The Widder Hotel buildings were originally owned by feudal Switzerland's Guild of Butchers. After being privately purchased in 1970, a special preservation committee selected the Swiss architect Tilla Theus to convert the buildings into a modern hotel.
The history of the project stretches back nearly 25 years, with the building work alone taking 4 years. This is hardly surprising when the task was to merge eight historic town houses, each with its own character, into a single hotel. But with Tilla Theus's vision, the Widder Hotel has become one of the most intriguing buildings in Zurich.
When building began it would have been easy to leave only the facades of the houses standing and completely rebuild behind them. However, our team wanted to create something special - a place that would please the eye and fascinate the mind.
The result is a balance of the characters of the different houses to create a truly grand design. The hotel has a total of five basements, a ground floor and six upper floors, with nine lifts connecting the various levels of the individual houses.
This passion for the exceptional means that everything in the Widder Hotel right down to every single cupboard or picture in every individual room has been carefully crafted and chosen.
The result of this dedication and care is that in an age of anonymous 'kit' hotels, the Widder Hotel is unlike any other in the world.