St. Moritz really does live up to its name as a luxury ski resort that appeals to the elite and high society because it is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world.
You need to have money, and lots of it, to spend any amount of time rubbing shoulders with the jet set here.
Like Zermatt, the area began to attract tourists for winter sports from the 1860s onwards but this resort has more of a town feel.
It was the first in the Alps to install electric trams, for example, and was the first place in Switzerland to open a ski school.
Hotels and Places to Stay
Compared to Zermatt, St. Moritz doesn’t have anywhere near as many places to stay, but then this is probably because most of the properties in the town are hotels rather than an abundance of private chalets and vacation rental properties.
Among the 5 star hotels here is the extremely grand and luxury Kempinski Grand Hotel Des Bains which oozes the kind of luxurious charm you’d expect from one of the world’s most expensive ski resorts.
The hotel restaurant of course has a Michelin star!
Badrutt’s Palace Hotel provides an elegant old-world yet luxurious charm.
It was opened in 1896 and is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World plus it holds many other accolades too. This was one of the original hotels to be built in St. Moritz, and for many visitors to the resort town, this is the place to stay.
Dining in the Town
The Michelin-star restaurant at the Kempinski sets the scene for what to expect when you dine out in St. Moritz.
85 restaurants in the town, and there’s nearly a further 100 restaurants to choose from in the wider Engadine Valley.
Many restaurants do cost a fortune, but not all! You can still find affordable pizza places, but this probably isn’t what you come to this town for.
Be sure to try some of the local Swiss cuisine which is available in a large selection of restaurants, plus Italian, International, French, and a variety of European cuisines are available too.
The fastest way to get to St. Moritz is by air, and if you have the money this is the convenient and stylish way too. There’s a small airport in Samedan which is about 20 minutes from the resort, and you can get flights from Zurich, Geneva, Milan, and a few other cities.
The other way is to fly to Zurich and take the train from there. This way you should get to enjoy some wonderful scenery as you travel. Coming by train does mean a change of trains in Chur but from there they depart hourly to the town until about 9pm.