Hans-Rudolf Rütti is the general manager of the Steigenberger Icon Grandhotel Belvédère in Davos Switzerland .

Hans-Rudolf Rütti is the general manager of the Steigenberger Icon Grandhotel Belvédère in Davos Switzerland .

Hans-Rudolf Rütti manages the Steigenberger Icon Grandhotel Belvédère in Davos, Switzerland.Courtesy of Hans-Rudolf Rütti

  • Hans-Rudolf Rütti manages the Grandhotel Belvédère, where the most important WEF participants stay.

  • Rütti said his staff stays onsite and he gets about three to four hours of sleep each day.

  • He said guests have specific requirements and it’s tough, but his team loves working during the WEF.

This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with Hans-Rudolf Rütti, a 62-year-old hotelier with 30 years of experience from Davos, Switzerland, about preparing the Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère for guests at the World Economic Forum. It’s been edited for length and clarity. 

For more than 50 years, what’s now known as the World Economic Forum (WEF) has taken place in Davos, and every year, the Grandhotel Belvédère has hosted WEF guests. Bill Clinton stayed at this hotel at some point. Angela Merkel, Michael Dell, Bill Gates — you name it, they’ve been here.

I became the general manager of the Grandhotel Belvédère in November 2021, so I’ve only seen the 2022 WEF, which was moved from January to May. This year, the WEF is expecting nearly 3,000 participants.

Last year’s forum didn’t have quite the same energy, so we’re happy to have the real Economic Forum back after such a long break. Besides the assembly itself, there are many side events taking place around Davos. This is why there’s a lot of construction going on around both the city and the hotel. Luckily, we don’t have much snow right now, and that makes it easier to prepare.

Construction taking place around the Grandhotel Belvédère.

Construction taking place around the Grandhotel Belvédère.Courtesy of Hans-Rudolf Rütti

In preparation for the WEF, we closed the hotel to

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