Five restaurants at new Davos hotel

9th December 2011, by Chris Gill



Davos has gone gastro mad this winter, with the opening of a new 4-star hotel and its five smart restaurants; plus new additions to existing buildings that give it a bit of designer flavour, as opposed to its general “belle epoque” era dating back many years.

The new boutique hotel, the Grischa, opened near the Davos Platz railway station on 1 December. It has taken two years of planning and the amalgamation of two original hotel buildings: the Caprice and the Bahnhof Terminus. Now guests will enter a four-star lodging with a smart lobby clad in glass and timber. The building itself is typically Davos: block-like.

The hotel offers 55 rooms, including singles, and 38 plush suites. There are no less than five places to dine, each with a different theme. There is a Fondue Stube, with an obvious menu, the Pulsa where traditional, local cuisine is on offer; the Monta, serving grills and Leonto – which is entirely gourmet. The fifth choice is a chinese restaurant, the Golden Dragon.

Keeping up the boutique theme is the Hotel Fiftyone, which this year has chosen to devote itself to the cyber age: no more reception desk or bookings on site; now prospective guests must book online. Check-in and check-out is done via a special terminal. The hotel is designed to be minimalist, chic and modern, with lots of white and ample multimedia facilities. Unlike the new Grischa, if guests want to eat then they must head for dining rooms at the Morosani or Schweizerhof hotels; this boutique hotel has no meals on offer.

More in keeping with Davos style has been renovations to established hotels; the National, the Turmhotel, and the two-star Edelweiss in Davos Dorf. These appeal to various categories of accommodation, and the Edelweiss has a reasonable range of budget rooms aimed at young people visiting the area.

For something different though, we find the renovation of the Klosters Alpenrösli Mountain Lodge more appealing; a cosy and romantic rest on the Gotschna slopes. The building dates back to 1875, but has been extended and renovated for this winter by new owners – local to the valley. The lodge is due to reopen on 20 December.

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