La Colombe, a newly opened boutique hotel in Switzerland’s smallest canton, is setting new standards in timeless beauty and understated elegance
Despite the famous quote from The Third Man, there’s a lot more to Switzerland than the cuckoo clock – or even traditional Swiss products such as chocolate, pocket-knives and luxury watches. Switzerland has some of the most incredible landscapes in Europe, from the natural wonder of the glittering Alps to the tranquillity of the idyllic lakes, along with its medieval villages and bustling cities.
In the heart of Central Switzerland and right in the middle of Europe within easy reach of Zurich lies the canton of Zug, and here we find the La Colombe Boutique Hotel.
In the dreamy old town of Zug lies this hidden gem, boasting exquisite rooms designed with elegance and lightness of touch. Opened in 2022, the hotel in its historic building transports guests to a world of grandeur and sophistication, with every detail carefully crafted by the hoteliers, Aline Sigrist and Giovanni Melis. Nine top-quality, simple and elegant rooms are available, some with balconies overlooking the lake. The owners have taken great care to preserve the building’s historical and original elements, such as the exposed wooden ceiling beams, 13th-century brickwork, arched windows and an antique tiled stove, complementing them with ultra-modern bathrooms, where timeless design meets the highest quality and sustainability is key.
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In the hotel’s own restaurant, already awarded 14 points by the prestigious Gault & Millau Guides, gourmets will find a creative menu heavily featuring regional and seasonal organic products. The kitchen team under lively head chef Giovanni Melis prepares an exciting variety of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. ‘Gio’, a native of Sardinia, has had his own TV show, and has served as Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s private chef. At La Colombe, he serves up Mediterranean cuisine with a creative twist. From spring to autumn, guests can enjoy food and drink on this unique location’s idyllic lakeside terrace, with stunning views of the water.
Other facilities in the hotel include a fitness studio with premium Technogym equipment, a personal trainer and a spectacular view of Lake Zug, the hotel’s own paddleboards for guests to explore the beautiful lake under their own steam; and of course, all the sights, art and cultural institutions in the historic old town can be booked through the hotel.
It’s fair to say that a stay at this delightful hotel on Lake Zug and a visit to the charming little town of Zug won’t disappoint. Whether for business or pleasure, guests will feel refreshed and revitalised, taking home memories to last a lifetime.