The Kronenhof is about as grand as any hotel in Switzerland, and in a small mountain village its presence is unexpected. It offers a nice and less expensive alternative to the better-known Lifestyles-of-the-Rich-and-Famous bastions of nearby St. Moritz. Its impressive wrought iron entry gate and large courtyard is accessed from Pontresina's narrow main street.

The central wing of the massive turn-of-the-century building overlooks the river and acres of tennis courts, lawn and swimming pools. The view is stunning. The tastefully appointed public rooms reek of top quality European luxury: magnificent Neo-Rococo paintings, Gobelin valances, Art Nouveau ceilings, priceless antique furnishings. Note the painted ceilings done by Otto Haberer in 1942 in the lobby and dining room.

Guestrooms are spacious and elegantly furnished, of course, with such amenities as hair dryers, 15 channel satellite TV, safes, heated towel racks, etc. In addition to an array of restaurants (the elegant, cherrywood Kronenstübli, the Sun Terrace, and La Court for fondue and raclette) plus such other five-star hotel favorites as bowling alleys, hair dresser, masseuse, bridge club, winter ice rink, indoor-outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts, the Kronenhof has a winery. Young wine, mainly from Italy, is brought to the hotel where it is filtered, barrel aged, bottled and labeled. Winery tours can be arranged at the Pontresina tourist office. The Kronenhof is a great hotel and gets our highest rating.

Street Address: via Maistra
City: Pontresina
Country: Switzerland
Phone: 011 41 81 830 30 30
Fax: 011 41 81 830 30 31
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Quality: Rating: 5 stars
Value: Rating: 3 stars
Price Level: $$$$
Type: Hotel