Getting from Zurich airport to the Swissotel was a breeze. We took a 5-minute train direct from the airport to Oerlikon. It was the first stop and exiting the train station, the hotel was right in front of us, not more than about thirty steps away.
The hotel isn't in the heart of the city but it was perfectly situated for the Hallenstadion (a big entertainment venue), which was our only planned stop on this trip. Only 5-10 minutes away from the hotel on foot, we couldn't have chosen a better accommodation.
Entering the hotel, I was a little surprised to see a couple of electricians on ladders right above the hotel reception. Whilst I understand that such works have got to be done, I felt the timing here was completely wrong. It was around lunchtime with lots of people checking in and out. I didn't appreciate checking in with a man on a ladder hanging over me!
There was a little confusion at check-in when trying to locate our booking but the problem was quickly solved when we explained that we had book very late the night before. The young lady checking us in was very friendly and was fluent in English. As we usually do, we requested a high floor, and she was happy to oblige. She could offer a 16th floor room immediately or something on the 21st floor about an hour later. We were happy to wait, so grabbed a seat. The lady who had checked us in joined us, bringing with her a map of the city and various tour leaflets. She helped us to make the most of the two days that we had in Zurich.
Right on time, the room was ready and we set off in search of our twin room. It was a nice, average sized room overlooking the front of the hotel. The usual amenities were on offer - twin beds, a good sized television (with a number of local and international television channels, including BBC 1 and 2, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5), tea and coffee making facilities (with an enormous selection of flavoured teas, coffees etc) and a minibar. The bathroom was smaller than expected and offered a wash basin, lavatory and a bath with overhead shower. As well as soaps, shampoos and moisturiser, the hotel also offered a shoe mitt, sewing kit, shower cap and more. Many more items were available on request - without charge. The shower was very good but the bath took around 15 minutes to fill.
Also in the room was a safe, which, unlike other hotels, had a single plug socket inside. It meant that mobile phones and cameras could be secure and charging at the same time.
Another bonus was the 'pillow menu' in the room, which allows guests to choose from a selection of pillows in addition to the two already provided. I opted for a pine pillow, which was filled with pine kernels and had a nice scent about it as well.
Internet is available at the Swissotel but both wired and wireless connections come at a cost, which I found a little disappointing. Fortunately, it didn't result in too much inconvenience since the Starbucks next door (and accessible through the hotel lobby) offered free wireless internet, and, judging by the number of guests gathered in the lobby, it was well used.
For those wanting to see Zurich, this is an ideal base from which to explore. The out of town location isn't an issue. Catching the tram from right outside the hotel, you can be in the city centre in around 10 minutes. A 24-hour ticket for unlimited use of the trams, buses and boats in the city centre zone was 8,40 CHF per person (around £5.50). For 13,20 CHF (around £8.80), another zone could be added, which allowed travel to the airport as well.
After a long day on our feet, returning to the hotel swimming pool was a nice way to relax and unwind. I didn't find the staff here particularly welcoming on the two occasions that I used it but the facilities were good. A small but well equipped gym was available with a swimming pool and jacuzzi next door. Being 32 floors up, the view is pretty special - whether you are running on the treadmill or swimming a few lengths. It's also a nice spot from which to watch the sun go down.
In the immediate vicinity of the hotel are a Starbucks coffee shop, a McDonalds, a Burger King, various eateries, a small shopping centre with a food court and a supermarket - an ideal stop for picking up cheaper drinks and snacks for the room. As explained above, the Oerlikon train station is just across the road and there are a handful of tram stops too, which offer direct links to the city centre.
This is a super hotel that I would recommend to all.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Zurich’s tallest luxury hotel, Swissotel Zurich is ideally located close to Zurich’s business, cultural, shopping and entertainment areas and just 5km from both Zurich Airport and Zurich’s city centre. The 347 contemporary rooms and suites reflect an elegant & modern style, featuring panoramic views of Zurich and the superb Swiss Alps. You’ll enjoy a full range of leisure facilities such as the Amrita Spa & Fitness centre, which offers invigorating treatments and has a spectacular rooftop infinity pool. Meet friends or colleagues for cocktails at Le Muh Bar; enjoy fine dining at Restaurant Le Muh privé and creative Swiss meals at Le Muh léger. Swissotel Zurich’s Convention Centre is the perfect setting for any event or conference and caters for up to 1000 participants. All rooms are non-smoking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Swissotel Zurich zürich
- Swissotel Zurich Hotel zürich