an overall impression that constantly surprises as a result of the Ticino designer’s meticulous attention to detail.

The 60 spaciously appointed junior suites and suites of the 5-star hotel start from 45 m2 and, alongside the exceptional diversity of colours, offer the highest standard of comfort and state-of-the-art technology. All the suites are south-facing with views of Lake St. Moritz, and some have balconies or terraces that offer heavenly vantage points for many local top events such as the Polo World Cup on Snow or the world-famous White Turf horse racing event. The Carlton penthouse, the largest suite in St. Moritz, extends to 386 square metres with three spacious light-filled bedrooms, each of which has its own separate bathroom, a living and dining area with open fire place, a fully-equipped kitchen and five terraces boasting panoramic views over the valley. The public areas of the Carlton Hotel St. Moritz, such as the lobby with its two original fireplaces on the Bel Etage are also spaciously appointed, offering guests an array of different places to read, relax and savour the moment. Extending above the hotel’s main entrance is a large sun terrace, which can be accessed from the Bar and Lobby, opening up stunning panoramic views of the mountains and lakes of St. Moritz.


Culinary delights are prepared by the kitchen team of the two restaurants. At the restaurant Romanoff (15 Gault&Millau points) on the historic Bel Etage, offers Executive Chef Salvatore Frequente classic fine dining in elegant surroundings, while the excellent three-star Michelin chefs Enrico and Roberto Cerea at the 1 Michelin star restaurant Da Vittorio (17 Gault&Millau points)  – St. Moritz serve authentic cuisine at its best in a casual atmosphere, which takes you on a culinary journey to Lombardy. The Carlton Bar and Lobby with its large sun terrace is the perfect spot to relax and unwind – whether it be lunch with delicious specialities from the grill, a traditional afternoon tea or a glass of sparkling champagne in the evening.

The hotel’s spa facility, which joined the elite circle of Leading Spas shortly after its opening in 2007, extends over 1,200 m2 and three floors, and features six different treatment rooms where guests can enjoy a multitude of massages and beauty treatments while marvelling at the striking ceiling paintings. A 35 m2 Spa Suite with its own whirlpool, sauna and Dornbracht-Rainsky shower with light therapy as well as a TV, DVD player and HiFi system offers a wellness experience in complete privacy for several hours or even an entire day. Located on the lowermost floor is the spacious sauna area with steam bath, caldarium, Finnish sauna and a separate ladies’ sauna. To cool off after an invigorating sauna session, there is a whole range of different hydro-massage showers, an ice fountain, and a Kneipp trail in the snow. Besides the very latest in fitness equipment the hotel also boasts a large swimming and sports pool, which was designed to boost physical fitness. The pool’s highlight feature is an interconnecting indoor and outdoor relaxation pool, which makes the perfect place to unwind in soothing temperatures.

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A stay at this gem in the St. Moritz crown offers more than a nice holiday experience with all the usual amenities. The exclusive number of suites allows the staff working with Hotel Managers Dominic and Laurence Bachofen to attend to the individual needs of each guest, thereby guaranteeing their complete satisfaction. With their personable and professional approach, sincere commitment and competence in several languages, the hotel’s discreet staff help convey a familiar and intimate atmosphere. Embedded in this genuine hospitality the exclusive Boutique Hotel of the Tschuggen Hotel Group ushers its guests towards an entirely new experience of well-being, enjoyment and relaxation.

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