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Dolder Grand in Zurich reopens after US$400 million Facelift

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Thursday, 3 April 2008

Zurichs iconic city resort, The Dolder Grand reopens this week following a four year, US$400 million facelift.

The historic Zurich landmark has been transformed into a stunning, modern 5-star city resort by world-renowned London architects Foster and Partners.

The Dolder Grand which dates back to 1899 as a Curhaus health spa, has been reborn following a four-year conversion and renovation combining innovative building and design technology with restoration of many original architectural features to their former glory.

The luxury city resort with unrivalled views of the city, lake and the Alps, now features 173 exceptionally luxurious rooms and suites within the historic Main Building and two entirely new extensions, the Golf and Spa wings, which seamlessly embrace the historic hotel in a fusion of tradition and modernity.

The Spa Wing incorporates a new 4,000 square metre Spa created by renowned American spa consultant Sylvia Sepielli.

European and Japanese influences shape this unique temple dedicated to well-being which features a black swimming pool with panoramic alpine views, state of the art gym, movement and mind-body studios, 19 treatment rooms, spa cafe and two spa suites for exclusive, private relaxation.

Accommodation ranges from single rooms to deluxe suites, with double room rates starting at US$850. Four top suites cater for individual extravagance priced from US$5,200 to US$14,000 a night. The largest Maestro suite, inspired by former guest, famous German conductor Herbert von Karajan, occupies two floors of a tower in the Main Building.

Interior design is by United Designers of London. In the Main Building refined modern meets elegant tradition while the two new wings reflect the curved, organic theme of the architecture with flowing lines and floor-to-ceiling windows which create an almost limitless sensation of space.

Features classified as historic monuments such as the Stone Hall in the Main Building and six of the bedrooms have been faithfully restored to their original splendour.

The Dolder Grand also boasts a new state-of-the-art ballroom, banqueting and seminar facilities. Recreational facilities include tennis courts and a golf course.

Fine wining and dining centres on the hotels signature The Restaurant which serves modern European cuisine in exquisite surroundings, and the Garden Restaurant, with its chic contemporary design and outdoor terrace, and spectacular views of the city, lake and mountains.

The Bar, a black marble masterpiece with sweeping staircase and gold beaded curtains, is poised to become a popular meeting point in Switzerlands most dynamic city.

Now positioned as a top-ranking international luxury city resort, The Dolder Grand is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and Swiss Deluxe Hotels.

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