Davos is one of my top 10 favorite holiday destinations in Switzerland. The highest town in Europe is famous for the diversity of sports, leisure and cultural offers and its rejuvenating climate.

Since winter is my favorite season of the year, I so could not wait to be back for another awesome adventure in the Swiss Alps, staying at the Waldhotel Davos.

Waldhotel Davos

The Waldhotel Davos is the perfect destination for individualists, connoisseurs and anyone in search of tranquillity, relaxation and distance from everyday life. Nestling among lush pines, the Waldhotel Davos offers an astounding panoramic view over Davos and the surrounding mountain peaks. Operated as a sanatorium until 1957, the historic house was the inspiration for Thomas Mann’s world-renowned novel “ The Magic Mountain.” Thomas Mann gained inspiration for his tale during his own stay in Davos. His wife Katia was ill with catarrh on the apex of the lungs, and travelled to a recuperation spa at the woodland sanitorium in Davos. This afforded Thomas Mann extensive first-hand information on life in the sanitorium. As a result of his impressions and armed with the letters that his wife wrote to him from the sanitorium, he embarked on writing his novel, which he worked on between 1913 and 1915, before finishing in 1924 after a break lasting a number of years. Thomas Mann received the Nobel Prize for Literature in Sweden, rendering his entire works immortal.

Since the Waldhotel Davos first opened in 1911, it has been under the ownership of the German von Gemmingen family.

Facts and Figures

This 4-star superior hotel has 46 rooms and is only open during winter season: end of November until mid-April. The entire hotel is non-smoking.


  • WineRestaurant Mann und Co. (14 GaultMillau-Points)
  • Hotel Restaurant Dining Room
  • Bar Krokowski
  • Wine Cellar
  • Panorama Terrace


  • Indoor saltwater pool (34°C)
  • Saltwater grotto, sauna, Turkish steam bath, Kneipp room, massage, aqua aerobics


  • Fitness room “Wald und Fit”


  • 3 seminar rooms, 23 to 84 m2 for up to 70 people

On request, guests arriving by train are picked up from the station in Davos Dorf by the Waldhotel’s shuttle bus free of charge. The bus also takes guests to the nearby ski slopes. Free parking is available. The service is excellent and the staff members are extremely friendly and helpful.


The light-flooded and harmoniously decorated rooms afford you a spectacular view over Davos and the surrounding mountain peaks. 36 of the rooms and suites that were redesigned in the summer of 2012 are equipped with many new and luxury features, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows and airy, big balconies. A further 10 exclusive living spaces bear the hallmark of the star architects Pia Schmid and Hans-Jörg Ruch and through their successful fusion of the finest materials, such as Canadian maple wood and noble Vals granite, satisfy the very highest of standards.

All rooms are spacious, very clean and nicely decorated so that you feel like home.

AMENITIES: Plush bathrobes, hairdryer, direct dial telephone, radio/TV, safe, free Swisscom WiFi, flat-screen TV, seating area and desk. Parquet floors. All south-facing balconies feature original 1911 Davos deckchairs. Additionally in the suites depending on category: DVD player, BOSE sound system and Nespresso coffee machine. All rooms are non-smoking.

A generous buffet with various types of tea, mineral water, fruit and pastries is available for you on every floor free of charge.

Arrival from 3:00pm
Departure up to 12:00 midday

Pricing: starting at ca. 361,- CHF per night, varying on the respective dates.

TripAdvisor Reviews: excellent!


The Waldhotel Davos has no less than three culinary experiences to delight the guests: a delicate meal and exquisite wines in their wine restaurant “Mann & Co.”, a varied choice of light cuisine in the historic Dining Room, and the absolute feel-good atmosphere of their cosy Krokowski Bar.

 I especially LOVED their three-course dinner menu and their breakfast!

The selection and the quality were just outstanding, sitting at a table with a magnificent view of the mountain valley. Don’t expect anything ordinary! Everything is hand picked with a gourmet touch and it feels as if it came from a high-end restaurant. Love, love, LOVED it!

My opinion

I was provided a two-night stay at the hotel in order to write my travel stories on the latest winter trends in Switzerland. However, thoughts are my own and I can truly recommend this accomodation: affordable luxury for a really great deal, excellent service and hospitality and a very relaxing atmosphere!

Enjoyment is what the Waldhotel Davos is all about. If I were ever back in Davos, I’d be strongly inclined to stay at the Waldhotel again. They surely know how to make it a very pleasant and memorable experience.


photo credits: Waldhotel Davos, V’s World