Schlosshotel Chastè Review
While many Swiss hoteliers can claim a second generation of family ownership, this hidden treasure boasts 500 years under the Pazeller family's care, who have preserved the bulging, sgraffitied stucco exterior and modernized much of what's behind the magnificently carved Arvenholz wood door. Now part of the Relais & Châteaux group, it started as a farm, then supplied provisions to builders of Tarasp Castle, which looms above. Each room varies a bit—a canopy bed here, an antique trunk there—and the attention to detail is stunning. The on-site restaurant offers a small, yet sophisticated menu; the grilled and poached fillet of turbot with summer truffle served on polenta and the grilled fillet of Engadine veal in sour cherry sauce with balsamic vinegar and potatoes are both outstanding. The Grecian-inspired wellness area—with steam rooms, saunas and massage areas—provides ultimate relaxation (a tinkling water feature adds to the ambience).
The Ultimate SwissChalet
Every inch of this 500-year-old former farmhouse turned hotel is authentic: from the exquisitely carved door at the entrance to in-room stone fireplaces and rural antiques dotting the interior. The scent of Swiss pine throughout enhances the ultimate chalet feeling. Far from the usual crowded tourist centers, Schlosshotel Chastè is a destination unto itself, with a private garden, a small relaxing spa, and magnificent views of the neighboring castle and the surrounding Alps. The 21st-generation owner of the hotel serves elegant Engadine dishes in the cozy restaurant – when he's not taking guests on a hike along the enchanting trails of the region.
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