Switzerland

12.08.2010 | by: Kelly
Homes to Stay

Check In: Vorstadt 14

Zug, Switzerland

Originally a private residence, this 15th-century house was recently renovated and organized into three disparate areas called Face (first floor), Brain (second floor) and Soul (penthouse). Face is spare and non-descript, acting kind of like a for-rent art and design gallery space. The second floor, modeled after a hotel room, is super slick and contemporary. But the penthouse—a spacious, one-bedroom apartment—feels like an entirely different design universe. There’s wood everywhere, and rustic-meets-modern charm oozes from wide floorboards, exposed beams and stacks of raw firewood climbing up the wall. An artfully haphazard mound of books doubles as storied décor, and a (unloaded) rifle hangs from a nearby hook.

The Details
The penthouse at Vorstadt 14 sleeps four. There’s a little kitchenette, but guests who don’t want to cook can order sushi and strudel from the nearby restaurant Blinker.

09.22.2010 | by: Kelly
Inns & Hotels

Stay: Lej da Staz

Located in the shadow of Languard mountain range, this adorable 10-room Swiss hotel, Lej da Staz, is impressively consistent with its self-anointed “pure alpine chic” aesthetic: red-and-white plaid curtains, driftwood lamps, tree trunk side tables, folksy needlepoint pillows, wood paneling, sheepskin rugs and taxidermy. And since there are no cars allowed, there are directions on their website to the hotel by foot (it takes a half hour from the closest car-accessible location), mountain bike and horse and buggy. Horse and buggy!