Hotel Walther Pontresina


Hotel Walther in Pontresina

Vitello Tonnato – mountain herb soup – shrimp with wild rice – Spaghetti Pomodoro – veal with potato gratin and courgette

The Grand Hotel Walther is located in sunny Pontresina. The family-run 4-star superior hotel is known for its hospitality and high-quality cuisine. A total of four restaurants are available to guests. The many hiking trails in the vicinity of the Hotel Walther make this place an ideal Hike&Dine destination.

The best Vitello Tonnato in the country, eaten at the Hotel Walther
The best Vitello Tonnato in the country, eaten at the Hotel Walther

Our stay at the Hotel Walther in Pontresina

Arrival at the Hotel Walther in Pontresina

We traveled to Pontresina by train for a weekend. The chauffeur was already waiting for us at the Pontresina train station. In only 5 minutes we reached the main entrance of the Hotel Walther. We passed the imposing entrance door. The reception team at the Hotel Walthers greeted us in an extremely friendly manner and we felt immediately at home.

Lobby Hotel Walther
Lobby Hotel Walther

A short tour through the Hotel Walther

Immediately after check-in, the receptionist showed us around. So we discovered the bar with a sea of lamps on the ceiling. We got our first glimpse of the Grand Restaurant. We were looking forward to the dinner in the large Art Nouveau dining hall with high ceiling and large windows. On the way back to the reception we passed the Smokers Lounge – and there it was in front of us: the lobby. Comfortable armchairs and camiers in various colors and shapes invite guests to relax and linger. On this beautiful autumn day, golden yellow sunbeams shone on the splendid parquet.

Aperitif on the veranda of the Hotel Walther

We opened the door to the terrace, sat down at one of the small tables, and listened to the wind rustling through the trees in the hotel garden. Time for a glass of wine. Sheltered from the wind, we sat on comfortable wicker chairs and let the sun shine on our faces. From the veranda, the view of the green hotel garden and the mountains opens up. We were hungry and decided to have a vitello tonnato. It was a dream. Luckily, we sat there and enjoyed the moment. A deep calm filled us. There is no other place in the Engadin like the veranda at Hotel Walther – we agreed on that.

Dinner at the Hotel Walther in Pontresina

We took a seat at our beautiful table, which was set in white and equipped with silver cutlery. We decided on half board when booking. It comes with a 5-course menu. The full-bodied yet fine wine pressed on Basel-Städter soil, turned out to be a stroke of luck.

It went perfectly with the second starter, a shrimp on wild rice. Then Solène’s favorite dish of the evening was served, a small but fine portion of spaghetti Pomodoro. The Italian classic harmonized perfectly with the wine.

Tender meat, a little cheese and a whiskey sour in front of the fireplace

Matthias’s favorite dish was beef with potato gratin. The meat was tender, the sauce was perfectly seasoned and the zucchini snail was artfully wrapped and crisp. Due to our sporty afternoon activities, we also had enough appetite for the last course: a sorbet and a slice of cheese for Matthias. We ended the evening not in the hotel bar but at the fireplace in the lobby with a whiskey sour. Splendid.

The bar in the Hotel Walther
The bar in the Hotel Walther

Conclusion: We want Walther

We spent one night at the Hotel Walther in Pontresina and we are blown away by the warm hospitality, the high-quality cuisine, and the beautiful hotel. The visit in late autumn was ideal to enjoy the sunny hours on the veranda. We felt very comfortable in Hotel Walther. The mixture of soft modern in the traditional Belle Epoque house appealed to us very much. The location of the Hotel Walthers is excellent for exploring the nearby mountains. We did – with a wonderful hike. We want Walther – we’ll come back, I promise!

Hike&Dine Tip: Hiking in Val Roseg

Combine your stay at Hotel Walther in Pontresina with a hike in the Val Roseg. Be it a gourmet hike or something more demanding: Hike&Dine got you covered. Read about our hike suggestion in Roseg here.

Hike with us in Val Roseg
Matthias Meyer headshot / portrait
Matthias Meyer, Co-Founder of Hike&Dine
Prepare your trip

Practical information for your stay at Hotel Walther in Pontresina

You can reach Pontresina by train from anywhere in Switzerland. Searches directly on the page of the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) for trains by entering your starting point and Pontresina as your destination.

The Hotel Walther offers 57 rooms, 11 junior suites, and 2 suites. It also has its own underground car park and free transfer from and to the Pontresina train station. You can find more information here.

The Walther family runs another hotel, the 3-star Steinbock. It is one of the oldest inns in Pontresina and is known for its typical Engadine cuisine. You can find more information here.

Inform the Hotel Walther about your arrival time at the Pontresina train station. Then you will be picked up by car.

Contact: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on +41 81 839 36 36 and via email at

Make sure that the hotel is open before you travel. Very often, this hotel closes for a couple of weeks in early spring and late autumn. You can find more information on their website or contact them.

About Hotel Walther

About Hotel Walther

The Hotel Walther is part of the exclusive Relais & Chateaux collection. The Art Nouveau hotel was recently restored with great attention to detail. The Walther restaurant offers 4 restaurants: a Fonduestübli in the form of a large gondola, a Bünder specialties house, a trattoria, and the Grand restaurant in modern art nouveau. Also in the lobby, there is a menu. In the afternoon from 3 p.m., there is also free coffee and cake. Sports enthusiasts can play tennis or go for a swim in the pool. For wellness fans, there are Saunas and steam baths.

The third generation of the Walther family manages a balancing act: they manage to combine traditional elements from the Belle Epoque with skillful modern handles. The Hotel Walther offers different places to enjoy and linger. Every guest will find a favorite place – for sure.

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