A comfortable, homelike atmosphere combined with contemporary design has been unveiled at the new lobby at Swissotel Zurich. Modern Swiss design paired with technological advancements is what characterises the stylish new lobby of the tallest hotel in Zurich. In the wake of a complete renovation, the heart of Swissôtel Zurich has been transformed from a classic reception hall into a living room with a feel-good atmosphere.
Torsten Pinter, GM of SwissôtelZurich, said: “The new lobby offers us the opportunity to welcome our guests in a unique atmosphere.The newly created zones such as the library or working area for business travellers are an absolute added value for guests.”
For Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts, the lobby is more than just a general thoroughfare, it’s where the heart of the hotel truly beats, and it’s part of the hotel that makes the first and leaves the last impression on the guest. The fact that customer orientation was the clear focus of the project is reflected in every detail of the lobby and comes into play through the use of technological innovations.
iPad check-in allows front office staff to be even closer to guests and better meet their needs. This new flexibility makes it possible to serve guests directly in the seated oasis, thus saving lots of time – the lobby’s ‘emotions managers’, are on hand to accommodate individual requests. While the new, large tables are ideal for small meetings or a fun chat over a coffee, the new lounge and seating area offer a comfortable view of the lobby’s bustling activity.
The new lobby at is a prime example of the Swissôtel design philosophy, uniting contemporary Swiss design with traditional craftsmanship. The characteristic ‘Swiss circles’, carved in Swiss pine behind the modern check-in cubes, are especially eye-catching. They consist of a combination of graphic elements and symbols that come from the traditional, 17th-century art of Swiss paper cutting, building a bridge to time-honoured Swiss design in a playful, poetic way.
In addition to the designer furniture made from natural raw materials, another special feature of the new lobby is the artistically inspired installation on the theme of snow, which covers the whole ceiling and consists of hanging chrome elements engraved with snowflakes. The video installation, which is projected onto the ceiling in the middle of the room, is also an exciting feature: ‘snow-emotion Switzerland’ was created by interior designer Karsten Schmidt and his IDA14 firm.