Spoilt for choice

Hotel Room Boat Cabin 1976, St. Moritz, Switzerland

While the term »luxury« used to incorporate such things as hot water, your own en suite bathroom, electric light or a lift, guests’ expectations grew especially in the 70s with more emphasis on comfortable and individual rooms. The hotel room became not only a place to sleep but also a place of residence and a retreat.

When Badrutt’s Palace hotel opened in 1896 the hotel rooms were very simply furnished. The interior décor came from large furniture manufacturers with the aim of it lasting for as long as possible. Back then the hotel rooms were predominantly for sleeping and getting changed. Everything else played out in the hotel’s public spheres, such as the reading room for the ladies and the smoking room for the men – where they would read, philosophise and make those all important contracts, or discuss business over whisky and cigars.


When Caspar Badrutt died in 1904 and his son Hans took over at the helm of the luxury hotel the style of the rooms changed for the first time. The rooms were more sumptuous and individually styled. The chairs we have in the Engadin suite today are originally from that time and are a joy for lovers of period furniture.

In the next 50 years the style of interior design in the rooms changed very little. Hans Badrutt died in 1953 and left a myriad of room styles to his son Andrea who became the next hotel director, and the style was becoming a little outdated. Modernising the rooms was only possible a little at a time, alone for financial reasons. However, he aimed high with great creative ideas. So, it was in the 70s that arty »themed« rooms such as the boat cabin and the bamboo jungle were created.