The EMA hotel is a no frills apartment style accommodation, it's main attraction is the spacious layout and rooms and wonderfully generous breakfast served continental style to your room at a nominated time. Breakfast includes meat, cheeses, bread rolls, croissants, cereals, juice, yoghurt with more than we could ever finish.
This hotel is best suited for people who are fairly self sufficient and don't need a lot of support from staff or little luxuries of a full service hotel. There is a concierge desk, open until 9pm each night, and all our questions and queries were answered efficiently.
Our family of four booked a junior suite, and we were upgraded to a larger suite on the third floor. The decor is basic, but comfortable. Our children slept in beds in the lounge room, whilst the king size bedroom was huge with ample storage. The bathroom is well appointed, shower over bath, and a large number of toiletries supplied. Daily servicing left everything immaculate. The key system took a little while to master but was fine once we worked it out. We used the laundry in the basement, which you need to book a time slot for.
The location is good, certainly not in the Old Town, but a comfortable 10 min walk along the street or down by the river. Access via trams are the 11 and 14 to stop Beckenhof. This is the best option as a taxi ride of sub 5 mins from the main train station with luggage cost us over 15CHF.
The street scape is austere, the building looks more like an office building. There is no real cafe culture nearby. There are a few restaurants nearby but they were not open during our stay. The Marriott hotel is nearby facing the river and has a Thai restaurant, another hotel has a Chinese cafe. The reception has some takeaway menus to order delivery.
There was a little street noise at night, not too loud. Room heating can be controlled individually, and can be switched off. Beds were low and a little soft.
River view is nice
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