Hoteliers in Graubünden invest fortunes in preserving Alpine coziness on both the outside and inside of their lodgings, which is not always the case in other parts of Switzerland. Therefore, prices in this popular region are comparatively high. Even higher prices are charged for the winter holiday period and in February when most schools are on their winter breaks; during the rest of winter you
may find special lower-priced packages that include ski passes. Summer rates are lower. Many hotels close between seasons, from April to mid-June and from mid-October to mid-December, but the dates and months vary each year, so be sure to check. In a few winter resorts there are hotels that stay closed all summer; we have not included these in our listings.
Hotels publish tariffs in various ways; double-check to see whether you're paying per person or per room, as well as whether you have Halbpension (demi-pension, or half-board). If you plan to stay in one place for more than a day or two, half-board can cut costs. You may also want to ask about GästeKarte (guest cards), small booklets given by hotels that provide various deals on local transit or attractions. Many places are packed between Christmas and about January 15—so make reservations well in advance for this time. Keep in mind that all taxes are included in the price.
If you are interested only in sports, you may wish to budget less for hotels by staying in more out-of-the-way villages and commuting to the more expensive areas, such as St. Moritz and Pontresina.