Cresta Palace Celerina

In the middle of the ballroom of the Alps

Just around the corner

Tradition and modernity

A hotel with history goes new ways. A path between tradition and modernity, between the familiar and the surprising. We would have a lot to tell you at this point. But it is the anticipation that belongs to it, the palpitations before the unknown. Are you excited?

Discover the Cresta Palace Celerina, experience new perspectives in a place full of fresh energy and enjoy the individual luxury.

We leave nothing to be desired

Your host

The Cresta Palace Hotel Celerina is led by a new management couple since the summer season 2020. With Annika Sosnizka-Tauss and Markus Tauss, two proven experts will take over the management of the Cresta Palace Hotel in Celerina. Annika Sosnizka-Tauss and Markus Tauss bring with them many years of experience and extensive knowledge from both international hotel chains and privately managed luxury hotels.

 

We are looking forward to welcoming you soon at the Cresta Palace Celerina.

Family Tauss with the entire Cresta Palace Team

 

History

Since 1820, "modern" roads have also been built in Graubünden. In 1882, the Gotthard railway took away significant traffic over the mountains from our canton and people turned more to tourism, which became an important branch of the economy after the Franco-German war.

1820 – 1823

Contribution to tourism

In 1903, the Albula railway to Celerina was put into operation. It brought the expected great upswing to the Engadine, especially in winter. Messrs Meng, Piderman and Gyr formed an initiative committee with the aim of building a larger hotel in Celerina as well. In February 1905 the new project was presented and on 15 April 1905 the company was founded. Just 14 months later, the Cresta Palace Hotel was opened.

1903 - 1906

Opening of the Cresta Palace Hotel

As the space soon became insufficient, a new building with another 100 beds was inaugurated in 1912. With the outbreak of the First World War, there was a dramatic change and the hotel was used as military quarters in the meantime. In 1925, the first 8 rooms were equipped with running water.

1912 - 1925

New building

The stock market crash in 1929 and the subsequent economic crisis put a stop to the upswing in Graubünden tourism. The overvaluation of the Swiss franc as well as travel and foreign exchange restrictions did the rest. Hotel frequencies fell drastically and the average bed occupancy rate settled at a low 24 percent between 1931 and 1937. Between 1939 and 1946, the hotel remained closed for 7 years.

1929 - 1953

Turbulent years

In the sixties, the call for hotel-owned indoor swimming pools became louder and louder. Fitness was the trend and so a new hall with a swimming pool was inaugurated in 1966. In the course of time, the venerable Furnel restaurant gave way to today's "vita pura" area.

60s

New hall with swimming pool

The kitchen was renovated in 1990 and equipped with the latest appliances. It is one of the few kitchens that has daylight. Only two years later, the west terrace became the light-flooded winter garden.

1990 - 1992

Modernisation of the kitchen

In 1998, a gentle renovation of the Art Nouveau hall took place. In 2005/2006, the new wellness facility with 1200 sqm was inaugurated, which was extended by the activity centre "staziun da basa" in December 2016.

1998 - today

Renovations & extensions of the hotel

Travel comfortably

Arrival by car

The Engadine can be reached by car via the various Alpine passes. From Zurich, it takes about 3 hours to drive to Chur and over the Julier Pass to St. Moritz. From Milan, drive via Lecco along Lake Como to Chiavenna and over the Maloja Pass into the Engadine.

Arrival by train

The Cresta Palace Celerina can be reached safely and comfortably by public transport. The Rhaetian Railway station is 200 metres away on foot. From Zurich you can travel to Celerina in 3 hours. For a luggage-free journey, we offer you an attractive luggage service together with the SBB: Your suitcases and bags will be collected from your home and will be waiting for you in your hotel room when you arrive. We are also happy to take care of the return transport. 

Arrival by plane

Engadin Airport is 10 minutes away and can be reached by private aircraft or charter. The other airports are in Zurich or Milan, from where you can reach Celerina by public transport, rental car or taxi.