lifestyle /travel Suvretta House St. Moritz, a grand hotel steeped in history Rooted in Engadine tradition and far away from the bustle of central St. Mortiz, Suvretta House emerges from the trees of the Upper Engadine Mountains.
by Royist Lifestyle

Hotel pioneer Anton Sebastian Bon had a vision in 1911: He dreamt of a magnificent grand hotel in the mountains, a luxurious haven for guests who would lack nothing at this special location. Together with Karl Koller, a well-known local architect, he transformed his vision into reality. The cornerstone was laid on 22 April 1911, and within roughly one and a half years, a grand hotel with a view of Champfèr and Lake Silvaplana was erected on the Chasellas plateau not far from St. Moritz.

The hotel was festively inaugurated on 16 December 1912. Bon’s dream had come true. Right on time for the opening celebration, snow transformed Suvretta House into a storybook castle in the midst of spellbinding winter landscape. But the guests were also excited about the infrastructure. It spanned no fewer than 250 rooms, 370 beds, and 110 bathrooms – unthinkably luxurious in those days – rooms for bridge and billiards, for smokers and tea enthusiasts, a library, a music salon, and several generously designed, elegantly decorated and interconnected banquet and dining rooms.

Guests arrived from all over the world to delight in the Suvretta House experience and simply enjoy life to the fullest. In the course of the decades, the exclusive hotel hosted many celebrities from the arts, the movie industry, politics, and business. King Farouk of Egypt, Crown Prince Akihito, the Shah of Persia, Gregory Peck, Evita Perón and many more came to enjoy sports and fun on snow and ice, ecstatic ballroom parties, the amicable atmosphere, luxury and discretion – characteristic hallmarks upheld by Suvretta House to this very day.

Suvretta House St. Moritz, a grand hotel steeped in history
Suvretta House St. Moritz, a grand hotel steeped in history
Courtesy of Suvretta House

Seven generations of hoteliers guided Suvretta House through its history across more than one hundred years and each one left its very own and personal mark on the hotel. As the expectations of discerning guests from all over the world changed, the hotel underwent several renewal phases in recent years. Some noteworthy milestones include the integration of a wellness paradise, the creation of the banqueting ensemble, the construction of a spacious ski room, and the total renovation of the guest rooms.

Aiming to refresh spaces which haven’t been changed for over twenty years, yet retain the period charm and authentic features of a hotel first opened in December 1912, the redesign incorporates warming parquet flooring, hand crafted rugs, embroidered cushions, bespoke furniture, homely wallpapers, elegant colours and luxurious fabrics and reconceptualises room layouts to maximise on spectacular views of lake, woodland and mountains. Suvretta House has 181 luxury rooms and suites. South-facing rooms and suites look out onto the Upper Engadine’s lakes and spectacular mountains. On the east, west and north sides of the hotel, the rooms overlook parkland, the slopes of Mount Suvretta and the Corviglia ski domain.

Suvretta House St. Moritz, a grand hotel steeped in history
Suvretta House St. Moritz, a grand hotel steeped in history
Suvretta House St. Moritz, a grand hotel steeped in history
Courtesy of Suvretta House

Suvretta House’s spacious health, fitness and spa is spread over 17,00 square metres. Guests can swim in the 25-metre pool overlooking the mountains of the Upper Engadine and relax in the open-air whirlpool heated all the year round. There is a Finnarium, Sanarium, Vaporium and Caldarium to offer all kinds of sauna experiences and for cardio and strength training, a gym with high-tech equipment is supervised by a professional trainer. For facials and body treatments the spa at Suvretta House works with ila and Clarins.

The only ski-in ski out hotel in St. Mortiz, Suvretta House has its own private ski lift linking the hotel directly to the Corviglia / Marguns ski slopes. Guests can also board the hotel shuttle which runs to and from the Corvatsch/Furtschellas and Diavolezza slopes. The Suvretta Snowsports St. Moritz School of Skiing and Snowboarding, the in-house Ski Shop and an outstanding ski room make Suvretta House a leading ski hotel. There is a children’s ski slope just above the hotel meaning gentle pistes are in easy reach.

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