May 11, 2018
Hotel bars can sometimes be a bit stiff, a bit stuffy; all shiny surface with nothing much beneath the veneer and an air of sterile transience that can be difficult to avoid. The sprightly B21 at the Sorrell Hotel Zurichberg happily bucks that particular trend. Away from the centre of town, in the mountains overlooking the city (the views are quite, quite stunning), this architecturally intriguing hotel expertly blends the modern with the traditional. The lounge bar is a bold but inviting space, with lots of polished wood, leather and a strikingly contemporary look. It’s also livelier than one might expect, with a DJ playing every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. There’s an outdoor terrace so you can take advantage of those gorgeous views, a beautiful place to sit even in the evening. The bar is makes ideal for an aperitif before nipping upstairs to the R21 restaurant, where you can dine on delights such as smoked Scottish salmon with grapefruit and dandelion salad, pan fried breast of guinea fowl or sautéed king prawns (bonus points, also, for a decent vegetarian selection). It’s all served in stylish surrounds (with plenty of windows to make the most of the views) and complemented by an extensive wine list. The bar is open 10am till midnight daily, making it a relaxed spot for a morning coffee before heading off to explore the scenery (the hotel also offers free use of bikes to guests, which indicates the level of thought and care that’s gone into the service here). The hotel itself is also worth checking out, offering 66 rooms and striking interior design courtesy of a range of designers, including Hannes Wettstein, Arne Jacobsen, Jasper Morrisson and Patricia Urquiola.