We search out small-scale accommodation with a modern design twist in Switzerland’s most populous city. Words by Nikki Wallman.
When it comes to travelling to a place as mesmerising as Zurich, it pays to find accommodation that complements your surroundings. Small-scale boutique accommodation is the perfect option for travellers who crave an intimate experience and care about the details.
If design plays a big part in your travel decision making, there are a group of hotels that you need to have on your radar, especially if you want to capture another dimension of Zurich’s vast beauty.
Lady’s First Design Hotel
Don’t worry if you’re a bloke (or a couple) – men are welcome in this slickly renovated, 28-room, 19th-century townhouse in quiet Seefeld, near the shores of Lake Zurich. The rooftop and top floor wellness and spa area of the Lady’s First Design Hotel is, however, strictly for the ladies – a nice change if you’re not quite used to letting it all hang out in front of manly strangers.
Single rooms from $263 per night; double rooms from $332 per night; Mainaustrasse 24.
Townhouse Boutique Hotel
The decadently Baroque-style wallpaper, richly-coloured furnishings and other quirky touches of the Townhouse Boutique Hotel are a little different to the more minimalist restraint often found ‘round these parts. Reasonably priced and just a block away from the main train station.
Single rooms from $223 per night; double rooms from $258 per night; Schützengasse 7.
This rambling, beautifully blended triumph of centuries-old architecture and modern design spreads out over nine historic townhouses. Each room and suite of the Widder Hotel has a unique character – think exposed wooden beams, abundant antiques and art, plush leather bedheads, and richly coloured Moroccan rugs.
Single rooms from $538 per night; double rooms from $744 per night; Rennweg 7.