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Plattenhof Hotel
Ranked #70 of 137 Hotels in Zurich
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 18, 2014

For those who love breakfast , this is a great little hotel. We were three family members staying two nights in Zurich, and given how expensive the hotels are here, we tried to find a place where we could share one room. Our room at Plattenhof was large, although it was a little cramped with the extra bed. The room was well equipped. The beds were very comfortable and firm, nice quality bed linens. Two large windows overlook a quiet residential street. The location is excellent; we could walk to the top of the Altstadt in 5 minutes, and we could walk to the tram stop in just two minutes ( to get to the Hauptbahnhof and from there to the airport.) Because it is right near the University/ ETH, many of those frequenting the hotel restaurant and bar are academics. Our room rate included breakfast, and we very much enjoyed the ample and healthy breakfast buffet. A friendly waitress immediately takes your coffee order and you can have cappuccino or espresso. The tea set up is excellent, with piping hot water and Twining teas in a good-sized pot. There are many choices of cereals, including crunchy granola and muesli. You can add toppings like walnuts, dates, or sunflower seeds. You can boil your own eggs, which we did both days. There was lots of fresh fruit available. The buffet included yogurts, wursts, ham, several cheeses, brown breads, and crisp croissants. Also lots of good homemade jams. After a breakfast like this, one might not need lunch. Overall, the service at the hotel is very good and the staff are friendly. They helped us with tram tickets and directions. They are happy to provide extras for no charge, like an iron, mini-fridge, or electric kettle. For Zurich, this is a good value. But given the awful exchange rate, a newcomer needs to adjust expectations. For just over 300 in USD terms, you would get a 5-star hotel in the US or even much of Europe. But in Zurich, this amount buys you a 3 star hotel. Hotel Plattenhof is a good 3-star hotel with comfortable rooms, good service, an excellent breakfast, free wifi, a great location, and overall a good value.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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PeterPlattenhof, Manager at Plattenhof Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 7, 2014

Dear guest,
we thank you very much for your great review and for your positive feedback. He are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, especially the comfort of your room, the service, the free wifi, the complimentary breakfast and the location of our hotel, just a short walk to the old town of Zurich. As you mention, extra services such as mini-fridge, iron, hot-water-kettle etc are always available free of charge and will be put into your room. Please let us know in advance of your reservation.
Looking forward to welcoming you soon again.
Yours sincerely
Peter Sidler

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Reviewed June 18, 2014

The hotel was very clean and well decorated and is conveniently located for tram links to the centre and the airport.
My only complaint about the room was the lack of air conditioning as it was a particularly sweltering weekend. This may be the norm in Switzerland, I dont' know.
One quirky thing about my room was that the bed was very low. I didnt' mind this too much for sleeping, but it would be difficult for elderly or less able-bodied persons.

The bathroom had excellent shower facilities and the wi-fi was very fast and efficient.

The breakfast which was included for me, was a buffet style with plenty of choice of cereals, fruit, toast, eggs, yoghurt and many other things, though no cooked breakfast was available.

I would definitely be happy to stay here again when I next come to Zurich.

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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled solo
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PeterPlattenhof, Manager at Plattenhof Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 7, 2014

Dear Robert,
Thank you very much for your positive review and your comments. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed our location, the comfort in our rooms and bathrooms/shower, the free buffet-breakfast, and the free and fast wifi.
As our building is a historical town house building, we are - due to ecological reason - not allow to install air-conditioning in our hotel. To cool down the temperature on a hot day (unfortunately they are not very common) we provide a van into the room upon request.
For guests who do not wish a low bed we recommend the MEDIUM or LARGE room categories, as they have regular high beds, and ask for it when making your reservation.
We are looking forward to welcoming you soon again to our hotel.
Yours sincerely,
Peter Sidler, Manager

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Reviewed May 21, 2014

We stayed for two days this week. The weather was warm, and our room faced the setting sun. We came in the afternoon, to find the room unbearably hot, and had no recourse to correct it, as there is neither a fan, nor the room air conditioned. A basic hot water heater, with powdered coffee/tea/mil/sugar is lacking. Also there is no free coffee, which is available 7x24 in most hotels at this price. So no bed coffee till 7 am. For those of us used to sleeping with the white noise of air conditioner or fan, it is awfully quiet at nights with windows closed. With an open window, one night there was loud partying across the street. The hotel is a bit away from the Old Town/Central Station, which is overcome, thanks to excellent tram services (#6). The toilet room, though small, was of a dark hue, and dim lighting, which made my shaving & make up (for the wife), a hit and miss. The breakfast had no omlette or freshly cut fruits. The fruits appear to be come from a can, with syrup. Cleanliness and efficiency of service, is what to be expected of an above average Swiss German establishment. Appears to cater mostly to travellers visiting the Zurich University, amidst which, this hotel is set up. The staff were friendly and courteous. I probably, if I come to Zurich again, would settle for a more family oriented touristy establishment closer to the railway station.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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PeterPlattenhof, Manager at Plattenhof Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 7, 2014

Dear guest,
thank you very much for your review and your positive comments. I am glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. With some improvements from our side, your next visit at our hotel will be even better: fans, hot-water-kettle, mini-fridge, etc. are available free of charge and can be placed in your room before arrival, so if you require any of These, please let us know when booking your room.
As you mention, our Hotel is located in a quiet residential area, however, in a case of a "Party" accross the street, we will certainly interfere the Minute we hear about it.
The fresh fruit salad on our breakfast buffet is prepaired daily from fresh fruit and put into syrup to Keep it fresh throughout the day. We will make an extra effort to keep it even fresher daily.
When you come to Zurich again, please contact us again, as we have a special Family room in our Hotel, which holdsa familiy of 4-5 People.
Yours sincerely
Peter Sidler

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Reviewed May 8, 2014

very good customer service, staff friendly and helpful
very quiet location, not too far from city center
hotel very quirky and stylish......................................................................

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 6, 2014

Located a little outside of the historic centre (but only 10min on foot or one of the 3 tram lines nearby) in a residential area, this hotel offers a warm welcome with recently renovated rooms in a boutique decor. Comfy bed and great bathroom. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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PeterPlattenhof, Manager at Plattenhof Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 7, 2014

Dear guest
Thank you very much for your Review and sharing your experience.
I am glad to hear that you enjoyed our Location, our Service, free wifi, our newly renovated rooms and our bed and bath rooms.
We are looking Forward to welcoming you soon back to our Hotel.
Yours sincerely
Peter Sidler

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Reviewed April 28, 2014

I stayed at the Plattenhoff because I was attending a meeting at the nearby ETH university. This is a small and comfortable hotel. The interior design is modern and trendy. There was a bit of construction going on but it was not bothersome. The breakfast buffet is fine but not excellent. The rooms are pretty basic (no ironing board, for instance, but you can ask for one to be sent up) but the beds are comfortable. It is only a short 15 minute walk into the city centre. Overall I would recommend it.

Stayed: April 2014, traveled on business
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PeterPlattenhof, Manager at Plattenhof Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2014

Dear guests,
I would like to thank you for staying at our hotel and sharing your opinion. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. The renovation of 6 rooms will be finished in the beginning of May 2014 and we are looking forward to have these medium sized rooms brand new for our guests.
For guests who require ironing boards, hot water kettle or mini-fridges we have them all the time in storage and can put it into the guest rooms without extra charge.
Looking forward to welcoming you soon again.
Peter Sidler, Manager

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Reviewed March 5, 2014

We stayed there for New year's eve. The rooms decor was great, we loved it. We enjoyed the breakfast buffet in the morning. The place is clean and the staff helpful. We had a good time staying there and we would go there again. It is a bit of a walk to the center of town, but exercise is good.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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PeterPlattenhof, General Manager at Plattenhof Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2014

Dear guest
We thank you for staying at our hotel and for sharing your opinion. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the facilities of the rooms, the breakfast buffet and especially the service of our team.
Our hotel is located in the quiet university neigborhood, just a 10 minute walk to the historic old town. The tram takes you in 10 minutes to the main train station, the shopping area and the lake side. Looking forward to welcoming you soon again.
yours sincerely
Peter Sidler, Manager

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Address: Plattenstrasse 26 | 8032 Zurich, Zurich 8032, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Zurich > Zurich
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#19 Family Hotel in Zurich
#29 Business Hotel in Zurich
#39 Romantic Hotel in Zurich
Price Range: $150 - $250 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Plattenhof Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Design Hotel Plattenhof with its 37 quiet rooms lies in the heart of Zurich, tucked away in the quiet university neighborhood and only 10 minutes walking distance from the picturesque old town and the lake of Zurich. Museums, theaters, the opera, the university hospital, the ETH and a vast selection of restaurants and cafes are located in the area. The hotel offers free wifi internet access, an Italian restaurant Sento, a cozy bar, garden terrace, meeting facilities and parking garage. Our staff will go the extra mile to make you feel at home with us. The streetcar no. 10 Takes you straight to the airport in just half an hour. ... more   less 
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