Zurich’s modern hotel with personality
Kameha Grand Zürich is a wild and witty antidote to its industrial Glattpark surroundings. Don’t be fooled by its boxy, glass-and-steel exterior.
The graciously overblown wit and opulence of its Swiss-inspired interior, from the giant custom-made cowbells that hover precariously over the lobby to the chocolate-bar walls inside the hotel rooms, disarm and charm at every turn and make a visit here unforgettable.
Business travelers will appreciate the hotel’s close proximity to the Zurich airport (less than two miles away) and easy access to the city center five miles away. Fine diners will encounter a range of top-level restaurant choices, including the acclaimed You, which serves Asian-influenced French cuisine.
Also on the docket for entertainment: Several bars and a luxe penthouse spa.
Our Inspector’s Highlights
• In the lobby, instead of approaching a long counter or barrier, you are greeted warmly by smiling agents who operate from personable reception stations.
• Opened in 2015, the InterContinental’s unique architecture and neo-Baroque design give it its wow factor and make staying here a bit of an adventure.
• Eleven rooms are designed to indulge your fancies and fantasies; it’s an entertainment-oriented Vegas touch that is unique in Switzerland. Suites have intriguing themes: Diva, Burlesque, Fair Play and Ghostwriter. They are extravagantly kitted out with poker tables, workout gear and game rooms to amuse guests at every level.
• The ballroom is one of the biggest in the Zurich area. Creative touches, like floor-to ceiling windows and giant black-and-white floral designs, heighten the drama.
• Spa-goers will love the penthouse Spa and Fitness Power House, which features four treatment rooms, a 24/7 fitness center and a spacious rooftop terrace with views of the Swiss Alps.
What to Know
• Sightseers should know that the hotel is not in central Zurich, but the city center is a short tram ride away.
• The Zurich hotel is part of the Marriott Autograph Collection with the Marriott Rewards Program.
• Fun fact: The hotel is named after King Kamehameha, a bold, majestic and prescient leader who united the Hawaiian Islands in the 1800s.
• All of the artfully designed rooms feature Nespresso makers and other top-grade amenities like the Molton & Brown bath products.
• The 245 rooms here are anything but ordinary. Designer Marcel Wanders has created unique neo-Gothic design and technical features, like vault-encased drinks butlers, sliding leather panel doors, and in-room gyms.
• The Space Suite, created by artist Michael Najjir, was designed to make the guest or “crew member” feel like he is living at a space station.
• Premium Rooms measure 258 square feet and offer either one king bed or twin beds; Deluxe Rooms are more spacious at 345 square feet and offer a small seating area. Executive Suites and Theme Suites are larger, between 430 and 645 square feet.
• French You Restaurant offers the option of ordering a set menu between three and six courses and includes main-course dishes like river trout, braised eel and flank of Swiss veal with chanterelles, red cabbage and plum.
• The pasta at Restaurant L’Unico is freshly made at the restaurant.
• Nightlife venues include the sleek and sophisticated Puregold Bar, the Smoker’s Lounge, a hip take on an English-gentlemen’s-club, and the Shisha Lounge, a bright and airy space with an exclusive atmosphere.