The Dolder Grand, Zürich

The five star hotel soaring above Zurich, has originally been built in 1899. I had the pleasure to spend one night at The Dolder Grand for a girls’ weekend.

© The Dolder Grand

Unfortuntaley it was pouring rain, that is why we could not take advantage of the amazing view from our Deluxe room looking over the Zurich lake and Alps (as shown on the picture above).

© The Dolder Grand

Nevertheless, that couldn’t change our good mood as there is more than enough to do. You may find beautiful, strange and unusual art work throughout the whole hotel. You can even take a guided tour with headphones provided at the reception desk!

If you are not an art lover, don’t you worry. The 4000m2 spa offers everything your wellness heart may wish for!


The Spa Café serves salads, soups and light meals. To refresh yourself you may choose between revitalising juices and teas.


The  centre piece of the spa is the large swimming pool with a view onto Zurich. Two outdoor Jacuzzis are open all-year round. The mixed wellness area provides a sauna, a steam bath and a snow paradise for cooling off.

My favourite features were the heated pebbles in the sunaburo, Japanese-style.


When lying down you are immediately sinking into the pebble bed, which adapts to your body shape. I sank in there and fell asleep right away. Heaven!

Besides the mixed wellness area, there is also a space dedicated to ladies only, which can be accessed from the changing rooms. There you can find a sauna, a steam bath, Jacuzzis and a cold pool. My highlight: the hot water basin in the middle of the room, where you could put your feed in, whilst nibbling on coconut and ginger sticks.

© The Dolder Grand

In order to take full advantage of our “girls only” weekend, we granted ourselves a 60-minute massage. I chose a “custom massage”, which is great for people with specific “problem areas” as you can let the therapists know in which area you would like to be massaged more.

When my friend and I left the spa after 5 hours of pampering we felt really relaxed and zen. So relaxed, that we changed our evening plans and decided to stay at the hotel for dinner.

After the outstanding spa experience the day before, I had high expectations for breakfast and was not disappointed!


Unlike in most hotels there is no breakfast buffet, but every guest is served directly at the table. Besides the usual bread basket, a choice of cheese, cold cuts and salmon every guest is served a typical Swiss breakfast item: the Bircher müsli along with a fruit salad.

Additionally, there is a choice of fruit juices, all types of coffee and tea and the highlight: an à la carte breakfast menu! I ordered Rösti with an omelette. It was so sumptuous that I had no lunch that day.

My friend and I left The Dolder Grand very relaxed and with a full tummy. What more could one want?

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