FIFA Parts Ways with Zurich's Iconic Baur au Lac Hotel
PHOTO: The Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo via Flickr/slinguh)
Soccer's international governing body, better known as FIFA, is switching up hotels in an effort to cut costs and convince a skeptical public that it's ready to get to work.
According to the Associated Press, FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura has decided to abandon Zurich, Switzerland's historic Baur au Lac hotel in favor of the cheaper Park Hyatt Zurich.
Located on the opposite side of the Schanzengraben moat in Switzerland's largest city, the five-star Park Hyatt Zurich is just a four minute walk from the Baur au Lac. However room rates are significantly cheaper.
The cheapest available room at the lake-side Baur au Lac for Oct. 13 runs just under $900, while a room at the Park Hyatt can be had for approximately $540.
Nonetheless FIFA's ruling-council members won't exactly be roughing it at the Hyatt, which boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and marble bathrooms with soaking tubs in its guestrooms.
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"We're on business so a good solid business hotel I think is more appropriate," FIFA vice president and CONCACAF head Victor Montagliani told the AP. "It's not just only cost-cutting. As we have done at CONCACAF, it's about sending a message we are here to work and I think those are some changes that have to happen."
FIFA officials will get their first look at the Park Hyatt next week when they are scheduled to convene in Zurich.
The move to new accommodations will also allow FIFA to start fresh in the wake of last year's infamous police raids, in which Swiss authorities arrested a handful of FIFA officials, escorting them out of the 172-year-old hotel as part of a soccer corruption investigation.
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