Finding Home in Zürich at the Alma Hotel
This post was written in collaboration with the Alma Hotel in Zürich. As is the case for all of my hotel reviews, the opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
During my most recent travels through Switzerland, I had the opportunity to stay at the newly re-opened Alma Hotel in Zürich’s chic Seefeld area.
Does this striking villa offer trendy lodging, a stone’s throw from Zürich’s famous lake? Absolutely. But the Alma provides so much more than merely stylish accommodation that ticks all the boxes.
Many of my readers will know that I’ve basically been on the road since August 2021, spending anywhere from 3 nights to 3 months in a destination. This kind of lifestyle, as exhilarating as it is, comes with a longing after a while – a yearning for some sense of home.
And that’s exactly what I got the moment I stepped into the Alma Hotel. Contributing to this sense of homecoming were the spacious, sun-soaked rooms, the inviting common areas and the guest kitchen – a rare feature for a 3-star hotel. In fact, staying at the Alma was like living in a big house, but with as much privacy as you desire.
Read on to explore this cozy, unique hotel in Zürich Seefeld with me!
A Hotel Run by Women on a Mission
The art nouveau villa housing the Alma ventured into hospitality in 2000. At the time, it was called Hotel LADYs FIRST, owned by the Alma’s parent company, Sinn und Gewinn Hotels.
As the name “LADYs FIRST” would indicate, the hotel provided rooms exclusively for female travellers until 2002. From then on, male guests were also welcome. In 2021, the LADYs FIRST closed its doors for renovations. It was reborn as the Alma in April 2022.
Still today, the Alma Hotel is run by an entirely female team and is very involved in social and community initiatives. One of the hotel’s floors is made up of long-stay apartments, reserved for local female retirees. Several times a week, the Alma’s beautiful rooftop hosts yoga sessions organized by a nearby studio.
A Prime Location in a Chic Residential Area
Stepping out of the Alma Hotel, you can see Lake Zürich glistening at the end of the street.
As you can imagine, it’s super easy to pop over to the lakeshore for a jog (if you’re that motivated on holiday) or slip out of bed early and grab your camera for a sunrise photo session without the crowds.
Not only is the Alma steps from the lake, but this Seefeld hotel is also a stone’s throw from a plethora of bustling restaurants, cafes and boutiques.
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