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Hotel Platzhirsch
2.5 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Spitalgasse 3, Zurich 8001, Switzerland (Old Town)   |  
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Ranked #4 of 43 Zurich B&B and Inns
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“Cool hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Booked the hotel for one night, cool hotel. Room was small but well designed with all the needed amenities. Price was good. Location was fantastic in the middle of everything, restaurants and shops. The breakfast was much better than all the bigger hotels. The hotel is well worth it.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

We were meeting in Zurich after some extended business trips and needed a nice place to stay for the night. Luckily, we both arrived early enough that we were able to enjoy the hotel and the Swiss nightlife. The hotel is a wonderful little B&B that resides over the bar itself. It actually took us a bit to find the place because the parking lot was guarded and the hotel itself is not very apparent from the street – it just looks like a very nice streetside bar/café. If you are driving a car there, you should take this into account and prepare yourself for a bit of searching. We ended up parking in a pay lot down the street and then we walked up to find the hotel. There was no formal “check-in” – we eventually asked the bartender and he informed us that our room was ready and gave us our key. He also said we could park in the parking lot behind the hotel – so we retrieved the car and enjoyed the free parking. This relatively cumbersome process of finding the hotel may sound bad, but, actually it kind of added to its charm and we thoroughly enjoyed the neighborhood and looking around at the shops while we looked for the hotel. Granted, it was summertime, so a cold wintery day may not have been as much fun.

Once inside, we found a very nice, cozy room waiting for us overlooking the shops and bustle of the city. The room was very pleasant, although we do admit that the lack of air conditioning made a summer night’s stay a bit warmer than we are used to. The location of the hotel is superb and extremely convenient as it’s right in the middle of all the shops and center of Zurich. It is a beautiful city and we enjoyed it immensely. We would, however, give fair warning – we were there on the Swiss National Day holiday and there were a lot of fireworks going on through the night. This was fun for a while, but the nature of the city and the way the buildings are constructed make it like an echo chamber – the fireworks became louder and louder as the night rolled on. We ate at a wonderful restaurant and sat outside, but the raucous from the celebratory fireworks reached volume levels that far exceeded “background noise” and made it almost impossible to hold a conversation.

After dinner and browsing the wildly eclectic and interesting shops in the area, we made our way back to the hotel and sat in the bar and had a couple drinks. The bartenders were wonderfully fun and we chatted with them about the local area and their various drinks.

The following morning, breakfast was served in the bar area and we were offered eggs to order, a very nice selection of croissant, rolls, and cheese; and some of the best yogurt/fruit/muesli we have had. All in all, this is a great place to stay and we would highly recommend it for a nice evening in Zurich. It was relatively inexpensive for the area, but you should be forewarned that this is relative – there is nothing inexpensive about Zurich.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Zurich is expensive. Fact. And this hotel was considerably cheaper than the average so on that note i wasn't expecting to much. I was happy that they had Ipad 1s to borrow (for the entire stay) and was happy with our plain but large room. It had an awful view but hey it came with a fridge filled with drinks, TV and a large bed (changed every day). The staff were very helpful. I had forwarded a europe sim card to this address and it arrived on the day I was leaving! Nevertheless the staff told me i had a package and I was glad they helped me reconnect with mobile data. The breakfast is standard continental: Small but nice. And although we didnt make use of the bar downstairs it would have been nice to use. The hotel is in a great location..about 10-15 mins walk from the station with many shops around. The staff spoke excellent english. Thumbs up from me!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Platzhirsch has a great central location close to heaps of restaurants, transport, shopping and attractions. The location is right in the heart of Niederdorf, but with no traffic noise and a 2-minute walk to the tram at Rudolf-Brun-Brücke or 5-minutes from Zurich Main Station.

The lobby bar with cute décor is a great place to meet friends or for informal business meetings. Breakfast provides a wide selection of (continental) options, topped off with fresh coffee and friendly service.

Rooms are clean and modern, with adequate space: some have light-filled alcoves and balconies. The free mini-bar (no alcohol) where a Coke or water isn’t another chance to be gouged of Swiss Francs is a nice and welcome touch.

A two-week stay here for business was a great choice, and the Platzhirsch will definitely be on the radar for my next trip to Zürich.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

I am rating this hotel as very good primarily for three reasons: the location, the price and small add-ons.

The hotel (well, it is really rooms+ above a bar) is situated in the Old Town area, which makes it perfect for local sights and for getting about. It was cheap by the standards of Zurich - beware this place is crippling! Free wifi and a selection of water and juice in the minibar were nice bonuses.

The room itself was fairly small - especially the bathroom, which was little more than a galley. However, it was clean, modest and pretty stylish. The shower was excellent.

There was a modest but satisfying breakfast buffet.

I did not notice any noise at night, but it was a Monday. I didn't like the bedding arrangement (although it is the style of continental Europe) - I think I prefer to be more firmly tucked in, or with a full size duvet! I'd also have liked tea/coffee in the room - maybe in exchange for some of the minibar contents.

All in all it's a decent place for a quick visit, or business on a budget. I'd return.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

Staying for business, I enjoyed the location though the room itself was too small and the building itself needs refurbishing. Hotel staff was friendly and the croissants at breakfast were surprisingly great. If on a short trip and in need of something very central, this hotel is fine.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Spitalgasse 3, Zurich 8001, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Zurich > Zurich > Old Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Zurich
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Platzhirsch 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy your stay in a historic landmark and stylish surrounding. Right in the city center, in the middle of the historic quarter called "Niederdorf", situated in a house built in the year 1879 in neoclassical style, our 24 rooms with Swiss Made design provide a perfect home base for your leisure or business trips to Zurich. The main train station, the lake side area and the world famous "Bahnhofstrasse" are only a few foot steps away. Access to Zurich's public transport system can be found in the immediate surrounding. Mark you territory become a PLATZHIRSCH! Translated into English the German word "Platzhirsch" means "the leading stag". The meaning is equivalent to a top dog or old bull. Our aim is to create a personal and individual rest area in a vibrating world city where you can feel at home and leave the world outside. Furthermore we assure you free WiFi as well as offer you iPads free of charge to stay connected with the world! ... more   less 
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