|Zurich : luxury hotels|
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Top-end, extremely expensive accommodation is what Zürich does best, and there’s any number of chain- and private-owned palaces catering for executives and the brand of international glitterati willing to sign away Fr.1200 or more for a night in one of the many absurdly luxurious suites on offer. Ordinary mortals could get away with half that for a standard double in these places, but be aware that if you’re willing to part with such stratospheric amounts, you’d probably have a more memorable time in, say, St Moritz or on Lake
Lac Hotel |
| One of Zürich’s oldest hotels, in the same family since 1844, now luxuriating
in top-to-bottom renovations completed in 1997. Set in a private park on the
lakeshore adjacent to Bahnhofstrasse, it fairly shimmers with opulent grandeur;
touches such as in-room hi-fi systems, jacuzzis and ISDN connections make all
An extraordinary nineteenth-century palace perched atop a hill overlooking the
city and accessible only by private funicular. Towers, cupolas, spires and turrets
sprout from all sides of the elegant building; inside, the high-ceilinged rooms
are unsurpassable. Completing the picture are a private nine-hole golf course,
a full-size pool with wave machine, one of Switzerland’s top haute cuisine restaurants, and plenty of walking trails into the parks and forest all around.
Grandedame of the city-centre hotels, in the same family since
1889, with a perfect location and bags of charm. The understated elegance of
the dark-wood-and-leather lobby, however, isn’t matched in the rooms, which
are spacious and comfortable but have been done up in a rather cloying chintzy
style. A bargain, considering the competition.
On a quiet Old Town street, a row of eight medieval houses has been gutted to
make this stylish and innovative modern hotel, reeking of super-smooth class
but without the merest whiff of hauteur. The bar’s array of several hundred
single malts adds to the appeal.