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Review: Art Boutique Hotel Monopol, St. Moritz

When choosing our accommodation in St Moritz we had a firm idea of what we were looking for. We wanted to be within short walking distance of the ski lifts, somewhere with excellent amenities but not prohibitively expensive. Art Boutique Hotel Monopol ticked all those boxes for us.

Check in

Upon arrival at St Moritz train station we were greeted by our transfer driver who loaded our luggage into the car and whisked us away to the hotel.

At the reception desk we were offered an iced tea to drink while going through the check in process. We were pleasantly surprised to be offered a free room upgrade to a Deluxe Double room, as well as a free welcome drink at the hotel bar and a 15% discount on a spa treatment. We arrived a bit earlier than the standard check in time so our room wasn’t ready but the receptionist gave us a great lunch recommendation so we went there while the hotel took care of our luggage.

Room

Our Deluxe Double room included a huge walk in wardrobe, and a double bed with a desk and lounge area. A mini bar is provided, which we never used, and upon arrival two complimentary bottles of water are left in the room. There are power sockets above the bedside table on both sides of the bed which is handy for charging your phone overnight.

Our room was on the second floor and directly faced a building across the street so there was not much of a view. Although on a clear day you could see the mountains looking out on the right hand side.

The bathroom was equipped with a bath/shower combination, twin sinks and a generous supply of Molton Brown toiletries.

They also provided a proper hairdryer, not one of those low powered ones you often see in hotels where you have keep the button pressed down in order for it to work.

The receptionist noticed that it was my boyfriend’s birthday during our stay so they left a chocolate cake in the room for us, and he was also given a gift voucher to spend in the hotel.

The Wifi worked very well in the room, and the TV had a number of English-speaking channels.

Spa

The spa is located on the top floor of the hotel. The focal point is the 38-degree Jacuzzi with a panoramic view over the mountains.

You have to time your visit to the spa well, as it is a fairly small area it can get busy in the afternoon when everyone has returned from a day on the slopes. The best time to go is around 6pm as that’s when most people leave to get ready for dinner. The spa stays open until 8pm.

In addition to the Jacuzzi, the spa features saunas and a steam room. There’s also a bar on the top floor offering tea, coffee, soft drinks and champagne. A range of massage, body and facial treatments are available to book, and the treatment rooms have a similar view to the Jacuzzi.

The hotel also has a small gym on the top floor but since we were there for a skiing holiday we never used it.

Dining

We booked a half-board package so breakfast and dinner was included for our entire stay.

A breakfast buffet is served from 7am – 10am and includes a wide selection of hot dishes, bread, pastries, cereals, fruits and continental options.

Monopol’s restaurant serves Italian cuisine and our half-board package included a 5-course a la carte dinner from the full menu. Any drinks you order are an additional cost. The food was of a high standard and well presented, and the staff were very attentive and got to know us over the course of the week. The highlight for me had to be the risotto which was served at the table from a Parmesan cheese loaf.

Ski storage

There is a ski room in the basement of the hotel for storing skis, snowboards and boots. It’s a small room so it can be a bit cramped if there are a few people in there trying to get ready. The room is heated to ensure your boots will be dry by the following morning.

Conclusion

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Art Boutique Hotel Monopol. The level of service was outstanding and the staff all spoke excellent English. I wouldn’t hesitate to book a stay here again if we come back to St Moritz.

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