The Dolder Grand’s castlelike turrets resemble something out of a fairy tale, flanked by two modern stone-and-glass wings. In keeping with the exterior’s old/new dichotomy, the owner decorated the 176 rooms as well as the public spaces with pieces of art, both classic and quirky. Guests get a pop art welcome from Andy Warhol’s Big Retrospective Painting behind the front desk. In the hotel bar (above), Finnish artist Jani Leinonen’s We Love Vodka & Freedom installation sets the scene for guests to try the signature Mongolian vodka-and-wasabi cocktail. An iPad art tour chronicles the entire collection, which includes works by Salvador Dalí, Man Ray, and Donald Judd. From $600.This appeared in the October 2014 issue.
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A Modern Castle High Above Zurich
The castlelike Dolder looms large, both literally (it’s a massive complex, hovering high above the city) and in local lore (guests have included Winston Churchill and Elizabeth Taylor). In 2008, it received an over-the-top $427 million extension and renovation by Sir Norman Foster to match, with two gleaming steel-and-glass wings partly enveloping the original 1899 main building. Rooms are luxe and understated with lots of dark wood, creams and crimson, but the real draw is the epic spa, with fanciful treatments that range from a caviar firming facial to massage inspired by live violin music.