IN LAIN Hotel Cadonau          

 Crusch Plantaun 217  7527 Brail (St. Moritz - 26 km) − Switzerland

Member of Relais & Chateaux

Enjoy the sense of just being, in the here and now, at the IN LAIN Hotel Cadonau. An experience for all the senses, a revelation of taste – tempting and liberating – this is what makes the IN LAIN Hotel Cadonau so special. The people running it are special, too.

Nature is the stage and the auditorium – the theatre which envelops this hotel. Time becomes a soothing flow in this magical place. IN LAIN stands for sincere hospitality, fresh and exiquiste cuisine and beautiful moments.

The IN LAIN Hotel Cadonau – one thousand six hundred meters above the rush of everyday life. Exclusive, authentic, uncomplicated and Engadine-style...

We really look forward to your visit.

IN LAIN Hotel Cadonau

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Your Hosts

Dario Cadonau runs the hotel together with his wife Tamara who has several years’ experience in the hospitality business. In his capacity as chef and owner, Dario lives the dream he has always nurtured. After his apprenticeship as cook at the Suvretta-House in St. Moritz he worked for various stars of the restaurant scene: for the 19-point chef Philippe Rochat in Crissier, at Bumann’s 18-point gourmet restaurant Chesa Pirani in La Punt and finally in Germany for the 19-point chef Harald Wohlfahrt at the Traube Tonbach.

After that Dario Cadonau graduated from the college of hotel management Belvoirpark in Zurich. This was the moment when, after successful years away from home, he felt the pull of his native Engadine where he gathered more valuable experience. His entrepreneurial spirit and his hands-on approach, his passion for the hotel project and his dedication to detail, which he proved daily as the construction-site manager of his own hotel: all these qualities have pre-destined him to be a successful entrepreneur with great personal charisma.

The special flair of the young hosts is at the heart of the promise of the carefree, enjoyable stay that awaits our guests. We don’t just talk about service, we deliver it!

After obtaining a commercial diploma, Tamara Cadonau became receptionist at the Central Plaza Hotel in Zurich. The communicative young woman soon found her feet in the hospitality business and developed a real enthusiasm for her vocation. After two years she decided to go back to her native canton of Aargau. At the Seminar-Hotel Seerose on the shores of Lake Hallwil she found a new professional challenge, working at reception.

During two more years Tamara gathered sales experience at the company Swiss-Sales in Horgen. Finding suitable premises and hotels for clients as well as organising events all over Switzerland was an interesting and instructive experience. However, she felt homesick again for Lake Hallwil, so she decided to return to the Seerose. Tamara’s new range of responsibilities: sales, communication and marketing. In addition, she acted as assistant to the management in various functions. In autumn 2008 Tamara completed her professional in-service training as PR specialist with the Federal Certificate.

Since early April 2009 the beautiful valley of the Engadine has become the centre of Tamara’s life. Together with Dario she runs the IN LAIN Hotel Cadonau. Little sun Jan Luis is born on 21th of december 2013.

Two Brothers

The brand «IN LAIN» stands for a committed Engadine family – no more, and no less. Its figureheads are, of course, the two brothers who guarantee top quality, each in their own walk of life.

Dario and Marco Cadonau - two brothers with two different professions and two different areas of business: hotel culture and wood manufacturing – a strong co-operation. Hotelier/chef and cabinet-maker/wood technician TS are two very different jobs. The underlying philosophies, however, have many aspects in common: at the beginning there is always the careful choice of the raw materials. The selected ingredients are transformed with great professional expertise and creativity into a high-quality end product. Here a four-door cabinet, there a six-course menu.


IN LAIN– the manufacturing of wood and enjoyment ... There is also glass, stone and a special service philosophy. IN LAIN is the metaphor for the special exotic touch of this house. Wood stands for natural, hospitable, warm; but IN LAIN also stands for the National Park, the tree line, the stone pine woods of the Engadine, the unique magic of simplicity. When we named our brand IN LAIN we simultaneously drew up the symbolic house rules – simple, reduced, in tune with nature.

IN LAIN is a straightforward approach to the natural surroundings of Brail. An exciting tension between the natural and the new, the fixed and the movable. A concept as if hand-made – with great flair for innovation and style.

IN LAIN motto: By providing perfect service we create unique emotions and convince by genuine hospitality.


Warm-hearted hosts, impressive design – and above all an outstanding, daring and refined cuisine! In March 2013 the young Grison chef, Dario Cadonau, at the suite-hotel IN LAIN is elected GaultMillau Chef of the Month, in November 2013 he receives the Grand Chef Award by Relais & Châteaux and – the crowning accolade – is awarded a Michelin star in the same month.


Bilanz Hotel Ranking: Place 46 from 50 best Holiday Hotels in Switzerland

Prix Bienvenux - die 10 gastfreundlichsten Luxushotels 2018


21 place under the 35 best Holiday Hotels in whole switzerland

Jeunes Restaurateurs d'Europe, winner of the Award "Taste of Origin".


Dario Cadonau is the winner of the Gastrostern 2016

17 Points Gault&Millau

22 place under the best Holidayhotels in whole switzerland

Prix Bienvenu - the 100 friendliest Hotels of switzerland

Connoisseur Circle - 15th place categorie design hotels


Cook of the year 2015 - Sonntagszeitung 31.5.15

Connoisseur Circle - Platz 18 von den 222 besten Hotels der Schweiz

Tripadvisor Zertificate for Exzellenz 2015

28 place under the 125 best Holidayhotels in whole switzerland

Innovation Award Nationalpark Region


Bilanz Hotelrating: 3 place best three- and Unique-Boutique-Holidayhotels

Hotelrating Sonntagszeitung: 31 place under the 125 best Holidayhotels in whole switzerland

3 place under the best winterhotels in whole switzerland

Under the 250 best alp hotels (Montetravel)

Under the 260 unique Hotels europe (Pollow & Pepper)

1 Michelin star
Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux
GaultMillau-«Restaurant of the Month of March 2013»
17 Gault&Millau points
Top cuisine for Gourmets «Graubünden geht aus» 2012+2013
Overall master award «Best of Swiss Gastro» 2012
1st place Grison Trendsetter «Graubünden geht aus» 2011

Member of Relais & Châteaux
Member of Engadin Golf Hotels
Member of Les Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe
Member of Les Grandes Tables

+41 81 851 20 00   Fax: +41 81 851 20 01

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Crusch Plantaun 217 7527 Brail
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