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Baur au Lac

Address: Talstrasse 1

Neighborhood: Left Bank

City: Zurich

Phone: 011-41-44-220-5020

Website: www.bauraulac.ch

Expert Review

For a taste of ‘old world’ charm without par, head to the 120-room Baur au Lac, Zurich’s destination of choice for grand talents such as Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner since opening in 1844. But not all is tradition and glory past at Baur au Lac, which has been owned and operated by the same family throughout its history: The hotel completed a $50 million makeover in July 2009, raising the bar for service and comfort. Renovations by starchitect Pierre-Yves Rochon focused especially on the Pavillion restaurant, a long-time Zurich favorite that is now open year-round, and enlarging certain sumptuous rooms and suites. Set on Bahnhofstrasse overlooking Schanzengraben Canal, Baur au Lac enjoys lake views and a lovely geranium-filled garden. Guest rooms boast a regal atmosphere, exquisite marble bathrooms, and every possible 21st-century amenity a discerning guest can think of (post-renovation perks include flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations).

Tags: luxury | business | expensive | views

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