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“Unforgettable Swiss Experience” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Hirschen
Fischmarktplatz 7, Rapperswil 8640, Switzerland   |  
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Rapperswil
Sydney, Australia
1 review
“Unforgettable Swiss Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2010

My husband & I just came back from a week-trip to Zurich and we stayed in beautiful Rapperswil. Hotel Hirschen is right in the middle of the old town with perfect views of the lake and the mountains.. A few steps away from the castle and rosegarden, surrounded by very nice restaurants and with the train station just across the road. Hotel Hirschen's honeymoon suite was perfect! It's not gigantic but perfect with wooden beams apparently dating back to 1515 running across the ceiling... Just being in that room was like being part of the history... I enjoyed being able to walk around the area, grabbing pastries and chocolates left right and centre. Hotel Hirschen's managers and staff were very friendly, helpful and efficient. They made our short stay in Rapperswil a very memorable and unforgettable experience indeed. Not hearing the clock (tower) ringing anymore gives me a somewhat sad feeling as I have gotten used to it. But, it's ok, as I was able to record it on my mobile on our very last day and just before we left this beautiful town for the airport. The room was very clean and very homely. Highly recommended indeed! And, would definitely stay again at Hotel Hirschen in future should we have another opportunity to visit :-)

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled on business
    • 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Algoma Mills ON
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2008

Our recent stay at the Hotel Hirschen in Rapperswill was a wonderful Swiss experience. It's small size and individually well appointed rooms add to its charm. The location couldn't be better. Across the street from the train station and within walking distance to many restaurants, the ferry terminal, the castle and shops. Being outside of Zurich, it is more reasonably priced but still central enough that travel to other locales is easy. The breakfast included in the price of the rooms was delicious and wonderfully presented with a variety of beverages, meats and cheese with fresh bread and rolls delivered daily. You would never believe that the breakfast room is actually a part of the McDonald's downstairs as the restaurant is not open in the mornings. The staff went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable.It was our second stay and not our last.

  • Liked — Beautiful Building and Freindly Staff
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Southampton, UK
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11 hotel reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2008

Used the hotel as a base when we did Ironman Switzerland. There were 9 of us spear through 5 rooms.

Booking the hotel was easy and they were very accommodating. They gave us big rooms and allowed us to put our bikes in the rooms for safety.

The hotel is fairly small and the staff are really friendly. To get to Ironman we had to leave at 4:30am and the owners put out breakfast for us so we could get something to eat before we left (at no extra charge). Breakfast normally is server in the top of McDonalds (though not McDonald Breakfast) and was very good (cold buffet).

Rooms are large (all the ones we had were) and bathrooms in good condition.

The only complaint I would have is that there is no air conditioning in the rooms. For the first few days at the hotel it was 29c outside and we had to leave the windows open. As the hotel is around the square and near the train station there was a lot of noise and so did not manage to get much sleep over the weekends.

  • Liked — Friendly Hotel Staff
  • Disliked — No Air Coniditioning
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mow Cop, United Kingdom
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2008

Stayed here on business.
Externally a typical Swiss old town hotel.
First thing that hit me inside is the lift up the core of the staircase that's an eyesore.
Room 44 on the top floor is modern, white and I believe, as per whole hotel, recently refurbished. However all the fixtures and fittings are flimsy and already showing early signs of wear. The room had one small window overlooking opposite buildings, two windows about 3m up and a window at floor level with an internal view into the building. Room is large with a sufficient sized bathroom with shower only. Comfortable seating and two desks. Huge, down filled, pillows that were a joy to sleep on.
Breakfast is a poor show with very limited choice in a room that has suffered a lot of graffiti that the owners try to clear-up with limited success.
Incidentally, McDonald’s is in the same building (own, separate entrance) and doesn’t detract from the hotel. It is useful for us sad, lone travellers arriving late and who don’t enjoy eating out alone.
Overall, good value for money while it lasts and if they keep up the maintenance on the cheap fixtures and fittings – see these reviews in 12 months I guess.

  • Liked — Convenient Historic Town Centre Location
  • Disliked — What an Eyesore That Lift Is, Architect Should Be Taken to Account
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Bethesda, Maryland
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88 reviews 88 reviews
76 hotel reviews
Reviews in 66 cities Reviews in 66 cities
186 helpful votes 186 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2007

We booked a stay here in conjunction with the Rapperswil Jazz/Blues Festival in July. The location couldn't have been better, as the music stages were just outside our door. We asked for a room on the quiet side of the hotel, and were given a room on the top floor, back side of the hotel. The room was not huge, but it had very high ceilings so it appeared larger than it was. The wood beams and unique angles of the room made it quite unique. A very comfortable stay. Parking was extra, but just a short distance away in a public parking garage. My only complaint wss that the shower was quite small, and even though I am not a huge person it was somewhat diffidult to navigate in it. Breakfast was on the top floor of McDonald's but was varied and plentiful. Rapperwil is quite a charming little city. Of course it was made more special by the presence of some great bands, but even without the festival I think it would be a nice stopping off place. We flew into Zurich and didn't want to stay at an airport hotel; it is only about a 30-40 minute drive from the airport, and with the festival it was a perfect place to arrive to from our U.s. flight. Would highly recommend a stay in this city, especially in conjunction with the jazz/blues festival. We even got to personally meet members of the Subdudes, one of my husband's favorite bands, since the stmosphere is one of a small festival--but with great bands. Amusing, however, that they were handing out earplugs to all festival participants--only in Switzerland!

  • Liked — Great location and nice blend of new and old
  • Disliked — Shower very small
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
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56 reviews 56 reviews
44 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2006

We stayed at the Hirschen based on the generally positive reviews here. We weren't disappointed. The hotel is located in the middle of "old" Rapperswil, a charming town on Lake Zurich. A walk along the lakefront is only a few minutes away and is beautiful both day and night. The rooms were spacious, clean and modern. We had a double on the top floor - watch your head, though, those old beams are sometimes lower than you expect! Breakfast was good in the Swiss tradition. Another reviewer called it cheaper than others in the area. We didn't think it was cheap at a total of CHF 230 for a night, including CHF 15 for indoor parking nearby. There's a nice Italian restaurant just across the square called the Restautrant de Medici that we could recommend -- great pizza! There's also a McDonalds on the ground floor, around the corner from the main entrance. Despite this, it was quiet and there was no smell or other disturbances. All in all, an enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, UK
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2006

A good hotel - cheaper than others in the area. Close to the lake, and the centre of the town. Try and check out the gym that the Hotel can get you into - it's a 5 minute walk away from the hotel, but really good. Steam room, sauna, solarium etc - also fitness equipment if you want it! Also try swimming in the lake - it's fantastic.
Breakfast is average, and you eat in the upstairs of McD's which is a bit strange. Also, on the downside - they have lovely big feather pillows/duvets etc. But being allergic, I asked for them to be changed and I got a tiny little pillow instead - gutted!
Overall though - I'd recommend the Hirschen as a slightly cheaper option than the others in the town.

  • Stayed September 2006, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Fischmarktplatz 7, Rapperswil 8640, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of St. Gallen > Rapperswil
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Rapperswil
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hirschen is located in the Center of Rapperswil at the Fschmarktplatz, next to the harbor, the train station, shopping facilties, places to go, Restaurants and bars and has a view on the lake of Zürich. You may reach Zürich, St. Gallen and Lucern easily by train and Zürich also by ship. Enjoy your stay in the oldest still run hotel in Rapperswil (since 1640) and in this building (as you see it) dating from 1511. The inside of the Hotel is completely refourbished. On the 4th floor you will sleep under a roof of 1511 and historic beams. We will be happy to welcome you to a truly family run hotel. Best regardsAndreas und Barbara Schnyder ... more   less 
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