The lobby in the Baur au Lac, one of Switzerland’s most iconic hotels, has undergone a dramatic renovation recently, making it a truly stunning centre point to this grand dame of Swiss luxury hotels. Everything is done to a high standard at this hotel, making it a consistently excellent all-rounder, yet it manages to remain relaxed and unstuffy. Perhaps that is what appealed to the likes of artist Marc Chagall and writer Thomas Mann, just a few of the eminent personalities that have passed through its doors. 'Le hall', as the lounge is called, features a huge Art Deco glass dome, which overlooks a dazzling Empire period chandelier. The room itself feels both opulent but welcoming; Royal Blue coloured soft furnishings are offset by Porcelain Chinese table lamps, nestled in amongst a number of large olive tree plants. It’s an enchanting location, which is only enhanced further by indulging in their afternoon tea service. Tuck into delicate mini salmon sandwiches, crepes filled with cream cheese, homemade, warm scones served with Gruyere double cream and jam and some very indulgent pastries such as mini versions of lemon meringue pie, all accompanied by pots of tea or a glass or two of champagne. It’s the perfect location on a grey, rainy Saturday afternoon to spend huddled in front of the cosy fire with a pile of weekend newspapers or for a surprise afternoon treat, or for classy romantic date (although make sure to book ahead to reserve a table). Breakfast, lunch and snacks are served too in the hall if afternoon tea doesn’t fit your schedule.
Afternoon tea served daily between October-March, from 1.30 until 5.30 pm;from CHF64 per person.