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View to park and lake
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Historical Traveler Reviews Baur au Lac Zürich
Herrliches Hotel in Zürich
Mein Mann und ich wollten schon immer hier übernachten - und endlich hat es geklappt. Es kostete schon ziemlich viel, aber es hat sich gelohnt. Alles am Hotel - Dekor, Lage, Sauberkeit, Komfort und Einstellung der Mitarbeiter - war ausgezeichnet. Das erste Zimmer, welches uns angeboten wurde, lag zur Straße hin. Es war ziemlich groß. Wir wollten ein Zimmer mit Aussicht auf den Innenhof, wegen der Ruhe, und auch wenn das Zimmer ruhig war, war es doch sehr klein. Aber das Zimmer war unglaublich (es ist vor kurzem renoviert worden) und das Bad war phänomenal. Die Dusche war die beste, die ich je in einem Hotel erlebt habe. Auch die Größe der Marmorplatten (keine Naht, nur an den Ecken) war beeindruckend. Die Bettwäsche war sehr weich.
Das Frühstück sollte man nicht verpassen. Es war das beste Frühstück, das wir je in Zürich hatten - und wir hatten einige gute. Auch eines der Restaurants im Hotel, das Rive Gauche, ist ausgezeichnet. Wenn jetzt auch noch das Rauchen in den schweizerischen Restaurants verboten werden würde, wären wir noch glücklicher.
Wenn man eine großartige Lage, die tolle Gastfreundschaft der Schweizer und ausgezeichnetes, wenn auch traditionelles, Dekor erleben möchte, dann sollte man im Baur au Lac übernachten. Wir würden hier auf jeden Fall wieder hingehen.
Superb hotel in Zurich
My husband and I always wanted to stay here and finally we did. It was a splurge but well worth it. We found everything about the hotel--decor, location, cleanliness, comfort and staff attitude--to be superb. The initial room they offered us faced the street. It was quite large. We wanted an inner courtyard room for the quiet and although the room was quiet, it was also very small. But the room was stunning (recently redone) and the bathroom phenomenal. Best hotel shower experience ever. Also, the size of the marble slabs (no seams except at the corners) was impressive. Sheets were very soft. The breakfast is not to be missed. It was the best breakfast we have ever had in Zurich and we've had some good ones. Also, one of the hotels' restaurants, Rive Gauche, is excellent. Now, if smoking would be banned in Swiss restaurants, we'd be even happier. If you want a great location, superb Swiss hospitality and exquisite, albeit traditional, decor, stay at Baur au Lac. We would definitely stay here again.
The best city hotel in Europe
The impeccable service distinguishes this great hotel. Call for anything, food, cleaning, then race to your room door to beat the knock by the service staff. And breakfast is the place to be in Zurich in the morning, especially during the summer.
My daughter and I stayed at the Baur au Lac on the 22 & 23.8.06. The price of CHF 740.00 per night for a Deluxe Room is far too much for a 5x4 M. room - even in Zurich. The tiny balcony overlooking the "Schanzengraben" canal is dangerous; the top of the railing is far too low. Had my daughter been younger, I could not of left her alone. Also the pink (!!) tiled bathroom is not to everybody's taste. The water pipes in the bath cum shower stick out of the wall and you have to watch out to not keep burning yourself on the hot one. Also the two 1 M. wide beds were much too soft - more like a trampoline. The newspaper which I ordered was charged to my bill (CHF 2.50), my car was parked in their garage at CHF 35.00 / day and the mediocre breakfast cost CHF 42.00. My conclusion: totally overrated!
Fabulous Swiss perfection...and the little dog loved it too!
My husband and I, AND our little pet Pomeranian stayed in a junior suite at this fabulous hotel for my 49th birthday. We chose the hotel based on previous reviews, the Conde Nast reputation and the fact that it was a dog-friendly hotel. We paid a very nominal surcharge for the dog. Otherwise, we chose a very affordable package from the hotel website. It included free upgrade to a junior suite, a bottle of champagne, free use of the spa (which we never availed ourselves of, unfortunately) and late checkout.
Check-in was professional, courteous and very quick. We were then taken to our LOVELY junior suite on the top floor. The suite itself was extremely spacious, beautifully furnished with traditional drape swags, a stunning choice of fabrics and a great bed. The all-marble bathroom had double sinks, a separate WC, a splendid deep tub and a panoramic window. We also had a pretty balcony with a wonderful lake view.
The hotel had put a lovely fruitbasket and a delicious chocolate birthday cake for us in the room. As to the special arrangements for the dog, they were absolutely flawless; in the middle of the floor, was a ceramic water bowl and some dog biscuits artfully displayed for the dog (who went wild for them, of course.)
All housekeeping services such as pressing, computer help set up, etc., were carried out with Swiss precision and know-how. Within five minutes of placing a call to concierge, housekeeping, reception, etc., all service issues were addressed. Turndown was unobtrusive and perfect.
The hotel itself boasts a beautifully landscaped, lawned garden (they call it park, I'd call it a large garden) where my little Pom was able to run free. I wouldn't recommend turning larger dogs loose, however, since the outdoor restaurant is at the edge of the landscaped area. But no one seems offended by a 5-lb toy doggie. In fact, she quickly became the center of attention wherever we went in the hotel. The only area off-limits to her was the indoor restaurant.
We had my birthday dinner at the hotel. The food was very good, but the major attraction of the evening were the local Swiss wines..outstanding and worth a try. The dinner itself was a tasty compendium of French-Mediterranean victuals. Dessert was superb. Breakfast next day was delicious and nutritious with some organic items on the menu; fruits and juices were also of the highest quality. The outdoor restaurant was more casual. We saw many from the banking elite in Zurich, as well as ladies who like to lunch a la mode.
As to the hotel itself, it is traditional, elegant and discreet. Dark wood paneling, traditional sofa seating, antique prints and paintings decorate the premises. The elevator up to our suite was the most beautiful elevator I have ever seen (and I've seen many, since my father was an elevator designer.) All glass, with wrought iron details, ingeniously renovated and restored while still keeping the original plasterwork and staircase around the elevator cage. Stunning and unforgettable.
All in all, I would recommend the Baur Au Lac to mature indviduals who appreciate traditional style and service. It's not a trendy party palace, and we appreciated just that very, very much.
Worth Every Penny (dollar)
Loved our stay here in mid-September! We were celebrating our tenth anniversary, and arrived having spent two weeks hiking the Bernese Oberland the the Lower Engadine valley. We booked a junior suite with balcony/view of the lake and it was superb! Close to $1000 for the one night ( but it was worth it to finish a fabulous trip in style.)
I cannot say enough about the room, the service, the amenities. I would definitely stay here again. Gay friendly, as is most of Switzerland.
Best of the best
This is a prime example of "you get what you pay for." The prices are certainly at the high end of the scale for Zurich's hotels, but your stay here will be worth every cent. From the moment one arrives in the hotel's small courtyard and is met by the courteous doorman, the Baur au Lac starts to show it's class. The reception personnel handles your check-in briskly and you are escorted to your room in a very gracious and efficient manner. Rooms have both exterior and courtyard views - you should definitely specify your preference at this hotel. The concierge staff, certainly among the best in Zurich, is able to juggle and expertly handle any request you might have. The hotel puts on a delicious buffet breakfast served in the hotel's elegant dining room (probably some of the best bacon I've ever had in my life was here). The lounge, off the lobby, is a great spot for afternoon tea or drinks before or after dinner. I can't extend enough superlatives to the Baur au Lac, as each time I visit this hotel, my allegiance to the Baur au Lac grows!
Beautiful Hotel, Great Location
I stayed at the Baur au Lac over the Christmas holiday in 2004. The hotel was beautifully decorated with a huge tree just off the lobby in the lounge. This was my first trip to Zurich and I found the location of the hotel to be perfectly situated. You were able to walk just about anywhere with ease. The world famous Bahnhofstrasse was just half a block away. Needless to say, the shops were simply amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed strolling up and down the street every day. I visited the Swiss National Museum which I found to be very interesting and would definitely recommend it. I made sure to make reservations for both the Christmas Eve dinner and the Christmas Day brunch which the hotel had prepared for its guests. I had the most scrumptious turkey dinner I've ever had in my life. The turkey simply melted in your mouth. The guests were seated in the lounge area right next to the Christmas tree. It made for a wonderful Christmas away from home. Naturally, the entire city was closed for the holiday so we made sure to eat well at the Christmas brunch. Much to my surprise, the hotel staff delivered a delicious Yule log to all the guests to enjoy in their room after the brunch. All the tourists were out and about exploring the city that afternoon. The weather held up and we enjoyed walking the medieval alley ways and peaking into the churches that were open.
I have nothing but the highest praise for the hotel room itself. It was surprisingly large with an equally large, beautiful bathroom. The décor was lovely and the bed was very, very comfortable. There were not too many English speaking television choices, but we made due with what we had. I found the metal shutters on the windows to be a little tricky, making the room too dark for my preference, so I left them up. The one thing that I would advise anyone to skip would be the buffet breakfast. It was surprisingly bland and simple and outrageously expensive for what they offered. This city has way too many culinary jewels to offer and not taking advantage of them is sinful.
All in all, in my opinion, this hotel lives up to its reputation for excellence. I would absolutely stay here again and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wanted a first-class, luxury hotel experience in Zurich.
My wife and I enjoyed this lovely grand hotel, but were disappointed that the promised lake view was marginal and distant. The staff is polite and formal. Where some might find the old-world atmosphere "stuffy", others would rate it "polished". The restaurants are excellent, since the hotel has both a formal restaurant (outdoors in summer) and an infomal restaurant. Rooms are comfortable and well appointed. "Captains of industry" and royalty both feel comforatble here.
Nice but too expensive
We recently visited the hotel and were recommended to request the junior suite because of it's view of the lake. I felt the view was poor, we were overlooking roof tops and I requested another room due to my dissatisfaction. I was then moved to another (less expensive room) which was very beautiful.