This was my first trip to St Moritz and I did not have much time to do the research, and I booked this hotel mostly based on tripadvisor members reviews and its overall high rating and comparable rate for a 5* hotel.
I emailed hotel staff asking for letter confirmation of my reservation and got it very fast; moreover, the concierge was very helpful and included spa brochure for my wife and asked for any pre-arrival help, such as train station transfer. So, the hotel organized a pick-up from St.Moritz train station on their new Land Rover.
Easy and fast. However, we have been offered to sit and enjoy an arrival drink in the bar; but we decided to speed up check-in procedure and get to the rooms faster to rest after a long ride
Very nice breakfast buffet, huge selection, nice coffee and great omelets.
Concerning omelets: if in other restaurants or hotels veggie omelet generally consists of onions, peppers and tomatoes, here in Giardino - it also includes: brussel sprouts, potatoes, broccoli, and some other small pieces of veggies.
Overall, breakfast is top class.
The hotel offers free shuttle bus on/to Corviglia and Corvatsch skiing areas and you are not bounded with the timetable, just call them in 5-10 minutes, and a minivan will be there.
Opposite to hotel: there is a ski shop where we rented our skis and boots. It was 270 francs for 3 nights per 2 people, so it is like 45 francs / day x per for a pair of skis and boots
Corviglia or Corvatsch?
You should try both areas, but I think that Corviglia is more beginner-intermediate-level-friendly. Our favorite run was #17, which is literally empty, but wide and groomed nice. It is not easy to get there, but you would love it.
Locals say that Corvatsch is very nice on sunny day and you can see Alps from the top there, but we were not very lucky with weather so I cannot comment on that.
Our room (125) was small for two people, so I did not really liked it.
The bed (king size) is made from two smaller beds which tend to separate and needs to be adjusted during the night.
Bathroom was nice with shower only, no bathtub.
The Hotel is located in Champfer which is like 15 min bus- or 7 min taxi-ride to St. Moritz Dorf. Travelling by bus before 18:00 is fine, since bus goes every 15 minutes, but after 18:00 its schedule change to an hourly services, so it might not be very convenient to wait for a bus for long. Taxi ride to/from St. Moritz is between 25-30 francs.
I personally prefer more central, in-town location.
There are 4 saunas in the hotel, but sauna area is clothe - free area, but you can cover yourself with towel. Pool area is nice, but water in jacuzzi could have been warmer :)
The area in which Giardino Mountain Hotel excels is service. Everybody is friendly and helpful.
This is a nice mountain hotel with great staff, excellent service, nice pool and sauna area, delicious breakfasts but its off-center location and (in my case) small rooms will make my rating to be 4/5
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel Giardino Mountain combines a characterful design, a high level of service and a laid-back ambience, creating a place where you can recharge your batteries in summer, and enjoy cosy comfort in winter. Cycling, hiking, yoga, golf or skiing, tobogganing and ice skating - as a Breakout Retreat in Champfèr near St. Moritz, the Giardino Mountain provides new energy and relaxation with character. The three restaurants seduce with culinary surprises: from Mediterranean delicacies with an Asian influence at the Guardalej restaurant, and regional specialties from the Engadin in a rustic ambience at the Stüva to the art of star-cuisine at Ecco ST. Moritz. The dipiù Spa with its ample space and elegant design ensures that body and mind will gain strength and promises a world of equilibrium and well-being. ... more less
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