has just completed a head-to-toe renovation of its central lobby lounge, the centrepiece and heart of this iconic, family-owned hotel. Since the Baur au Lac opened in 1844, “Le Hall,” as it is known, has been the meeting place for the world’s elite. Major moments in history have taken place within its wood-paneled grandeur. It was in “Le Hall” that Bertha von Suttner convinced industrial magnate, Alfred Nobel, of the need for a world peace prize. Thomas Mann wrote here. Marc Chagall sketched here. Empress Sissi sipped afternoon tea here. And it was here that Franz Liszt accompanied his son-in-law, Richard Wagner, on the piano for the world première of “Die Walküre.”
The renovation has transformed “Le Hall” back to its original light-filled guise, a restoration spearheaded by noted architect and designer, Pierre-Yves Rochon; Rochon was also responsible for the Baur au Lac’s recent reimagining of the Pavillon restaurant and the interior decor of the hotel’s meeting rooms.
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