Imagine sleeping in a bed so comfortable you never ever want to get up. A bed that as soon as you relax on top of the extra-large, crisp white, luxurious bedding you feel like you are re-enacting a scene from a magical fairy-tale where you become a princess for the day.
Not only is the linen of superior quality with the combination of pillows being both soft and supportive to sleep on, the mattress is something out-of-this-world.
In the UK, there is a particular hotel brand that advertises on the TV stating that their mattresses are ‘sublimely comfortable’. Yes they are indeed comfortable and I can personally attest to that, however, nothing can compare to the sumptuous sinking feeling you get when you laze on a Marriott-branded mattress.
If only we could have stayed for longer, one night just didn’t seem long enough.
So Where Did We Stay?
Kameha in Zurich, part of the Marriott Autograph Collection, is a stylish building that aims to stand out from the crowd.
Not only does it possess some of the best mattresses we have ever had the pleasure of sleeping on, it also benefits from the outstanding service that Marriott brand has become famous for.
‘A Unique Pleasure’ (Kameha Zurich)
Add to this the stylish edge and you had a hotel seriously worth anyone’s consideration.
Located slightly further out of the city than we would sometimes like, Kameha Zurich, is most definitely not a blot on the landscape. This is a building that has added to the urban sprawl which has taken place in this Swiss city: this hotel is both striking and complimentary to its surroundings.
And it’s not just the outside that stands out.
Once inside, rather than a reception desk that takes over the foyer, Kameha Zurich welcomes you into its grasp. Automatically your eyes are drawn to the sweeping, bone-china white staircase and the over-sized, intricately designed, golden bells hanging overhead.
Straight away you know that this is a hotel that wants to make a statement and no detail has been left out.
The carpets, a warm blood-red and grey, ease the whiteness of the walls making it feel far less sterile than many hotels we have stayed in. Whilst the advert for afternoon tea with its specially designed cupcakes suggests that this hotel prides itself on design – large or small.
The Rooms That Say ‘WOW’
When CEO, Carsten K. Rath, discussed the design of this hotel he clearly wanted to impress.
The uniqueness of the rooms and suites at Kameha Zurich guarantees to make it stand out in any crowd, without it losing the home comforts that we all desire after a long day in meetings or after wandering the city, taking in the sights.
This is a hotel that, when you walk into your room, you can’t help but say “WOW” to.
During our recent stay we opted for a Deluxe room, and as we opened to the door to our enormous room, we were greeted, on one side by a large wall of what looked like wooden panelling, whilst in front of us stood a wall of glass.
The wooden paneling turned out to be a movable wall hiding a plush bathroom, complete with a large rain shower, two sinks and an oval-shaped, extra deep ivory bath just screaming out to be used. Add to this the fact that the wall moved so that you could relax and watch TV at the same time whilst using the internally wired speaker system to direct the sound, all whilst soaking in a bath full of bubbles, and I think it is fair to say that most people would be happy here.
For me personally, I loved the extra detail that meant, I could sit in the bath and enjoy reading my book without it getting wet thanks to the cleverly designed book rack, hanging over the bath next to the scented candles.
After swooning, yes swooning, over the bathroom for a good five minutes we decided we need to see what other gems we could find, and it didn’t take long. Paul himself was taken aback by the curiously designed cupboard in the corner of the room which can only be described as an extra large looking safe. Cleverly, this safe housed all things that are normally unsightly in a hotel room – the mini bar, the kettle, tea and coffee, the mugs and glasses, and unusually a bottle opener.
I quickly commandeered the cream and golden flocked armchair at the end of the bed, where I proceeded to spend several minutes simply starring out through the wall of glass, watching the trams run up and down the street in front of us.
It seemed that everywhere we looked one aspect complimented the other. The wall of glass meant that the dark faux-wooden panelling was not overpowering, the lightly-coloured arm chair stood out against the deep red and metal grey carpet, whilst the starkness of the white linen only accentuated the patterned wall behind the headboard. Looking back when I describe it in this way, all of this together really shouldn’t work but it does.
I remember hearing that Hemingway had once described Switzerland as:
“…a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo style of architecture.” (Ernest Hemingway)
Well, I think it is fair to say, that even Hemingway can be wrong on occasion because there was nothing notable brown or cuckoo-like in this hotel.
Life is Grand, and so are You (Kameha Zurich)
Everything about this hotel screams luxury. With not one but two restaurants, a bar named Pure Gold, cigar and shisha lounges, plus a rooftop SPA location there is nothing mediocre about this place.
Staff are attentive and go out of their way to make sure that your stay is a memorable one. Nothing is too much for them, even when you have a problem, which in my opinion makes them worthy of their status in the luxury range of hotel brands.
Would We Return?
Without a doubt this is one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in when it comes to indulgent surroundings. It is not necessarily as close to Zurich’s attractions as we would normally like, and perhaps if we were visiting the city solely to enjoy the sights we would choose somewhere a little closer to the centre. However, saying that, I am not sure that we could bypass a night here, simply because we had one of the best night’s sleep ever thanks to the mattress.
During our stay they offered us a package deal that mean we received a room upgrade, parking and breakfast all for the same price as the breakfast would have been normally therefore, if you do opt to stay here, I would ask what offers they have when you check-in.
Also be warned, the only thing that we did struggle with was the fact that no restaurants were open during our visit which meant that no real chef was on. Whilst we loved the setting of our room service, after all it is the only hotel we have ever stayed in where they actually wheel in a whole table for you to sit at, the food itself was bland and disappointing.
What I would highlight though is that this was just a small blip on their otherwise excellent standards and the awful food of the Sunday evening was quickly forgotten about when we sat down to a fresh, well-cooked, tasty breakfast the following morning.
For us, Kameha Zurich was something special. It was a place that we could relax and unwind away from the hectic centre of the city. The chic, polished design of this hotel means that we will return either to this particular hotel or one of its sister hotels in the future.
Have you ever stayed at a Marriott Hotel?
Have you ever stayed in a hotel where you would happily take the mattress home with you?