{Hot Hotel} Kameha Grand Zürich

    The glossy black façade of the Kameha Grand Zurich would be quite intimidating, were it not for the neon sign illuminating the hotel’s slogan: LIFE IS GRAND. As soon as you walk into the lobby, you know you are in a world of fun. Giant Swiss cowbells hang over the heads of the friendly check-in staff, a huge red-carpeted staircase sweeps around a gigantic pot of sculpted, cartoon-like flowers to a high-tech ballroom, and a doorway draped with red curtains promises more exciting things in store.

    Opened in March 2015, the hotel is as fresh and vibrant as a daisy. Marcel Wanders, the Dutch interior designer labelled the “Lady Gaga of design” by The New York Times, is responsible for the whimsical nature of the building. All 245 rooms feature Swiss-inspired accents such as walls that look like squares of Swiss chocolate and bank-vault handles on the bathrooms’ sliding doors. The Premium and Deluxe rooms are spacious and fun, with pieces from Wanders’ design label Moooi. There are 11 unique Theme Suites that are like something out of Las Vegas. The Fair Play Suite has a punch bag, table football and a selection of board games while the Gentleman Suite features nods to James Bond, including its own roulette table.

    There is one Suite in the hotel that does not adhere to the rules of the others, as it is the only one not designed by Wanders. The windowless Space Suite, designed by German artist Michael Najjar, pays homage to space-themed cinema and real life space missions. Monochrome décor and features including a ‘floating’ bed, a library of space-related movies and books, and even an automated voice to guide you through the room, make it a must for aspiring astronauts.

    On the ground floor, Wanders’ surreal aesthetic continues into the hotel’s Italian restaurant L’Unico, with an upside-down pasta bowl hanging from the ceiling. The Puregold Bar features a wall of gold coins behind the bar, an homage to Zurich’s financial industry and a theme that echoes throughout the hotel.

    Next to the bar, the Smoker’s Lounge is a cigar aficionado’s dream, with a wall of fine cognacs and rare whiskys, too. There is also an Arabian Shisha Lounge with a large selection of hookahs and tobaccos to experiment with on the circular sofa. Upstairs, the Michelin-starred You restaurant offers delicious French cuisine with a Far Eastern influence.

    The hotel’s Fitness Power House gym is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and a video screen projecting a life-like animated hamster that skips and does chest presses as you work up a sweat. In contrast, the Kameha Spa is an oasis of calm and peace, with a large selection of treatments and post-treatment daybeds in the warm, white Cocoon room and on the rooftop.

    Life is grand indeed.


    You can read our interview with Marcel Wanders here.