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Views from the Art Boutique Hotel Monopol St. Moritz
Fancy a Winter break? How about St. Moritz?
In mid December we visited the Art Boutique Hotel Monopol and had a wonderful stay in this lovely hotel in the historic winter resort of St Moritz. This 4 star hotel is centrally located in the middle of the pedestrian zone in the village between boutiques, restaurants, cafes and bars. It has its own car park which makes it very convenient as you can literally pull up outside and whilst you check in they take care of your car. If you’re coming by public transport, there is a pick up service.
There is plenty of space to relax in the comfortable lounge at the Art Boutique Monopol Hotel, where the walls are adorned by some amazing pieces of original art – read more about their terrific art collection below.
Winter Ski Season
Now is the perfect time for the winter ski season and the slopes are open and packed with snow! I’m unfortunately unable to ski having just had shoulder surgery for a severed tendon, so my husband went skiing instead, making me extremely envious!
The fresh snow was absolutely stunning to see and since St. Moritz was the birthplace of Alpine winter sports and winter tourism over 150 years ago, it is acknowledged as one of the best winter sports regions in the world.
Skiing and Sport
Its 87 pistes all conform to World Cup quality standards and it has previously hosted two Winter Olympic Games and five Alpine Ski World Championships. In fact if you’re staying at the hotel you can benefit from a reduced price ski pass. Not only that, the Chantarella funicular to the slopes is just a few minutes walk away, whisking you up to the ski area in no time.
The snow-sure winters of St Moritz mean you can enjoy both great skiing and snowboarding, and cross-country skiing too. In addition, all kinds of activities can be pursued on the frozen Lake St. Moritz. For the dare-devils amongst you, Celerina, the Olympia Bob Run St. Moritz, the oldest bobsled run in the world, can whisk you downhill at speeds of up to 130 km /h. Although not currently running this season due to Covid, it is something to bear in mind for when things have got back to normal!
The hotel had 69 rooms and we were staying in one of the recently refurbished rooms. It was in fact a Junior Suite and very spacious with a large table, a lounge area and what’s more we had great views of the town straight out of the window.
The beds were very comfortable, the bedding was a lovely quality and the bathroom was equipped with a bath with a shower over it. The room also had complimentary bottles of water each day and a chargeable minibar, although no coffee machine.
The Wellavista Rooftop Spa and Wellness
Luckily, since I wasn’t skiing I was able to explore the lovely spa and wellness area which offers a variety of saunas and steam baths. My favourite was the jacuzzi where you could relax in the gently bubbling waters at a very comfortable 36 degrees, whilst taking in the stunning views right across the lake.
You can book from a range of treatments at the Spa, including a classic Swedish massage, aromatic oil massages and facials. I had an excellent treatment from therapist Martina and all the therapies are undertaken in accordance with the latest Covid recommendations for your safety.
There is also a small but well equipped gym if you want to keep your fitness up.
Italian born Chef Anontello De Marco, creates wonderful menus using fresh, locally sourced ingredients in the the Italian-Mediterranean restaurant MONO.
Chef Antonello de Marco
At dinner on the second night, we chose from the 5 course tasting menu and everything was just perfect. From the presentation, to the freshly baked breads with fermented garlic butter, (a new one on me!) all the way through to the dessert, we had a really wonderful dinner.
Maitre’D, Fransceso Stillitano, and his team took care of us and after an amuse bouche we began with a delicious Carpaccio of beetroot served with sour cream and caviar. This was followed by a scallop and bone marrow second course, which was an unusual combination but tasted divine. Next we had ravioli with shrimp followed by a venison entrecôte served with celery and red berries, and both were extremely tasty. The whole menu was delicious with fabulous flavours and portion which weren’t too big, so that you could truly appreciate all the courses
To end the meal we shared an Italian dessert which has won a prize in Italy for best dessert ever! It’s called “La Settevelli” and consists of sever layers of chocolate and hazlenut. Very decadent indeed – and a must for chocolate and nut lovers!
To accompany the diner we enjoyed a lovely wine from the hotel’s own wine cellar “La Cantina”.
St Moritz Sky Bar
One of the highlights is ‘The St. Moritz Sky Bar” on the top floor of the hotel. This rooftop bar at 1861 metres above sea level is the highest rooftop bar in Switzerland! A relatively new addition, it has already won the prestigious Swiss Gastro Award for “Best Bar and Lounge”.
It is comfortable and chic with fabulous views over the rooftops of the Alpine town towards the lake and the surrounding mountains. It has both an indoor and outdoor part and outside there are heaters to keep you warm as well as a pop up tent to give you a true “après ski” feeling.
The “Apres Ski” pop up tent
St Moritz Sky Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail or after dinner drinks and it offer the largest selection of beers in the Engadine.
Tales Of A Tree
A couple of minutes away from the hotel, the Christmas projection “Tales of a Tree” is taking place in cooperation with the international animation director Oliver Conrad.
The story of a Christmas tree, it is being projected onto the facade of the St. Moritz town hall several times a day after dark until 7th January 2021.
Shopping and Strolling Round Town
St Moritz is the perfect place to stroll around. It has no shortage of luxury boutiques and shopping opportunities. Even if you prefer window shopping, the quaint little streets are very picturesque with plenty of restaurants, cafes and bars – though at the moment all are doing take away service due to Covid.
We enjoyed a lovely take away Glühwein in the centre of town as we walked along the snowy streets looking at all the pretty lights.
Whilst we were there we admired the stunning Christmas Tree at the nearby Palace.
Leisure Activities and Events
Lake St Moritz before Christmas when it was only partially iced over
Although the Lake Polo and White Turf events won’t be taking place on Lake St. Moritz in 2021, an alternative event, called “Amusement on the Lake” is planned for January and February – so do check out the latest news on this. However, the iced over lake is a wonderful attraction in its own right and the perfect place to visit and to walk around. Of course when it is fully iced over during the Winter season you can walk or skate across it too. If you’re looking for a great view of it you can find one by visiting the main car park close to the lake where there is an outdoor viewing point.
Art In the Hotel
The Hotel has the name Art in the title and this is because there is is a large Art Collection for you to admire. in fact the owner has so much art that the hotel is officially classified as a Museum! Each floor is dedicated to an artist and you will find two sculptures by Rainer Lagemann at the reception and hotel entrance, lithographs by Salvador Dali on the first floor, paintings by Alberto Giacometti on the second floor, Marc Chagall on the third floor. Joan Miro’s paints adorn the fourth floor, whilst the fifth floor is dedicated to Picasso and the 6th floor for the work of Robert Mars. In the restaurant MONO you can see the colourful art of Slonem Hunt.
So whether you’re an art lover, a skier, snowboarder, Langläufer, or a foodie or you simply prefer to relax in the spa, the Art Boutique Monopol is a very welcoming and friendly hotel right in the centre of St Moritz. Hotel Director Dominik Zürbrugg and his team are extremely friendly and welcoming and will be sure to look after you.
Winter Offer – 20% Using Code MONO20
What is even better is that if you book a break at the Art Boutique Hotel Monopol at the moment you can benefit from a 20% discount on your stay! Use code MONO20 to take advantage of this offer – but be quick as the offer is limited! For more information visit the www.monopol.ch website here or call the hotel directly.
ART BOUTIQUE HOTEL MONOPOL
Address: Via Maistra 17 CH-7500 St. Moritz
Tel. +41 81 837 04 04
Fax: +41 81 837 04 05
Open for the Winter 2020/21 Season: Until 5th April 2021
Open for Summer 2021 Season: 4th June until 12th September 2021
Photos by Christina and courtesy of the Art Boutique Monopol
For more ideas on things to do in St Moritz please visit the St Moritz Tourism website here
We were invited as guests for the purposes of this review but all opinions are entirely our own.
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