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The Penthouse of this Iconic Swiss Palace Is Now Available to Book—for the First Time in 30 Years

You can now stay in the turret of the glamorous Badrutt's Palace in St. Moritz.
Exterior of Badrutt's Palace at night
Gian Andri Giovanoli

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There are few residences as legendary as the Tower Penthouse in Badrutt’s Palace, St. Moritz. With 3,400 square feet of space, four bedrooms, and four bathrooms across three stories, plus two terraces offering one of the most impressive views of Switzerland across the Sanktmoritzsee lake, it’s an iconic space. And up until very recently, it was completely unavailable to book.

Courtesy Badrutt's Palace 

That’s because the penthouse was rented consistently for 30 years (by whom, we don’t actually know–and it’s a secret Badrutt’s certainly won’t be revealing), leaving it to remain a very glamorous mystery. However, those residents have since moved on, which means those who’ve dreamed about reaching the dizzy heights of the penthouse are finally in luck.

Badrutt's Palace Paul Thuysbaert

Of course, after three decades of residency, the penthouse required a makeover before reopening its doors. Cassina Interiors collaborated with designer Antonio Citterio on the refresh, which outfitted the penthouse with pinewood accents, ornate wooden panelling, and opulent furniture. The four bedrooms (each with an en suite), living room, dining area, fully equipped kitchen and even the small library have been updated to reflect a new, timeless design. Residents can be left entirely to their own devices, or can use the hotel’s facilities–including a personal chef, should they wish. And the price to experience such luxury? A cool $14,000 per night or more.

Courtesy Badrutt's Palace 

Those yet to experience the glamor of Badrutt’s Palace don’t need to spend penthouse money to do so, though. The 126-year-old hotel has 155 rooms and suites open in summer and winter, and while the property’s known for is its history and traditions, recent updates have made the hotel more in demand than ever with its loyal and new customers alike.

Courtesy Badrutt's Palace 

Covid shook the hotel industry, but it gave some fortunate properties the space to regroup and make some changes. In Badrutt’s Palace’s case, those updates include the reopening of King's Social House (ie the oldest nightclub in Switzerland), now under the direction of English chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton. The property also now manages the famed Paradiso, a mountain club and restaurant accessible only by ski lift, which is frequented by those looking to indulge after a morning on the slopes (particularly on the champagne cheese fondue, so good it’ll be etched into your memory for years following).

With an impressive 10 restaurants–including a Nobu outpost–plus three bars, a spa, shops and, of course, winter sports activities it’s almost impossible to explore all of the palace in just one trip, which likely explains why 70 percent of the hotel’s guests are returning ones. It’s mountain glamor at its best, and those lucky few who manage to experience the Tower Penthouse are living the St. Moritz dream.

A version of this article was originally published on Condé Nast Traveller U.K.