Airlines, you hate them or you love them. I particularly loved Swiss on my way to Hongkong last week, when they were looking for volunteers. The flight was overbooked and they were offering passengers to fly the next day with paid accommodation, meal vouchers and 751 Swiss francs in cash. I thought about it for three seconds and took the offer. And that's how I ended up in the Radisson Blu at Zurich airport.
Nothing to write a blog about, you might think, but this Radisson Blu is not just another Radisson Blu. This one has a massive, glass tower reaching all the way to the lobby ceiling, measuring 16 metres in height. And get this: the tower is filled with bottles of wine, over 4,000 of them. It's called the Angels' wine tower. It's quite a sight to see, especially at night when it's lit up in various colours that change with the beats of the loungy music that resonate throughout the hotel.
And if you're wondering how they retrieve the bottles from the top shelves of this awesome glass structure, well that's where the angels come in. When dining at one of the restaurants in the hotel you can pick your wine or champagne from an extensive wine list. When you've made your choice, your waiter sends the order to the tower where the Wine Angels pick it up. One of them straps into a what looked to me like an uncomfortable looking harness, and soars to the location of your chosen wine, while putting on a Cirque du Soleil type show. After which she brings the wine to your table.
I didn't actually order a whole bottle that night, but the angels did go up and down quite a few times which kept me mesmerised for a good while. Until I realised I had a free hotel room waiting for me to enjoy, making me soar to the fifth floor of the hotel where I acrobatically jumped up and down on my free bed a couple of times. I love you, Swiss.