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Funky Friday: The Amazing Floating Candles In the Bar At The Dolder Grand

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  Site Where: Kurhaus Strasse 65, Zurich, 8032
June 6, 2014 at 4:29 PM | by | ()

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

For this week’s Funky Friday, we’re stepping up to the bar at The Dolder Grand in Zurich, at least via the internet. Now look up. It is a magical sight to behold – an array of sparkling candles seemingly floating in mid-air.

OK, they’re not real candles and they're not really floating, they’re custom lights made by Swarovski crystal, which explains the extra sparkle. Swarovski is not just about jewelry or your favorite figurine. It has a successful architectural lighting division and has created some pretty amazing designs for hotels such as the Sparkling Hill Resort in British Columbia.

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Book The Dolder Grand for an 'Autumn Aspiration' (Or a Cool Wine Festival)

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  Site Where: Kurhausstrasse, 65, Zurich, Switzerland, 8032
October 7, 2009 at 9:14 AM | by | ()

Planning an Autumn get away? Do you aspire to head to Zurich, Switzerland? Then the "Autumn Aspiration" at the Dolder Grand might be up your alley. The package offers guests a savings of 30 percent at this luxury five star "city resort" just outside the city.

Included in the Autumn Aspiration are:
·Two nights in a Double Room Superior
·Continental breakfast in the Garden Restaurant daily for two people
·One 60 minute Kerstin Florian massage per person at the Dolder Grand Spa
·One three-course dinner for two people in the Garden Restaurant (excluding drinks)

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Get Three Nights For Two At The Dolder Grand

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  Site Where: Kurhausstrasse 65
, Zurich, Switzerland, 8032
July 17, 2009 at 4:34 PM | by | ()

Switzerland – there’s more to it than cuckoo clocks and snow, don’t you know? Or perhaps, maybe you don't know and that's presumably why The Dolder Grand is piquing your interest in its lovely country by offering three nights for the price of two on stays before 31 October.

It’s called their Summer Saver Package, and means you can get three nights in a double superior room for 1740 CHF (£988 or $1618). Yes it’s a lot, but think how much you’re saving.

Also, true fact – last week, Zurich, which the hotel overlooks, was voted the most liveable city in the world last week by Monocle magazine. Just in case the free night wasn’t doing for you.

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Plush Digs for Dolder Grand's 'Live at Sunset' Festival

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  Site Where: Kurhausstrasse 65, Zurich, Switzerland, 8032
May 13, 2009 at 2:50 PM | by | ()

Summer's here, Europe's calling, and it's music festival season. But the downside to festivals is all that grubby camping. Obviously the folks at the Dolder Grand outside of Zurich feel the same way, because they're offering up some decent digs for Dolder's very own Live at Sunset Festival from July 8-19 this year.

True, they're probably aiming for a different kind of clientele from the usual festy types – they've got Jamie Cullum (July 18th), Katie Melua (19th) and Simply Red (9th) on the festival books. But we're thinking the Cyndi Lauper gig on the 17th would make a pretty fine girly break.

There are two festival packages to choose from. The Live at Sunset Festival deal gives you a deluxe room, a three course dinner, breakfast and one gig, and costs from £293 ($443) per person. Money to burn? Book the Live at Sunset Superstar package and they'll give you all that, but stick you in a superior suite, and throw in a massage and a late checkout. But you'll have to fork out £812 ($1,230) each.

Still, who wouldn't want to pay £812 to see Mick Hucknall, right? To book, email reservations@thedoldergrand.com or call +41 44 456 60000.

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Giant Easter Egg on Display at The Dolder Grand

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  Site Where: Kurhausstrasse, Zurich, Switzerland, 8032
April 10, 2009 at 12:05 PM | by | ()

The Dolder Grand in Zurich is known to do things up big, like their opening party featuring Mary J. Blige and their Grand 100 Suite inspired by the Rolling Stones.So why should Easter be any different?

The hotel has constructed a giant Easter egg made out of 16,834 Chrysanthemums, standing over 8 feet tall and weighing over 2,200 lbs.

Now, if only someone could make an Easter egg out of that much chocolate for us.

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Dolder Grand Is Giving You Half Price Rooms For Its Birthday

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  Site Where: Kurhausstrasse 65, Zurich, Switzerland, 8032
March 4, 2009 at 8:56 AM | by | ()

It's almost a year since Zurich's fancy Dolder Grand Hotel had its grand reopening, so it's doing what any good marketing-minded hotel should: having an Anniversary Special.

The Anniversary Delight: Be Our Guest package, apart from having a somewhat less-than-snappy name, is actually a good deal. Basically, it's a pay-for-one-night, get-one-night-free deal valid for up to an eight night stay (for the price of four). Given that a double room for one night usually costs you a not-too-measly 870 Swiss francs ($740), getting two for one will make it affordable (we use that term loosely) for a few extra guests.

This offer is valid during their anniversary month, which means from April 3 to April 30, 2009. It's as good a time as any to try out the Dolder's snail showers or get a peek at their Rolling Stones-inspired suite.

[Photo: leumund]

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Sweet Suite :: Dolder Grand's Suite 100 Inspired by The Rolling Stones

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  Site Where: Kurhausstrasse 65, Zurich, Switzerland, 8032
July 2, 2008 at 2:11 PM | by | ()

The hits keep on coming for the Dolder Grand Hotel in Switzerland.

Aside from having a mega-opening day, techno-funky spiral showers and a performance by Mary J. Blige, the hotel has just unveiled its four Top Suites, one of which was inspired by the Rolling Stones.

Called Suite 100, after The 100 Club in London, the suite is surely to make any rocker happy.

Also located on the top floor of the Spa Wing, the most surprising feature of the one-bedroom Suite 100 (1,770 square feet) is its unconventional extravagance.

The mood of the interior is set by retro-style furniture and a predominantly black and pink décor reminiscent of the "Swinging Sixties."

A highlight of the suite is the spacious black marble bathroom with a whirlpool, sauna and steam shower beneath a cracked mirror ceiling. The living room features rosewood panelling, and two unique pink DeSede sofas - the same model that Mick Jagger once owned.

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Mary J. Blige Gets Crunk At The Dolder Grand Re-Opening Party

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  Site Where: Kurhausstrasse 65, Zurich, Switzerland, 8032
May 22, 2008 at 1:53 PM | by | ()

Was the re-opening of the Dolder Grand Hotel like the biggest thing ever to happen in Zurich? First, people lined up by the hundreds to see the hotel's new renovations. Now the hotel capped off the re-opening celebration with a party hosted by owner Urs Schwarzenbach for 240 people (all his closest friends, no doubt) which featured a private concert by Mary J. Blige.

The hotel's rep writes us:

The $450 million transformation of the hotel took four years so naturally the opening events would be just as extravagant. Mary J Blige performed a private concert at the reception, held in the hotel's grand ballroom (which has a gold cupola).

We're guessing as a way to say thank you for performing (along with a huge check) the hotel put Mary up in the Dolder Grand Suite which has fireplaces in both the living room and the bedroom, views over the city, the lake and the Alps, and a small tower with a lounge and a roof terrace.

If you're not a soul/hip&hop queen, regular room rates start at around $523 USD (540 CHF.)

Thanks Kristin!

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Zurich's Dolder Grand Has Its Own Version of Spiral Showers

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  Site Where: KURHAUSSTRASSE 65, Zurich, Switzerland, 8032
April 28, 2008 at 9:50 AM | by | ()

We do love a good shower when we're away from home, so it's really no wonder that we've been slightly obsessed with the cocoon spiral showers of Donovan House. But if you're not anywhere near Washington DC and still want to test out these kinds of showers, we've received another tip: head to the Dolder Grand in Zurich, Switzerland.

Yes, as well as being very green after their recent renovations, the Dolder Grand is also home to similar showers. The only difference is that they call them snail showers because the shape is like a snail shell. Fair enough, but snails seem to have a few negatives going for them, and we're happier with the cocoon spiral label, to be honest. Just the same, we'll be happy to test these showers out for style next time we're passing through Switzerland.

[Photo: zrrdavatz]

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Zurich's Dolder Grand Goes Fancy and Green

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  Site Where: KURHAUSSTRASSE 65, Zurich, Switzerland, 8032
February 12, 2008 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

We've been waiting since 2004 for the Dolder Grand Hotel to finish its renovations and reopen in one of our favorite European cities, Zurich. After spending around $400 million on the transformation, we're guessing it'll probably be worth the wait.

The Dolder Grand is what they like to call a "city resort", and although it's still within Zurich itself, the hotel is rather like a hill-top castle from which you can see over the lake and to the Swiss Alps as well. It has 173 rooms in the main building, which have all been fully renovated and the building restored. The new addition at the Dolder is a 40,000 square foot spa, designed by "international spa consultant" (that's a job we'd like) Sylvia Sepielli.

April 2008 is the estimated reopening date for the Dolder Grand and they're already taking reservations from then onwards.

We're quite impressed by what they call a "pioneering geothermal energy concept": during the renovation they've buried 70 geothermal probes beneath the foundations, which draw enough power to run the heating in winter and the air-conditioning in summer. Luxurious and green is fine by us.