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Opening in 1838 as a cutting-edge hotel concept, the Savoy Baur en Ville is no stranger to innovation. Today it still offers guests a bespoke hospitality service that is the envy of the industry

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Johannes Baur was always ahead of his time. The fabled hotel entrepreneur was already at pains to combine superlative style and consummate comfort with cutting-edge technology 170 years ago. Today, extensive renovation and modernisation of all rooms, suites and public spaces upholds the time-honoured tradition of progress at the Savoy Baur en Ville.

When Johannes Baur opened his hotel Baur in 1838, he was in effect heralding the transition from traditional inns and guesthouses to the modern hotel industry. Travellers in the past had not been too fussy about the accommodation that awaited them. That, however, all changed with the triumph of the railroad. Modern travellers were far more demanding than their predecessors, who had customarily arrived in horse-drawn carriages. All of a sudden, only the newest and best was good enough. Over the years, the tradition of hostelry thus sprouted a new branch, referred to as hoteliery that grew to become one of the most important lines of business in the Swiss economy.

Since 1985, Manfred and Christina Hörger have suffused the Savoy Baur en Ville with their own very personal style. Thanks to their efforts, the Savoy has carved out a regular slot among the ranks of Switzerland‘s leading luxury hotels. Investments in the millions have been channelled into renovating the Restaurant Baur and the Savoy Bar en Ville – the place to meet in the heart of the city. The magnificent ballroom has also been given a fresh face, and the lobby completely redesigned. And, by mid-2011, the exhaustive modernisation of all rooms and suites  was completed.

The luxurious five-star Hotel Savoy Baur en Ville commands a privileged central location right on the Paradeplatz, home to Switzerland‘s leading banks and flanked by the world‘s most exclusive jewellers, boutiques and confectioners all conveniently along the famous and exclusive  Bahnhofstrasse.

Restaurants at the Savoy
Superb cuisine and courteous service have won the esteem of both locals and genuine globetrotters for the Restaurant Baur – a privileged location at the heart of Zurich‘s financial district. Ristorante Orsini, with its powerfully evocative Tuscan flair, ranks as one of the city‘s best Italian offerings. At lunchtime and in the evenings, the Savoy Bar en Ville becomes the beating heart of Zurich‘s business community.

Restaurant Baur Im Savoy
A privileged location right in the heart of Zurich‘s financial district: Superb cuisine, courteous service and subtle elegance have won the Restaurant Baur the esteem of Zurich‘s high society. A distinguished venue for business lunches and dinners, overlooking the famous Bahnhofstrasse, here you can experience lunch time in the special flair of the Swiss financial centre experienced first-hand.

Furthermore, the quality of the cuisine is unrivalled in the city, with the expert chefs taking every care to preserve the aromas of the fine seasonal ingredients used. The menu is based on modern interpretations of French cuisine and Swiss specialities, while the Zurich Gschnetzelte is always a favourite with locals and foreign visitors alike.

Inside the restaurant, guests are greeted with the soothing harmony of luxurious materials laid out in tasteful colour schemes. Dutifully watched over by patrons Manfred and Christina Hoerger, no detail has been neglected in providing the very finest carpets, curtains and valuable chandeliers to ensure that guests can dine in effortless opulence.

Ristorante Orsini
One of the city‘s best Italians, locals and international visitors are unanimously agreed in their positive verdict on the Ristorante Orsini. Here guests can experience a world of culinary marvels amid an authentic Tuscan ambiance – an odyssey your taste buds will never forget.

The historic house between Orsini and Münstercuisine is considered one of the top names in Zurich. This has time and time again been proven from the testimony of international guests who have in time become regulars at this fine restaurant, situated in the centre of prestigious Savoy Baur en Ville.

Under the aegis of the five-star hotel in the centre of the city resides the Orsini Ristorante – a continuing success story for many years, it is testimony to Manfred and Christina Hoerger’s uncompromising sense of quality. The expert kitchen crew are famed for creations such as ‘ravioli de la nonna‘ – which always win the hearts of diners and is the dish of choice for the hotel‘s most esteemed guests.

The restaurant interior is sheer cool elegance and has recently undergone a light refurbishment to keep it looking at the height of sophistication. These include the addition of a new woven carpet, which takes design inspiration from a trio of poppy colours. This décor allows guests to immerse themselves in the illusion of the Tuscan countryside, where all the authentic, sights, sounds and smells are there to behold. Additionally, a well-stocked and expertly chosen wine cellar featuring the very best Italian wines will surely not fail to impress even the most discerning connoisseur.

Savoy Bar en Ville
At lunchtime and in the evenings, the Savoy Bar en Ville becomes the beating heart of Zurich‘s business community. In need of a quick business lunch with a touch of class? Around lunchtime, the Savoy Bar en Ville becomes a vibrant and energetic meetings venue, perfect for high-powered lunches and quick stopovers. Later in the evening, guests can enjoy an aperitif while the pianist gently brings your mind down a gear for the start of some relaxing down time. Whatever the time; this is the perfect place to get to know Zurich from the inside. The Savoy Baur en Ville is also fully equipped to cater for business meetings and private gatherings in tasteful and discreet rooms. The newly revamped banquet hall is also the ideal venue to host conferences and festive occasions.

For more information visit: www.savoy-baurenville.ch/

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