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Tal­strasse 1, Zürich bau­ Look­ing at its unas­sum­ing dove­g­rey, Neo­clas­si­cal ex­te­rior, you’d never guess the 119-room Baur au Lac is the grand­est five-star bou­tique ho­tel in Zürich. Owned and run by the Baur fam­ily since 1844, it’s com­fort­able, taste­ful and op­u­lent, and counts Haile Se­lassie and Brigitte Bar­dot among its guests. The spa­cious rooms and suites are dec­o­rated with orig­i­nal art, while minibar items (in­cluded in the rate and re­plen­ished daily) are hid­den inside or­nate gilded cab­i­nets. With first-class ser­vice, a pri­vate park and a lo­ca­tion that strad­dles the fi­nan­cial dis­trict and the Old Town, it caters pri­mar­ily to a busi­ness clien­tele dur­ing the week.

Busi­ness fa­cil­i­ties Yes, there’s a busi­ness cen­tre but it’s the six high-tech con­fer­ence sa­lons that are most im­pres­sive. Wi-fi Su­per-fast and free.

Food and drink Set in a glass gazebo, the Miche­lin-starred finediner Pav­il­lon has ac­claimed chef Lau­rent Eperon at its helm. A hip­per crowd fre­quents the more ca­sual Rive Gauche.

Fit­ness and well­be­ing The rooftop fit­ness cen­tre has in­cred­i­ble lake and moun­tain views.

Run route For a five-kilo­me­tre run, go south along the banks of Lake Zürich, turn­ing back when you get to the tiny is­land of Saffa-Insel.

Cof­fee nearby Visit Odeon (odeon. ch) for some his­tory with your brew. Som­er­set Maugham used to write here; Ein­stein was a reg­u­lar, too.

(From top) Baur au Lac’s re­gally coloured Pav­il­lon res­tau­rant; read about Zürich in Turi­cen­sia, Wid­der Ho­tel’s cosy li­brary

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