au Lac – Expression of a Lifestyle
You will have to believe
it – this is the hotel where Bertha von Suttner convinced
the Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel to create an international
Nobel Peace Prize. Six generations of the Baur-Kracht family
have run the Baur au Lac Hotel in Zurich since its opening
in 1844. Prominently located within Zurich’s financial
district of Paradeplatz with its own park, the hotel grounds
extend along the banks of Lake Zurich. The 166 year-old
privately owned Swiss Deluxe hotel still commands a presence
and has been managed by the Rey family for 55 years.
Family loyalties aside, Baur au Lac, which used to be the
choice destination for Kings, religious dignitaries, heads
of state and everyone mighty, is now swamped with the elite
No shareholder would
begrudge the company for choosing a destination
that can weather the storm for its Annual General
Meeting – its gives such a positive statement.
Spread over four
floors, the Baur au Lac has 120 rooms and suites designed
by Frédéric d’Haufayt. The spacious
luxurious bathrooms set the hotel apart from most hotels.
Its founder Karl Karacht had something to smile about in
1905; he is known as one of the first hoteliers to provide
rooms with their own sanitary facilities and running water.
and Dining at the Baur au Lac
There is something fascinating about Baur au Lac when
it comes to wining and dining. Rumour has it that
it in 1875, it was one of the first hotels to offer
Bordeaux wines on Platz Zurich. The hotel has its
own wine century old wine cellar which stores over
700,000 bottles. This follows that tradition when
in 1902; it opened its “Bonne Ménagière”
store, now called “Shop Vin Hotel” offering
fine wines and spirits for sale. The shop’s
cellar is now home to a rare collection of over 120,000
bottles made up of 1,000 wines and spirits.
The hotel has three restaurants
and bars together with the hotel hall which serves doubles
as regular meeting place for business leaders. The oldest
restaurant if the Rive Gauche Restaurant and Bar which has
now been joined by the newly designed Pavillon Gourmet restaurant
and the Terrasse Bar and Restaurant.
Baur au Lac
Tel: +41 (0)44 220 50 20
the Baur au Lac in full colour in this month's