With the World Cup kicking off this week in Qatar, I couldn’t assist however suppose again to my go to this previous summer time to the FIFA World Soccer Museum in Zurich. If, like my husband, you’re a soccer/soccer fanatic, it is a museum effectively value visiting – showcasing the game’s historical past, memorabilia, affect, and fervour with interactive multimedia reveals that may entertain followers of all ages.
Switzerland, a rustic I had not visited since childhood, was with out query the best revelation throughout my late summer time travels in Europe. I used to be stunned by its breathtaking magnificence, from its idyllic countryside to its charming cities, from its turquoise lakes to its snowcapped mountains. There’s a lot to see on this small nation that I’m already planning to return.
My main base from which I explored Switzerland was Zurich, the nation’s largest metropolis, itself an attractive and spectacular metropolis of (to my shock) lower than half 1,000,000 folks, lengthy recognized for its banking, chocolate, high-end purchasing, and high quality of life – and extra not too long ago as the house base of FIFA, soccer’s controversial world governing physique. And my base inside Zurich was a resort which reveals most of the similar attributes as the delicate, immaculate, welcoming metropolis during which it sits – the Park Hyatt Zurich.
Situated on the impressive-sounding Beethovenstrasse in a quiet a part of the town heart, the Park Hyatt Zurich is a perfect spot from which to discover beautiful Zurich. On the finish of the block sits the Stockerstrasse tram cease, permitting easy accessibility to the remainder of the town (although all the metropolis could be very walkable), whereas simply two blocks in the other way lies Lake Zurich. World well-known Bahnhofstrasse, the epicenter of Zurich’s trendy purchasing scene, is only a 5-minute stroll away, and the FIFA Museum, in Zurich’s Enge district, may be reached on foot in simply 10 minutes.
In contrast to most of Zurich’s highest echelon accommodations, which are typically extra historic and old-world in model, the Park Hyatt Zurich is modern, bearing a putting, glass-fronted exterior. Upon coming into the resort it turns into clear that modern artwork is a focus of the resort’s décor, which could be very a lot a signature of the Park Hyatt model. The resort foyer and its Foyer Lounge function outsized murals and sculptures, and the resort’s giant modern assortment may be discovered all through the its public areas and even in lots of its rooms.
The Park Hyatt’s rooms are among the many most spacious within the metropolis, made to really feel much more so by their vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling home windows. Just like the resort usually, the rooms bear a classy class, with a tasteful mixture of pure tones and wealthy woods, leather-based, and marble. The big lavatory featured Carrara marble finishes, a deep tub, and a surprisingly efficient separate walk-in rain bathe – together with Le Labo toiletries. Our trendy room additionally got here geared up with a Koenig espresso maker, digital curtains and blackout shades, and a big tv stocked with channels from world wide (together with from the U.S.). For an prolonged keep – as this one was – I’ll gladly quit old-world allure for area, consolation, and trendy facilities – and our room on the Park Hyatt actually checked all these packing containers.
The Park Hyatt’s signature restaurant, the Michelin-listed Parkhuus, is the place we ate our each day buffet breakfast. Whereas the connoisseur restaurant’s inside options an open present kitchen with wood-burning oven, we most popular to make the most of the comfy summer time climate and eat most of our meals on the Parkhuus’ terrace. Each the terrace and the resort’s fashionable and beautiful Onyx Bar tended to be full of life throughout the evenings.
A spotlight of our keep on the Park Hyatt Zurich was a unbelievable 5-course dinner from the Parkhuus tasting menu, accompanied by wine tasting overseen by the restaurant’s terrific (and self-taught) sommelier, Christian Gulde. Curiously, in our case, it was a tasting solely of non-alcoholic wines (sure, that’s changing into a factor), of which the restaurant has an intensive assortment and the sommelier in depth information. It was actually an evening to recollect!
In residing as much as the excessive requirements of the Park Hyatt model, to not point out the expertise we had all through the town of Zurich, the service and a focus to element at Park Hyatt Zurich had been impeccable. From the nice and cozy greeting on the entrance desk upon our arrival to being chauffeured by the resort automotive – a Rolls Royce Phantom – to the Hauptbahnhof prepare station upon our departure; from the nightly Swiss goodies left in our room by housekeeping to the sage recommendation supplied by Concierge Supervisor Sami Cankaya, the employees on the resort had been exceptionally skilled, and it was a lot appreciated. With a 20-year-plus profitable profession at Hyatt, resort Basic Supervisor Stephen Ansell runs a good ship, and it exhibits. I can’t hesitate to remain on the Park Hyatt once more on my subsequent go to to Zurich.
Zurich Journey Ideas – Together with the FIFA World Soccer Museum and the extra well-known websites and areas of Zurich, make sure you go to the luxury Seefeld quarter, not just for its promenade alongside Lake Zurich, however for its tremendous cute stretch of residence furnishing and accent boutiques, together with the great Frohsinn and distinctive Swiss life-style model Label 17, with its studio tucked in an alley off the neighborhood’s fundamental avenue, Seefeldstrasse.
Additionally, don’t miss consuming conventional Neuberg sausage and potato salad on the well-known Zeughauskeller situated in an authenic Fifteenth-century constructing proper off Bahnhofstrasse. For conventional Swiss fondue, attempt the quaint Raclette-Stube, the place a reservation is a should as it is rather in style amongst each locals and vacationers.