Via Maistra 3
7512 Champfèr - St. Moritz
78 rooms & suites
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ARCHITECTURE / DESIGN
Architecture: Roland Hinzer, Hinzer Architektur AG
Interior Design: Francesca Alder-Schweizer, Bofor Design & Gaby Bachhuber Geissinger, Bachhuber Geissinger
Just as its alpine setting is a delicate balance of the elements, so the Giardino Mountain balances modernity and heritage. The hotel stands in the building of the former Chesa Guardalej hotel. It has undergone an extensive transformation, preserving the local Engadine architecture and fusing it with clean interior design.
From the outside, the hotel has a typical Engadine appearance: thick parchment-colored walls keep out the cold mountain air, while the small recessed windows let in acres of natural light. One of the most famous hallmarks of the Engadine style is sgraffito, an engraving technique where decoration is carved into plaster walls. Not only are there beautiful examples of sgraffito on the hotel’s exterior, two-Michelin-starred Ristorante Ecco on Snow features a fully intact work by eminent local artist Steivan Könz. The Stüva restaurant has also remained true to its Engadine roots, with antique wooden ceilings.
The building’s 100-year history has been carefully restored, then married with a modern take on alpine interior style. Hoteliers Daniela and Philippe Frutigers commissioned a team of designers for the project: Francesca Alder-Schweizer from Bofor Design and Rolf Balmer from Raumforum. The result is vibrant, inviting and tactile.
Refurbished public spaces include the reception, lobby bar, restaurants and spa. Within the whitewashed lobby, there is a sophisticated mix of neutral tones and woods. Here, as in Ristorante Guardalej (the Mediterranean restaurant run by Markus Rose), vibrant fuchsia and lime velvets add a touch of unexpected flamboyance. The spectacular floral chandelier, framed by a simple white corridor, brings to mind a huge bouquet of wild flowers cascading down a snowy mountain. Throughout the entire hotel, the design team has used local stone and fine parquets from Mafi. Fabrics come from Designers Guild, and there is exclusive lighting by van Egmond, VG Newtrend and Moodi. Traditional-style wallpapers have been selectively chosen to adorn the occasional wall.
The 78 bedrooms and suites offer guests a contemporary yet cozy retreat. Some have jaw-dropping mountain views, and most have a balcony or private patio. Earthy colors, tactile fabrics and the clever use of natural wood provide guests with additional warmth.