Nestled amidst the enchanting landscape of Zurich, a city pulsating with history, modernity, luxury and buzzing business life. A hotel that is a haven of timeless luxury and refined elegance – the Mandarin Oriental, Savoy Zurich. This iconic establishment, steeped in a rich tapestry of history, has recently undergone a transformative renovation, breathing new life into its storied halls while preserving its heritage and grandeur. Today, I would like to take on a journey through time and taste, exploring the allure of this legendary hotel and its crown jewel – the exquisite Orsini Restaurant.
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A Glimpse into History.
The saga of the Mandarin Oriental, Savoy Zurich dates back to the early 20th century, a time of opulence and sophistication. Originally built in 1838, the hotel quickly became a beacon of luxury, attracting discerning travellers and dignitaries from around the globe. Its prime location, overlooking the picturesque shores of Lake Zurich, only added to its allure, offering guests unparalleled views of the city’s skyline and the majestic mountains beyond.
Over the decades, the Savoy Zurich has played host to a glittering array of luminaries, from Hollywood stars to political leaders, each leaving their indelible mark on its illustrious history. Yet, as time marched on, the need for rejuvenation became apparent, prompting a meticulous renovation that would honour its legacy while embracing the demands of the modern traveller. That is how MO Savoy Zurich was born.
A Symphony of Restoration.
In 2019, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group embarked on an ambitious restoration project, aiming to elevate the Savoy Zurich to new heights of luxury and outstanding hospitality. Working in collaboration with renowned architects and designers, every aspect of the hotel was carefully revitalized, from its sumptuous guest rooms to its majestic ballrooms, ensuring that no detail was overlooked.
View from the suite.
The result is a harmonious blend of old-world charm and contemporary flair, where classic elegance meets modern comfort at every turn. The grand lobby exudes a sense of timeless grandeur, with the added cosiness (like a fireplace) while the newly appointed guest rooms and suites offer a sanctuary of tranquillity and refinement, adorned with plush furnishings and state-of-the-art amenities.
Culinary Delights at Orsini Restaurant.
Amidst this tapestry of luxury and sophistication lies the pièce de résistance – the Orsini Restaurant. Named after the illustrious Italian noble family, renowned for their passion for fine cuisine, this gastronomic haven promises an unforgettable dining experience that tantalizes the senses and brings us on a culinary journey through Italy’s rich culinary heritage.
Under the expert guidance of Executive Chef Chef Antonio Guida, Orsini Restaurant showcases the very best of Italian cuisine. Menu inspired by the freshest seasonal ingredients and traditional recipes passed down through generations. From homemade pasta to succulent seafood and decadent desserts, each dish is a masterpiece of flavour and finesse, meticulously crafted to delight even the most discerning palate.
The restaurant itself is a vision of timeless elegance, with its warm wood panelling, soft candlelight are creating an intimate and inviting atmosphere that is perfect for romantic dinners, and celebrations. With an extensive wine list featuring the finest vintages from Italy’s most prestigious vineyards, every meal at Orsini Restaurant is a feast for the senses.
A Timeless Legacy.
As the sun sets over the glistening waters of Lake Zurich, casting its golden hues upon the city below, the Mandarin Oriental, Savoy Zurich stands as a testament to the enduring allure of luxury and refinement. From its storied past to its visionary renovation and culinary excellence, this iconic hotel continues to captivate the hearts and imaginations of travellers from near and far, beckoning them to experience the true essence of Swiss hospitality in all its splendour. So, whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway, a culinary adventure, or simply a moment of tranquillity amidst the hustle and bustle of city life, the Mandarin Oriental, Savoy Zurich awaits, ready to enchant and delight at every turn. Apart from Orsini Restaurant hotel guests and visitors can also experience other culinary delights. For example French Inspired food at Savoy Brasserie & Bar or snacks and drinks at the Lounge. There also will be a rooftop bar 1838 with panoramic views, but it will be open from May to September.
My suite visit.
We have stayed at an amazing Corner Suite with Balcony King Bed. It is a 60 sqm suite with a historical landmarks view. I could see a bustling Paradeplatz and the iconic Bahnhofstrasse. There was a private balcony, king bed and a sitting area with a large sofa.
Materials such as walnut, bronze and brass have been used alongside custom textiles to create a luxurious, contemporary feel. All suites feature a marble bathroom with walk-in shower and bath.
We had a nice bar area where we could make coffee and use well-equipted mini-bar. We loved it so much, that we ordered breakast and some dinners to the room. All these meals were so delicious.
We have stayed with our 6 years old son and he also felt very welcomed and coforbale.
Why you need to visit Mandarin Oriental Savoy, Zurich.
If you ask me why you should stay at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel right now I would right away stated these 5 reasons.
Top Location. – It’s easy to arrive with all transport or even walk from the train station if you wish as it’s only a 10 min walk.
Rooms. – Luxurious finishes, marble bathrooms, comfortable beds. Just stunning.
Restaurants.- A sophisticated choice of restaurants and menus. From stunning bar to historical Orsini restaurant.
Crowd. – Elegant and sophisticated. It’s nice to walk in the lobby and admire well-dressed people who appreciate beautiful things in life.
Outstanding hospitality, service and comfort.- 5 * plus service that makes you come back. The staff is extremely helpful and lovely. The room is always beautifully prepared and it feels like home.
And a bonus: You can wear a gorgoeus kimono all day long.