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Widder Hotel, Zurich 

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Rennweg 7
Tel: 41 44 224 2526
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One of the earlier examples of Zurich's new design wave just celebrated its tenth birthday—and it's aging beautifully. Architect Tilla Theus constructed the hotel on the bones of a row of eight Augustiner Quarter medieval town houses, all designated historic monuments, and the result is a benign labyrinth of levels and nooks, connected by steel and glass stairs, porticos, and surprising little courtyards. The 49 rooms are very varied—one has a checkerboard wall of ancient beams; another a fresco and a Corbusier lounger; yet another has a flagstone floor and a 17th-century four-poster; rooms in the Haus zum Pferch have ornate Baroque wood paneling. All have Bang & Olufsen electronics, cable TV, and a/c and at least some exposed beams or stone walls to remind you where you are. The views from the various roof decks are stunning; service discreet and complete.

Appeared in the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List, a directory of the world's best hotels and resorts, in 2010, 2009

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