Atlantis by Giardino

Zurich's serene retreat

Hidden in the shadow of Uetliberg mountain, Atlantis by Giardino feels like a secluded countryside retreat. It’s surrounded by green treetops, furry cows graze nearby and a quiet envelops the grounds. But you aren’t in some remote location — Zurich is only 15 minutes away.

Completed in 1970, the heritage-listed postmodernist hotel received a facelift by London-based design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates, creating an elegant cosmopolitan vibe, all while staying true to its early Scandinavian influences.

Adding a touch of celebrity glamour are the black-and-white photos of past guests, such as Muhammad Ali and Freddie Mercury, who gave an impromptu private concert in the bar.

Whether you are looking to relax by the heated outdoor pool, rejuvenate at the spa or spoil yourself with a nine-course meal at the hotel's Ecco Zurich restaurant, Atlantis by Giardino provides a calming haven of Swiss elegance.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Tucked away from the hustle of downtown but convenient enough to pop down for that meeting or a spot of shopping, Atlantis by Giardino is just a quick shuttle ride from Zurich's high-end Bahnhofstrasse district.
  • The luxury hotel is great for a rejuvenating getaway thanks to its unique focus on the principles of Ayurveda in both its Hide & Seek restaurant and its dipiù Day Spa. Multi-day programs (ranging from three days to three weeks) ensure you’ll leave feeling refreshed.
  • The reinvigorated vintage stay is a style lover’s dream. The lobby is a highlight thanks to its massive metallic fireplace, curved couches, textured check-in desk and the original marble spiral staircase.
  • Live like royalty in the aptly named Royal Residence, one of Europe's largest hotel suites. This sumptuous refuge takes up an entire floor with more than 21,000 square feet of luxurious furnishings and posh extras.
  • You won’t find a bad view at this Zurich hideaway, where accommodations come with vistas of the city skyline, the tranquil pool or Uetliberg mountain.

Things to Know

  • Atlantis by Giardino is outside of town and is best reached by taxi, Uber or car. You also can take the Uetliberg train, which leaves directly from Zurich's main train station and stops just downhill from the hotel.
  • Take advantage of the complimentary hourly shuttle bus that brings you directly into the heart of Zurich.
  • For those planning to dine at the hotel's signature restaurant Ecco, book your table at least two weeks in advance to avoid disappointment.
  • Thanks to Atlantis’ proximity to Uetliberg mountain and forest, the active set doesn't need to look far for great running and biking trails. You can borrow mountain bikes from the concierge.

The Rooms

  • Choose from 95 rooms and suites with either panoramas of Zurich or quiet and secluded vistas over the pool to Uetliberg mountain. Most rooms have balconies where you can leave the door open to breathe in the fresh Swiss air.
  • All rooms include a complimentary non-alcoholic minibar stocked with retro treats like Afri Cola (a vintage German soft drink). Luxe touches include Bose Bluetooth speakers, bathroom products from dipiù Day Spa and a tablet that controls mood lighting, blinds, dinner reservations and more.
  • Plush bedding ensures you’ll enjoy a pleasant night’s sleep, but the extensive pillow menu is a highlight. Those who have trouble relaxing should opt for the anti-stress option to rest your head on a fluffy lavender-scented puff.
  • Watch fans will love the Hublot 107 Suite. Modeled after a classic Swiss watch boutique, the stylish 731-square-foot space includes eye-catching pop art and a chandelier designed to resemble the cogs of a clock.
  • To enjoy a regal retreat, book the Royal Residence. Occupying the entire fourth floor, the eight-bedroom space boasts a 360-degree terrace, an 18-seat dining room, a shisha lounge and has access to a butler, a private elevator and a chauffeured Rolls-Royce.

The Restaurants

  • Atlantis is home to two restaurants: Hide & Seek with its Ayurveda focus (easy-to-digest meals) is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Ecco Zurich serves up multi-course menus inspired by local seasonal produce.
  • Ecco is the concept’s third location and Atlantis’ exquisite fine-dining venue. The restaurant is known for unexpected aromatic flavors, thanks to the talents of head chef Stefan Heilemann, who studied under Ecco’s mastermind, German toque Rolf Fliegauf.
  • At the end of the day, watch the fading golden light over Zurich from Ecco's large terrace, the only high-end restaurant in the city to offer sunset views.
  • Hide & Seek’s bar — its walls were made to look like a safe in a nod to Zurich’s banking history — seamlessly separates the two restaurants and often has live music. A well-ventilated and fully stocked cigar lounge is off to the side. Go there for a quiet moment after dinner.
  • Hide and Seek’s menu combines elements of sweet, salty, bitter, sour, spicy and tart into each dish to create a surprising combination. Try the smoky eggplant fusing flavors from the Middle East and Japan.

24-hour room service
Babysitting services
House car
Indoor pool
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Pet friendly
Getting There
Döltschiweg 234, Zurich, 8055 CH, Switzerland
ZRH (18-20 min)   BSL (1 h 5 min)   GVA (2 hr 40 min-3 hr)  
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