This esteemed five-star hotel, set in its own park overlooking Lake Zurich and the Alps, has a remarkable 170-year history. Opened in 1844 by Johannes Baur, the property hosted the world premiere of Wagner's Die Walküre (Wagner himself performed), and Alfred Nobel’s former secretary, Bertha von Suttner, came up with the idea of the Nobel Peace Prize in one of the hotel’s salons.
The 120 rooms are individually decorated with styles ranging from art deco and French Louis XVI to English regency, but all feature exclusive fabrics and furnishings from Europe, and marble bathrooms with heated floors. The amenities are many, from valet parking and chauffeured, on-demand limousines to a round-the-clock concierge and even car repair and flower-purchasing services.
Two renowned restaurants are on-site, along with an inviting bar, an idyllic garden, and a spa.
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The hotel is near the Paradeplatz financial district, as well as Bahnhofstrasse, which is dotted with luxury boutiques and high-end restaurants. Lake Zurich is also right on the doorstep: a round-trip boat ride is a wonderful way to capture views of the cityscape. For a special dinner, head to Sonnenberg Restaurant and enjoy one of the most spectacular panoramas of the lake and the city. If traveling with kids, try Zoo Zurich and see its tropical Masoala Hall, containing 60 species of animals from Madagascar and more than 100 different types of plants.
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Rooms: 120 rooms (including 27 junior suites and 18 suites), from $535. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The Michelin-starred, glass-heavy Restaurant Pavillon is run by head chef Laurent Eperon and was designed by starchitect Pierre-Yves Rochon. Guests will dine on modern interpretations of French classics such as steak au poivre and turbot en papillote. Casual dining is available in the chic Rive Gauche restaurant, which also has a popular and lively bar and an alfresco Terrasse restaurant offering excellent views from canopy-covered tables. Spa and gym details: The hotel has no spa, but it does have a rooftop-level fitness club with killer views of Lake Zurich.
Who’s it For: The clientele is a varied mix of business and leisure travelers—including so-called “bleisure guests” (business guests extending their stay for leisure purposes). Our favorite rooms: The Deluxe Corner Suite has the hotel’s signature blend of art deco touches and French period furnishings, but also the most beautiful views across the lake. Tea time: The newly refurbished Le Hall is a perfect place to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea or hot chocolate made from the house brand “1844 chocolat.” In warmer months, guests can take it all in on the Rive Gauche Terrasse.