The Dolder Grand
What it is
An 1899 grande dame perched over the city and Alps, with a futuristic spa designed by Lord Norman Foster and a Michelin starred restaurant.
What it isn't
Dated. Yes, the Dolder Grand has been beloved by generations, but it’s continually reinvented for today (note the spa’s sunaburo sand baths) while holding on to the best elements of the past (see the original fairytale castle).
What we think
There is a reason why listing illustrious past guests of this hotel is like a name-dropping parade—including Oprah, Leonardo DiCaprio, the Clintons, and Winston Churchill. Why? The hotel is every bit as megawatt as they are. Take the guest rooms, which are tricked out with whirlpool tubs and floor-to-ceiling panoramas. Upgrade to the Residence Terrazza Suite to stretch out in 1,300 square feet of luxury, including a glass private elevator, three sumptuous bedrooms (the master has its own sauna, natch), a terrace, and butler service. While you’re here, multiple spa treatments are practically required; offerings include white caviar brightening facials and algae drainage wraps made with the fruits of Brittany’s Atlantic coastline.
You're here because
The art collection here is like a trip to the Museum of Modern Art, with works by Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol in the collection (pieces by the latter include “Big Retrospective Painting”—which is 36 feet long and hung in the lobby).
You’d heard Chef Heiko Nieder was a culinary wizard (hence the two Michelin stars). But when your waiter sets your fried local venison with chocolate, black miso, celery and cornelian cherries before you, you let out a contented sigh. This is living.
Restaurants & Bars
The Restaurant - fine dining with 2 Michelin stars and 18 Gault Millaut points
Garden Restaurant - light european cuisine and modern interpretation of swiss classics
The Bar - great place to relax and unwind with a cocktail
Atop a forested hill 20 minutes from Zurich airport, and a zippy drive to town; don’t miss the Swiss National Museum, set inside an 1898 French Renaissance-style chateau.