4.5
Very Good 890 Reviews
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What We Love

  • The convenient yet cosseted city-center location, just minutes from shops and sights
  • A trio of restaurants, headlined by Chef Laurent Eperon’s Michelin-starred Pavillon
  • Rooms, covering 270- to 1184-square feet, are spacious by European standards
  • The hotel’s proprietary brand of Swiss chocolate turns up as a turn-down treat

What To Know

  • Two in-house florists decorate the hotel with 1,000-plus flowers every day
  • Honey is produced onsite in a hive that looks like a wee version of the hotel
  • The long, glittery guest list includes royals, industrialists, artists, and musicians
  • Sadly there’s no swimming pool or spa, and the rooftop fitness center is small

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Concierge
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet Friendly
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
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Overview

Storied landmark overlooking Lake Zurich, with a Michelin-starred restaurant and unbeatable location on Bahnhofstrasse

The Lowdown

Opened in 1844, this family-owned landmark in the heart of Zurich is both elite enough and discreet enough to make flashier grande dames seem positively plebeian. It’s been said that while money talks, wealth whispers—and that credo is clearly evident here, from the tranquil gardens that create a buffer around the hotel to the broad corridors (originally designed to accommodate ball gowns) right into the posh guest rooms. Decorated by Frédéric d’Haufayt to evoke private apartments, all 119 balance timeless appeal with modern comforts (picture interactive TVs, free Wi-Fi, iPod docks, no-fee minibars, and marble bathrooms with in-floor heating). The hushed ambience continues in their Michelin-starred restaurant Pavillon, which serves classic-meets-contemporary French cuisine in a glassy space redesigned by Parisian wunderkind Pierre-Yves Rochon. Alternatively, the Mediterranean-inspired Rive Gauche and its adjacent bar lighten things up with its trendier menu and mood. There’s no pool or spa, but its own a fleet of luxury cars—and comprehensive concierge services—ensure you never miss a beat.

In the Area

Set in a manicured park that offers views over swan-dotted Lake Zurich to the Alps beyond, this hotel cultivates a faraway feel. Take a few steps off property, however, and you’ll find yourself at the south end of Bahnhofstrasse, one of the world’s most exclusive shopping strands. Zurich’s fabled financial district, the Paradeplatz, can be reached quickly on foot, too, as can top sights including the Fraumunster Church, notable for its glorious stained-glass windows that Marc Chagall designed while ensconced (of course) at the Baur au Lac. Culture hounds can lounge in the hotel lobby where Richard Wagner premiered part of Die Walküre accompanied by Franz Liszt, then take the 10-minute walk to Zurich’s opulent opera house.

How to Get There

Baur au Lac
Talstrasse 1
Zurich, 8001 Switzerland

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 890 Reviews
Wonderful girlfriends lunch in the Hall
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is indeed a while ago, actually before summer, yet still an unforgettable lunch. I come sometimes with a few friends for teatime, but this time, as it was too early for tea and we felt rather hungry, we decided spontaneously for lunch and - we had a wonderful and unforgettable time at the Baur au Lac. Like with every visit, there is always a person, who stands out - this time it was a young lady, named Sara, who was very professional yet friendly and knew our wishes without having to ask. Due to her very welcoming and naturally professional service, this lunch was one of our finest we ever had in Zurich.
Many thanks to Sara and the rest of the team.
Diane B.

Superb Hotel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited Zurich and stayed in this classy hotel by the end of June 2019, From the warm welcome upon arrival,check in process, restaurant services, room cleanliness until the time of our departure, the service are exceptional!! The front office and concierge team are very helpful. Thanks for making this stay memorable..

On the lake, very lush, with great staff
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Baur au Lac is chic, but not too chic - there are a few tourgroups here. Our deluxe room was small and would have annoyed us if it wasn't for one night only. The indoor lounge is pleasant for lunch or drinks, the outdoor dining outstanding fun looking at the garden and the lake if you have booked before - but the service is slow....

Top Three Hotels Ever!
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were back in Zurich at at the Baur au Lac on Holiday for five nights as part of a 3 week vacation and the suite was lovely! We arrived in early after nearly 24 hours of exhausting travel. Just like last time, reception welcomed us warmly and placed us in a suite to rest in while we waited for ours to become available!
We had a one bedroom city facing suite which had recently been upgraded and it was spotless and beautiful. Room service is served "old school": as an example the soup is delivered in a silver tureen with matching ladle.
Loved our entire stay- except for the rainy weather. A little disappointed but still had a great time.
The Baur Au Lau special blend 1844 hot chocolate is the best hot chocolate and a real treat and shouldn't be missed. The flower arrangements thru out the hotel, and a walk thru the garden should not be missed. The bee hive is cute and the honey is delicious.
Entire staff is friendly, smiling and helpful in every way. Thank you again for a terrific stay!
We've done a tremendous amount of traveling over the past three decades and the Baur au Lac is easily in the top three hotels of the world to us!

a bit antiquated but still has a lot of charm
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The rooms were old styled but well set up. The service was excellent throughout the hotel but the main event for me was the dinner service at the restaurant. The food was great but the service was what people dream of when visiting hotels.