Lady's First, Zurich $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
The peculiar name makes sense when you learn that the Lady is indeed First if she wants a room with a view and a spathe top two floors are for women only, along with steam, sauna, and treatment rooms and a rooftop lake-view terrace. A 19th-century town house near the opera was renovated by architect Pia Schmid in a minimal, if colorful, style. Public rooms have slate-blue floors and brick-red walls; the 28 bedrooms (women's and coed alike) have unadorned herringbone parquet floors, spiky steel furniture, and walls painted plum or eggplant with a big graphic beige rectangle or just left white with the original moldingsand that's about it. There's a TV but no a/c and limited room service. The best rooms have big windows and a few have little balconies too. The net effect is welcoming, especially if you're a Lady.