The Donatz is a spectacularly presented modern hotel which, for me, is a demonstration in good design. The hotel is located in Samedan, a few minutes drive from San Moritz, and as scenic and characterful a town as you could wish for.
Our corner room was huge, extremely light with several windows along two sides, and with simple but flawless furnishing that remained true to the hotel's alpine setting. The bed was large and comfortable, there were many convenient power points, and the (charged for) WiFi was reliable if slow.
We didn't take breakfast, but we did have an enjoyable dinner of traditional swiss dishes - with some twists - plated at the table by the friendly and efficient waiter. We didn't go for the flambéed options but I can imagine they would add further to the theatre. We enjoyed a locally brewed beer which I'm sure must benefit from the quality of the water in the region. Dinner was expensive for the relatively simple dishes on offer, but that goes with the region.
There were no public parking spaces available when we arrived so we opted to pay to park in the hotel's small garage. The staff were welcoming and attentive, in fact no element of the service we received can be faulted. From previous research we knew we wanted to visit the nearby Spa in Samedan, and it was a nice surprise to find that entry was free for Donatz guests. We strongly recommend that guests take advantage of this - the spa is magnificent.
This is not an inexpensive hotel (especially if you dine there), but compared with many of the neighbouring options it does offer superb value for money. We very much hope to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Timeless and proud to present the hotel Donatz midst of Samedan village, close to bus and train. The 25 Non smoking rooms in warm colors with simple Pine kept have private bath and / or shower, satellite TV with flat screen, Radio, safe, telephone and wireless LAN. During the summer months the use of the Mountain railways and cable cars of the upper Engadin are free from the second day of your stay. The public transport (train and bus) and the Mineralbath & Spa of Samedan are free from the second day of your stay. ... more less
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