Hotel Chesa Salis — Rustic Simplicity Refined

Chesa Salis
Bever, Graubunden, Switzerland


Our stay for the night was in the patrician residence of Chesa Salis, dating back to 1590 and owned at one time by the aristocratic von Salis family of Graubunden.

hotel exterior, wood tables and chairs

The hotel promised unspoilt natural surroundings, peace and relaxation. Located a short distance from fashionable St. Moritz, it was all that and more. There’s a charm to Switzerland that permeates the landscape, honed by centuries-old traditions and a quiet respect for quality of life. The Chesa was a fine example and we embraced its comfort like a newfound friend.

window and sgrafitti

Sunlit mountains looked down on the village that was already in shade as the Bernina Express whisked quietly past a standing freight train on its run to Lugano. Like magic, surrounding peaks turned gradually from gold to pastel blue as evening approached. A magnificent sight. We lingered for pictures, then ambled back to the Chesa to prepare for dinner. The fresh alpine air does increase one's appetite.

freight railway cars

Classical dishes and regional specialities were on the menu, plus a wine cellar with 400 rare wines from Italy, France, Austria and Switzerland — certainly an evening to anticipate after our walkabout in the hotel grounds and public footpaths of Bever.

wred wine and cheese plate

Full disclosure: I was hosted by Chesa Salis while on a photo assignment. All photos and text are mine without oversight by the hotel.

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