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The Dolder Grand, Kurhausstrasse 65
Financier Urs Schwarzenbach’s luxurious resort hotel dates from 1899, but a four-year, $400-million makeover courtesy of Foster + Partners and United Designers has brought it bang up to date. Included in the reburbishment are two new wings, a new spa and a two Michelin-starred restaurant. The result: a stylish renovation, sympathetic to the building’s history, with no-expense-spared facilities. Of the 173 rooms and suites, the ‘daddy’ is the Maestro Suite. Built on two floors, its sitting room is a glass-walled tower with epic views, luxurious cream furnishings and a large terrace for summertime lounging. The décor in the original building echoes its Swiss rustic style origins, but the floral touches are tempered by slick brown leather furniture. Rooms in the new Golf and Spa wings have more contemporary references: dark wooden floors, limestone bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows to make the best of the stunning lake views. All rooms have B&O technology and WiFi is free throughout the hotel. With fabulous views over the lake and city, summer, when Zürich swelters, is the time to visit. The sleek, Japanese-influenced spa has a large outdoor area and both the fine-dining Restaurant and the more contemporary Garden Restaurant have terraces for al fresco feasting. Perched high up on a hill 10 minutes from central Zürich, the Dolder Grand is the perfect choice for some indulgent R&R alongside more metropolitan fun.
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