We really liked it here. I had booked this hotel for a skiing holiday with two friends as I was tired of catered chalets and wanted proper hotel service and meals cooked by chefs who had been to catering college rather than by a gap year student anxious to hit the slopes after tidying away the breakfast dishes. I was keen to try St Moritz itself but prices there were prohibitively expensive and the public transport network here is so good that travel to the lifts in different areas was easy and painless, and transport passes were included in the price of the room. This is a step up from popular resorts, the demographic is refreshingly different and the champagne climate ensured superb skiing. The Upper Engandin and Bernina really are superb for all levels of skiing.
OK, so the hotel itself? These guys couldn't be more accommodating - we were picked up from Samedan railway station (though they will happily collect you from Pontresina or St Moritz too) and check in was easy and very friendly. Lovely rooms, warm, well furnished in typical Swiss style. The spa was excellent, good pool and all the facilities you'd expect, with robes and slippers provided. All the spa facilities were well maintained, very clean and warm.
Food? We were on the half-board tariff which represented good value. Breakfasts were great, with a huge buffet choice including a hot English-style option of bacon and scrambled eggs as well as all the other continental offerings of breads, pastries, cereals, meats, cheeses and juices as well as a huge range of dairy products. Coffee was served in pots if requested - I'd recommend you ask for this to be done as occasionally it was, during a busy breakfast service, hard to attract the waiting staff's attention to request a fill up of a coffee cup.
Dinner was generally of a high standard though on a couple of nights, we found the food somewhat average. For the other five nights, it was very acceptable indeed. The presentation of the main dishes was imaginative and of good restaurant standard. The salad buffet at dinner was also very much a high point with a good choice of dishes.
The bar drinks were, we felt, very expensive. Too expensive in fact. ChF 60 (approx £42) for two Amarettos and two gin and tonics is, by any standards, an awful lot of money. We found that the Post Hotel opposite was far cheaper and I must confess that on a few occasions we went across the road for drinks.
All the slightly negative points were offset by the truly superb Swiss service. Friendly and efficient, we were made to feel welcome and comfortable at all times, nothing was ever too much trouble.
Also, for Rhätische Bahn fans, this is an excellent base for the Berninabahn and the rest of the RhB as the hotel is a short 10 minute walk from Pontresina Station. The Bernina Pass in winter is an experience in itself. I'd also recommend this place for summer holidays, having holidayed in this area before during the summer months.
All in all, a great hotel. Would we come back? Yes. Would I recommend it? Yes. Is this a good destination for a skiing holiday? Yes. Was it better than a catered chalet? Oh, yes!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Among Friends: Decelerate, savour the moment and enjoy life among friends surrounded by marvellous mountain scenery - that is holiday in the Hotel Rosatsch. The Hotel Rosatsch was built in 1914 and consists of the Main Building*** and the Residence****. The two connected buildings are situated in the centre of Pontresina and in the heart of the magnificent Engadine - only a few minutes away from St. Moritz. Guests can choose from 82 rooms and junior suites. All of them are equipped with everything you would expect for your holiday among friends. The Hotel Rosatsch also features one in-house restaurant and two cosy hotelbars. The newly renovated Spa ° Montana offers the following amenities: Swimming pool, whirlpool, steam bath, laconium, Finnish sauna, gym and an extensive array of massage treatments. ... more less
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