The Dolder Grand, Zurich's #1 Hotel
With a mixture of a little luck and circumstance I found myself in one of the top rated hotels in Zurich (the top rated, depending on who you ask), and oh man it didn’t disappoint.
It was December 2017 and I’d just come from Vienna, and before that Munich, so I was feeling on top of the world and that nothing could top what I’d just seen in Austria and Germany. But I was completely wrong. As a whole, out of the three countries I visited last winter Vienna hit highest on my charts, but out of the three hotels The Dolder Grand is second to none.
It was the last leg of my trip so I completely welcomed the remoteness of this gorgeous stay. DG is located on Adlisberg hill, and in December when we went it was completely blanketed by snow. I can imagine just how beautiful it must look in the summer time, but I’m not sure I’d want to experience it during any other season than winter. The picturesque scenes when you look out of the hotel at the snow banks surrounding you are indescribable.
During my stay in Zurich the weather was rainy or snowy almost every day. I think if I’d have stayed in an average hotel, as I normally would have done, I would have been a bit bummed and been longing to go out and explore. Don’t get me wrong, I got to see my fair share of Zurich and the wonderful Christmas Markets and historic monuments and churches via the many cabs in the hotel courtyard always ready to take you to the city, but being shut away in the DG was like being locked overnight in a toy store for a kid. The amenities are incredible, both inside your room and out. Their hotel spa and dining room and countless other amazing aspects are nothing short of amazing, but being holed up in your room doesn’t disappoint either. Right now I’m imagining myself back in a fluffy robe and slippers walking around the huge main room with champagne and chocolates in hand complementary of the hotel as it was our honeymoon. (Side note, my husband is allergic to nuts, and all the chocolate had nuts so it was a complete win for me.) I’m also not typically a bath person, but the futuristic bathroom at the DG made it impossible to say no (and by futuristic, I’m talking a shower with about 25+ different nobs that connect to different jets and pressures of water, a TV in the bathroom mirror that appears there as if by magic, and the most stunning tub you’ve ever seen in your life, certainly the most stunning one I’ve ever seen in my life.)
On that note though, there are two sides to the hotel, the antique and the modern. We got placed in the modern wing, but I’d love to experience what the old Dolder Grand would have been like. Either way, you’ll undoubtedly experience some of the most breathtaking views of Zurich. Being able to sit out on a private balcony and look over the many trees and hills of snow beneath the Swiss sunrise and sunset is a memory that will stay with me forever.
Besides the structure of the hotel itself the wonderful group working at the DG simply can’t do enough for you, their service is impeccable and they were some of the kindest people I’ve met abroad. As a side note, the room service is to die for, trust me we ate it for just about every meal.
Simply put, everywhere you go in the hotel you’re surrounded by technology, modern art instillations indoor and out, and luxury on top of luxury. Just be prepared for a pretty hefty price tag, but it’s well worth it if travel is something you prioritize to splurge on.