You're right in the heart of Altstadt at Hotel Hirschen. For first-timers to Zurich, this means you are 5 minutes easy walk from the Main Train Station and you are surrounded by restaurants, bars, and shops. To me, this is the best area for a first time visit, or a short stay in Zurich.
The hotel fronts Hirschenplatz, the central small square on peds-only Niederdorfstrasse. There is a lot of crowd action and noise here. On weekends, this can go on pretty much all night. On the Wednesday we were there, things got pretty quiet by 11 or so. If you're noise-sensitive, ask for a room at the back. On a weeknight, we found the associated noise a worthwhile trade-off for the people-watching opportunities and general sense of being part of Altstadt that a front room provides.
We had room 805 (upper floor overlooking the square). It's an old, historic building and, as we expected, the room was small and simply appointed, but we felt it was cozy, not at all claustrophobic. The thick walls and high ceilings really help. A decent-sized double bed - comfortable and clean - two nightstands and lamps, a wardrobe, and a desk in a small nook. Tube TV is mounted on a wall bracket (we never used it). One large window and a table fan. No A/C. En suite was very small. everything there but you had to do a little dance getting in and out of the (very basic) shower. As is common in hotels of this class, a basic soap/shampoo is in a squeeze bottle attached to the shower wall. Bring your own if you're particular that way. No room safe.
The breakfast was fresh and well maintained. The hotel has an elevator and wi-fi coverage was good in our room. Hotel staff were very nice - welcoming and professional. I should add that in a very expensive city, Hotel Hirschen offers significant value, though it is not inexpensive.
In sum, if you like this kind of hotel, right in the center of things, a bit shopworn, but with a lot of character, Hotel Hirschen is a good choice in Zurich.
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