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Hotel Banana City
Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Winterthur
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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3 reviews
“Great quality hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

I enjoyed my stay here at Banana City. Friendly service at the reception. View of the train tracks, and I don't know why other people are complaining about the noise, the trains weren't even that loud. Good sized family room, the bathroom was spacious and very clean. Comfortable beds = great quality sleep. There was a wide range of breakfast available. Just one little problem was the Wifi. Needed to get 3 different WiFi pass-codes since I had three electronic devices. Other than that, no complaints!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Zug, Switzerland
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50 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

The name of this hotel definitely caught my attention. Someone else made the hotel reservation for me and when I saw the name of the hotel I wondered what type of place would have a name like Banana city hotel. It turns out that it is just a regular 4 star business hotel close to the station. Apparently the name comes from the shape of the building.

The hotel was unremarkable. People at the desk were friendly and helpful, beds were comfortable and the room was clean. The room seemed a bit spartan and was directly next to the traintracks which meant you could not leave the window open due to the noise. The mini-bar had only a couple of bottles of water and there were no coffee and tea facilities. The bathroom was basic with a small shower with a shower curtain. Breakfast was ok, but unremarkable.

The hotel does provide free wifi access which I experienced as being fast and reliable. There is a large third party gym right next door in the same building which I did not use and I am not sure what the arrangements are with the hotel.

Overall, I felt the hotel was ok, but unremarkable and questionable whether it is really a four star hotel.

Room Tip: Rooms next to the traintracks can be very noisy if you open your window so you may want to choose a...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JWanderers
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Prague, Czech Republic
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105 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

I already wrote about the noise and lack of air conditioner in the rooms.
This time we can also add the fact that the rooms are not being cleaned properly.
Below few just couple of photos to describe what do I mean.

On the first photo we can see pigeon droppings.
On the other corners of the floor at the bathroom.

Ah, forgot to say, if you want to use hotel's fitness, it is just around the corner, in other building and will cost you ONLY extra 15 swiss francs.

3 stars hotel we said?

Room Tip: Avoid train rails side (and in general avoid this hotel until they will improve or downgrade themsel...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Wexford, Ireland
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114 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for two nights on business trip.
Hotel is fine but there is no air con. It was nearly 30 degrees in the room at night. Staff were friendly and helpful.
The rooms are standard enough. Free bottled water in the fridge was good.
Breakfast was pretty good. Nice choice of hot and cold food.
Ask for a room away from the rail tracks.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Chiurce
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Budapest
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

I have stayed in Hotel Banana City for at least 3 times now. The building looks nice from outside, it has two sections, one newer and one older. I have quite mixed feelings, because something always disturbed my peace. One time I was in winter, the room was super cold in spite of the heating. One time I was in summer, there is no air condition in all room, which is quite surprising for a 4 star hotel. The rooms with windows to the railway tracks are extremely noisy, these rooms should definitely be avoided, especially if you are there in summer with no air condition, thus with open window. So the hotel is itself could be quite nice, but it needs a little improvement.

Of course there are also positive sides, it is very close to the railway station, and also not very far from the center of the city.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ksscsb
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London, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

I stayed at the Banana City Hotel for one night and was made to feel very welcome. The rooms were nice, the staff were friendly and the restaurant served excellent food. All round a very positive experience, especially with free Toblerones at reception!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank James H
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Mission Viejo, California
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013

As a Global Conference Planner it is critical that a hotel meets my conference needs. This hotel did just that. Staff was very friendly and cooperative with all of our "special" needs. Sleeping rooms are clean has amenities a business traveler requires.

The location of the hotel is excellent, close to the train station and downtown Winterthur where restaurants, bars and shopping is in abundance.

I would most certainly use this venue again should our conference need to return to Switzerland!

Room Tip: Suggest rooms facing away from the train tracks and also a room with air conditioning. As the hotel...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tricia G
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Property: Hotel Banana City
Address: Schaffhauserstrasse 8, Winterthur 8400, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Zurich > Winterthur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Winterthur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Banana City 4*
Number of rooms: 101
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Winterthur's Friendly Business Hotel Hotel Banana City is a completely independent hotel under private ownership. It's part of SISKA Heuberger Holding AG's multifunctional services complex located in the centre of town, close to Winterthur's central train station. The building complex, more than 200m long, has such an intriguingly arched shape that locals have come to affectionately call it <>, hence the hotel's name. What used to be an industrial site has been successfully converted into one of Winterthur's most beautiful hallmark buildings thanks to its modern glass facade. Successful and Popular The hotel is very much focused on the specific needs of business patrons. With 10 conference halls and meeting rooms, the banqueting hall and 101 guest rooms, it has all it takes for efficient congress organisation in a single place. Hotel Banana City is becoming an increasingly popular venue for congresses and meetings. Each year, the hotel played host to more than 52,000 guests, amongst them many conference and meeting participants or persons attending cultural events or private parties. Hotel Banana City (including all guest rooms and conference facilities) has been consistently built to give full access to persons in wheelchairs. Health and Relaxation On our premises, you will find Winterthur's largest fitness and spa centre (exercise machines, saunas, relaxation pool) ... more   less 
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