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By Zahra Al-Kateb | January 3 2007
The Dolder Grand Hotel is synonymous with pleasure, exclusivity and relaxation, boasting an enviable location high above the city offering panoramic views of the financial district, Lake Zurich and the Alps.
The original building opened in 1899, closed in 2004 and reopened in 2008 after a $400 million renovation. With new spa and golf wings designed by Norman Foster, this luxury hotel boasts four top suites and has fused its traditional heritage with a contemporary style and function. The Dolder Grand also displays more than a hundred pieces of artwork, two well-established restaurants and a 4,300 square foot spa. Previous guests have included the Rolling Stones, U2, former US President Bill Clinton and Hilary Clinton, and Prince Philip. We recommend staying here for the exquisite dining on offer and one of the city’s most luxurious spas.
Why we love it: The Maestro Suite is the most luxurious suite at the Dolder Grand, located on two floors in the tower of the main building. Rich leathers, lavish rugs and dark woods adorn the space and the ceiling features exposed beams from the original hotel. Offering a total of seven rooms, the suite features two spacious bedrooms each with their own marble finished bathroom, whirlpool, steam shower and sauna. The classically appointed dining room is below the living room in a circular tower room and can be served from the nearby kitchen. The suite has an antique grand piano in the foyer, while the library is ideal for reading or working in peace and quiet. For amazing views of Zurich, the lake and the Alps, the suite features a large balcony with stunning views, as well as an outdoor roof patio, accessed from one of the bedrooms.
Thomas Schmid, Managing Director
+41 444 566 000
Kurhausstrasse 65, 8032
Located just a few minutes’ walk from the Paradeplatz financial district and the Bahnhofstrasse shopping area, the Baur au Luc is set in its own park.
Overlooking the Alps, this luxury 150-year-old hotel offers the ultimate in comfort and privacy in its 120 rooms and suites. In-house dining options include French restaurant, Pavillon, and the more casual Rive Gauche. The large, luxuriously appointed marble bathrooms, with separate shower and lavatory, plus heated floor, provide guests with the high standard of luxury for which the Baur Au Lac is famous. Previous guests who’ve enjoyed the Baur Au Lac include Alfred Hitchcock, Sophia Loren and Daniel Craig.
Why we love it: Along with its French period furniture, both suites provide the elite traveler with stunning views of the private park, lake and Schanzengraben Canal. The bedrooms in these suites are separated from the living area, and provide individual air conditioning. The marble bathrooms are fully equipped with bathtubs and showers, while each suite has a separate toilet and guest bathroom – all with complimentary terry-towel bathrobes and slippers. There is a spacious work area equipped with a telephone, fax and private safe, and Wi-Fi is provided throughout. Guests requiring the latest technology will be impressed by the DVD and CD players plus JBL iPod docking station, as well as more than 600 international TV stations.
Located on the banks of the River Limmat, the smoke-free Zurich Marriott Hotel is ideally positioned.
A first class business hotel, the Zurich Marriott has stylish, well-appointed rooms including nine suites. Its 15 conference rooms boast over 5,000 square feet of space, making it ideal for the business traveler. The hotel’s executive rooms boast stunning views over Zurich and there is state-of-the-art technology throughout. Elite travelers will enjoy the on-site Restaurant eCHo, serving creatively presented Swiss cuisine prepared according to traditional recipes, while White Elephant offers imaginative Thai cuisine (see page 12). Elite Traveler recommends stopping by Bar 42 for its specialty Martini. Local attractions include the Opera House, Grossmünster church and the famous Zurich zoo.
Why we love it: The one-bedroom Business Suite has two floors and a private balcony. Boasting all the necessities the elite traveler expects, there is also a separate living room and your own personal conference room. In addition to a separate seating area, the suite comes furnished with a king-size bed, sofa, whirlpool and walk-in wardrobe, as well as two bathrooms (one with a rain shower). Elite travelers will be impressed by the free access to the hotel’s Executive Lounge, complementary high speed internet access and the evening turndown service. Guests in the Business Suite can also take advantage of the Motion Fitness Spa, which is open 24 hours a day and ideal for those who like to keep up their fitness routine while away.
Daniel Lehmann, General Manager
Hilton Zurich Airport hotel is located in lush countryside, just north of Zurich’s business district and only a five-minute taxi ride from the airport.
Newly refurbished, and only 15 minutes from downtown and the lakeside promenade, the Hilton Zurich Airport also features a host of amenities such as soundproof windows, air-conditioning throughout, as well as a personal safe and minibar in your suite. Guests at the Hilton Zurich Airport can choose from a wide range of room categories and services, and savor Swiss and International cuisine at the Market Place Restaurant. VIP guests have direct access to the Executive Floor and the exclusivity of the newly designed Executive Lounge, which includes complimentary breakfast, beverages and international newspapers. Those seeking a business function at the hotel will be impressed by the space provided as well as the modern Lobby Bar, the ideal venue for pre-dinner cocktails and meeting clients. De-stress after a heavy conference or hard day’s sightseeing with a visit to the 24-hour fitness center.
Why we love it: The Relaxation Suites at the Hilton Zurich Airport Hotel are perfect for the business and leisure traveler. Designed according to Feng Shui principles, the light, calming décor and oversized windows make this suite the perfect place to relax and refresh. In addition there are separate work zones for the business traveler visiting on business. Wireless internet access is readily available as is a large desk and ergonomic chair. Bedrooms offer flat-screen televisions and iPod-ready alarm clocks, while the bathroom comes complete with Jacuzzi and walk-in shower
Bettina Schuett, General Manager
+41 448 285 870
Hohenbuehlstrasse 10, Opfikon-Glattbrugg 8152
Offering direct walkway access to Zurich Airport and only a two-minute walk to the airport railway station, this striking hotel was designed with complete luxury in mind.
Each of the 330 air-conditioned rooms and suites offer lavish fabrics, lighting and furniture. Along with the elegantly named Filini restaurant, serving fresh Italian cuisine, there is also a 52-foot glass wine tower in the Angels’ Bar. For those on business the Radisson Blu Hotel Zurich Airport offers 46 light-filled meeting and event rooms, ideal for conferences and presentations.
Why we love it: As the top suite in the Radisson Blu Zurich Airport, the Presidential Suite is the epitome of luxury, providing superior design amenities and service for the elite traveler. Exceptional detail has been paid to the fabrics and art in each suite. The spacious living room, relaxing sleeping area and the fully equipped kitchenette can be expanded with an adjoining double room. The Presidential Suite also boasts an exclusive mosaic by Bisazza, stand-alone bathtub by Philippe Starck, soundproof panoramic windows and an array of technology devices. Complimentary high-speed, wireless internet access is available in all rooms of the Presidential Suite.
Werner Knechtli, General Manager
+41 448 004 040
Zurich Airport, P.O. Box 295, 8058
Regarded as one of the most exclusive hotel chains by elite clientele, the five-star Park Hyatt Zurich is conveniently located in the heart of the city’s financial and commercial district, yet only minutes from the fashionable boutiques on Bahnhofstrasse.
Lake Zurich and the famous Old Town are both close by. All 142 rooms and suites offer stunning views of Zurich, with a subtle yet elegant décor, complemented by cutting edge technology. Park Hyatt’s unparalleled service extends beyond the 24/7 concierge service, providing on-site restaurant Parkhuus, a buzzing Lobby Lounge and Onyx bar – perfect for a pre-dinner aperitif. The Park Hyatt Zurich also features a health club with a gym, sauna and steam rooms, plus treatment rooms.
Why we love it: The Executive Suite is generously sized and offers luxurious comfort and avant-garde communication technology, including high-speed internet access and flat-screen TVs courtesy of Bang & Olufsen. With its open and original design, it is inviting to even the most discerning traveler. While colors are warm and the bedroom signifies a simplistic theme, the grand gestures come from amenities such as the huge marble bath tub. Meanwhile the Presidential Suite, with its hand-tufted rugs, elegant furnishings and fine décor, offers the elite traveler a parlor, office with high-speed Internet, kitchen, dining area, marble bath, shower, steam sauna and king bedroom. Enjoy stunning Zurich views from its generous floor-to-ceiling windows, plus pampering touches such as bath salts, candles and a daily fruit basket.
Kurt Straub, General Manager
+41 438 831 234
Beethovenstrasse 21, 8002