Baur au Lac (Zurich): Established in 1844, this grand hotel has been home to many eminent guests. Famous classical composers such as Richard Wagner and Franz Liszt, and in the 20th century John Lennon, have stayed at this prestigious hotel. It is the hotel of choice of international business travelers to Zurich.
Widder Hotel (Zurich): Located in the Old Town of Zurich, the Widder Hotel is made up of 10 historic buildings of the Butcher's Guild built in the 15th century. The luxury hotel has modern stainless steel furniture and glass elevators alongside ancient wooden beams and frescoes from the 16th century. This unique combination is made more attractive by the live jazz performances in the hotel's bar.
Hotel Drei Konige (Basel): Established as an Inn in 1026, the Hotel Drei Konige claims to be the oldest hotel in Europe. In its early days it hosted two Holy Roman emperors and a Burgundian king who met to decide the southwestern boundary of the area now known as Switzerland. In later years, Voltaire, Queen Victoria, and Kaiser Wilhelm II were some of the eminent guests at the Hotel Drei Konige. Its cosmopolitan ambience and the live jazz performances in the bar add to its unique charm.
Hotel Schweizerhof (Bern): Established in 1859, the Hotel Schweizerhof is grand hotel with a luxurious ambience and a collection of antiques and works of art. Its rich décor is reminiscent of 19th century grandeur and makes this hotel a favorite of the international elite.
Royal Park Hotel (Kandersteg): This family-run hotel is known for its elegant décor and formal dining arrangements. Guests are expected to wear dinner jackets or semiformal gowns at dinner and display impeccable manners. The fine décor of the hotel includes wood paneling and carved stone fittings. This upper-class hotel is famous for its high standards of hospitality.
Palace Hotel Gstaad (Gstaad): The favorite hangout of international celebrities, the Palace Hotel Gstaad is the venue of 'the most amusing and expensive annual house party in Europe.'
Established in 1912, the hotel is situated on a rocky outcrop overlooking Gstaad and is sought after by the European elite, for its luxurious ambience.
Beau-Rivage Palace (Lausanne): This beaux-arts building is the most highly regarded hotel in Lausanne. Previously the preserve of Francophone Swiss residents, the hotel now has opened up to a more international guest list who appreciate its excellent service and artistic ambience.
Le Richemond (Geneva): Established in 1875, and constructed to resemble a neoclassical palace, Le Richmond is known for its luxurious interior, decorated with French antiques and Gobelin tapestries. Even the bar at Le Richmond is exclusive and expects its guests to arrive dressed in their best.
The Bürgenstock Hotels (Bürgenstock): This hotel can easily be mistaken for a museum, for it houses an amazing art collection, in 3 separate buildings spread over a 12 acre park. The artworks were collected by the current owner's father. The hotel has extensive lawns, rooms heated by crackling fireplaces and excellent standards of service.
Kulm Hotel (St. Moritz): Made up of three buildings, the oldest of which was built in 1760, the Kulm Hotel is known for its luxurious ambience and has hosted many eminent personalities over the years. You too can feel like royalty when you stay at the Kulm Hotel in St. Moritz.
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