Thursday, October 15, 2009

Dolder Grand Hotel, Zurich

The famed health spa/hotel has been designed in 1899 by Jacques Gros and has a perfect city location overlooking Lake Zurich and the Alps. The old hotel has been renewed as a modern luxury hotel by a famous team of professionals — architecture by London├ó€™s Foster and Partners, interior design by United Designers, also of London, and the spa concept by spa-industry visionary, Arizona-based Sylvia Sepielli.


The topmost, 4,300 square-foot Maestro Suite is designed by Herbert von Karajan. The sweeping two-level suite features red leather chairs, dark timbers, a circular tower dining room, pale-marble bathrooms with whirlpools and steam showers (and one with a sauna), massive windows and a lounge-style terrace.

The Swiss surrealist painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti created the Carezza Suite on the top floor of the spa wing. The furnishings and its organic shapes give a peaceful lounge feel, intensified by the neutral colors and the modern fireplace. The two-bedroom suite has a living room, TV lounge and marble bathrooms.

The spa wing, the Masina Suite takes its inspiration from Giulietta Masina, actress and wife of Federico Fellini. Night-blue and soft white evoke a feel of elegance and smoky glamour. A large Fendi sofa and a flat-screen TV are perfect for film noir nights. Floor-to-ceiling windows add further drama. Orange sofas, dark wood panels and pink furniture adorn Suite 101 created to reflect the legacy of the Rolling Stones. The decor has a retro vibe and an edge with distinctive, casual luxury. The suite features a bedroom, living room, dining room, an ensuite kitchen and meeting room for 10.

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