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Hotel SaratzAbout

A hotel full of surprises and contrasts

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 1 June 2014, Hotel Saratz has been ranked the sixth best family hotel in Switzerland.

OverviewFacts & Figures

Hotel direction: 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

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 9001:2008 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
    (14 points Gault Millau)
  • 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)
  • AVO cigar lounge (30 guests)

Seminar Rooms

  • Sela Morteratsch
  • Sela Languard

Outdoor Spaces

  • Hotel park offering 35,000 m²
  • 2 sun terraces (40 and 60 guests)
  • Strauss Pavilion
  • 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 Historic Hotels

Switzerland is full of historic hotels, guest houses and restaurants. Many of these valuable Swiss cultural and historical treasures have until recently lain hidden away. History meant dusty, old, out of fashion.

For a few years now, an increasing number of guests and hotel keepers have rediscovered the charisma, attraction and charm of these objects. Buildings and rooms have been dusted down and in keeping with the modern principles of friendly service and quality, these „guest houses“ are irresistible.

Motto: Patina, not dust. 

Do you want to learn more about Swiss Histoic 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

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 wealth of experience in 4 and 5-star hotels.

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  

Thorsten Stegemann, Chef de Cuisine

Born and raised in Berlin, Thorsten Stegemann successfully completed his training as a Chef in the International Club Berlin e.V.

He gained more experience in the 5-star Hilton Hotels in Berlin and Vienna. In 2008, Thorsten Stegemann came to St. Moritz to work first as Sous Chef, later as Executive Sous Chef in the Hotel Laudinella. In June 2013 Mr. Stegemann started at Hotel Saratz and has been taking good care of your culinary wellbeing since then.

Contact: Telephone +41 81 839 46 11 - t.stegemann@saratz.ch  

Cathleen Grossmann, Banquet Manager

Cathleen Grossmann, born and raised in Dresden, completed her training as a Restaurant Manager in Radebeul (GER). Due to her interest in foreign countries and the desire for professional development, she worked in South Africa, Ireland and Italy. In September 2008 she came to the Hotel Saratz, where she gained valuable experiences as Chef de Service and Food and Beverage Assistant. Since May 2011, Ms Grossmann has been the contact person for all of your needs regarding events and meetings.

Contact: Telephone +41 81 839 46 08 - c.grossmann@saratz.ch

Denny Griep, Chef de Service Pitschna Scena

Denny Griep completed his training in hotel management in beautiful Kaiserstuhl in the Riegeler Hof in Riegel. Soon after his training, he moved to Switzerland, more precisely to Ticino, where he gained first-hand experience in a managing position at the 5-star Hotel Giardino Lago in Ascona. He helped to expand business for the Tavolago AG in Lucerne as Head of Gastronomy and finally came to the Engadine, where he managed the Golf Restaurant in Zuoz for 5 years. Since June 2014 Denny Griep has been part of the Saratz team and looks forward to welcome you soon in the Pitschna!

Contact: Telephone +41 81 839 45 80 - pitschna@saratz.ch

Sebastian Buchholz, Chef de Réception

Sebastian Buchholz was born and raised in Berlin, where he graduated as Hotel Manager in the 4-star hotel industry after finishing high school. He gained further experience in first-class hospitality at the Radisson Hotel on Rugen Island.

Since 2007, Sebastian Buchholz has been with us at Hotel Saratz, first as a Night Auditor, Front Desk Clerk and then Assistant Chef de Reception. Since June 2014, he has been responsible for all of your holiday necessities as Chef de Reception.

Contact: Telephone +41 81 839 40 00 - s.buchholz@saratz.ch

René Gross, Chef de Service Art Nouveau Restaurant

René Gross grew up in Potsdam near Berlin. After completing his training in hotel management in the Albergo Hotel Berlin in 2009, he moved to Seefeld/Austria. In the 5-Star Hotel Klosterbräu he started as Chef de Rang, later he became Maître d'Hôtel.
Since May 2011 he has been part of the Hotel Saratz team and welcomes you as Chef de Service in the Art Nouveau Restaurant.

Contact: Telephone +41 81 839 46 07 - restaurant@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.

Visit the summer exhibition 2014 from 6 June to 30 October 2014 at the Hotel Saratz and in the hotel park. The vernissage takes place on Friday, 11 July 2014 from 6 pm until 8 pm in the lobby and the hotel park of Hotel Saratz.

Artists

Art in Hotel Saratz:

  • Hannes Gruber, Sils

Art in Hotel Park:

  • Philipp Käppeli, Ettingen
  • Andrea Röthlin, Kerns
  • Edith Kappeler, Zürich
  • Frederic Lange & Christine Stephanoff, Les Arcs sur Argens (F)
  • Curdin Niggli, Samedan
  • Simeun Moravac, St. Gallen
  • Nathan Moravac, St. Gallen
  • André Becchio, Zumikon
  • Parthena Tsanakidou, Riedikon

 

Download our art card for the current exhibition

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.