Sleek luxury in central Zurich
Park Hyatt Zurich is an immersion in taste and sophistication that reflects its tony city-center location — it is in the banking district but also steps from the chic boutique-laden Bahnhofstrasse and close to Lake Zurich.
Art and design are high priorities here. In the Lobby Lounge, soaring two-story ceilings and a massive custom-created mural by Sol LeWitt are balanced by intimate groups of sofas and chairs upholstered in soft leather and velvet. A great place for daytime meetings, casual lunches and afternoon tea, guests can also plug in computers to work remotely.
The adjacent Onyx Bar is a trendy spot named for the giant illuminated tiles that give the bar its other-worldly glow and provide a moody backdrop for sipping award-winning barrel-aged cocktails. And Parkhuus restaurant, with its open kitchen centered on a wood-burning oven, sources ingredients locally and offers fresh takes on traditional Swiss dishes in a thrilling atmosphere.
Our Inspector’s Highlights
• The location is a real draw here, as it’s ideal for doing business, sightseeing and shopping, as well as hitting up some of the city’s best restaurants and nightlife.
• A published brochure offers a guide to the hotel’s many contemporary art masterworks, which hang throughout the luxury hotel and include a lithograph by Lynn Chadwick, photo by Anne Blum and a pair of stunning Sol Le Witt gouaches that face each other in the lobby.
• The restaurants and Onyx Bar are well designed and strike just the right tone for business meetings, quick lunches and late-afternoon pit stops.
• Club Olympus Spa has a fitness center with Technogym equipment, a wellness area with a sauna and steam bath, plus a lengthy list of quality spa treatments.
What to Know
• The Zurich hotel caters to business travelers, offering a well-equipped business center, airport limos and same-day cleaning service, among others.
• A special design team assesses the appearance and art of the hotel on a yearly basis, making changes and rotating works to keep the look fresh and vibrant.
• The restaurants are far from run-of-the-mill and have special touches you might not expect from a chain brand. For instance, the Onyx Bar offers hand-rolled cigars, and a sophisticated afternoon tea with seasonal pastries is available daily in The Lounge from 2:30 to 6 p.m.
• Park Hyatt’s rooms are among the largest in the city. Tastefully decorated in warm tones and enveloping furnishings, guest rooms provide a quiet oasis from the bustle outside.
• Among the hotel’s 138 rooms, there are five categories that offer a wide variety of sizes — they range from 387.5 to 775 square feet and include junior and corner suites.
• Design elements, like upholstery in soft, subdued colors and textures, and dark-stained wood offer less variety between room categories and but exude sophisticated elegance.
• The Presidential Suite, the only room with a separate bedroom, is a sprawling 1,937.5-square-foot apartment with an office, fireplace, kitchen and living/dining area. A spa-like marble bathroom includes a large soaking tub, rain shower and steam sauna.
• In the suites, the YogaAway service is available so guests can practice in the privacy of their rooms. Suites come with a yoga mat plus three yoga DVDs, meditation music and a yoga-themed book.
• The hotel’s signature Parkhuus restaurant is an elegant spot with floor-to-ceiling windows and white tablecloths; it offers Swiss-inspired cuisine made with sustainable ingredients. On the menu you might find Brüggli trout, Swiss beetroot and cabbage soup, wood-roasted pork sausage, and braised beef short ribs, among others.
• The Parkhuus’s robust wine cellar houses more than 600 bottles of wine and champagne from all over the world and includes a large selection of local varieties.
• The Lobby Lounge has a more casual menu, featuring burgers, steak sandwiches and lasagna. Café Z is a self-service deli-style spot good for grabbing a quick sandwich or croissant.
• The Onyx Bar, whose barrel-aged cocktails are a big draw, also offers cocktail classes where guests learn the history, ingredients and secrets to mixing a great drink.