So the Swiss Hotel Archive was tasked with locating all the historical documents and objects in the hotel, putting them in order and making an inventory, thereby facilitating a valuation. All the hotel’s staff members were often involved in the search for treasures at the beginning – from technician to governess. Then in October 2009 there was one of the most extraordinary fi nds: Mr Wiedemann had found the missing key to a forgotten cupboard. It revealed an enormous washing basket behind its doors. This was full to the brim with papers which hadn’t been touched since the first tennis hall had been built in 1913. Among the papers were the first bills, purchases, building plans, historic guest registers and personal letters and photographs of the family. The documents and findings gradually brought to light the earliest history of Badrutt’s Palace Hotel. Under the motto, “The future of the past,” all these documents and historical objects are being archived.
A large part of the photos had already been digitalised and can be used by the hotel in high definition format whenever needed. Many historical pictures have been brought back to life in copies of the Palace Times, the Tower Revue and on the website and they tell fascinating stories from 120 years of Badrutt’s Palace Hotel. The Grand Dame of the Swiss luxury hotels is the only hotel to have two fi reproof and waterproof archive rooms – yet another pioneering deed of the Badrutt family.