Hotel Saratz

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Hotel SaratzAbout

A hotel full of surprises and contrasts

Our Hotel will be open from June 1, 2018 untli March 31, 2019, we are looking forward to welcoming you.

Situated in the centre of Pontresina and at the heart of the holiday region Engadine St. Moritz, Hotel Saratz (4-star superior) is full of surprises and contrasts.
Spa, golf, tennis, two sun terraces, a large 35,000-square-metres hotel park and a variety of culinary delights are waiting to be discovered by its guests.

Hotel Saratz is elegant yet cosy, contemporary yet charming - and its blend of old and new exudes one thing above all: atmosphere.  The modern way of living merges with the Engadine hotel tradition, grandeur with design, nature with architecture. True values for a holiday adventure in a magnificent setting.

By the way: According to the latest rating of the "Sonntags Zeitung" of 27th  May 2018, Hotel Saratz has been ranked the sixth best family hotel in Switzerland.

OverviewFacts & Figures

Hotel management: Anuschka & Thierry Geiger-Starkloff (since 2008)
Grand opening: 1865 as boarding house, 1875 expansion for hotel operation; Reopening after renovation and expansion: 1996
Accomodation: 93 rooms, 186 beds
GDS CODE:
Sabre: YX58578
Amadeus: YXZJVSAR
Galileo/Apollo: YXC1688
Worldspan: YXSMVSH

Quality - Our Passion

It's the guiding principle of the Swiss Tourism Association and Hotel Saratz has taken up the cause. We give our best and constantly seek to improve every single day. We were therefore awarded the Q3 seal by the Swiss Tourism Federation. We are also certified according to ISO 9001:2015 since July 2010.
 

Occupational Health And Safety Standard (OHSAS)


In October 2012, Hotel Saratz has been certified with the standard OHSAS 18001:2007.

Environmental Award

Hotel Saratz is certified for its environmental management with ISO14001:2004 since July 2010. Certified by the Swiss Hotel Association as a
"Green Living Hotel".

Restaurants

  • Enchanting Art Nouveau restaurant
  • Trendy Pitschna Scena with sun terrace
  • La Cuort fondue and raclette stubli
  • Fireside Bar with sun terrace

Interiors

  • Hotel lounge (150 guests)
  • Salon Rouge (30 guests)
  • Belle Epoque (40 guests)
  • Sela Roseg (30 guests)

Seminar Rooms

  • Sela Morteratsch
  • Sela Languard

Outdoor Spaces

  • Hotel park offering 35,000 m²
  • 2 sun terraces (40 and 60 guests)
  • Strauss Pavllion
  • Café Bagnera contiguous to the heated outdoor swimming pool
    (100 guests)

Sport & Leisure

  • Golf practice, chipping green, sand bunkers, putting green
  • Tennis (sand court, outdoors)
  • Boccia, chess, table tennis
  • Gym
  • Heated outdoor pool with children's paddling pool (200 m²) - Summer
  • Indoor pool with whirlpool (70 m²) and luminous relaxation area
  • Spa (Hammam, steam room, sauna, relaxation room, massage and cosmetics)
  • 3 playgrounds, kindergarden, Teen Corner
  • Free mountain bike rental
  • E-bikes by Stromer (surcharge)

Free Shuttle Service

We are happy to pick you up from Pontresina railway station (by arrangement).

Parking / Garage

Parking is available in the hotel's underground car park and in front of the hotel at a charge of CHF 17 per night (on departure day until 11 am). Advance reservation is strongly recommended.

We succeed togetherOur cooperations

Swiss Wellness Hotels

Pure relaxation. Could you do with some more? Swiss Wellness Hotels and Destinations have relaxation down to a fine art – with their exceptional mix of thermal baths, well-balanced health concepts and active relaxation ethos, all set against Switzerland’s spectacular natural backdrop, you’ll notice the stress just slip away.

More information about the Wellness Hotels

Private Selection Hotels

In recent years international tourism has developed into a worldwide industry with big growth rates on the one hand but huge uncertainty factors on the other. Big hotel chains in conjunction with worldwide-operating travel agents compete for the favour of visitors. In this environment private hotel industry establishments, which operate on a smaller scale and are usually run by individual entrepreneurs, struggle to stand their ground. The advantages of this sector of the hotel industry – personal service, individuality and charm of establishments and the diversity of options – are eclipsed by the loud propaganda of the travel industry.

Private Selection Service AG carefully selects its members and therefore is able to guarantee a high quality standard for discerning guests. And although each member hotel is individual and unique, all Private Selection hotels share the following features:

Key guest segment consists of individually travelling guests (no mass tourism)
First class hotel (at least. 4*) according to hotellerie suisse hotel qualification criteria
The member hotel is run privately and is not part of an international chain.
The member hotel is located in a region of tourist interest and offers regional specialities and excursions.
It offers an attractive in- and outdoor activity infrastructure.

Brought together under the PRIVATE SELECTION umbrella brand, member establishments offer their services in the following segments: wellness, golf, city breaks, sea-/lakeside and Alpine Classic Hotels (Alpine summer and winter). 

Engadin Golf Hotels

The Engadine is a paradise for golf lovers. In Samedan (5 km), Zuoz (15 km) and St. Moritz (6 km), you will find great golf courses in the immediate area. As a Saratz guest, you receive a 20% green fee discount at the above mentioned golf courses.

There is a 110-year age difference between grandfather Samedan and grandchild Zuoz-Madulain. With a traditional layout and heavily buffeted by the Maloja wind, the Samedan course is 10 kilometres from Zuoz-Madulain. While Samedan is defined by open, flat terrain with a lot of watercourses and wind, Zuoz-Madulain’s Alpine topography demands a more complete and strategically variable golfing style.

Golf guides, such as the Peugeot Golf Guide, guarantee that both courses provide an unforgettable golfing experience. As always, the oldest golf tournament in Switzerland is played in Samedan within the framework of the ASG Order of Merit.

Klick here for more information about Engadin Golf Hotels

Ladies & Gentlemen serving Ladies & GentlemenTeam

Anuschka & Thierry Geiger-Starkloff, your hosts

A well-established duo for many years with a large experience in 4 and 5-star hotels, they joined the Saratz in 2008.

The Hotel Saratz is a well-developing hotel, which provides an unforgettable holiday experience for its guests thanks to the tireless efforts of the family Geiger-Starkloff and the valuable Saratz team.

The magic of Hotel Saratz is clearly felt again!

Contact: Telephone +41 81 839 40 00 - t.geiger@saratz.ch  

Christian Süss, Deputy Manager

We welcome Christian Süss to the hotel Saratz team. He takes over the position of the deputy manager and is supporting our general manager Thierry Geiger.

Christian Süss was born in Leipzig/Germany. After successfully graduating in Business Administration BA in 2004 he moved to Switzerland, where he began his career as a head waiter in the Hotel Misani.
In 2005, he moved to the Suvretta House in St. Moritz and took the position as F&B assistant. He developed his skills steadily and was promoted to the position of F&B controller and Purchasing Manager. From 2008 to 2010, he also completed the NDS HF to become a Hotel Manager in the future.
Christian Süss started at the Hotel Saratz in June 2016 and will be mostly responsible for guest relations and service improvements.

Contact: Telephone +41 81 839 40 00 - c.suess@saratz.ch 

Isabel Teixeira, executive housekeeping manager

Born in Portugal, Isabel worked in a clothing factory back in her younger years. In the year 2000 she cam to Switzerland ans started to work in the Housekeeping in various hotels in the upper Engadine. Later she has been working for private apartments and villas before she was was hired at the Saratz as executive housekeeping manager. Since Mai 2014 she is in charge of a team of 14 persons at the property.

Contact: Tel. +41 81 839 40 00 - i.teixera@saratz.ch

 

 

Johannes Schneider, Executive Asst. Manager

Johannes Schneider grew up in the German town of Rathenow in Germany. He attended the hotel school "Cesar Ritz" in Brig in Switzerland in 2007 which he successfully completed with a bachelor's degree.

After several workstations abroad, among others in the USA, Johannes Schneider, moved back to Switzerland in 2011, where he began to work for the Hotel Saratz as a front office clerk. Soon he was promoted the front desk shift leaderand Deputy Human Resources Manager.

In June 2017, Johannes Schneider has been promoted to the personal assistant of the general manager. He actively supports the departments of Front Office, Human Resources and Purchasing as well as he relieves the general management of their duties.

Conctact: Tel. +41 81 839 40 00 - j.schneider@saratz.ch

Christian Linger, Front office Manager

Christian Linger has been assigned the new Chef de Réception in summer 2017. He is italian and graduated from the hotel school in Reggio Emilia successfully with a diploma.

In the last four years, he worked in a 5 star hotel on Lake Garda and changed into a four star hotel in december 2016 as deputy chief de Réception.

In Saratz, he has been given the opportunity to prove his expertise and abilities as Chef de Réception. He will be responsible for all operational and administrative work at the front desk.

Contact: Telephone +41 81 839 40 00 - c.linger@saratz.ch

Jessica Hilsenbeck, Banquet Manager

Jessica Hilsenbeck joined the Saratz Team in 2013. First, she supported the front desk team as a receptionist and reservation clerk.

Since December 2016 she is in charge of banquets and events. Jessica takes not only care of the banqueting department at the Saratz but also of the nearby situated Congress center Rondo, which is located just across the street.

Contact: Tel. +41 81 839 46 08 - j.hilsenbeck@saratz.ch

Patrik Falk, Barman

Since 2011 he has been part of the Saratz team, at first in the Art Nouveau Restaurant, and later at the hotel bar.
And at the bar he has discovered his love for the mixology and the close contact to hotel guests.

Mr. Falk has grown up in northern Germany, where he has worked in different hotels right at the "Ostsee" before he joined us here in Switzerland.

Contact: Tel. +41 81 839 40 00 hotelbar@saratz.ch

 

Arrival &Location

Pontresina is located in the Upper Engadine, in the middle of a triangle formed by Zurich, Milan and Munich. You can easily reach your holiday destination using the Rhaetian Railway, the excellent road network, or by plane.

By Car

You can reach the Engadine easily and safely by road from anywhere in Switzerland, Italy, Germany and Austria. Examples of distances and travelling times:

  • Zurich - Pontresina: 200 km, 3 hours
  • Milan - Pontresina: 175 km, 3 hours
  • Munich - Pontresina: 300 km, 4 hours
  • Basel - Pontresina: 250 km, 4 hours


In times of snowfall, the drive over the passes is only permitted with snow chains or a 4x4 vehicle. Get more information about the current road conditions.

By Train

The journey by Rhaetian Railway (RhB) from Chur - Tiefencastel – Engadine, with its loop tunnels and dizzyingly high viaducts, is among Europe’s most picturesque and interesting rides in terms of railway technology. Another option is to travel to the Engadine from Landquart via Klosters – Vereina Tunnel and thus reach Pontresina from Zurich HB (main station) in 3 hrs 19 min.

Online timetable at: www.sbb.ch
More information about the Rhaetian Railway: www.rhb.ch

By Plane

Engadine Airport provides flight connections to the international airports of Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Milan and Munich. Air Taxi connections are also available to many other national and international destinations.

For more information go to www.engadin-airport.ch

 

Art &Design

Never complacent, always exciting

Art plays an important role at Hotel Saratz. Seasonal exhibitions by artists – renowned or newcomers – create an attractive contrast to the Saratz rooms and amenities. The ubiquitous, each season changing art is to be an asset for your stay and at the same time provides a platform for the artists. Immerse yourself in a creative world made from a variety of shapes, colours, techniques and materials.

Exhibition at the Hotel Saratz, Pontresina Summer 2018

The summer Art exhibition 2018 is represented by 9 artist coming from all over Switzerland.

In the public areas of the Hotel Saratz 4 artist are presenting their art with paintings, cloth, drawings and fotography. Large and small formats are presented in the various spaces of the hotel. Either you will encounter a mixed style of the artists or single series.

Large and small sculptures con be discovered at the entrance of the hotel and in the large park facing the Roseg glacier. You will find wonderful sculptures made of stone, wood, metal, plastic and ceramics.

The vernissage will take place on Friday, July 6th at 06.00 PM at the Hotel Saratz.
You are warmly invited to join us for a cocktail and to get to know the artists personally.

Curator: Mrs. Erika Saratz
Responsible in the Hotel: Anuschka Starkloff Geiger

Guided tours are taking place every Monday morning at 11:00 AM with previous appointment the day before.




















Brand &History

"Of all the stories of dust-covered hotels with illustrious reputations and history that have miraculously been awarded a new lease of life, that of the Hotel Saratz is perhaps the most magical." (Bilanz, 10/2000)

In 1865, a traditional Engadine farmhouse was converted into the boarding house Saratz and in 1875, the era of belle époque, extended to create a splendid first-class hotel. The Hotel Saratz quickly established itself as one of Switzerland’s best 19th century hotels. The hotel experienced its heyday as a member of the Hotels de tout Premier Rang Suisses (today Swiss Deluxe Hotels) under the management of four generations of the owning Saratz family.

Many leading personalities from industry, science, the arts, politics and the diplomatic world from Switzerland, Europe and beyond were regular guests at the Hotel Saratz during the Engadine mountain summers. In 1973, owing to the lack of a family successor, the hotel was leased out for the first time. And so for the next 21 years, the wonderful hotel, full of atmosphere and characterized by its turn-of-the-century charm, was run on different principles as the 3-star Hotel Atlas and developed for winter business.

Over the years however, the hotel became badly in need of renovation. Soon, lack of investment and various shortcomings resulted in the 3-star hotel only being able to offer 2-star standards in terms of room comfort, cuisine and facilities.

In the 1990s, the 5th generation of the Saratz family took the fate of their hotel back into their own hands in order to recover its former class and grandeur. Since then, around 50 million Swiss francs have been invested in an extensive overall reconstruction. The complete renovation of the existing building and an impressive new extension were planned and realized with architects Hans-Jürg Ruch and Pia Schmid from Zurich.

The History OfA Family Dynasty

The Saratz family were the actual founders of Pontresina. Their roots go back to the Saracens, an Arab people who came from North Africa as early as 932 BC, travelling via Spain, over the Alps and into our region to seize land and acquire property and riches. Even the name Pontresina can be traced back to these immigrants. The old bridge leading to the town was built by the Saracens and called Pontem Sarasinam, later Ponte Saracino. Over the centuries this became today’s Romansh name of Puntraschigna or Pontresina.

As today, until into the 1970s the Hotel Saratz was run as a family and child-friendly hotel by generation after generation of the Saratz family. For an entire century, it ranked as one of the best hotels in the region. As a 5-star hotel, it was a member of the “Groupement des hotels de tout premier rang” (later Leading Hotels of Switzerland) into the 1970s. In 1960, Gian Pepi Saratz, the last director from the family dynasty to manage the hotel, built the first large heated outdoor pool in the Upper Engadine on the initiative of his mother.

In 1974, as no other family member could be inspired to join the hotel business to succeed Gian Pepi Saratz, the hotel was leased to the Atlas Group in Zurich.

Over 20 years later, the passion for this beautiful building and a sense of tradition and hospitality finally led the 5th generation of the Saratz family to take the courageous decision to make an initial investment of around 22 million Swiss francs and restore the Hotel Saratz to new/former glory. The lease contract with the Atlas Group was terminated and today the 4-star superior hotel is again managed in accordance with the spirit of the Saratz family.