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“Beautifully converted townhouses in a charming part of Zurich”
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Widder Hotel
Ranked #4 of 138 Hotels in Zurich
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 5, 2013

Twenty years ago the Widder was converted from nine different townhouses into a modern hotel. The result is an establishment that looks small but is actually large. You wouldn't think so when you first enter it, but the Widder has several bars and restaurants, meeting rooms, a library, business centre, gym, even a museum. (Alas, no pool or spa, but you can't have everything!)

We were upgraded to a suite that's as large as our London pied-a-terre. Modern chairs and sofas sit alongside antique armoires; the walls are panelled in dark wood (mahogany?). The bathroom is modern with plenty of room for two people. Both the sitting room and bedroom have air conditioning, an absolute godsend when the temperature hit the high 80s F. Everything in the mini-bar was included in the price of the room. (In hindsight, we should have taken the Toblerone before we left!) I could of course complain about the king bed that's actually two single beds pushed together, and the too-soft pillows. But these are a feature of nearly every hotel in Switzerland, so it seems fair just to accept them.

The Widder isn't on the river or lake, so you don't get much of a view. But it is in the middle of Zurich's picturesque Old Town. We enjoyed strolling around during the warm summer evenings, before and after dinner. You could easily walk to a restaurant, but we chose to stay in the hotel for all of our meals, which we ate outdoors in the courtyard. It meant that we never experienced the hotel's famous bar or its other restaurants, but I'm sure they're wonderful when the weather turns cold.

The conversion has stood the test of time. It looks like it was done yesterday, and it will probably still look great in twenty years. The Swiss know how to create things that last! Everything about this hotel feels substantial; nothing is flimsy or cheap, so there's no need to update the interiors every 18 months. Now THAT's living the "green" ethos.

If we return to Zurich, it'll be a toss-up between the Widder and the Storchen, where we also stayed. (See my separate review.)

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

The Widder is a wonderful boutique hotel with all of the latest amenities. It is centrally situated in the heart of Zurich where everything including the infamous Banhofstrassee world famous street is only steps away from the hotel. At the wider you will find a very accommodating and friendly staff ready to serve your every beacon call. I would however caution anyone with disabilities to be certain of their choice when choosing the wider because it is not disability friendly. The floors have ridges in their design which protrude up about 2 inches out of the floor and could trip someone with a walking challenge! Also, the king bed is not a true king but two beds put together with a hump in the middle, so much for intimacy with your loved one! That being said however, I was very impressed with the design, the staff and the food and would have given it a five save for the above mentioned concerns! The widder hotel is a nice find.

Room Tip: Make sure when renting a suite that you do not allow them to put you in A07 because it is on the bot...
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

One of the best hotels I stayed in. And I stayed in hundreds of hotels in my live.

Quite ordinary looking from the outside but outstanding design inside. Every room is different. Modern design mixed with traditional swiss style. Very stylish.

Our room had dark wood paneling on the wall and ceiling, furniture was glass and metal. Bang and Olufsen audio.

Great service too!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Once you find the hotel, you will be pleasantly greeted by the kind and professional staff. The room we had was at the very back of the hotel with a nice view of the street outside, the room itself was open and spacious, the work desk could be separated from the bedroom by a curtain which is perfect for when my husband gets up early to work. We had a nice living room area in the room, tv, stereo, closet space, everything was really nice. The attention to detail is impeccable. The breakfast room is bright with a glass roof, unique and wonderful again. The Widder Bar is a must experience especially if you like your scotch! I highly recommend experiencing this hotel! If I find my photos I will add them later.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

This hotel is very posh and expensive hotel. Interior is very nice and modern with Bang and Olufsen equipment. The breakfast is very good.The bar in the hotel is excellent with life music.Service is perfect.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

The Swiss do service beautifully but our previous experience of Zurich hotels style is that they are traditional or conservative and that boutique sophisticated design is difficult to find. The Widder Hotel is the exception. It is a careful and stylish balance of an amazing old set of buildings with contemporary furniture and it works delightfully well. Our room with a loft bedroom for our son was beautiful, interesting and well appointed. We were jetlagged and ordered room service and the food and service were also excellent.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

“An oasis of tranquility, where luxury and style are matched by the warmness of the welcome.” We couldn’t agree more. My wife and I spent a total of four nights at the Widder in early June. We stayed here as part of a tour package (so I’m not certain of the rate), but online prices looked like our Superior Double Room was probably between 650 and 800 Swiss Francs ($694 or 525 Euros to $854 to 646 Euros). The stay was flawless – from our pickup at the airport, our stay, and back to the airport again.

The positives for this place begin with the fantastic service from the warm, friendly staff. Everyone knew our name no matter where we were in the hotel. There was always a greeting or an offer to assist in some way or another, for example, a towel and bottle of water waiting for me at the front entrance after returning from a run. (A running map was in the room so I had new options each day for my run.) The location in Old Town/Altstadt is ideal whether you are here for shopping, history or museums. It is just a block off Bahnofstrasse (the main shopping street), a five minute walk from the main train station or a five minute walk down to Lake Zurich. I assume it has a good location for business as well since there were definitely business people staying at the hotel. In addition, there are some good restaurants close by but not so much foot traffic that makes the room noisy. The gym is open 24/7 and is a bit small but had everything necessary. The wi-fi is included with your stay as well as the mini-bar (water, beer, juices). We enjoyed coming to the room each afternoon to have a cold drink and some nuts and chocolate before we headed out to dinner. A bit of a side note, my wife was particularly impressed with the quality of the hair dryer and the amenities in the bathroom.
We enjoyed the Widder bar as well, also with great customer service. The piano player provides a great atmosphere to socialize and relax. The bar features an extensive collection of whiskeys and scotch which we enjoyed sampling.

The negatives…there are none. We don’t have a single bad thing to say about this hotel.

Overall, a classy place to stay with great staff.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Widder Hotel

Address: Rennweg 7, Zurich 8001, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Zurich > Zurich > Old Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Zurich
#3 Romantic Hotel in Zurich
#4 Luxury Hotel in Zurich
#9 Family Hotel in Zurich
Price Range: $563 - $857 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Widder Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 49
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