Baur au Lac
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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Pet Friendly
- Room Service
Storied landmark overlooking Lake Zurich, with a Michelin-starred restaurant and unbeatable location on Bahnhofstrasse
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
On this occasion we ordered the 'prestige' tea which comes with a glass of champagne to start with. One generally selects two types of tea from a selection of around twenty varieties which the staff will assist with the selection of if necessary. Small but tasty cakes and various finger size sandwiches are served with fruit scones, clotted cream and jams. This time we decided to try the caviar canapes, which were delicious at chf 24 each, so fortunately we were already quite full.
Footnote: We don't stay here as we have a son living nearby.
Amazing hotel. Very disappointing Rive Gauche restaurant. Should not be part of the hotel. Not sure how old the Australian steak was that I was served. Shockingly awful experience. The Pavillion restaurant on the other hand is world class.
Great 2 nights in Zurich! Hotel is beyond your expectations!! From the time we arrived to departure the hotel staff was amazing. Wonderful room service. All of the hotel is so well cared for and clean! I lost my heel of my boot on the cobblestone in town and the concierge had it repaired and returned in less than 4 hours.
Everything here is about super high quality, gravity and rich history. The atmosphere might even feel a bit stuffy... But there’s a good pretty modern-style steak house here, where you can relax and stop feeling like you have to live up to high standards.
It might not be the ideal location if you are in Zurich for shopping, but all main shopping spots are still within the walking distance. You can’t find a better location in terms of beautiful surroundings though. The hotel is situated right on the lake and offers amazing views from the rooms.
The Bar au Lac more than deserves its august reputation; it is truly an outstanding hotel. Rooms are deeply comfortable, and beautifully furnished with original art. I was just as impressed with how friendly and knowledgeable the staff were, in particular the concierges.
I had not stayed here for several years, and was sadly only here on a short business trip, but was made to feel like an appreciated returning guest. Wonderful experience!