- Widder façade amalgamated from 9 historical houses
- Historical late Middle Ages murals & ceiling beams
- Pfeife Lobby from the late 12th century, stone walls & Eames design classic chair
- Internal courtyard
- Exterior of houses
- Adjoining old and new buildings
- Concert outdoor chair inspired by Le Corbusiers 1929 LC Club chair
- Zur Schund Restaurant, 16th Century original ceiling paintings
- Contemporary lift shaft and stairwell
- 10. Bedroom - restored features from the 14th Century old butchers guild house
- Late middle ages rich murals and stucco
- Penthouse - white living room & stunning grey marble
- White and gold bedroom and tactile lime throw
- Penthouse opening to terrace
- Views of Zurich from terrace
- Traditional bedroom - art deco themed
- Victorian ceramic fire place
Located in the heart of Zurich's old city and the historic district of the financial metropolis Zurich, the unique charm of this five star hotel is unfolded in its exceptional architecture. The nine private residences from the Middle Ages have been meticulously restored and renovated into one modern luxury hotel. The Widder Hotel attaches great importance to real values. It does not mean to be trendy, but rather stands for the true values of the arts, history and heritage.
The shareholder company UBS are the owners of the Widder Hotel. UBS is one of the world's leading financial firms and is the market leader in retail and commercial banking in Switzerland.
Nine Houses - 700 years of history - one hotel
The Widder Hotel owes its name to one of the nine historical houses, in which it unfolds. The Haus zur Widderzunfft has been the residence of the butcher's guild since 1401 and is still used today as a meeting place for traditional events. The nine meticulously restored historical residences, in which the Widder Hotel unfolds, are unique. They have been built, acquired, occupied, changed and decorated by descendents of noble families, guild masters, artisans and merchants. The room decors with rich murals and stucco are an expression of the owners' social class who made their wealth and fortune through trade and commerce. The Renweg, where the main entrance of the Widder Hotel is located, was Zurich's most prestigious street from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century.
During the mid 1990's each house was also in need of renovation. In order to save these houses, the old building substance had to be explored and investigated, but also an intricate architectural technology had to be introduced for stabilization and complementation. More than 10 years of negotiations, planning and construction measures preceded the opening celebrations of the Widder Hotel in 1995 as a small, privately managed luxury hotel.
The interior designer of the Widder Hotel met the challenges of the heterogeneous building ensemble in a truly skilful manner with individually furnished guestrooms and suites. A masterpiece between heritage and modernity. The 49 rooms are very varied. One has a checkerboard wall of ancient beams, another a fresco and a Corbusier lounger and another room has a flagstone floor and a seventeenth century four-poster bed, while rooms in the Haus zum Pferch have ornate Baroque wood paneling.
There are historical Grisaille paintings on some walls referring to the former guildhall from 1678, while other rooms are decorated with precious wooden inlays or delicate nature scenes from the Renaissance. Besides the very many aspects between Middle Ages and modernity of the Widder Hotel's interiors, the art takes pride in an exceptional position. Embedded into a balanced, harmonious design concept, the collection never implies the purpose of the mere decorative, but rather preserves its unique independence.