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
- Parking On Site
- 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.
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...And it’s just as beautiful, and provides the high level service one would expect from a 5 star property. Consistently. The hard product matches up to the supreme hospitality one receives.
You’re really missing out if you skip over this hotel experience.
Can’t wait to be back again.
Was a little treat for my wife’s upcoming birthday and I can say that was the best treat in our 11 years of marriage. We felt like in a fairytale and we were treated extremely well. Looking forward for our next Baur au Lac experience 👍🏻🍾
Baur Au Lac was a great place for our three night stay in Zurich during Christmas. The decor is very authentic and the hotel is conveniently located on their main shopping street and in a very close proximity to the historic centre. In the begining I was deciding between Baur au Lac, Widder hotel, The Dolder Grand and Storchen and I was glad that I picked BAL in the end. We ended up visiting and dining at The Dolder, which was located pretty far from the centre, however, the view of Zurich was great. While having breakfast at Storchen was a very unpleasant experience when the service was rude and the food wasn’t good at all. I’d gladly return to BAL in the future.
Room old fashioned and in need of a serious revamp. Very nosy room overlooking the street. Needs a double glazing system. Did not sleep very well. Breakfast very average and very expensive. Very disappointing view onto a building site on the right...
A most luxurious place and hotel, situated at the heart of Zurich near the lake, walking distance f om the main streets and the restaurants around the lake, also walking distance to old Town in Zurich, amenities and facilities are grrst