Widder Hotel, Zurich $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
One of the earlier examples of Zurich's new design wave just celebrated its tenth birthdayand 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 variedone 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.
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