La Réserve Eden au Lac Zurich has opened following a two-year restoration project helmed by French designer Philippe Starck. The property joins hotelier Michel Reybier’s La Réserve collection of hotels in Geneva, Ramatuelle, and Paris.
The French Empire-style building dates back to 1909 and houses the only luxury hotel located on Lac Zurich. Taking inspiration from the location, Starck wanted to give guests the feeling of being on a yacht. He lent his signature contemporary touch with neutral tones and sleek metal accents, while honoring the building’s historical elements, revealing the original exposed red brick, marble, and hardwood floors, and keeping the iconic blue-and-white-striped awnings that adorn the lake-facing façade.
The 40 guest rooms make the most of the space, with glass walls separating the living area from the bathroom and natural light pouring in from the large windows. Quirky nautical touches include wooden oars, paintings of sailboats, and room numbers printed as if they were on a racing sail.The lobby’s original wooden staircase and iron elevator have been preserved. The latter was reimagined with a glass enclosure. Another focal point is the stained-glass windows by Philippe’s daughter, artist Ara Starck, depicting landscapes that evolve throughout the day as the sunlight streams through.
Photo: Courtesy of La Réserve Eden au Lac Zurich