The illustrious Widder Hotel has both the luxury pedigree of a boutique five-star Grand Dame Hotel and the cool eclectic charisma of a Design Diva; a masterstroke of modernist influence fused with the echoes of the 14th century, sitting where else but in the prestigious Augustiner Quarter of Zurich on the historic Rennweg.
The Widder is a hotel of design contrast - within the original historic nine Guilder’s townhouses of chocolate box appeal, the luxurious interiors have a cool intellect that draws original medieval frescoes with the modernist Eames, Corbusier and Poliakoff, creating a demure academic style that is very Swiss and curates beyond just boutique.
The creation of the five-star Widder Hotel was orchestrated by famed architect and interior designer, Tilla Theus. She mastered eloquent textured finishes with designer modernist pieces, balancing the strictness of design form with parquetry, twisted beams and slanted floors. The luxurious interior scene is both cool and rooted in the characterful traditional.
The Bar of the Widder Hotel is perhaps one of Zurich's best kept secrets and has been recently re-worked adding designer features to this historic hotspot that hums into the late night to the beats of soft jazz. With a fantastic array of dinning options too, the restaurants are insanely popular with the local scene and hotel residents.
The Widder is Echtheit made in Switzerland, a luxury hotel housed in heritage with a decidedly zesty, modernist note, whereby the CEO, fashionista & entrepreneur feel equally in residence.
Food lies at the heart of the Widder Hotel with a couple of devilishly tasty restaurants to choose from including a secret of Zurich, the lovely garden courtyard. Food is under the creative direction of young talent Chef Tino Staub.
First up is the newly renovated Widder Bar & Kitchen, a long-time legendary hotspot in Zurich bar + foodie scene lately re-styled anew by architect extraordinnaire, TIlla Theus. A design den where folded aluminium walls mingle with The Widder's eponymous wooden ram, the food is a taste experience unlike any other with 'flavour IDs' gracing the menu throughout as tradition salutes avant-garde and your palette is continually stop-and-stare surprised.
A fun one for the evening or the coolest of business lunches, this is where creative cats mingle before hitting the bar, and partying the night away in elegant, Swiss style.
Then there is AuGust Restaurant | Boucherie - an uncomplicated continental bistro conceived within the original Butcher’s Guild of old-town Zurich – how fitting then that meat in all its carnivorous variations tops the show – of course there is also a healthy mix of Les Fruits de Mer.
This is where guest also take breakfast, delving into a fine buffet and egg menu. Around the corner so to speak, is the long standing tavern ‘Wirtschaft Zur Schtund’ which serves hearty classic Swiss specialities like Raclette and Rösti, Flammkuchen and Fondue. In the courtyard, guests can dine on fine cuisine prepared in a fresh manor including favourites from the world's kitchens.
The Widder Hotel offers a fantastic TechnoGym onsite, equipped with the latest tools to ensure balance, endurance and stretch.
Jan & Regula Brucker could easily be Mr & Mrs Widder for they personify not only the stylish ambience of the Widder, but are instrumental in distinguishing the hotel’s artsy alchemy.
Jan is the never-resting champion of ensuring the Widder Hotel remains at the top of its league, creating new restaurant & dining experiences and keeping service actual for the modern nomad, while Regula is the eye of detail, adding textures, comforts and textiles.
They both curate the soul of the Widder: “We love the combo of aged heritage and the modern – service and style and like to inject a little cool eccentricity into the hotel.”
Little touches of the whimsical, attention to detail and enamouring passion for Zurich makes the Widder not just special, but totally unique, as personally curated by Jan & Regula.
Centrally located in the heritage of the Augustinerquartier of Old Town Zürich, the Widder Hotel sits on the cobbled Rennweg, close to the buzz of the famous Bahnhofstraße.
From the Widder, a network of small medieval lanes lead through independent boutiques, chocolate, coffee & cakes pit stops, restaurants and galleries - ending down at the River Limmat and Lake Zurich.
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