The reason this hotel got three stars is because of the comments at the end. I wanted to point out the good first, and then maybe the relative stuff last.
Location**: Ideal location in Zurich, next to main train station and old town. Lots of stores and restaurants. I used this as a central hub to see Switzerland. However, if you are going to do it, I would recommend Lucerne. It is modern, beautiful, much cheaper, and a little more central.
Service: The staff was great, all except for the one guy working the front desk, he wasn't that helpful. Wait till the ladies staff the desk, they are great!
Rooms: Larger than a typical European room I think, not too small, not too big. The shower I had was very small though. So small in fact I couldn't wash below my knees! Either way it was easily tolerable and I liked the room. It had a combination safe, free cable TV, hair dryer, soap and shampoo/conditioner. The outlet in the bathroom was set up for US voltages; however, the rest of the room wasn't. Remember, the Europeans don't use a top sheet, bring one if you need it, they just have a fluffy comforter type top sheet. The bed was queen size, and not that comfortable for me. I'm 6'3" and 260, so I missed my gel-top foam mattress.
Noise: If you shut the windows all you can hear are sirens when they go by, and those faintly. During the day it is very noisy if you're facing the front of the building with the windows open where I was.
AC: I don't think you can trust the AC if it is very hot outside. Not sure how hot Zurich gets but you will have to shut the windows for quiet, and the AC doesn't cool that well. I never got mine working right.
Price: I got a deal on Expedia, which was well worth the price of $189 USD I think for being in a modern city close to city center; at least based on my experience. Some people mention getting a deal for $139 USD.
WiFi: I got free WiFi in my room with the Expedia deal, otherwise WiFi is only free in the lobby. The WiFi wasn't super fast but was 99% reliable, which worked for me.
Free Breakfast buffet: The breakfast is a typical German breakfast. Breads, sausages, cheeses, fruit cocktail type of thing, and hardboiled eggs. It is fine, but not the typical American breakfast.
**Location: To me this wasn't that relative, but maybe because I was a single man and walking around the area it was more of a problem. Please do a google search for Zahringerstrasse and prostitution. Prostitution is legal in Zurich. The "end" block of the street, about 4 blocks from the hotel, has about a half dozen prostitutes out every night, at least every night I was there from Friday through the following Wednesday night. There is security on the street to keep things calm, and the girls don't move from that block. However, I "bumped" into them, since I didn't know about it, and it was a little startling to get the stereotypical "hello big boy looking for a good time" movie line coming at me. In fact, one early evening, I was walking one of the adjacent streets, relatively early around 6:00 and one tried to pick me up, but again, I was alone. There are also several cabarets in the same area, but they have on windows and are closed up. You would have to enter to see anything.
Just make sure that if you are heading to the end of the street, away from the trams, you turn right two blocks down just to be safe. The area really is good other than this, which to me was quite the dichotomy of a nice clean area with a lot going on then, wham!, hello girls!
Hope that helps.
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