Zurich’s Widder Hotel, built on the site of Roman and Celtic ruins, comprises nine medieval houses decorated with 15th-century frescoes. Given its historic depth, it is not surprising that architect Tilla Theus’s painstaking transformation took more than ten years. Every room is individually styled to mix the past, represented in the unusual circular rooms and passages, which refer to the Roman well uncovered during construction; and the modern, seen in furnishings created by such design greats as Charles and Ray Eames, and Frank Lloyd Wright. The Widder Bar offers over 300 single-malt whiskeys and is well-known in the jazz world, presenting stars like Diana Krall and Benny Green during the bi-annual concert series.
The Widder Hotel’s spacious, luxuriously furnished rooms are all individually decorated. They are air-conditioned and include a free minibar, a modern video and audio entertainment system by B&O, and an elegant bathroom.
Awarded 15 points by the Gault Millau guide, the Widder Restaurant serves Swiss and international gourmet cuisine. Traditional Swiss dishes are available in the Zur Schtund restaurant, and during the summer, guests can also dine in the courtyard.
At the Widder Bar, guests can choose from a large selection of spirits from around the world and enjoy regular live jazz performances. The light-flooded breakfast room has a glass roof that can be during the in summer.
Zurich’s Main Train Station and the shore of Lake Zurich can both be reached in just a 10-minute walk.