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Hotel Krone Unterstrass
Ranked #18 of 137 Hotels in Zurich
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 19, 2011

This hotel is a 20 min walk to the train station and is well priced for being just outside of Zurich city center. From the outside it didn't look like much, but the rooms were modern and very clean and comfortable. The receptionist was also very nice. Perfect for a city-trip to Zurich without paying outrageous prices.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 1, 2011

We stayed in a studio, room 26, in the separate Townhouse building. We paid an extra 100 CHF (for the whole stay) to have a microwave in the room, because we knew it would help us keep our food costs down. (A tip for anyone else who arrives on a Sunday when most things are closed: you can get decent take-away food at the Migros Take Away in the lower level of the central train station.)

Pluses:
- The location is pretty central and there is fantastic tram service (the 11 and 14 trams stop right outside)
- It was really hot during our stay and the air conditioning was a life-saver -- it was quite hard to find an apartment with air conditioning and a microwave
- It was great to have free wi-fi
- They left us a nice little plate of fruit on arrival
- The townhouse rooms are very modern and sleek, and everything was clean
- The townhouse is removed from the street in its own little courtyard, so it was very private and quiet

Minuses:
- Front desk service ranged from chilly to mildly friendly. The check-in person was positively icy.
- There were no dishes of any kind in the kitchenette when we arrived. We called the front desk and asked for dishes, and we got a peculiar and hilariously useless set: no sharp knife, no bowls, just plates, silverware, 2 mugs, 2 glasses, and (this is still making me laugh) a ladle and *three* different whisks. (Is that a Swiss thing, for fondue? But then we would have had to prepare fondue in a plate.) Also, we had to buy our own dish soap, a bit galling given how high the room rate was per night.
- Bedding options were unusually bad. We know to expect European hotels to have duvets instead of a top sheet, but when we requested another sheet, we got a duvet cover that wasn't big enough to cover our feet
- the bed itself was saggy, and bounced like a trampoline when one of us turned over
- the room has a sterile, unrelaxing feel -- don't expect to lounge comfortably in this room. It's oddly laid out in such a way that the small room feels even smaller.
- the bathroom shelves are strangely shallow and toiletries kept falling off

Beware that the breakfast, though the in-room brochure made it sound like it was included, was an extra 19 CHF per person.

All in all, we would recommend this to someone who didn't mind the cost. For expensive Zurich, it was probably worth it, but we would tend to expect more for that kind of money.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 29, 2011

Excellent value for the location, right by the river. Simple and clean rooms. Some noise from drunk guests and the toilet was a little dirty the next day. The reception staff the day we arrived wasn't very helpful but the person the next day was.

Room Tip: Central location, little dull
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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 22, 2011

I stayed on the hotel for two days on a business trip and can only recommend it. The rooms are small (at least my single room was), but clean and equipped with everything you need. Free internet is also a big plus given how much some hotels charge our-days for internet access.
The location is also great. Just three tram stops from the train station and the hotel is literally opposite the stop Kronenstrasse. I had a room away from the main street and I did not hear a thing.
One thing I found strange though was the house keeping. Both days they would knock at the door at around 8:30 to check whether they could clean. Shouldn't they know if a room is empty / ready to clean. It was not a big issue for me, since both times I was already awake, but I would have found it annoying if I would have been still sleeping.
I guess I could have put the don't disturb sign out, but ...

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

We started a 15 day travel to Switzerland from Zurich. The Hotel Krone was a nice start. The ever courteous staff and the lovely location (a bit away from the crowds) was just right for us to explore Zurich and the surroundings. We were given a welcome drink on arrivals. The room we got came with a baby cot instead of a cot for a 10 year old. The staff immediately changed our room and gave us a large room so as to accomodate three beds. The rooms are nice and the bathrooms are well equipped and very good. They maintain the cleanliness and are very efficient. The beds were single beds joined together to make a double bed which was slight uncomfortable...the downside to the hotel. The lady bird chocolates left each night was very cute and sweet. Tram 11 and 14 pass through the tram station just opposite the hotel. The hotel has a lovely sit out for drinks and is a nice place to see the city pass by. We had good breakfasts each morning.It is a well recommended hotel and we would want to stay here for our next visit.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 12, 2011

In high-priced Zurich, the Hotel Krone provides an excellent value for your money. Clean and comfortable, our room had a nicely finished wood floor, a twin fold-out bed in the living room, and a king-sized bed in an adjoining bedroom. In typical European fashion of late, each bed contained a cozy duvet on crisp white sheets. The hotel is located in a quiet part of town, although if you're up for a brisk 15-minute walk, you can enter the city center of Zurich and find some good restaurants on streets that parallel the river. I highly recommend this little gem, and I go to Europe at least once a year.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 8, 2011

I've never paid this much for a regular hotel room, but, at least it was a good one and the overall experience was good.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Schaffhauserstrasse 1, Zurich 8006, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Zurich > Zurich
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Business Hotel in Zurich
#17 Luxury Hotel in Zurich
#22 Romantic Hotel in Zurich
#26 Family Hotel in Zurich
Price Range: $152 - $279 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Krone Unterstrass 4*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 4-star Hotel Krone in Zurich Unterstrass is a modern city and business hotel with tradition. Top quality, sustainability, outstanding service and hospitality are our core values. Our city hotel was founded in 1720 and has been one of Zurich's most renowned places to stay ever since. Fully renovated and equipped with the very latest services, the hotel offers all the amenities that the discerning guest who wants only the best would require. Ideally located in a fashionable part of the city, our hotel is just a few minutes away from Zurich's main railway station, the conference centre, the Hallenstadion multi-purpose facility, the Zurich exhibition grounds, the university and the ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. The 'Kronenstrasse' tram stop is just in front of our door. The journey to and from Zurich Airport takes just 20 minutes. Zurich's sights, such as the historic town centre, the Grossmünster (Great Minister), the Bahnhofstrasse main street and Lake Zurich, are just a comfortable five or ten minutes away. Our rooms range from the cosy and comfortable through to the top-quality and luxurious. The excellent restaurant, meeting facilities and banquet rooms make the Hotel Krone the ideal place for your next visit to the city. It is the perfect place for an overnight stay after a visit to the Zurich trade fair or for your business event. ... more   less 
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