The renowned French publisher this week named the five-star hotel Switzerland’s top hotel for its 2016 gastronomic guidebook for the country.
Canadian pop star Bieber stayed at the sprawling luxury spa hotel in March 2013 when he performed at the Hallenstadion and spent a day snowboarding at the nearby Hoch-Ybrig resort in the canton of Schwyz.
With its wimpled towers, the Dolder Grand, dating from 1899, was enlarged and renovated in 2008 with designs by British architect Norman Foster that added two new wings.
Gault&Millau praised the hotel on the heights overlooking Zurich’s city centre, Lake Zurich and the Alps for its well appointed rooms as well as its “exceptional” cuisine.
The Dolder Grand boasts a restaurant that the guide rates at 18 points, while rival guide Michelin has given it two stars.
With a staff of 330, the hotel boasts 176 rooms and suites and a 4,000-square metre spa, as well as an adjacent nine-hole golf course.
To celebrate its title as the best hotel in the country, the Dolder Grand is advertising several special deals for visitors, although the prices may remain beyond the means of those with modest budgets.
A night for two people, including breakfast, starts at 650 francs (valid until December 30th).
The hotel is also offering a four-course “celebration dinner” for 98 francs per person at its Garden Restaurant until November 30th.
Last year, Gault&Millau bestowed its top ranking for Switzerland on the Park Hotel in Vitznau in the canton of Lucerne.