The Coolest Place to Stay in The Swiss Mountains – Hard Rock Hotel Davos & More

Hi Everyone,

Just arrived at the Hard Rock Hotel Davos after a fabulous ride with my Harley Davidson – I wish – smile! Truth be told I drove to Davos in my car. A picturesque drive just under 2 hours from Zurich with normal traffic.

Davos is Europe’s highest city, making it a popular ski destination. It is also famous for hosting the annual World Economic Forum. Summer activities range from swimming, sailing on Lake Davos, hiking and mountain biking. There is also the Glacier Express, a scenic train ride connecting Davos to  the Matterhorn  – a ride which is still on my “to do” list.

Interestingly the town first became famous as a place to recover from tuberculosis and other lung problems in the late 1800’s. Many beautiful sanitariums where built during these times. Today they still exist but have been converted to hotels. The building now housing the Hard Rock Hotel Davos also used to be a sanitarium with it’s very own chapel.

My Hubby and I totally fell in love with the Hard Rock Hotel Davos this weekend. Our stay was a true iconic experience and we really did “rock” our way through the weekend. We will be back!

In fact we have to come back because we need to try out the “sound of your stay” music program. Getting one of the Fender guitars delivered to our room along with on-demand video sessions, floor amps and headphones. OMG doesn’t that just make you want to instantly book your visit too – haha!

Keep reading for a pictorial account of “The Coolest Place to Stay in The Swiss Mountains – Hard Rock Hotel Davos & More”

 

The Coolest Place to Stay in The Swiss Mountains – Hard Rock Hotel Davos & More

The minute you walk into the Hard Rock Hotel Davos that hard rock vibe starts creeping in with authentic music memorabilia dotted all around.

Did you know Hard Rock owns the worlds largest and most valuable collection of authentic music memorabilia with more than 86’000 pieces displayed in locations around the globe.

 

Rooms:

The Coolest Place to Stay in The Swiss Mountains - Hard Rock Hotel Davos

The Hard Hard Rock Hotel Davos has 94 guest rooms and suites. We stayed in a Deluxe room and it is certainly worth the upgrade to this level as each room has a lovely balcony with panoramic mountain views and a hanging chair.

The Coolest Place to Stay in The Swiss Mountains - Hard Rock Hotel Davos

 

The Chapel:

The Coolest Place to Stay in The Swiss Mountains - Hard Rock Hotel Davos

The chapel has especially been desanctified so it may officially be used for purposes other than religion. Catering for groups up to 100 people.

The venue looks totally different depending on the event taking place – the wedding pictures I have seen look particularly pretty.

The Coolest Place to Stay in The Swiss Mountains - Hard Rock Hotel Davos

 

The Restaurant, “Sessions”:

The Coolest Place to Stay in The Swiss Mountains - Hard Rock Hotel Davos

The restaurant has a lovely setup. You can choose to either sit at a larger communal table or have a romantic corner for yourself.

The menu is varied and super delicious. Choose from traditional burgers to super original vegan dishes.

The Coolest Place to Stay in The Swiss Mountains - Hard Rock Hotel Davos

 

Fondue Pavilion:
The Coolest Place to Stay in The Swiss Mountains - Hard Rock Hotel Davos
Photo credits: Hard Rock Hotel, Davos

The fondue pavilion seats a maximum of 8 people and is such a fun place to spend a relaxing evening after a solid day on the slopes. Note though you don’t have to dress warm as the cute wooden structure heats up in no time. We almost ended up sitting in our underwear – smile!

 

The Bars:

The 5th Roof Top Bar:

The Coolest Place to Stay in The Swiss Mountains - Hard Rock Hotel Davos

Magnificent 360° views over the roof tops of Davos and onto the mountains, coupled with delicious original cocktails. What more could one ever want – smile!

The Coolest Place to Stay in The Swiss Mountains - Hard Rock Hotel Davos

 

GMT+1:

The Coolest Place to Stay in The Swiss Mountains - Hard Rock Hotel Davos

A great place to stop for coffee and unwind during the day. Alternatively get ready for it to suddenly turn into Davos’s best hangout bar with live bands playing every Friday and Saturday night.

We had so much fun – rumour has it that the last people in our group went to bed after 2am having tried a number of what seems like a never ending cocktail selection.

Live-Concert with Blues Woman Akina McKenzie
Live-Concert with Blues Woman Akina McKenzie

 

The Rock Spa:

The Coolest Place to Stay in The Swiss Mountains - Hard Rock Hotel Davos

Spa amenities:

  • Vitality Pool
  • Whirlpool
  • Steam Room
  • Yoga Studio
  • Body Rock® Fitness Center
  • Experience & Ice Shower
  • Saunas (textile free, sauna cloths available at spa reception free of charge)

The Coolest Place to Stay in The Swiss Mountains - Hard Rock Hotel Davos

Be sure to treat yourself to a Hard Rock Hotel signature massage. You get to choose the music theme to suit the treatment you wish to have. During the massage amplified music vibrations can be felt through the massage table whilst treble beats come from a speaker above the head. An experience not to be missed. My favourite massage ever so far!

Love the Hard Rock Hotel motto:

“Play Hard, Purify Harder”

 

Before going home be sure to check out the rock shop for a souvenir…

 

For Bookings:

 

Tobelmühlestrasse 2

Davos, 7270

Switzerland

Hotel: +41 81 4151600

 

You might also be interested in buying one of the exclusive Residences at the Hard Rock Hotel, Davos. More about these on FunkyForty.com soon!

 

& More…

Skiing:

Whilst visiting Davos in Winter you really should hit the slopes. The ski area extends over to Klosters.

There are six ski areas to choose from:

The freestyle mountain Jakobshorn, the ski classic Parsenn and the two family-friendly mountains Madrisa and Rinerhorn. There is also the decelerated Schatzalp ski area and the freeride mountain Pischa.

In total 300km of guaranteed snow pistes and 57 transport facilities on the slopes.

I have skiid in Davos many times but this visit was the first time on the Jakobshorn. It has officially become my favourite ski area in Davos.

FunkyForty and Florian Walther…

I can’t decide whether this is due to the beautiful slopes, the awesome Jatzhutte with the infamous coffee, or having the honour of personal ski lessons from the Hard Rock Hotel, Davos General Manager, Florian Walther himself…

 

The power of Chocolate:

Nothing like an unforgettable, make your own chocolate experience with Mathias Heller from Schneider’s.

We learnt all about the ingredients of chocolate, including the differences between dark, milk and white chocolate. Surprising to note that white chocolate contains no cocoa beans what so ever….

Here a small look at our creations – I am sure you can spot mine – haha!

Book your own chocolate course here.

 

A trip back in time: Hotel Schatzalp

A funicular from the centre of Davos city will take you directly to the Hotel Schatzalp. You then have the option to toboggan back down.

Hotel Schatzalp originally opened in 1900 as both a luxury hotel and sanitarium in one. It was the most advanced of its type in the Region and certainly the place to be seen at the time.  Albert Einstein and Coco Chanel were even spotted here together.

There were also operating theatres here and people died as a result… Have heard  gruesome rumours of dead bodies being attached to toboggans and thrown down the mountain in the midst of the night. Our guide of course comforted us in saying this certainly wasn’t the case… but was it???

The hotel has been maintained in it’s original state to this day. Only the operating theatres have been removed – replaced by communal TV rooms. As soon as you enter the front door you can feel yourself stepping back in time…

In any case Hotel Schatzalp is certainly worth a visit during your trip to Davos.

 


 

 

A huge thanks to everyone at the Hard Rock Hotel Davos for making our stay so wonderful. Best team in Davos!

Special thanks to Florian for the best ski lessons ever and dear Laura for taking pictures with me inside the residences – you’ll see these in the next Davos Residences post soon.

This was a press trip but all opinions are my own.

 


 

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Hi! I’m Yvonne, a 40 something (wink) Kiwi, living in Zurich. I love fashion, travel, shopping and food – believing chocolate will cure almost anything!

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