I stayed at the Best Western Hotel Montana for one night in February 2012, arriving on Saturday morning from Rome, and checking out the following Sunday evening.
Every now and then, you can find a hotel that is quite good, and not over $150-200 a night, and I think BWHM fits this category. I think I paid around $100 a night, and I felt that the hotel was worth the money without entering into the outright luxury (five-star) class.
I found that the room was quite good in terms of size for a solo traveller, but probably would have been good for a couple. I had a double bed, and plenty of room to spread out, unlike some places I've stayed at in Europe. The furniture is very neat, and quite modern, with a TV that was small but serviceable (not a HD or anything). The wifi was quite steady, and although I didn't spend a lot of time at the hotel, I had wifi coverage in my room and throughout the hotel, including the restaurant. The hotel have their own PC, although I never did use it.
I only had breakfast, and I thought it was quite reasonable. It was built into the price for the room, and the dining room in very nicely decorated. I had fresh croissants, and scrambled eggs, plus fresh juice & tea. I also went down there on the Sunday night for about half an hour to get some rest after I had earlier checked out, and just wanted to sit down and use my iPhone for a while, and again the wifi was steady, and I managed to Skype my family & my fiance with no problem.
The location is fairly quite, despite an adult store/strip club being located around 50m down the road (and on the walk to the Hauptbahnhof). I found that the location was pretty good, being not that far from the old city centre. Some people may prefer to stay in the old town, as that is probably where it's all happening in terms of tourism & landmarks in Zurich, but you can get a tram & a 24 hour ticket cheaply enough, as walking around the old town between the churches & so forth can be taxing on your feet. Within ten minutes, you can leave the BWHM, walk through the shopping arcade section of the Hauptbahnhof, and be by the main entrance of the Hauptbahnhof, and on the fringe of the old town. If walking is not your thing, you can walk about 150m to the end of the street that BWHM is located on, and catch a tram from the Sihlquai.
I went to a Swiss League football match at Letzigrund, and the instructions the staff gave me at BWHM on how to get there was pretty spot on, the right tram number and stop to walk to the ground. I got back from the ground to my room in about half an hour. Overall, I found the staff very helpful and friendly, giving me a map, helping me with directions, even getting me the correct time that the football match I was going to see was scheduled to start.
As I get more travel experience, I am leaning towards booking hotels that are larger, and have plenty of room & luxury, although if/when I return to Zurich, I will certainly consider BWHM for it's value, as most expensive is not always required if you can find good quality at a cheap price.
- Also Known As:
- Best Western Montana
- Best Western zürich
- Best Western Zurich
- zürich Best Western
- Hotel Montana Zurich
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Hotel Montana is dirctly located in central of Zurich. Only 5 min by foot you can reach the main train station of zurich. Our hotel is totally renovated and offers one restaurant, 24 hours reception, one lounge bar and 74 renovated rooms. All rooms are equiped with DU/WC, working area, Flat Screen TV, Minibar and Telephone with voice Mail. Also we offer for all our hotel guests free WIFI and free coffee or Tea at our lounge bar. If you arrive by car, we offer a underground parking slot. ... more less
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