The Dolder Grand is the perfect environment for people who are looking for pleasure, exclusivity and relaxation: 175 luxurious rooms and suites, exquisite cuisine, a spa covering 4,000 square metres and generous banqueting facilities. The original “Curhaus” dating from 1899 presents itself anew as the luxury-class City Resort. Its elevated location, between the pulsating life of the city and a refreshingly natural green zone, provides a magnificent view of the city of Zurich, the lake and the Alps.
The 175 rooms are as tranquil as the location. A neutral palette with splashes of lilac or tonal oranges composes a harmonious scene set with low-slung furniture in natural textures like leather, dark oak and linen. The rooms in the Norman Foster wings are sleek and bright thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, but those in the main building ooze opulence, with lavishly patterned headboard panels. For pizazz, there are four ‘top suites’, including one in the central tower and another painted black and pink and named after London’s 100 Club.
Balconies are standard in double rooms, alongside coffee machines, rarefied chocolate truffles handmade by fine dining chef Heiko Nieder and technology including automatic blackout and sun blinds and square Bang & Olufsen televisions. The beds are big and pillow-soft, while bathrooms throughout are excellent: clad in white marble or sand-coloured Jura limestone, they have bathrobe warmers, Kerstin Florian toiletries and showers with side jets. Some also have whirlpool bathtubs with candles and a view. Those with a lake view are best, but the rooms overlooking the golf course and woodland have a forest hideaway feel.
Two restaurants and the Bar make eating and drinking at the Dolder Grand a memorable experience. The Saltz restaurant, designed by artist Rolf Sachs, exudes a unique atmosphere of relaxed familiarity combined with an air of understated opulence. It is a place in which guests can question their preconceptions and see things from a completely new perspective.
The Chef à la carte Julian Mai has created a menu of uncomplicated sophistication, which is characteristic of the simple yet refined approach he takes to cooking and his belief in using regional ingredients and specialities. Dessert lovers will enjoy the unique creations of Pastry Chef Christian Hümbs.
The weekly live performances at the Dolder Grand have been an integral part of the Zurich music scene for years. Let yourself be inspired by the changing program and enjoy the different genres from modern jazz, chill out on the piano in the lobby to DJ sound and party vibes on the terrace. In addition, since the reopening of the Dolder Grand in 2008, over 100 works of art by prestigious artists have graced the premises of this luxury hotel in Zurich. From Takashi Murakami, Salvador Dalí to Jean Tinguely, the hotel surprises with a wide range of the most famous modern artists.
Dolder Spa is a seductive space imbued with monastic quietness. The centre point is the elliptical 25-metre indoor pool, while outside there are sun loungers, a hot whirlpool with a view of the lake, and shaded seating areas in the trees overlooked by Fernando Botero’s ‘Reclining Woman with Fruit’. Other spa facilities include gender-specific saunas and steam rooms, relaxation areas, a snow room, an En Vogue hairdresser, a nail lounge, and a well-equipped gym with a programme of complimentary classes.
For further information, visit thedoldergrand.com