We were forced to stay in Pontresina one night because it was a handy overnight point between back-to-back days of the Glacier and Bernina Express trains. The location could not be beat for a one-night stay...it was about 50m from the train station. I had seen pictures of the hotel on the website and was able to spot it right away as we walked out of the train station. It was the most expensive hotel I had paid for in Switzerland (200SF, yikes) but was immaculately clean and provided the amenities needed after a LOOONG day on the Glacier Express. The floors in both the room and bathroom were heated, which triggered excitement in me, since all the other hotels we stayed at so far were homely B&B's. Two free bottles of water were provided free of charge, which my husband and I were grateful for, because there were no markets in proximity, and enjoyed the little chocolates left on our pillows.
The next morning, we had slept in due to taking the later Bernina Express train. As I paid for the hotel room, the receptionist asked if we had breakfast yet as we were 5 minutes past the close of breakfast (10:00). When I had replied no, he insisted that my husband and I grab some breakfast before they start cleaning up. I thought this was very thoughtful of them; he could have cared less and not even mentioned breakfast, but showed genuine concern for us. Then, I hurriedly fetched my husband upstairs, ate breakfast (then 10:15) and were able to eat quickly and depart by the required 11:00 check-out time. Thank you so much for your hospitality!
Regarding the distance to the downtown area, it's a short 10 minute walk uphill to the resort area. My guidebook warned that it is a steep hike, but it was really no big deal. The views walking up and down are beautiful, but that's pretty much all to see in the town. The resort area was also pretty dead around 18:00, so the only activity we partook in up there was eating dinner.
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