May 11, 2018
First things first, if you’re coming to Zurich, you really should book yourself into the Widder Hotel. Before this charming hotel opened the bar was ‘the’ place to come for jazz and still is on Tuesdays the venue also hosts top international names in a series of concerts during Autumn and Spring. Continuing the design ethic that’s given the hotel its world class reputation, you’ll find a long sweeping curved wooden bar readily stocked for any imaginable concoction you might choose the bar stocks over 1000 bottles, with over 500 different spirits on offer. Their range of whisky is particularly impressive, with a dazzling 250 single malts to choose from, making this a must visit destination for those who take their whisky seriously. Elsewhere there are lots of wooden beams, carved ceilings and red leather punched walls which makes it all feel very cosy, though try not to be scared by the slightly sinister statues that randomly adorn the space. Red leather seats and a working grand piano add to the quirky charm. The hotel offers the Widder Restaurant by Dietmer Sawyere if you get peckish, including a charming garden space, and the menu gets bonus points for a decent vegetarian selection and a well-chosen wine list (locals who aren’t staying at the hotel can even book themselves use of the free limo service now that’s how to arrive in style!) There’s also the attached Turmstuebli, where patrons can enjoy fine dining courtesy of chef Alexander Kroll accompanied by one of the quality cigars from their humidor. Hotel guests should be sure to check out the stunning, glass ceilinged ‘breakfast pavilion’, an all-white space decorated with vivid modern art to add splashes of colour, with a retractable glass ceiling. What are you waiting for? Book your trip!