Architect’s rendering of the new Waldhaus Dolder, to open its doors in December, 2019
It was several years in the coming, but was inevitable in the end: on September 30, 2016, the ‘old’ Hotel Waldhaus Dolder, built in the seventies, closed its doors. Until she arises for the third time in a spectacular new concept, the “little sister” to the Dolder Grand Hotel has temporarily yielded her elevated position and panoramic views over city, lake and Alps.
Much to the chagrin of guest form near and far who treasured the charm of this insider hotel on top of the hill. The service was impeccable. Guests were remembered by name and personal preferences. Out-of-the-ordinary requests were smilingly received and speedily executed, never an eyebrow raised. “Can’t be done,” was not in the Waldhaus vocabulary. Dining room tables decorated with fresh flowers, impeccably dressed in butter yellow linen at every meal; the staff following suit in their black-and-white livréd attire.
On warm days the guests were served on the glorious sun terrace overlooking the city, protected by soft red canvas parasols. The meals delectable, the temperature of the swimming pool just perfect, the familiar, long-term staff balancing service with familiarity and discretion. What more could you possibly want? But you could, and the Waldhaus Dolder delivered: every room enjoyed the best view in town, or rather across town. The entire city of Zurich stretched before your feet, firmly planted on the cozy balcony. The Alps in the distance, the blue lake dotted with white sails, giving way far into the Oberland, the city lights twinkling in night time splendour. On warm summer evenings you’d sit in a balmy breeze on your balcony, enchanted by the sounds of the harmonized church bells rising to your ears, while watching the sun-set to the west. The Waldhaus was worth the stay just for the view!