The 182-year-old Savoy Baur en Ville hotel will be revamped and rebranded as the group’s 12th European property.
Thanks to a recently inked deal to manage and rebrand the historic Savoy Baur en Ville hotel, the Hong Kong–based Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will soon establish a presence in Switzerland’s largest city and financial center. The Savoy is a local landmark on Paradeplatz, a main square in the heart of Zürich’s Old Town, that welcomed its first guests in 1838. Come 2022, the heritage property will close for a top-to-bottom revamp overseen by the acclaimed French interior designer Tristan Auer, whose past projects include the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris and the refurbished Cotton House Hotel on Mustique Island, an ultra high-end destination in the Caribbean country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The overhaul will see the Savoy’s number of guest rooms reduced from the current count of 104 to 80, and the revamped property is set to feature three dining and drinking outlets, including an all-day venue, a specialty restaurant, and a lobby lounge. The hotel’s grand historic ballroom will be conserved and enhanced, alongside its other existing event facilities; Auer will also install a state-of-the-art fitness center. No alterations will be made to the nearly 200-year-old facade of the building, except for the name change and a small modification to the entrance. Upon its reopening in 2024, the hotel will be rebranded as Mandarin Oriental Savoy, Zurich.
James Riley, Group Chief Executive of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, said in a statement, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to bring Mandarin Oriental to this important European destination and to rebrand a well-established landmark. This is a strategic city for the Group, which consolidates and complements our regional presence in central Europe, including upcoming projects in Vienna and Lucerne.”
Also read: The Enduring Charms of Lucerne
Extensive renovations are underway at the lakefront Hotel Palace Lucerne, a grande dame property that first opened in 1906, before its scheduled reopening as the Mandarin Oriental Palace, Luzern in 2022. Over in the Austrian capital, the city’s former commercial law court (built in 1912) is being converted into the 151-room Mandarin Oriental, Vienna and its associated residences, which will collectively debut in late 2023.
More information here.