8. Baur Au Lac, Zurich, Switzerland
A unique location just steps away from Lake Zurich, spectacular interiors steeped in tradition, and highly personal service: these are hallmarks of the exclusive Baur au Lac. For more than 165 years, this Zurich landmark has been in the care of one family, which has maintained its traditional elegance and high standards while introducing every modern comfort.
Throughout its illustrious history, Baur au Lac has catered to royalty, celebrities and discerning international travelers with unequaled hospitality. And now, a $50-million renovation has brought new luster to this historic gem, the centerpiece of which is a Pierre Yves-Rochon redesign of the
popular Pavillon restaurant and its adjoining Terrasse. The internationally renowned Rive Gauche restaurant, too, was recently re-launched with a bold new sophisticated style.
Thirty-two of the hotel’s guest accommodations have been reconfigured to create 22 expansive new rooms and suites, all upgraded with the latest technology, including Bose sound systems in all suites. All accommodations provide the ultimate in luxury, and their style evokes the intimate atmosphere of a private home.
There are several luxurious, expertly appointed salons for business and social gatherings. The hotel resides in its own private park on the lake shore at the upper end of fashionable Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich’s famous shopping and business district. It is just a stone’s throw from all the city’s major cultural and historic attractions.