A Weekend at the WIDDER
01 December 2015
- since 20 Years -
W I D D E R H O T E L
28th November 2015
Traditionally Cosmopolitan with 15 unique designed Suites and 34 Guestrooms, a fine dining Restaurant, a casual swiss Boucherie style Restaurant that has recently won Best of Swiss Gastro Award in 2 Categories, as well as a Bar that has been recognized to be among the best in the World. The Widder Hotel is truly staying unique, and setting standard in a refined way.
Barely noticable from the outside - the Hotel is cleverly nestled into the corner of Rennweg and Widdergasse accessible through a main Entrance as well as a side door from the Widder Gasse with direct access to the famed Bar. Despite its discreet build, once inside the Hotel there are many facilities to discover.
There is a personal Story that ties me to the Widder Hotel - so I was especially delighted to come here to the Place where I have celebrated my first holy communion back in the days when I was 7 years old with my Family. It is such a moment in Life that I am sure we all know - a moment of returning to a place and you are in a completely different situation, completely different stage of your life - and you just looking at the place with a fond appreciation that it is still there, unchanged, holding your memories.
Here is where the Breakfast for Hotelguests and pass-by Visitors is served. The Casual AuGust ist a Boucherie style Restaurant with open daily (even Sundays). Breakfast is available until 10.30, a conservative hour that may be justified by the factor of swissness, followed by a Daily Menu & daily changing Lunch Specials. The menu is overlookable, and heavily relies on Meat, honouring the tradition of the butchers guild which has had its quarters in the Widdergasse since 1401. But whilst the Menu and timing is totally Swiss, the AuGust Restaurant mentality is flexible. When I visited here a couple of months ago during my vegan challenge I was even provided with a vegan solution for lunch. The Restaurant recently was rewarded with the Best of Swiss Gastro Award in two categories - Congratulations!
For finediners there is a Widder Restaurant aswell which is small, cozy but very elegant and lovely for dinner. The food is traditional, very seasonal and surprisingly light in preparation. Our Seabass Maincourse was served in two courses - first on light mediterranean Vegetables followed by a serving with spinach topped with Caviar. The service was friendly, humorous, fast and helpful.
the Widder Bar:
Perhaps the best assorted Bar in Town, and frequently recognized by different titles to be amongst the best in the World even. From delicate before and after dinner drinks, an amazing selection of whisky's, live Piano Music and a retro sexy red leather interior - the Widder Bar is an epitome of its kind.
The oldest Room in the House furnished with precious Art and the Eames Chairs which are also found in most of the Suites: the Library is a lovely location to enjoy afternoon tea. What I especially liked, was that the etagere of delicious tea treats and sandwiches is topped by delicious scones served with cream and strawberry Jam. I miss scones from my time living in London, so I am always very exited to find them. (hint hint: if anyone knows where to find great scones in Town let me know ;)
Built into 700 year old historic houses the hotel is a masterpiece of collaborated architecture and design. Historic middle age elements are fused with modernity. Each of the Suites has an entirely unique design and mood - rich fabrics, warm wooden tones and chrome surfaces are repeating motives. My Room which was No. 211 had a feminine touch with an elaborately plastered ceiling, mint bed and heavy curtains, cream fabrics contrasted by masculine black leathers, a fully mirrored side wall and B&O Sound & TV System. I was grateful to find the Coffee Machiene in my room, one of the features I definitely most appreciate in Hotels. WiFi was easy to access, and the Mini Bar complementary - its the details that tend to set the standard.
the Widder Hotel just recently redid its gym for Hotelguests looking to work off some of their culinary indulgences.
Outstanding from the very first moment of arrival was the friendliness of the Team at Widder. I felt truly welcome, and relaxed from the first second of my stay. Being friendly is not the same as being polite - every decent 5 Star Hotel will treat its guests politely, but by far not all of them are friendly. Few make that difference, few notice that the trained politeness has a cold metalic aftertaste. The guest may not 'notice' the difference consciously, but he feels it. If I am looking to recommend a Hotel - friendliness is one of the Key Factor that I look for.
Did you Know: that the Widder Hotel has perhaps the most beautiful Rooftop Terrasse in Town? I discovered it a few weeks ago together with David Biedert for a quick Shoot. The Rooftop Terrasse is a part of the Penthouse Suite and at the exclusive discretion of its Guests. Booking a Penthouse Suite of a luxury Hotel may be costly - but the View of the Terrasse is priceless.
Big Thanks to the entire Widder Team, especially Jan Brucker the Manager of the Hotel for the Hospitality, and to Rene Bruggraber for showing me around & entertaining me during my stay.
Also Big Thank You for the Pictures:
David Biedert www.davidbiedert.com
Harun Dogan www.rawcut.ch
Diana Kottmann www.vision-of-touch.com