- From today, rooms and banqueting premises are
available for booking at the Dolder Grand. In spring 2008, Zurich
will get one of its premier features back. Originally a "Curhaus" -
health spa - , the Dolder Grand has transformed itself into a
luxury-class city resort. International partners have undertaken the
architecture, interior design and spa layout. The former Dolder Grand
Hotel closed for conversion back in 2004.
The Dolder Grand is open for bookings, and with immediate effect.
From April 2008 it will again be possible to stay overnight in the
five-star hotel. A city resort of luxury class awaits guests who sign
in at the Dolder Grand. The categories of the 173 rooms and suites
range from single rooms to deluxe rooms and suites variously
dimensioned and appointed. Four top suites aim to cater for
individual extravagance. Largest of the top suites is the Maestro,
housed in the tower of the historic Main Building. A stay here, on
two floors totalling 400 square metres, including lounge-terrace, is
bound to be a memorable experience.
Symbiosis of tradition and modernity
Leading London architects Foster and Partners have combined the
Dolder Grand's historic Main Building with the innovations of modern
architecture. As originally planned in 1899, guests can once again
enter the hotel from the south side, through the restored stone hall.
All the accretions added after 1899 have been demolished. Two new
wings, the Spa Wing and the Golf Wing, now cling to the Main
Building. Interior architects United Designers, also from London,
have shaped new living spaces. In the Main Building their refined,
eclectic configurations instil a sense of history, while the two
wings epitomize the spirit of the modern age. The 4000 square metres
of the spa area are laid out to a plan by the American expert Sylvia
Sepielli. The spa comprises a spacious pool, men's and ladies' spa,
workout, movement and body studios, and 21 treatment rooms.
Cuisine and banqueting
The two restaurants and bar are open both to hotel guests and the
general public. The terraces afford a magnificent view of the city of
Zurich, the lake and the Alps. Perhaps most eye-catching of the
banqueting rooms is the great ballroom, topped with its unusual
Lavish building and restoration work
The old Dolder Grand Hotel closed in summer 2004. In the space of
six months, more than 110,000 cubic metres of material was excavated
from around the historic Main Building, to reach the necessary depth
for the new buildings. During this work the façade, a listed
architectural monument, was laboriously propped in a steel corset.
The shell as a whole was finished in February 2006. Despite the
doubling of the usable area from 20,000 to 40,000 square metres,
geothermics have cut the Dolder Grand's energy consumption by half.
This entailed sinking 70 earth probes 150 metres deep into the earth.
The work on the Dolder Grand has been costed at 440 million Swiss
francs. The additional project for the "east plot" comprises two
rented apartments and an events room, and the architectural
integration of the Dolder mountain railway station.
The Dolder Grand is still undergoing conversion. Illustrated hotel
literature will be available early in 2008.
ots Originaltext: The Dolder Resort
Public Relations Manager
The Dolder Resort