Housed in one of Zurich’s oldest inns, the award-winning 39-room Marktgasse Hotel opened in November 2015 after a two-year restoration project by the Ospena Group. Tastefully mixing the old and the new, the hotel’s contemporary forward-thinking design concept and progressive approach to pared-down luxury hails a new direction for Zurich’s hotel scene.
Located on the cobbles of the city’s old town across two historically listed buildings – originally dating back to 1291 – the Marktgasse combines scandi-inspired minimalist design and influences from Japanese purism with rediscovered heritage features evident throughout the hotel. Acquired in 2004 by Swiss entrepreneur and philanthropist Beat Curti, the restoration project forms part of a wider heritage conservation effort in the old town of the city. Protected elements like stucco work; wall panelling and century-old columns have been meticulously preserved in respect to the building’s heritage.
The Marktgasse’s signature brasserie style restaurant, Baltho, has a deliberately pared down menu offering newly interpreted international classics and seasonal surprises throughout the day, changing weekly. The adjoining Baltho Bar is a lively artisanal-style bar draped in rich dark greens and deep woods, with its own street entrance attracting locals and guests alike to meet for an aperitif or casual meal. Downstairs the hotel’s second eatery Delish introduces an all-day healthy delicatessen style café offering a variety of breakfasts, hearty appetizers and inventive salads.
Just a couple of minutes’ walk from the Marktgasse Hotel is the Fitnesspark Hamam Münstergasse with hotel guests granted access to their state-of-the-art fitness equipment for individual training, yoga and pilates classes. The first and most luxurious Hamam in Zurich, Fitnesspark Hamam Münstergasse offers traditional treatment rituals, with experiences including herbal steam rooms and a lather room.
Monocle Travel Top 50 2016/17
Best New City Centre Hotel: A spectacular and lively 39-room alternative to the city’s more conservative stays.
Proof that contemporary design doesn't only belong in modern buildings. Rooms ooze urban, angular chic, with oak parquet floors and Ercol-Style furniture, while downstairs the Baltho restaurant and bar offers great cocktails and unfussy food.
The two-year project is a pleasing amalgam of restoration and renovation where original features such as stucco work, wall panelling and columns are neatly balanced by Nordic minimalism and Italian flourishes.