After reading the reviews on Tripadvisor and checking out the Radisson Blu website, I was really looking forward to staying here, hoping it would be a nice way to end the trip. Plus, I knew I would be rushed the following morning to catch my flight out of Zurich, and this option allowed me to casually head to the airport and check-in.
After finding my way through the underground passageways from the train station to the hotel, I checked in and went up to my room on the fourth floor. I had requested a view of the airport (at an extra charge) because the picture on the website made it look pretty interesting. But, in my opinion, I would highly advise that you opt out of paying for one of these rooms unless (perhaps) you have one higher up in the building; the view from the fourth floor is pretty pathetic!
But, this wasn’t the worst thing... What immediately hit me upon entering the room was the horrible odour that was poorly masked by the Swiss equivalent to Fabreeze. After a few minutes I thought I would get used to it, but I didn't. The closest description I can make is that it smelled like dog-breath with the hint of peppermint (as if the dog was given a breath mint). I ventured off to Zurich’s city centre for a few hours and came back to the same wall of stench I had originally been slapped in the face with upon entering the room. I couldn't take it, nor could I pinpoint exactly where the smell was emanating from...
I should also mention that the room was not at all as clean and new as the pictures would lead you to believe. There were stains on pretty much everything, and the cupboard drawers even had some kind of pink candy smeared on them, not to mention the light switch that had something brown-ish smeared on it...Thankfully I packed some sanitary wipes and wiped down the light switch and door-knobs (I wasn’t taking any chances at that point). I also checked the bed for not only bed bugs, but a dead body under the mattress (like in the movie “4 Rooms”...at least that would have accounted for the odd smell). I found neither, thankfully!
I went down to complain about the room (mostly about the stench) and they sent the cleaning lady up about 15 minutes later. I tried to explain to her that there was an odour in the room, but she didn't speak a word of English (or French for that matter). After a few minutes of pantomiming my way through the conversation, I gave up; the language barrier between us was almost as thick as the barrier of stink present at the entrance to my room. She left, and I sat in my room shaking my head in disbelief.
I went back down to the front desk and a woman kindly exchanged my room with one on the other side of the hotel (facing the highway), and removed the extra $15 charge for the airport view. This new room smelled better though was still scented with that same peppermint smell as before. It was also still somewhat dirty due to the residue on the floor tiles of the shower, and the random assortment of stains on the carpet. The view was better as well, even though it was of a highway.
For a newer hotel, I certainly expected it to be a bit cleaner...
I do have to mention that the restaurant at the back of the hotel lobby was very good - Very nice/accommodating staff in there, and fantastic food! The wine-tower, although a bit gimmicky, was pretty impressive given that the levitating women acrobatically maneuvered themselves through a rather narrow gap between a pane of glass and a backlit tower of wine/champagne. And, they do this repeatedly throughout the night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Radisson Blu Hotel, Zurich Airport is located just a few steps away from the arrival and departure areas of Zurich Airport. This enables the guest to be at the check-in area within minutes. Guests can also benefit from 54 parking spaces with direct access to the 8th floor. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Zurich Airport provides its guests 4018m2 of meeting and event space consisting of 52 Meeting and Board Rooms spread over three floors. The hotel offers Switzerland’s most comprehensive range of services for multi-day conventions and conferences, as well as for smaller meetings lasting from a few hours up to a whole day. The hotel’s largest room – ballroom - ‘Zurich’, located on the first floor with an area of 800m2, can be divided into four sections and can host up to 600 people. The spacious foyer has a spectacular view overlooking the Wine Tower.Modern hotel design in a class of its own, in the styles ‘Chic’, ‘Fresh’ and ‘At Home’ offered by the 330 hotel guest rooms which include the six one-bedroom ‘Charme’ suites and the spacious presidential suite.A spectacular highlight in the atrium lobby is the 16-meter high Wine Tower itself, which can be stocked with up to 4000 bottles of wine and champagne. All meeting delegates and hotel residents enjoy free high speed internet access in the whole hotel area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu Hotel, Zurich Airport Hotel Opfikon
- zürich Radisson
- Radisson Blu Hotel, Zurich Airport Canton Of Zurich, Switzerland