I stayed at the B2 Boutique Hotel since it's right near the Zurich branch of my office, and I enjoyed my stay. The women (it was mostly women) who ran the hotel do a great job: they're very attentive and speak nearly perfect English. For example, it rained most of the time I was there, so they offered umbrellas to those who they noticed weren't carrying them. They also had great breakfast spread that went till 10:30am, which was fantastic for the mornings I wished to sleep in!
The rooms themselves were pretty nice, too. They're all decorated in the modern-industrial kind of style, with lots of white and textures. The bathrooms were small but functional and well designed; the rain showers were a plus. The beds were very comfortable and the double-bed was NOT two twins pushed together, which I still occasionally see in Europe. One pet peeve I have is that there's not much room to put your stuff: there's no drawer space and the hanging area has only about 4 hangers. If you're doing a night or two, this isn't an issue, but my husband and I had over a week's worth of stuff for two people and that meant it was tough to stay neat.
For true tourists who want to be "in the middle of it all" they may find that this hotel is a bit far. It's a pleasant 20 minutes to the main Zurich train station (Zurich Hauptbanhof) in the center of town, or 10 minutes by the trams that run regularly right near by. Also it's on the top of a hill, so it's a bit of a hike if you're not driving up to the hotel. I like being a bit farther off from city center myself, and I loved the exercise, so I didn't mind--but for travelers with motion issues, it's something to be aware of.
Finally, it's part of the Thermalbad Spa, which is a pool and baths complex. It costs $25 to get in, which is discounted off the usual $55 rate. This grants you access to a rooftop jacuzzi (by which I mean a jacuzzi that takes up literally the entire roof--with 270 degrees views overlooking Zurich, wow!) and to the Irish-Roman spa, which are a sequence of baths and steam rooms that are housed in the barreling area of an old brewery. Two things to note: All instructions are in German, and also, to access it you need to go down to the front desk dressed in your bathing suit and hotel bathrobe/slippers (you can't bring your own towels/robe) to get the wristband that allows access. I might not take the trip specially to do this, but since it was right there, it was definitely worth it to experience since it was right in the hotel.
Overall, I had a fine experience!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The B2 Boutique Hotel + Spa in the former Hürlimann brewery offers 60 rooms and suites - all with parquet floor, Nespresso machine, free Wi-Fi and 2 boardrooms for up to 18 people. The highlight of the hotel is the Library with 33’000 books, where breakfast, SWaPPa's (Swiss tapas) and wine from Zurich are served. Guests enjoy special conditions and direct access toThermal Bath & Spa. ... more less
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