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Taking bookings at the Dolder Grand
Zurich (ots) - 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 cupola.
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.
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The Dolder Resort