Tripadvisor Names 2014’s Top Hotel in the World
Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Pontresina has been named The World’s Top Hotel in the 2014 Travelers’ Choice Awards hosted by Tripadvisor. The property was also ranked as Europe’s Top Hotel, Switzerland’s Top Hotel, the fifth best Luxury Hotel in Europe, the second most Romantic Hotel in Switzerland and the Top Luxury Hotel in Switzerland. These prestigious awards and rankings were well received by the property, whose General Manager Marc Eichenberger said, “Every member of the team is extremely proud of the hotel’s outstanding performance in the 2014 Travelers’ Choice awards, because it is based on the opinions of our guests.”
Grand Hotel Kronenhof, located in Pontresina, offers the best of both worlds: the chance to enjoy the glitz of St. Moritz, while staying in a peaceful mountain village. Grand Hotel Kronenhof has a rich and interesting history, having first opened its doors in the first half of the 19th century as a guesthouse. However, the main part of the current building, which is a registered historical landmark, was built at the very end of the 19th century in Neo-Baroque style. The latest addition, completed in November 2007 and costing CHF$35 million, consists of 28 new guest rooms and a stunning spa complex covering more than 2000 square metres.
The spa is certainly one of the hotel’s highlights and has been named “the best Alpine spa” (according to Tyler Brule writing in the FT, November 2009). Facilities include a 20-metre indoor infinity pool with counter-current system, a flotation pool with underwater music, a wide range of saunas and steam rooms, a luxurious private suite for couples to enjoy wraps and massages together, and – for the perfect final touch – a crackling log fire in the relaxation room.