Luxury hotel holiday Hotel Ambassador a l'Opera Zurich

The four-star Hotel Ambassador a l'Opera in Zurich offers guests excellent access to Lake Zurich, its waterside promenades, the surrounding Alpine slopes and walking paths, and the quaint pavement cafes that border the lake. An elegant and sustainable ethos ensures that this historic boutique hotel is a highly luxurious and unique option for one or two night stays in central Zurich, perhaps as part of a longer rail touring holiday.
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Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Ambassador a l'Opera, Zurich

Hotel Ambassador à l'Opéra is a 4-star boutique hotel in a prime location. The excellent cuisine and spectacular panoramic rooftop terrace afford guests a tranquil and idyllic haven in the heart of Zurich.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location The hotel is located near the banks of Lake Zurich

Closest airport Zurich Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is about 30-minutes' drive from Zurich Airport

Closest railway station Zurich Main Station

Distance from railway station The hotel is about 10-minutes' drive from Zurich Main Station

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant Opera with Outside Terrace, Concierge, and Lounge Bar.

Out and about nearby

You are perfectly placed at the Hotel Ambassador a l'Opera to explore the many cultural sites of Zurich. The hotel itself is situated in the Seefeld District, which forms part of the Old Town. You may, therefore, wish to start with a gentle stroll around this area. One of the must-see attractions in Zurich is the Grossmunster Church; it is possible to climb the Karlsturm, one of its two iconic towers to see the stunning views across the city. Schipfe is Zurich's oldest district, and is situated on the banks of the River Limmat. Once the headquarters of the silk industry, it still attracts artisans from across the world. In the Lindenhof District, you can visit the site of a 4th century Roman fort, and the palace that was owned by Charlemagne's grandson in the 9th century. The Niederdorf District might be the best place to gain a sweeping view of the Old Town, by popping in and out of the shops and cafes hidden in the little alleyways. 1,200 fountains of drinkable water are scattered around the city, ready to be discovered. For a view from above the city, take the Little Red Train, or Polybahn, up to the Polyterrasse. Experience the cosmopolitan urban lifestyle on the Bahnhofstrasse, the world's most luxurious shopping mile.

Sports nearby

Water Sports on Lake Zurich; Hiking, Walking, and Cycling in the mountains.

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1940

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Ambassador a l'Opera, Zurich

The Hotel Ambassador à l'Opéra is a four star member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group. Situated in Zurich, the hotel is just a few steps from the banks of Lake Zurich, where it is met by the Limmat River. At the end of the Falkenstrasse, yachts and sailing boats cluster around a small marina, along which a promenade runs, letting you take in views of the water and the arboretum on the other side of the lake. The hotel itself occupies part of the former Uto Castle, built in 1898. Today, its neo-baroque facade is topped by fluttering Swiss flags. At the heart of the hotel is its motto: sustainably yours. In Restaurant Opéra, this ethos is at its most apparent; sustainable, delicious ingredients are prepared in a manner and setting that preserves Swiss tradition and heritage. Outdoor tables allow guests to dine under the stars, as Zurich's sophisticated nightlife unfolds. The dining room, however, has a distinctly fresh style, with dominating shades of lime and lemon set against charcoal murals depicting scenes from the world of opera. The food is equally crisp, fresh, and refined, and always impeccably presented. For something more relaxed, sit back in the warm Lounge Bar, and snack on salmon, Alpine cheeses, Zurich veal sausage, and tartare. The guestrooms continue the warmth of the bar, but with the added comforts of an extensive, luxurious pillow menu, sleek wallpapers and seating areas, and beautiful views across the Zurich rooftops. The bottom halves of the walls are painted a subtle, elegant green, which is highlighted by accents of gold in the mirror frames and bed throws, and the green of the plants in the bathrooms. All beds are electronically adjustable to maximise comfort, and each en-suite is decorated in monochrome tiles and has a double-size all-glass shower. The Hotel Ambassador à l'Opéra is a very comfortable boutique-style hotel in an excellent location in Zurich.

Room descriptions

Hotel Ambassagor à l'Opéra has 45 rooms with electrically adjustable bed, air-conditioning, wifi, Nespresso coffee machine, pillow menu, television, safe, minibar, and mineral water.

Single Room
Ambassador Single Room
Superior Single Room
Double Room
Ambassador Double Room
Premium Double Room
Executive Double Room

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1940

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Ambassador a l'Opera, Zurich

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Hotel Ambassador a L'Opera in Zurich, our clients usually either fly to Zurich airport or arrive by train at Zurich Hauptbahnhof. From the airport there is a regular train service to the Hauptbahnhof and the journey takes about 10 minutes. The hotel is a short taxi ride from the station.

Additional information

Children: Children's beds are available on request.

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1940

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Ambassador a l'Opera, Zurich

About Zurich

Zurich is a city that adapts to and flourishes in every season. In the summer, it is a cosmopolitan haven of designer boutiques, riverside pavement cafes, 50 museums, and over 100 galleries; and, in the winter, the streets of grand townhouses, churches, and palaces are transformed into a veritable winter wonderland. Step outside the city and you are immediately cast back into rural, Alpine Switzerland as the landscape becomes more dramatic and Lake Zurich dominates the plethora of natural interest sites. Towns such as Winterthur and Uster are home to their own range of traditions and their own character, with architecture and cuisine that reflects both the proximity of the German border and a proud Swiss national identity. With such close proximity to Zurich airport and the major railway lines, Zurich is an excellent first or last stop on a touring holiday.

Highlights of Zurich

The capital of the German-speaking canton of Zurich is the internationally-renowned historic city of Zurich. The perfect place to acclimatise to the Swiss way of life, there is much cultural discovery to be done. Perhaps begin with the waters of Lake Zurich and the River Limmat, taking a scenic boat cruise, or hiring a dingy for a more hands-on approach. Pedal boats offer a happy medium, and the lakefront Badi-Bars are beautifully situated for an evening drink afterwards. To witness the beauty of the city from above, climb to the top of the Karlsturm, one of the Grossmunster Church's two iconic towers. On the banks of the River Limmat is Schipfe, Zurich's oldest district. It was once the headquarters of the silk industry, and home to many tranquil bathhouses and the workshops of boat-builders; now, however, it has a very serene atmosphere that attracts artisans as well as visitors looking for peaceful strolls down quaint streets. The Lindenhof District was the site of a Roman fort in the 4th century, and Charlemagne's grandson's palace in the 9th century. Today, it is a popular meeting place for Zurich's residents. For a sweeping view of Zurich's Old Town, walk along the promenade in the Niederdorf District. Here, shops are hidden down narrow alleyways, old-fashioned grocery stores sell the local produce, and the views of grand stone buildings are topped off by the Grossmunster's towers. Everywhere in Zurich, however, there are pockets of outstanding beauty, be it beside the 1,200 fountains of drinkable water, on the historic Little Red Train, or Polybahn, that takes you up to the Polyterrasse, or on the world's most luxurious shopping mile, the Bahnhofstrasse.

Cultural highlights of Zurich

Informative cultural experiences can be had at a number of locations around the city. The Kunsthaus Art Museum exhibits a range of permanent and temporary displays by artists of international and local acclaim. The Museum Rietberg exhibits a range of non-European artistic and cult objects. The Arthouse Cinemas are known throughout Europe for the rare opportunity they provide to view independent films in a cinema setting. For innovative modern art, visit the Migros Museum or the Kunsthalle at Lauenbrau-Areal. More unique artistic ventures can be found at the Bruno Weber Park and Cabaret Voltaire, the birthplace of Dadaism. The so-called ‘Home Mountain,' or Uetliberg, is beautifully quilted in rich, dense forest and looks out across the city rooftops below and the blue waters of Lake Zurich. The Uetliberg Railway takes you up to the top of the mountain in no time at all, or it is possible to walk to the summit in less than two hours. Venturing outside the city, you may want to spend a day enjoying the natural scenery. At Rapperswil on Lake Zurich you can step out to the lake's centre to take in the 360 degree panoramic views. Also only a short distance away by rail is the majestic Rhine Falls, the largest plain waterfall in Europe. Stretching 150m across, the sight of the tumbling, crashing water is fantastic and well-worth the train ride. Kyburg Castle, once the home of the Counts of Kyburg and then the Habsburgs, is a magnificent and eerie insight into medieval life, torture, food, and the illustrious heritage of the area. An unseal, irregular pentagon, the castle fits perfectly onto the small hill on which it sits, cradling a picturesque courtyard. At night, the stone walls and square-pyramidal roofs are atmospherically lit from the ground with golden light. The museum housed within introduces visitors to everything medieval, from military fashion to the produce of the authentic vegetable garden. The city of Winterthur, though considerably smaller than Zurich, will be a highlight of your trip. Besides its 17 museums, including the Oskar Reinhart ‘Am Romerholz’ collection of 14th to 20th century art, Winterthur has the largest pedestrianised Old Town in Switzerland. Mansions line the petite squares, and the City Church with its red-topped towers and the Fisher Maiden's Fountain give it exceptional character. The Town Hall Passage remains a famous and popular attraction. Winterthur is also home to a prestigious Centre for Photography, a Casino Theatre, and the Swiss Science Centre Technorama. To end your day in Winterthur, or your stay in the Zurich Region, locate your favourite of the garden city's parks to sit back and enjoy the late afternoon sun.

Festivals in Zurich

In Zurich, the festivals and cultural events generally celebrate modern, artistic accomplishments, spotlighting international, not just local, stars. The Zurich Film Festival, for example, runs from the 22 September to the 2 October, and the Zurcher Theater Spektakel runs from August 13 to September 4. Winterthur plays host to the International Short Film Festival, the Winterthurer Musikfestwochen, and the Afro-Pfingsten. One alternative festival is the Dorflifascht in the Niededorf District at the end of August, when music, markets, food stalls, and shows take over the streets and squares. The Food Zurich festival will be held annually at the end of September, as of 2016, featuring fine, gourmet food sold at stalls by local restaurants and producers. Each year, the Manifesta takes on popular cultural and political issues, and deals with them through art over a period of up to 100 days.

Gastronomy in Zurich

The cuisine in Zurich is very typically Swiss, meaning that trying the chocolate, particularly by Lindt, Laderach, and Vollenweider is a must, along with the Luxemburgerli macaroons. A key dish in Zurich is the Zurcher Geschnetzeltes, a veal and mushroom ragout with kidney and sweetbreads that originated in the city. Rosti, fondue, and raclette remain popular this far northeast, as does the traditional Stubli. For a very traditional Swiss meal, head out to Rapperswil one evening. On your travels through Zurich, however, you will also come across a number of innovative restaurants serving creative cuisine, such as classic Swiss dishes using meat substitutes such as Tofu, or in unusual locations, such as the interior of an old mill.

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