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 "SonntagsZeitung" of 1 June 2014, Hotel Saratz has been ranked the sixth best family hotel in Switzelrand.
Hotel direction: Anushka & 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
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.
In October 2012, Hotel Saratz has been certified with the standard
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".
We are happy to pick you up from Pontresina railway station (by arrangement).
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.
A well-established duo for many years with a wealth of experience in the 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!
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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 Hotel Hilton 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 of 2013 Mr. Stegemann started at Hotel Saratz and has been taking good care of your culinary wellbeing since then.
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Cathleen Grossmann, born and raised in Dresden, completed her training as a Restaurant Manager in Radebeul. 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.
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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 the Ticino, where he gained first-hand experience in a managing position at the 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!
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Björn Wehlmann completed his training as Hotel Manager in the "Hilton Munich Park". Followed by numerous stations in international hotel chains, with increasing specialization in the area of Human Resources, both in practice and in academic studies. He has worked in 5-star hotels in Ireland, Scotland and Austria. Most recently, he managed the HR department of a cruise line company with 570 employees on 10 river cruise ships, with headquarters in Switzerland.
Since May 2014 Björn Wehlmann has been a great asset to the Hotel Saratz and is pleased to be a member of this successful team.
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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.
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Heidi von Heissen was born and raised in Baden-Württemberg. After graduating high school, she completed the Bachelor in Tourism Management at University of applied sciences Munich. The first time, Heidi von Heissen came to Hotel Saratz was in 2010, when she did an internship in the area of food & beverage. Since November 2012, she has been again part of the Saratz team and is responsible for sales and marketing.
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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.
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You can reach the Engadine easily and safely by road from anywhere in Switzerland, Italy, Germany and Austria. Examples of distances and travelling times:
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.
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
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 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.
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Art in Hotel Park:
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 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.