by Matt Alderton | August 15, 2017
Although they're best known for their skiing, the Swiss Alps also are the backdrop for a thriving art and music scene, according to Hard Rock International, which has announced plans to turn the recently opened Spenglers Hotel Davos in Davos, Switzerland -- Europe's highest city -- into Hard Rock Hotel Davos.

Housed in a 130-year-old sanatorium, Spenglers Hotel Davos is named for the man who opened it: Dr. Alexander Spengler, a German physician whose famous recuperation spa catered to tuberculosis sufferers whose health he believed could be improved by spending time in Davos' high-altitude climate. It is thanks to him that Davos became the acclaimed spa, resort, and conference destination that it is today.

Scheduled to debut in December, Hard Rock Hotel Davos will remain a tribute to Spengler, who established his sanatorium in 1886. It will have 111 redesigned guest rooms; three meeting rooms; a historic onsite chapel that also will be available for events; a ski room where guests can store their ski equipment; a three-meal restaurant; and a rooftop bar providing 360-degree views of the mountains and the city.

Hard Rock, which also is adding a spa to the hotel, said it plans to turn the property into a "music-inspired city escape with priceless memorabilia … curated by a team of design experts to fit the local music scene while reflecting the region's art, style, and culture."

"As Hard Rock continues to grow globally, the brand targets expansion in influential cities and resort destinations around the world, especially in Europe," said Dale Hipsh, senior vice president of hotels for Hard Rock International. "Famed for its pristine climate, cultural offerings, and vibrant entertainment scene, Davos is a distinguished destination that draws in tourists from all over. We feel Davos aligns perfectly with the brand and are thrilled to bring the Hard Rock Hotels experience to the region."