THE GLAMOROUS Dolder Grand hotel overlooks Zurich as a turreted guardian, with guests able to soak up the magical views across the city of Zurich, its azure lake, and its surrounding snow-capped mountains. Located on the Adlisberg, this historic hotel was originally opened in 1899 and now boasts two contemporary wings designed by Lord Norman Foster.
The Dolder Grand
Arriving at the hotel is a joy in itself, taking the shiny funicular chugging up the forested mountainside. As I enter The Dolder Grand I am struck by the imperial staircase, the Corinthian marble columns, and the grand Swarovski crystal chandelier. Comprising 175 rooms and suites across varying categories in either the historic building or the modern wing, the hotel offers both rural and city views.
Spa Reception at The Dolder Grand
I check into a contemporary suite in the modern wing, with a balcony view of the mountains and accompanied by the sounds of birdsong. This ambience encapsulates the charm of the countryside location, despite being only minutes away from the bustle of Zurich. I immediately enrolled on The Dolder’s self-guided iPad-aided art tour to learn about the 100+ pieces by celebrated artists, including Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol, that are displayed throughout the hotel and its grounds.
Spa Pool at The Dolder Grand
Spa Terrace at The Dolder Grand
My favourite spot here is within the 4,000 square-metre spa, either loitering beside the 25-metre pool, followed by roasting in the sauna. As dusk falls, I head to the outside steamy whirlpool, where I watch nightfall descend with the twinkle of city lights in the distance.
The Dolder Grand’s two restaurants include SALT, the casual dining eatery featuring locally sourced produce, and the two Michelin-starred The Restaurant, with acclaimed German chef Heiko Neider at the helm. After dinner, the perfect spot to enjoy a nightcap is on the veranda – a long-standing favourite for guests and locals alike – and the ultimate place in Zurich for people-watching.
by Amanda Bernstein
Rates start from CHF740 (approx.£601) in a Double Room Superior on a room-only basis with access to the Spa. thedoldergrand.com/en/