A Bookish Retreat Near the Sihl River
A literary vibe pulses through this über-hip property situated in what were once the main buildings of Switzerland’s largest brewery. Some 33,000 books fill the soaring 36-foot-tall walls of the Library Lounge, stacks of hardcovers take the place of standard coffee tables near the bar, and each of the 60 spacious, airy rooms comes with its own small selection (mine ranged from Stendhal to a Swiss children’s book). The hotel also provides an excellent reason to leave the literature behind: the adjoining Thermal Bath & Spa Zurich
means you can pad your way in slippers and a bathrobe to soak in the sublime rooftop open-air heated pool.