In the heart of the city centre, an area in which the citizens of Zürich crave to live, immediately adjacent to the Hardbrücke major transport artery and a mere 12km from the airport, is the perfect location − precisely where you will find the Renaissance Zürich Tower Hotel, Switzerland.
This modern hotel is above all renowned for its capacity to host meetings. The Renaissance Tower provides the setting, but the detail is added according to each guests’ personal wishes and needs − whether it’s a conference, meeting or social occasion. A total of ten function rooms are air-conditioned and naturally lit thanks to stunning full-height windows. The soundproofed rooms have disabled access, state-of-the-art multimedia systems, high-speed wireless internet access and individual lighting and design systems. The foyer, a bright 120sq m hall, is available for breaks, providing enough room for socialising and relaxing.
Privacy is a major issue in the business world. The Renaissance Zürich Tower Hotel realises this and provides the perfect solution with its boardroom − a retreat which has high-speed wireless internet access, a 50-inch LCD screen, a projector with screen, a coffee machine and universal plug sockets.
To relax and immerse yourself in a different world is often the only thing on your mind after a strenuous day at work. The 15th floor of this hotel, high above the Zürich skyline, is somewhere that guests can let themselves relax and take refuge. The executive lounge offers a private area and space to let your mind wander, or simply chill out and enjoy a canapé and a glass of wine or two.
Everyone has their own way of recharging. Guests who like to keep active will find what they need in the fitness centre, where state-of-the-art equipment is available 24/7. After a vigorous workout, guests can re-energise their mind and body in a steam bath or sauna while enjoying breath-taking views from Zürich to the Swiss Alps.
Each of the 300 rooms tells a story, with a local twist. Seemingly abstract images printed on aluminium are self-explanatory when viewed closely – they are industrial motifs, capturing the district’s lively history – while full-height windows give views over modern-day Zürich.
From the lobby, via the bathroom to the sleeping area, every room is coordinated, with attention to detail and stylish furnishings. The oak furniture has been specifically designed for the hotel, while specially selected textiles make the space calm and welcoming, without detracting from the urban chic.
All rooms are non-smoking and air-conditioned. They each have a two-channel telephone with voicemail, cable or wireless high-speed internet access, a safe and international sockets. Digital cameras, laptops, flat-screen televisions, coffee machines, tea-making facilities, ironing facilities and hair dryers can also be found in the rooms. High-quality bed linen, feather pillows and plump duvets ensure a perfect night’s sleep.
Equinox is an equality of day and night; it is also the hotel’s restaurant, which provides food and entertainment around the clock. Try the surprising ‘urban cuisine’, where premium ingredients from innovative, regional producers are transformed with a delight in experimentation. Equinox serves seasonal, passionate cuisine for gourmets who enjoy exceptional taste sensations.
The Lucid and Vivid bars are both cosmopolitan rendezvous when you fancy a snack, or an aperitif with selected wines, exotic cocktails, or a cool, locally brewed lager. Live music is played in the evenings, while a DJ gets guests in the party mood. It’s not unusual to bump into different national and international stars of stage and screen who like to stay in the hotel. The Renaissance Zürich Tower Hotel is regarded as a bit of a well-kept secret on the fashionable circuit.
Finger on the pulse
Zürich is an international financial centre, synonymous with style. It is chic, but never intrusive, and retains its charm thanks to its compact scale. The Renaissance Zürich Tower Hotel is located in the fifth district, in the beating heart of the city, also known as ‘new Zürich’. This former industrial area has successfully transformed itself, embracing the service sector to become the most coveted place to live and work, where the best restaurants rub shoulders with internationally successful art galleries and select shops and boutiques.
Creativity is infectious and awaits you around every corner. The newly renovated railway viaduct, for example, is a shopping and commercial mecca with Zürich’s first indoor market, and is simply known as Im Viadukt. Another example is the Schiffbau, a former shipyard, but what is now a theatrical venue and home to the legendary club Moods, Zürich’s premier destination for jazz, funk, soul, blues, electro, fusion and world music. Music and events are held at the Maag Halle, just a two-minute walk from the hotel, and the hotel’s concierge can book attractive offers for you. All of the music clubs will be another highlight for night owls, where they can meet with Zürich’s party people and celebrate until the early hours.
Of course Zürich West doesn’t sleep the day away, but offers other attractions. The Migros Museum of Modern Art, housing exhibitions by famous and lesser-known artists, is a must for art lovers. A stroll through the district is perfect for a breath of fresh air and is always time well spent. Lots of cafés offer a pleasant alternative to a tiring day at work.
Zürich West is just a short distance from the city centre and thus offers further places of interest, such as Augustinergasse, the perfect place to shop, with little boutiques alongside household names, providing something to suit every taste. Or why not take a break beneath the trees in Bürkliterrasse, named after former town planner Arnold Bürkli and located at the end of Bahnhofstrasse? On a clear day the view across the lake to the Alps from here is quite spectacular. If you’re sightseeing in Zürich, don’t forget to visit the Fraumünster, as the church has unique windows, masterpieces by artist Marc Chagall, which are regarded as some of the last century’s cultural treasures.