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The Dolder Grand Hotel, a jewel in the countryside in Switzerland

The Dolder Grand Hotel, a jewel in the countryside in Switzerland

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The Dolder Grand Hotel, located in Zurich, Switzerland, is a historic structure that opened in 1899. From 2004 to 2008, it was completely renovated and remodeled by London architects Foster and Partners, who led the building from past to the future.

It is the most spectacular restoration project in the Swiss hotel industry: in 2008, after four years of work, the Hotel Dolder Grand, built since 1899 in Zurich, presents the world with a rejuvenated face. Renowned London architects, Foster and Partners, combine the main building, parts of which are listed, with new architectural designs. All annexes built after 1899 were demolished and two modern wings – the Spa wing and the Golf wing – joined the construction. With 175 luxurious rooms and suites, fine cuisine, a 4000 m2 spa, generous banquet and seminar rooms, as well as a remarkable art collection, the Dolder Grand is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World and Swiss Deluxe Hotels. Its elevated location, between city and nature, offers a magnificent view of the city of Zurich, the lake and the Alps. Since its reopening, more than 100 works of art adorn the hotel. The most striking piece is Andy Warhol’s large retrospective painting, which spans 11 meters and takes pride of place above the reception. As for The Restaurant, run by chef Heiko Nieder, it attracts visitors from afar and has been awarded 18 Gault and Millau points and 2 Michelin stars. This is how many VIPs have signed their names in the guestbook in recent years: Nelson Mandela, Liz Taylor, Hillary Clinton, as mediator between Turkey and Armenia, or Leonardo DiCaprio, who took the time to wander the corridors and frequent the Spa. The Dolder Grand was even used as a frame for a Hollywood movie, namely The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by David Fincher. In this way, while respecting its rich past, the project constitutes an exquisite historical and modern symbiosis.

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