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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

Top of the game
Padschi

We passed by this stunning property on a last minute road trip to Zurich! And what a place it is. From the moment you enter you are transformed back in time to the grandeur of the good old times. The hotel is meticulous from top to bottom. Parts have been newly renovated such as the brasserie and the bar. Rooms are beautiful and perfectly maintained. At the bar, Negroni is amazing and the service from its team (young Italian gentleman, couldn’t get the name) was personalized, welcoming and excellent. David, overseeing the food and beverage, was amazing and what made me write this review! A true hospitality person and amazing host! Happy and looking forward to come back at some point.

Beautiful Baur au lac
856keno

I had the luxury of staying here for 2 nights during the film festival and can tell you it is perfection
Everything at the hotel is amazing
STAFF ( Sarah at breakfast)
Concierge
Reception
Rooms
Gym
Food
Bars
Can't wait to go back next year
It's so incredible and in a great area close to the great shops and lake
Check it out

The fifth star fell off
WiltonL1999

This is a great hotel, probably the best in Zurich, on this trip it wasn’t its usual five star deluxe hotel. Too many things went wrong. Housekeeping, breakfast, coffee lounge etc. Management need to sharpen their pencils and watch out... Other guests shared similar complaints. Love this place and don’t want to see it go down.
I love their new addition Baur’s restaurant.