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Hotel California
Schifflande 18, Zurich 8001, Switzerland (Old Town)   |  
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Ranked #33 of 123 Hotels in Zurich
solon ohio
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“A wonderful surprise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

I have to admit, I was more than a little skeptical when my husband selected this hotel. But when we arrived, I was pleasantly surprised! We arrived later in the evening, the cab had no trouble finding it even though it's tucked away between restaurants and shopping. We were shown to the elevator and directed to the second floor check in desk. The staff was so friendly and helpful. Our room looked out onto the pedestrian street. The room was cozy but the bed was so comfy...and the room was quite clean and there was plenty of space for all of our stuff. The best part of our stay was the location...right in the old town, close to the tram and the train station. No need for a car here! The area is so beautiful and there is so much to do nearby. The breakfast was amazing, you order anything that you want right from the menu. We would definitely return!!!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Milan, Italy
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

This hotel is in good location in downtown; very close to tram station and just 10 minutes walk from Zurich train central station. Rooms aren't very big, but are clean and confortable. Breakfast is ok, and crew's are very kind.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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london
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

I have to say I was a bit sniffy about this hotel. We had just stayed at the Radisson in Bratislava which was a world away from this - and I don't like a hotel that doesn't have a ground floor and is above a restaurant/bar. Also, once we lugged our cases up the stairs to reception it looked like an explosion in a paint factory. It's very brightly decorated and heavily themed - hotel California - geddit? Lots of Americana and bright colours. Um. And there was a complicated key system which annoyed me. However, we soon warmed to the place. Although our room was near reception it wasn't noisy and it was large if a little basic. Bathroom was ok and there was no view but as we were out most of the time it didn't bother me. Breakfast is downstairs at the back of the restaurant and at first I was not impressed with the meagre display until I realised you could order hot food from the menu. It has some peculiar 'toasts' which sounded horrible but may well be very nice but I had eggs, bacon etc which was fine. The staff were pleasant and helped me find the hot water which is part of the coffee machine. The location is excellent - walking distance to most sights, the lake and the old town and there's a little tram nest at Belle Vue and boats trips round the lake. It's around 20 minutes walk to the main railway station or take a number 4 tram. All in all a quirky hotel in a good location with nice staff - though the bar downstairs does get noisy on a Saturday night.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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58 reviews 58 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

This is a lovely hotel with great location and reasonable price for visiting downtown on foot(215 F, 2 rooms 4 adults + a 3 years old child-1 night). Rooms are big. Bed and shower are great. The hotel rooms are on the first floor (There is an elevator). If you arrive at 19.00, you ring a bell and have to wait till someone comes to let you in. (You get a key for the front door in case you want to stay late outside) Hotel colors are very warm and colorful (yellows&blues) with American names on doors, etc. Staff is very helpful. Free Zurich maps and "what to see" on front desk. There is a garage near by for parking (we had a rented station) -200 meters away, 48 F for 20 hours.
Breakfast is served in the restaurant on the ground floor and made to your choice. Take your time. On weekends, there is nothing to do, before 10-11.00 a.m. Enjoy visiting on foot the downtown and take a boat ride when you are tired.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburgh
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

Great choice in the center of Old Town sites and within 15 minutes of Bus Station (easy walk) to meet tour buses. Definitely would stay there again. Great breakfast in Restaurant. Staff always helpful (available in restaurant if not at front desk). Great choice.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Stavanger
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

Great location, walk to shops, bars, restaurants. Funky theme hotel.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

My friends come to Zurich to stay one night, and I booked Hotel California.It is a very good decision. Here is the reasons:
1. The location is in the center of the zurich. we can easily go to mainstation by foot. And it is just 300 meters from lakeside.
2. Price is very reasonable, around 180Fr for single bed room
3. We like the breakfast ,and it includes into the room prices, the staff in California is very friendly and lovely.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Schifflande 18, Zurich 8001, Switzerland
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Location: Switzerland > Canton of Zurich > Zurich > Old Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#29 Family Hotel in Zurich
#43 Business Hotel in Zurich
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 18
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