There are plenty of reasons to fall in love with the city of Zurich: the vibrant culture, the awe-inspiring architecture, the music, the nightlife and the art. Best of all, the city has a longstanding reputation as one of the world’s most liveable cities. The abundance of hotels, restaurants and cafes that dot the city’s exuberant districts further enhance its character. Always known as a hard-working financial centre, the city of Zurich is now slowly transforming into one of Europe’s hippest destinations. Given its savvy and dynamic nature, the city is bracing up to become a popular business centre; enticing a host of business opportunities and business tourists. While there are a host of business apartments in Zurich that one can discover, here are 5 of the best luxury hotels of this charming Swiss city.
The Dolder Grand
We’ve found some of our favourite things at Zurich’s Dolder Grand Hotel; beautiful views of Lake Zurich and the Alps, an enviable location and a two-starred Michelin restaurant.
Perched on a hill, the carefully restored 17th-century building underwent a $400 million renovation before reopening in 2008. In winter, the ice rink is ideal to spend your evenings; while around-the-year you can cherish the in-house 4,300 square foot spa and the on-site golf course. The interiors of every room and suite are an interesting mix between contemporary style and traditional heritage. Designed by Norman Foster, the space has a beautiful clean design coupled with lavish amenities.
Park Hyatt Zurich
More masterful than most galleries in town, the rooms at the Park Hyatt are filled with art by Sol LeWitt, Heinz Mack and Serge Poliakoff. The modern rooms feature a natural-minimalistic feel with granite and cherrywood materials.
Only a stone’s throw away from the elegant shopping street Bahnhofstrasse, Park Hyatt Zurich brushes sides with the medieval old town, and yet occupies a spot in close proximity to the financial district and the sparking lake. The contemporary-styled city-centre hotel features sophisticated décor and culture. With an enviable roster of dining and entertainment options, the recently refurbished hotel includes the “parkhuus” restaurant (awarded 14 Gault Millau points) with an open-plan “show” kitchen, the refined ONYX Bar and the Lobby Lounge with its open fireplace.
Infused with oodles of tradition and polished looks, this luxury hotel occupies a prominent position right by the river. The surprise with this century-old establishment continues to its exclusive pier and its waterside bar.
The hotel has found itself amongst an area buzzing with designer labels and a view of Lake Zurich. Although the hotel has been welcoming guests since 1357, it’s now all about modern-art pieces and stylish décor. Definitely one to prefer innovative spaces over big bedrooms, the 66 rooms are overflowing with creamy tones and artsy wallpaper panels.
Baur Au Lac
More than just a boutique stay – Baur Au Lac has now found its place amongst the city’s best hotels. Where to start with Baur Au Lac in Zurich? This is a place where you would cherish the views over the lake and the Alps, experiment with French delicacies at the Michelin-starred Restaurant Pavilion and enjoy utmost privacy within any one of their 120 rooms or suites.
The entire property is set amidst its own private garden on the lakeshore with a private villa vibe. Most importantly, it is also a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, so yet another feather in its cap.
Eden Au Lac Zurich
The Eden Au Lac Zurich is a reinvented masterpiece. Set on the glistening Lake Zurich, the luxury hotel takes utmost pride in its artsy bedrooms and tasteful interiors. The central Zurich location and the Swiss rooftop bar don’t exactly disappoint.
The 18th century hotel encompasses oodles of architecture and art; our favourite element being the palatial stairwell that greets your vision on entering. Each of the 50 rooms are beautifully decorated with opulent chandeliers and striped wallpaper. There’s also a sleek 15 Gault-Millau-point Restaurant Eden, where the dress code is slightly formal.