|Hotel Schweizerhof, St Moritz, Switzerland|
|The feeling of a bygone era—and a kaiser's birthday! You get the feeling that little has changed—at least in spirit—at St Moritz's Hotel Schweizerhof since it opened in 1896.|
"Swiss Palace," as its name translates, the 4-star, 82-room Schweizerhof is grand in a traditional way.
It's still owned and operated by the same family, who pass down the story of Kaiser Wilhelm II celebrating his 48th birthday here in 1906.
Kaiser Bill may have been a dope, but he knew how to choose a good hotel.
The Schweizerhof's guest rooms vary in size, bathroom amenities and view, the less expensive ones being on the north side, the best rooms facing south to catch more of St Moritz's dependable sunshine.
Two restaurants and four bars provide plenty of opportunities for relaxing and socializing in the formal ambience of a bygone era.
The location is excellent, just up the street from Badrutt's Palace, with fine views of the lake and mountains from many rooms, and particularly from the rooftop relaxation area.
—by Tom Brosnahan