Contemporary Elegance For Today’s Hip Traveller
In a country with a long tradition of hotel hospitality (hotelspitality?), it is no surprise that most of Switzerland’s top hotels are historic palaces recalling a past era when the Grand Tour of Europe was the realm of European nobility and few others. But that was then and this is now, so it is likewise unsurprising that today’s sophisticated locals and visitors to Zurich have taken to Park Hyatt Zurich with an absolute voracity for the quality of its offerings for the modern-day traveller accustomed to refined hotel experiences.
Park Hyatt Zurich is a thoroughly modern gem of a hotel offering excellence in accommodation and culinary experiences in a totally contemporary environment perfectly suited to the city’s considerable Brioni Brigade; there seems to be no limit to the number of dashing gentlemen in fine Italian suits passing through the hotel’s door on any given day. Park Hyatt Zurich does convey a thoroughly masculine sense of style, with its dark woods and the simplified elegance for which Park Hyatts around the world are so well sought after by busy people who already have a lot on their minds. Not that ladies are excluded by any means; there are enough Chanelled females in the lobby and restaurant to keep the gender balance intact.
The hotel’s excellent location in the centre of Zurich’s business district—and just a block from the lake—makes it a popular place to stay. Even without sleek accommodation, outstanding service, and fine dining experiences at its awardwinning Parkhuus restaurant, the selection of Swiss cheeses at breakfast is enough of a draw for food connoisseurs while the famous Onyx Bar’s selection of unusual signature drinks makes it a favourite place for a break from the business of business, or at least for conducting it in the company of a good whiskey.
Much business is also conducted across the tables at Parkhuus, the hotel’s staying in style innovative restaurant where is offered a market-style menu of the freshest of foods in a chic environment. Naturally, they are prepared to perfection and presented in a simple but elegantly unfussy style, perhaps accompanied by a bottle of fine Swiss wine from Parkhuus’ extensive wine library, which doubles as a private dining room for those who prefer to enjoy the fare in a more secluded style under light designer Ingo Maurer’s avant-garde chandelier, itself an artwork named “Porca Miseria!”
Park Hyatt Zurich’s Club Olympus Spa is one of Zurich’s secret pleasures. Though small as hotel spas go, the Club Olympus Spa is meant as a place of relaxation and contemplation for in-house guests, most of whom enjoy a good massage after a long day negotiating deals and cheeses.
More uniquely, Park Hyatt Zurich is a virtual museum of contemporary art, displaying such an impressive array of 20th-century works that the hotel has created a guide to the collection displayed throughout the property, though its 142 rooms and suites are so comfortable and welcoming that it is very easy to remain within the chic walls of your personal space and enjoy the hotel no less.
Park Hyatt Zurich Beethovenstrasse 21 8002 Zurich tel: 043 883 1234
Article by Robert La Bua