|Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, St Moritz|
|Looking like an 18th-century Swiss schloss, the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains has the advantage of being modern, having recently been completely renovated.|
Originally built as a grand spa hotel in 1896, the5-star, 184-room Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains was virtually gutted and the interior rebuilt in grand style with all the modern comforts, conveniences and safety features in 2002.
Its guest rooms and suites are worthy of its grand century-old heritage, but there's no hint of anything cracked or creaky. Guests enjoy all the style and status of a Victorian palace, but without the old-style facilities.
The hotel's spa and wellness center includes a fitness center, indoor swimming pool and large sauna. The St Moritz Casino is right next door, and admission is free for hotel guests.
Perhaps because of its up-to-date old-time elegance, the Kempinski draws a younger, more active and up-to-date clientele than its more traditional, formal neighbors such as Badrutt's Palace, the Kulm Hotel and the Suvretta House.
—by Tom Brosnahan