Located at 1861m above sea level, Hotel Schatzalp was originally a luxury sanatorium built between 1898 and 1900. It had spacious balconies where patients could soak up the sun yet they were isolated from the town's residents, perched above everyone on a short section of flat land in the mountains. Wouldn't the beautiful scenery cure your ills?
Davos once had some 40 similar facilities for the wealthy. However, their relevance waned when antiobiotics started curing the disease in the 1950s. This one was converted into a hotel in 1953. With a discounted cable car ticket if you dine in the hotel, I headed up for an interesting dinner above town.
I headed to the ground floor Belle Epoque restaurant, which sits in a large hall and is full of the building's historic character. Service was top-notch. Although classy, it didn't feel snobbish by any means.
Staff were friendly and happy to share their recommendations and thoughts. I was recommended to try the wild boar chop in caramelised herb-nut crust, and I wasn't disappointed.
This is the spinach strudel on spicy tomato and lentil salad.
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