2012/02/28

Review of Hotel Waldhaus, Sils-Maria

Family owned grand hotel - luxurious enough, yet unpretentious and full of history


My family (my husband and my teenage son) have stayed at this wonderfully located hotel (majestically situated on a wooded hill above the place Sils and the Lake Sils) many times and it’s always a special experience to be there.

The Waldhaus is not a hotel you would find anywhere else, it’s quite extraordinary, be it due to its history, its considerate management (family owned and managed for five generations) or its unique atmosphere. On the one hand it’s luxurious enough to satisfy also spoiled guests, on the other hand it’s unpretentious and relaxed. 

The house underwent various renovations, but all very thoughtfully done in order not to neglect its exceptional character. The hotel is ideally located in winter for cross-country skiing and walks in the beautiful surroundings (there is a shuttle to a nearby mountain railway for downhill skiers) and in summer for hiking. 

As we are three persons, we usually go for a junior suite from which you can choose a modern, classic or nostalgic one. Best view in my opinion is towards Lake Sils but this has to be paid extra. The rooms – we normally have modern ones – are appropriately furnished, they are luxurious enough but not so that you wallow in luxury. The facilities are up to date maybe with the exception of the spa and the fitness room. If you put emphasis on these two things this hotel may not be your first choice.

Nevertheless, the hotel offers things which you wouldn’t find in another house, and that is a splendid hotel foyer with an atmosphere beyond comparison where you can have your tea or your drinks in a wonderful setting or there is a wonderfully old-fashioned library where you feel like being in days long gone by.

As far as eating is concerned, there is a sumptuous breakfast buffet with a wide choice and with the best Swiss Bircher Muesli ever. In the evening, an exquisitely prepared dinner in several courses is served and this almost always to our entire satisfaction; and you can be sure that one member of the owner family comes to your table and talks to you for a moment, a nice touch.

In conclusion, a very nice house for a stay in the area of St. Moritz with all the comfort you may need but without the pretentiousness you will often find there.

Date of stay: January 2011

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