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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Go on an Art Crawl in Zürich

Newly renovated hotels and emerging galleries are open now in advance of a Picasso-centric museum centennial this October.

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1. Where to Stay


The posh Dolder Grand sits atop Adlisberg Hill.  

Admire artwork by Damien Hirst and Dalí at the Dolder Grand (from $470), which completed a $427 million modern renovation in 2009. Don’t miss the hidden, subterranean library or the sprawling spa, which includes an outdoor Jacuzzi overlooking the Adilsberg woods.

Mingle with visiting dignitaries at Baur au Lac (from $600), a posh nineteenth-century mansion swathed in Louis XVI- and regency-style décor. Make sure to request one of the 25 (of 120) rooms that were renovated last year.

Choose your own room theme at Hotel Otter (from $109), where the sixteen rooms have been individually designed by local artists in styles ranging from Pop Art to African Lodge. The best of the bunch is the seventies-inspired Pool Room ($157), which touts a raised bed, corner location, and views of Lake Zurich, just 100 meters away.


Published on May 20, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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