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“Friendly Hotel in Zurich”
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Hotel California
Ranked #79 of 139 Hotels in Zurich
Thunder Bay
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102 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Friendly Hotel in Zurich”
Reviewed May 1, 2014

We stayed here for a couple of nights in April and found in to be a very friendly place.
The rooms were clean, the staff was friendly and helpful, the break was more than adequate.
The restaurant serves a good variety of food and drinks.
We were close enough to see a lot of the historical sites and to do some evening walks on the waterfront.

Room Tip: The restaurant has outdoor seating and is open late, so if you think the noise will bother you then...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Marsha C
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Grischa C, Leiter Front Office at Hotel California, responded to this review, May 2, 2014
Dear Marsha C

First of all we want to say thank you.
We appreciate that you took the time to give us such a lovely and nice rating on tripadvisor.
It is always nice to hear that you enjoyed the whole stay with us.

We are looking forward to welcoming you for your next stay here in Zurich.

Best wishes
Bettina Thaler
Front Office Manager
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Austin, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed April 21, 2014

Have stayed here about 4 times generally for 1 night only before moving over to Baur au Lac for further time in Zurich. Great location and price. If you can get over being in a hotel located in a restaurant then for the price and convenience, you cant beat it. Staff if very friendly and responsive. Have only been in April and October but have had great experience all times.

Room Tip: the 2 rooms on top floor are best in my opinion, San Francisco and San Diego with cool views.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
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Thank Global_traveler803
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Grischa C, Leiter Front Office at Hotel California, responded to this review, April 23, 2014
Dear Global_travler803

Thank you very much for rating the Hotel California.
We are glad to read such a positive statement.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in October again.
Have a good time untill then and take care.

Kind regards
Bettina Thaler
Front Office Manager
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed April 13, 2014

Clean & comfortable.Situated in a great spot near the lake & walking distance to the main part of town.Breakfast was included & there was plenty of choice.The staff were very friendly & helpful.The only thing we missed was a kettle in the room but a Starbucks is only a 1minute walk away

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Mark D
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Grischa C, Manager at Hotel California, responded to this review, April 14, 2014
Grüezi Mark D

We are delighted to know that you had a comfortable stay at our Hotel California and that all our services and facilities were to your liking. Your compliments have been duly shared with our team. Thanks also for the input to the kettle. For your next stay with us, you are welcome to borrow one from the reception.

Thank you for having chosen our Hotel California for your stay in Zurich, and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.

Christian Gamma
Hotel Manager
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Milan, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

The hotel is quite small with maybe 15 rooms in total. Everything is painted in bright colors to remember the Californian atmosphere. I must say that this seems a little bit contrived.
Plus: room was quite big and spacious with a sitting useful area. Bathroom ok. Price for Zurich standard is low.
Minus: crew was kind of cold. Even if very young which I liked. Breakfast at downstairs restaurant was poor for people like me who loves sweet food in the morning. I took the pankakes with maple syrup and they were quite innatural from taste point of view.

All in all a decent hotel but not sure I'd go back.

Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Trickypv
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Grischa C, Leiter Front Office at Hotel California, responded to this review, April 8, 2014
Dear Mr Trickypv

First of all we want to say thank you for choosing the Hotel California and your short Feedback.

We are pleased to hear that you liked our facy rooms which is decorated in a US-California style.

It is important for us to hear how you enjoyed your stay.

We hope to see you in the Hotel California again, so that we are able to show you the real california flair here in our house.

Kind regards
Ms Bettina Thaler
Front Office Manager
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Jonkoping, Sweden
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3 reviews
Reviewed April 2, 2014

I loved the place, great for short stay, the restaurant and bar is awesome!
I stayed for one night, very convenient location, went sightseeing around. Very nice and helpful staff. Will definitely recommend!

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Thank NiokaSweden
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Grischa C, Leiter Front Office at Hotel California, responded to this review, April 3, 2014
Dear NiokaSweden

Thank you very much for your honest Feedback on tripadvisor.
We are always thankful to hear how you enjoyed the stay with us.
Your words are also really motivating for the whole team. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the stay with us.

We are looking Forward to welcoming you next time here in the old town of Zurich.

Best wishes
Bettina Thaler
Front Office Manager
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New Orleans
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Reviewed March 29, 2014

This hotel is located in a very scenic area - the old city of Zurich is great. The hotel is within walking distance of the main train station (Zürich HB), but probably too far to walk with luggage. There are plenty of shops and restaurants just outside the hotel, and the historic district is all around with plenty of narrow, hilly streets. The wider and more modern Bahnhofstrasse, with lots of shops, is nearby. The staff members were pleasant. The room (triple) was very large and comfortable. It was very quiet. Everything was clean and well maintained. Breakfast was included. Overall, this is a very pleasant, high quality hotel. The cost was a bit high, but probably a good bargain for Zurich. Everything is pricey in Zurich.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Thank mtarr66
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Grischa C, Leiter Front Office at Hotel California, responded to this review, March 31, 2014
Dear Matarr66

Thank you for choosing the Hotel California and for your recent stay in Zurich.

We are glad to hear that you had a good time with us.
We're always eager to hear what you liked and how we can improve therefore our whole staff appreciate your positive statement on tripadvisor.

We hope you`ll choose the Hotel California again for your next stay in Zurich.

Take care and see you soon!

Beste wishes
Bettina Thaler
Front Office Manager
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Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
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109 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed February 25, 2014

At front the name Hotel California in wintertime in Switzerland sounds odd and did not know what to expect. But it turned out to be above expectation. The entire hotel, above a restaurant named Papa Joe's, is decorated in Hacienda and Western style. Yellow dominated like a desert atmosphere. Maybe you need to like this, but gives a warm feeling in cold Swiss. Actually it was not freezing this time, but could.

The rooms has everything what a decant hotel needs. WIFI, flat screen, clean bathroom, clean sheets, etc. The bed was suited low, but the mattress was surprisingly comfortable. The only negative point of the colors of the walls, too much yellow used.

The view was towards another building with some meters distance and a narrow courtyard below. This is maybe an advance, because I have heard stories about noise. I did not notice and have any occasions, but maybe depends on which side of building your room is located. Other tell that the main street side could wake you up very early due to traffic from garbage cleaners or so. But have not experience that.

Nice ambiance, quick and excellent helpful service. Not 24 hours service. Free city maps available. Front door keys available for access outside the service hours. Breakfast is taken at Papa Joe's. Very nice and good food. Breakfast service possible from the menu. The hotel is located nearby the river and Zurich lake. The old town is located next door with many restaurants, etc...

Room Tip: Could be noisy what I have understand depending on the room location in the buidling (street view).
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Thank mcblenk
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Grischa C, Leiter Front Office at Hotel California, responded to this review, March 1, 2014
Dear Mcblenk

First of all we want to say thank you for your kind and motivating words.
We are glad that you enjoyed the stay with us.

Yes, you are right, the degree of loudness depends on the side of the rooms. For the next stay in the Hotel California we success you to ask again for a room to the backyard.

The whole California Team wish you just the best and we are looking forward to welcoming you next time.


Kind regards
Bettina Thaler
Front Office Manager
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Additional Information about Hotel California

Property: Hotel California
Address: Schifflaende 18, Zurich 8001, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Zurich > Zurich > Old Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#29 Family Hotel in Zurich
#48 Business Hotel in Zurich
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel California 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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