A famous Swiss brewery is recast as the distinctively hip B2 Boutique Hotel
A comfortable, modern setting for informal get togethers or just you and your laptop
The heart of B2 is the Library, with its modern chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling books
Guest rooms feature high ceilings, great big windows, and classic modern furnishings
Modern Swiss design takes charge of this light-filled room at the top
A dramatic rooftop hot bath provides distant views of historic Zurich
B2 Boutique Hotel & Spa
A famous former Swiss brewery re-invents intelf as a spirited, boutique hotel that optimizes its industrial roots
It would seem to us that a hotel born from a brewery would have a “spirited” personality and a happy disposition. In our endless search for accommodations that aesthetically stray from the norm, we find great examples of adaptive reuse that really shine in their new form. Zurich’s B2 Boutique Hotel and Spa, opened in 2012, does just that.
The family-owned Hurlimann Brewery was established in 1836 with its first production facility in Zurich built in 1870. Railway expansions throughout Europe continued to spur the growth of Hurlimann, and it became the largest brewery in Switzerland. The brewery functioned throughout most of the 20th century until a 1997 merger ended production in the Zurich facility.
The original Hurlimann plant was a large complex that has been restored over the last decade and converted to mixed use, including offices, residential, retail and dining. The B2 Boutique Hotel & Spa is located in the actual brewery and is part of this larger development. The hotel is a member of an independent group known as “Hotels with a Bookmark.”
The B2 hotel offers 60 rooms and suites designed in a relaxed, contemporary style, featuring wood floors, simple modern furnishings, and industrially inspired lighting and accents. The old brewery’s tall window openings admit an abundance of daylight to the guest rooms, naturally enhancing predominantly white interior finishes.
The great ceiling heights of the former brewery provide for dramatic interior spaces. The hotel’s center of activity is the Library Lounge. The library is the place to have breakfast, get some work done, have a pint of Hurlimann beer, and of course read. We are thrilled to see that the library has real books – over 33,000 of them!
There is no dedicated restaurant within the hotel, as there are several places to dine within the mixed-use complex.
We are quite enthusiastic about the meeting rooms at B2 and, in particular, the one known as “Bookmark 2.” This space seats 18 around an irregularly shaped 5-sided table, positioned beneath a vertical concrete shaft that extends to a skylight at the rooftop (see “Why we like this property” photo). It is a dramatic modern meeting space that is truly one of a kind.
In an adjacent brewery building that once housed the drum that held the beer is the Nobel Thermal Bath & Spa Zurich. The spa features original brick walls and vaulted ceilings giving it extraordinary character. The spa opened in 2010 and offers direct access from the hotel. The hotel rooftop has been transformed into a year-round open-air hot bath with 360 degree views of Zurich.
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B2 Boutique Hotel & Spa