Kulm Hotel, St. Moritz
Talk about prestige. Kulm Hotel was the first hotel erected in the storied “champagne climate” playground of St. Moritz and credited with birthing alpine tourism in the 1880s. On top of establishing the city’s curling and tobogganing clubs, first ice run for skeleton sports, and the Olympic Bob run (which is still used today), the Kulm Park hosted the winter Olympics opening ceremonies in 1928 and 1948. The humble edifice was recently upgraded to maintain a perfect balance of tradition and modernity. Still, you can expect to rub (mink-clad) shoulders and “take the waters” (the property has a killer spa) with royalty, business tycoons, aristocrats, and oligarchs.