The historic La Margna at Grace Hotels
The luxury hotel group of Grace Hotels has acquired the historic La Margna Hotel in the heart of St. Moritz, Switzerland.
During 2014, the company will implement an extensive refurbishment and conversion program to create Grace St. Moritz and St. Moritz Residences, a luxury hotel and residential complex, providing services that will be built to the highest standards of luxury, making Grace Hotels world-class.
La Margna Hotel Built in 1906, La Margna Hotel is one of the landmark hotels of St. Moritz, which remains one of the most glamorous summer and winter destinations in the world and has been regarded as a reference point for winter sports since its creation in the late 19th century.
St. Moritz has twice hosted the Winter Olympics and is home to Cresta Run, the renowned toboggan sleigh track. The hotel is south-facing with panoramic views of the lake and the resort’s valley and is just minutes from the luxurious shops and restaurants that make the city a meeting point for the international jet set.
Upon completion of the renovations, the hotel will have 36 rooms and suites, as well as serviced apartments with lake views. It will have three restaurants – with the main restaurant offering a brand new, international, refined dining experience. The classic Swiss restaurant will specialize in local cuisine, while the third restaurant will offer meals throughout the day. A drink and cigar bar will complement guests’ gastronomic experience. The hotel has private parking and is just a two-minute walk from the train and bus station.
The Grace St. SPA Moritz will be completely redesigned to create a luxurious “haven” for healing, wellness and relaxation. The plans include a new gym and a pool with breathtaking architectural features. The ski facilities will be upgraded to the highest standards, with the construction of a fully modernized and equipped ski lounge.
Commenting on the addition of Grace St. Moritz in the group portfolio, Grace Hotels CEO Philippe Requin said: “It is a flagship hotel in one of the world’s most iconic resorts and a valuable addition to the Grace family. The Engadine Valley is an area of great natural beauty, while St. Moritz remains one of Europe’s most unique destinations. Following on from its glorious history, we are proud to take over the La Margna Hotel in the next chapter of its evolution. “
St. Moritz is often regarded as the place where winter tourism was born, and established as an Alps resort in 1864. It is a premier winter sports destination with a 350km track. It is also one of the highest resorts in Switzerland, at 1,800 meters. In addition to skiing, St. Moritz offers many sports and leisure options throughout the year, including hiking, snowmobiling and snowboarding, paragliding, cycling, golf, roller skates, windsurfing, tennis and sailing. Numerous artistic and cultural events take place in the village and surrounding area, and there are world-class shops and restaurants.