- The Radisson Blu Zurich boasts 16-metre tower stacked with a staggering 4,000 bottles of red and white wine
- Guests in the lobby can order wine from a so-called Wine Angel, who ‘flies’ up the inner tower to retrieve it
- Fortunately, these extraordinary waitresses are skilled aerial artists, suspended from the top by a harness
Ordering a drink from a hotel bar is usually an unremarkable process.
But, for those staying at the Radisson Blu Zurich, they’re likely to witness a much more theatrical experience – thanks to their modern take on the traditional wine cellar.
Rather than have their collection hidden from view, hotel executives have erected a 16-metre glass structure in their central foyer, which doubles as performance art.
Now that’s good service! So-called Wine Angels are skilled aerial artists who retrieve the bottles, while the temperature-controlled tower can simultaneously hold red, white and sparkling wines
Dramatic: A transparent 16-metre tower with 4,000 bottles of wine and champagne stands in the Radisson Blu Zurich’s foyer
Deliberately lit for maximum aesthetic appeal, it’s staffed by so-called Wine Angels, who – on first glance – appear to be ordinary waitresses. But, once a customer has placed an order, they ‘fly’ up the inner to retrieve it for you.
The angels are skilled aerial artists, suspended from the top of the tower by a harness which allows them to simultaneously perform acrobatics.
Dressed in leotards and ballet shoes, they can zip up and down the tower some 130 times each evening.
In order to qualify for the role, the ‘Angels’ must have extensive knowledge about wine, but also must be experienced in choreography.
They must also know precisely where to locate any given bottle of wine, so that customers aren’t left thirsty.
Standing tall: Hotel guests can witness acrobatic performers fly through the lobby as they enjoy a drink
Working hard: A ‘Wine Angel’ performs some mid-air moves, at the Radisson Blu Zurich (pictured right)
The tower is staggeringly innovative; up to 16 bottles of wine is stored in individual temperature-controlled compartments, meaning chilled wine can be stored together with room-temperature bottles.
The tower at Zurich follows the success of first wine tower in Europe at the Radisson Blu Stansted, which opened earlier this year.
Radisson Blu Zurich offers direct access to the terminal at Zurich Airport and is only a 10-minute train ride from the centre of Switzerland’s largest city.
Courtesy: Daily Mail Online