From the box-shaped, glass-fronted architecture to the high-ceilinged foyer complete with granite floor and an immense, specially commissioned Sol Le Witt mural, the Park Hyatt Zürich aims to impress inside and out. The interior is classy and comfortable; the abundance of glass windows means oodles of light, and some 91 works of art strewn throughout the rooms and public areas provide a constant stream of eye candy.
The 142 rooms are decorated in warm colors and equipped with tech-savvy amenities like state-of-the-art Bang & Olufsen flat-screen television, DVD, and stereo equipment. Many have excellent views of Zürich. Furnishings are made by reputable Italian artisans; the oversized headboards, which use 100 percent natural materials, are designed by a local artist; and the large and luxurious marble bathrooms have a separate soaking tub and rain showers, double sinks, and toiletries from Laura Tonatto.
The larger, more sumptuous suites (executive, presidential) come with extras like separate dining rooms and freestanding tubs, while the hotel’s public areas span the swank Parkhuus restaurant and wine room, a distinguished lobby lounge and library, the chic Onyx Bar, and the Club Olympus Spa.
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Close to the financial institutions around Paradeplatz Square, Park Hyatt Zurich is only minutes from the upscale boutiques of Bahnhofstrasse, the sparkling waters of Lake Zurich, and the pretty Old Town (Altstadt), with its Congress Hall and Opera House. The Grossmünster and Fraumünster churches are also within walking distance, and well worth a visit; the latter has some striking stained-glass windows by Marc Chagall.
Need to Know
Rooms: 142 rooms, from $535. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: 3 p.m. Dining options: The elegant, understated Parkhuus serves high-end seasonal and locally sourced cuisine, and has a private dining space (illuminated by an Ingo Maurer chandelier) within a separate 3,000-bottle wine room, and a side terrace for warm-weather dining. Breakfast, light meals, and afternoon tea can also be taken in the lounge area, which has a fireplace and library of culinary books. Café Z serves coffee, croissants, and pastries in the morning, and hot meals for lunch and dinner. The dapper Onyx bar is accessible from the lobby and from its own dedicated street entrance and offers a large selection of vintage wines by the glass, as well as malt whiskeys, classic cocktails, and hand-rolled cigars. Spa and gym details: The Club Olympus Spa, on the mezzanine floor, comprises two different sections—a 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness room, and the wellness area and treatment rooms. Separated into men’s and women’s areas, both feature a sauna and a steam bath.
Who’s it for: A fairly broad mix of families, business guests, and vacationers, though all with a certain level of income and subsequent refinement. Our favorite rooms: The corner suites are wonderfully spacious and feature stand-alone bathtubs. Befriend a concierge: It’s worth spending some time chatting to the concierges. They’re very clued in on local events and can always recommend a good concert, restaurant, or activity.