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One of the most international cities in Europe, Zurich is rooted in its reverence for nature and beloved for its authentic Swiss traditions. That is what makes my hometown so special. The quality of life, business and innovation are as inviting as its beautiful views. Many first-time visitors are mesmerized by the idyllic Lake Zurich and intoxicated by its signature fresh air. These are the most luxurious hotels, many of which are committed to sustainability and preserving the rich and natural beauty of the city.
Here are the best luxury hotels in Zurich:
Park Hyatt Zurich
The Park Hyatt Zurich is known for its highest standards in serving business travelers from around the world. Only footsteps away from Zurich’s city center, you can reach the bustling city square of Paradeplatz and all the major offices of the finance industry. Lake Zurich invites you to take an energizing morning run before your business meeting. Speaking of meetings: The Hyatt Group’s latest well-being initiative invites you to “Zen your meeting” with its team of professional wellness coaches. They’re trained to bring more focus and awareness to the frantic pace of today’s work culture. Afterward, indulge at Parkhuus, its sustainable restaurant that sources all its ingredients from local organic farmers.
Hotel Baur au Lac
Waking up to a view of Lake Zurich is one of the best things to cross off your bucket list. Have breakfast on Baur au Lac’s scenic terrace restaurant, which is nestled in the grand hotel’s beautiful art park with the lake just across the road. The hotel’s terrace and park are also famous for luxurious summer parties thrown around major festivities in Zurich, such as the annual Züri Fäscht (Street Parade). The private setting offers guests the chance to enjoy the celebrations in VIP style. Its Michelin-starred Restaurant Pavillon is one of the best culinary experiences in the city. And for all tea lovers, Baur au Lac’s beautiful recently refurbished lobby invites you to enjoy traditional English teatime. Special tip: Add a spoonful of the homemade organic honey, all sourced from more than 80,000 bees from the beehive located on the hotel grounds. It’s all part of the hotel’s commitment to sustainable honey production.
Located in the midst of Zurich’s luxury shopping district on one side and the banks of the River Limmat and the Old Town on the other, the Storchen Hotel is a boutique hotel that fuses Swiss traditions with contemporary design. Storchen, German for “stork,” is a symbol of luck and the foundation of the hotel’s history. Legend has it that the name was adopted after a pair of rare black storks nested on its roof. Its stylish bar is not only a place for guests but a hotspot for locals, too. Enjoy innovative cocktails while watching the boats pass by on the river and views of the Old Town, which are truly magical day or night. The hotel even has its own sustainability manager, who takes a holistic approach to its eco-friendly processes for the benefit of guests, employees and the environment.
The Dolder Grand
It is hard to match The Dolder Grand experience. The legendary hotel and spa resort—which reopened in 2008 after being renovated by Sir Norman Foster—is a luxurious oasis that calls Zurich’s forest its backyard. Guests can hop into one of the hotel’s hybrid limousines to get downtown, which is only ten minutes away. Its Michelin-starred The Restaurant has a terrace overlooking the city, lake and the Alps, as well as one of the most interesting modern art collections you’ll find in a hotel. Each of its top suites boasts breathtaking views and have unique interior decor. It’s the perfect place to unwind, calm down and enjoy, be it for families, rock stars, adventurous backpackers or romantic couples. And the spa is extraordinary—43,000 square feet of pampering and rejuvenation, including a pool, saunas, steam rooms and a hot tub outdoors, with a Botero statue keeping watch over you.
Located in Zurich’s city center, this upscale boutique hotel combines its 700-year-old history with contemporary design and cutting-edge technology. The suites and 34 rooms at the Widder are the gateway to a gastronomic restaurant, Widder Bar & Kitchen, which offers a fantastic food-sharing concept and a renowned piano bar, as well as a rooftop suite. Rice, vegetables, fruit and a whole array of exquisite produce—including wines—is taken fresh from its own farms and served at your table.