Alex — Zurich, Switzerland
Hotelier Campbell Gray’s latest project makes the most of its tony perch on the edge of Lake Zurich. Framed by the Alps, the former Hotel Alexander has been given a major facelift by local studio Marazzi + Paul, its staid 1958 façade now refreshed with handsome stone and fringed with leafy terraces.
Inside, BradyWilliams – the designers behind many of London’s Corbin & King restaurants – have, for their first hotel project, swathed the 44 studios and penthouses with light timber flooring, soft linen, and French doors that open directly onto lake views.
In the kitchen, meanwhile, executive chef Alexander Kroll turns out grilled meats and fish, with current hits including turmeric cream scenting tiles of tuna tataki, and lobster, simply grilled and served with a puff of tarragon mayonnaise.
When you’re not traipsing through the Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen or discretely saying hello to your money in the basement vault of your local bank, we suggest booking the hotel’s XO 270 Cabin motorboat for a whip around the lake.§