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“Ingenious use of ridiculously small space!”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Alexander

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Hotel Alexander
Ranked #37 of 138 Hotels in Zurich
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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107 hotel reviews
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“Ingenious use of ridiculously small space!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2012

As a regular traveler to Europe I've become accustomed to small hotel rooms, but this one wins the prize! The "big double bed" is actually slightly smaller than a Queen (made up of 2 beds pushed together which is what you get almost everywhere in real Euro hotels) and at the foot of the bed there was 2 ft of space (less the wall mounted tv) on the window side less than 2'6" and on the entry door/armoire/table/desk etc side a tad over 3 ft. Now, where to put a suitcase to open it? Only on the bed. But it is uber-modern, cool lighting and decor.

Sizewise, the bathroom belongs on a 70's cruiseship (in steerage), but it's also uber-modern, funky fittings and absolutely ingenious use of space. Pity about the terrible water pressure.

Breakfast was a stripped down, bare basics version of what is sometimes called "continental". No wonder it's always included in the rate, the good news is there's a dozen eateries within ten paces either direction on the street.

Which brings me to the really good news: location. I took a taxi from the airport as we were on an extended trip and had baggage, and it was late, and raining... Nice taxi driver turned off his meter on second run around the block (?) .... it's not so easy to find this place; but when you do, it is in the perfect location for walking around Old Zurich.

Nearby are numerous eateries, nightclubs (a few too many very brightly lit sex shops) and everything else you could ever want. Postcard pretty pictures at every turn.

If you are very small, and travel with just a small backpack, don't do breakfast, this place is absolutely perfect for you!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lisbon, Portugal
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2012

Stayed 5 nights from 18 to 22th February in the room 211, next to the kitchen and the breakfast room…
LIKED
Cleanness
Location very central
Renewed room
Lights in the room
Gifts on arrival (2 bottles of mineral water, apples and a small box of Swiss chocolates)

DISLIKED
Breakfast with poor variety of products (fresh orange juice, eggs... are extras charged)
Check in (coldest welcome ever experienced)
Room too small (had to make a sort of ballet with my wife to move inside)
Lack of amenities in the bathroom (only liquid soap was available)
Curtain in the bath tub
Noises starting at 6:00 a.m. (radio and kitchen activity)

I knew that the Hotel was renewing the upper floors, so I expected to hear some noises, but in fact those works never disturbed our staying.
The care taking by staff in cleaning carefully all corridors was a good surprise.
The check in made a bad impression. The young woman spent 10 minutes explaining that if I forget to return the electric adapter they would charge 10 CHF in the bill. After a 3 hour flight I just wanted to go to the room and lay on the bed and I wasn’t worried at all with an amount of money equivalent to the cost of 2 ‘expressos’!
The staff is nice and helpful (Katherina and Augusto are good examples). I Believe this hotel can be one of the best in Zurich with some improvements and keeping the good relation quality/price.

Room Tip: Rooms facing Niederdorf Strass are larger.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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6 Thank ordep
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Hotel_Alexander, Manager at Hotel Alexander, responded to this review, March 27, 2012
Dear Ordep

We thank you very much for your stay at the hotel Alexander and for your review left about our Hotel.

It is a pleasure for us to hear your compliments about cleanness, comfortable rooms and about our staff. We always try to provide you with the best service. This encourages us to do our best in daily work.

We do not offer different amenities in our bathroom to save the environment.

The hotel Alexander is located in the old town surrounded by old buildings. When the old town was built the rooms in the houses were created smaller as we would build them today. Also all rooms in our hotel are different. Some rooms are bigger and some are smaller.
Thank you again for sharing your experience with us.

We hope to welcome you soon again and wish you many pleasant trips all around the world.

Kind regard from the entire Hotel team
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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2012

I recently visited Zurich and selected Hotel Alexander by chance. Hotel was very central and I belive one of the best places to stay in Zurich according to price- quality index.

Although I had no idea before I went there, I was very impressed after I saw my room. Everthing was in good order and very clean. I also liked the decoration of the room which recently renovated. In the room, you have your own safe, small refrigerator and permanent power supply that allow to charge your battaries even youre not in the room, which is a plus. There were some offers waiting in the room like beverages and swiss chocolate. Also breakfast was good and you can find different sort of cheese. Even hotel is in the center of the city, there was no disturbing sound nearby. And I want to add that hotell staff were very kind and helpful.

All in all, I had a nice stay and if I go to Zurich again, I will stay in Hotel Alexander.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Hotel_Alexander, Manager at Hotel Alexander, responded to this review, February 21, 2012
Dear DenisCZ

We would like to thank you that you have chosen Hotel Alexander and that you have taken the time to give as a feedback about your stay.

We are very glad to hear that you were satisfied of our services and products. We are trying to provide you the best service and to make you feel comfortable. Your good compliments do encourage our team to do so - thank you!

We also like to thank you for your comments about our new rooms. We have taken big efforts to renovate the rooms and we have still not finished. The first and the 2and floor are already finished and we hope we can finish the other two floors at the end of the month.

Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we hope your next visit will be as pleasant as the previous one.

Kind regards
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istanbul
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2011

This Hotel is in a good location. Walking distance to everywhere. 5 min walk to Bahnhoff Strasse and Old Town. Rooms are very clean. Staff is helpful and friendly. Free wi-fi is available and works good. Breakfast is nice and enough. Decoration is average but compare to the price its ok. Nearby there are very nice places for dinner or to have a drink. If you are after a nice room and little more fancy you should stay in a hotel around Bahnhoff Strasse. They have also parking place but you should let them know in advance and its 15 CHF per night. Its in 5 min walking distance.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Hotel_Alexander, Manager at Hotel Alexander, responded to this review, January 1, 2012
Dear ebrut

We would like to thank you that you have chosen Hotel Alexander and that you have taken the time to give us a feedback about your stay.
We are very glad to hear that you were satisfied of our services and products. We are trying to provide you the best service and to make you feel comfortable. Your good compliments do encourage our team to do so - thank you!

From the 19.12.11 to the 29.2.12 we will renovate all the rooms and the hotel will be closed. The hotel will reopen in March with brand new comfort and design in the rooms.

Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we hope your next visit will be as pleasant as the previous one.

We wish you a nice day.

Kind regards from Zürich
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Romeno, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2011

I have been several times, including last summer, to Hotel Alexander and I have no hesitation in recommending it to everyone visiting Zuerich. It is very close to the city centre and train station. Rooms are comfortable and staff is friendly 24/7. Most important television sport events are given free. I will be back as soon as I can.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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1 Thank Gian52
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Hotel_Alexander, Manager at Hotel Alexander, responded to this review, August 10, 2013
Dear Gian52

We thank you very much for your feedback. We are very pleased to notice that you have enjoyed your stay with us.
Your evaluations have an enormous motivating effect on our team, and they support us in our daily work. We always endeavour to give our customers a sincere, obliging and professional service which we keep trying hard to enhance.

We wish you a nice day and hope to see you soon again.

Best regards

The Hotel Alexander Team
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Steyning, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2011

This hotel is situated near a road, but on the cobbled pedestrian streets in the old town. A Taxi can drop you almost at the door but not quite.

The hotel is clean and the rooms look recently decorated. With nice modern bathrooms, good showers and comfy beds.

There was also a good selection of English TV channels (BBC1 and 2, ITV 1 and 2 and I think maybe one or two more).

Breakfast was simple, but tasty.

Zurich is a relatively small place, so no where is far from here. It's quite easy to walk to the Hotel from the Central Station (Zurich HB). Where trains run regularly to and from the airport.

I travel a lot on business and it's little hotels like this that make the difference. Not too expensive, clean and comfy.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
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Thank Jampal32
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Hotel_Alexander, Manager at Hotel Alexander, responded to this review, November 17, 2011
Dear Jampal32

Thank you very much for your motivating review on your stay at the hotel Alexander.
We are trying to provide our best service 24/24 to make you feel comfortable
and your feedback does encourage our team to do so - thank you very much.
Between the 19.12.11 and the 29.2.12 we will renovate all the rooms.

It would be a pleasure to us to welcome you again in our new renovated rooms.

Kind regards
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Ljubljana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2011

We stayed at the "depandansa" of the Alexander hotel, which was on the street behind the main hotel. Locaion of the hotel is great, with a good 5 minute walk from the train station. Its position is on a small but busy cobbled street, which has a lot of bars and fast food places and a supermarket just round the corner. The room was really nice, clean, though on a small side. We just missed an actual closet. The wiew was on a street and we had a lovely balcony (2nd floor only!). The staff was accomodating, changed our room without problems and made a double bed out of two twin beds. The beds were comfortable. A minor complaint would be some seedy red light district shops near the hotel. Other than that everything was great and the price was even better.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank someone1Ljubljana
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Hotel_Alexander, Manager at Hotel Alexander, responded to this review, November 14, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to give us a feedback following your stay at Alexander Guesthouse.

It is always a pleasure to receive good complements. We are very glad to hear that you were satisfied of our services and products. Especially your feedback about our staff does encourage us very much - thank you!

We agree that in our environment there are some red light district shops. We are fighting against this phenomenon and we have already had some success. But there is still work to do and we are in contact with other hotels in the area fitting with us.

We hope to welcome you soon again and wish you a nice day.
Kind regards
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Property: Hotel Alexander
Address: Niederdorfstrasse 40 | 8001 Zurich, Zurich 8001, Switzerland
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Location: Switzerland > Canton of Zurich > Zurich
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#42 Romantic Hotel in Zurich
#47 Business Hotel in Zurich
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Alexander 3*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our owner-managed hotel is ideally located in the middle of Zurich's Old Town - at just 5 minutes walking distance from the Central Railway Station.Virtually everything of interest is within short walking distance. Not just only Zurich's well-known landmarks but also the business quarters with the banks and shops, the high-end shopping district «Bahnhofstrasse», the university quarters, amongst them the ETH «Federal Institute of Technology», the car-free lake- and riverside promenades and many Cafés, bars and restaurants.The Hotel Alexander, renovated in February 2012, has more than 41 lavishly appointed and well tended non smoking rooms. Energy saving LED bulbs, a much enhanced panoramic view of the historic center thanks to its new windows, comfy beds and bright modern bathrooms turn your stay into a very enjoyable event. ... more   less 
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