Zurich, the financial capital of Switzerland, is a big, bustling city. Sitting by the shores of Lake Zurich, people flock to the city for its trendy vibe, fashionable locations, and upscale lifestyles. This includes some great nightlife, but also means opulent accommodation with a bit more character than the usual hotel or budget hostel you might be used to. If you’re willing to make your stay a little more than comfortable, here are some Zurich boutique hotels worth checking out.
What used to be the Hürlimann brewery is now a chic hotel with old-world industrial charm. It has 51 rooms and nine suites, each decked out in the cross between industrial and modern design. Their meeting rooms are equally as stunning, using architectural elements for lighting and heating.
A big draw to the hotel is the thermal bath on the rooftop. It is technically an infinity pool that provides a stunning view of Zurich. Within the same complex is the World of Water, with different pools and baths with bubble seats, massage nozzles, and whirlpools.
Despite the name, the Lady's First Design Hotel is open to men and women looking for a luxury feel without the luxury budget. It's a villa-like hotel with 28 rooms, tastefully designed and furnished. They have smaller rooms for solo or business travelers, and bigger rooms for groups and families.
A distinct feature is the fireplace in the lobby - inspired by Art Nouveau influences standing right at the center. A beautiful rose garden also gives guests a nice place to relax. The hotel also has a spa for the guests, and conducts yoga sessions in the morning.
25Hours Hotel is located in eight cities with two hotels in Zurich alone. The more popular of the two is the one in Zurich West, mainly because of its cosmopolitan location. The design is a bit more quirky and artsy, with all 126 rooms splashed with vibrant colors and a homey feel. It is one of the more lively Zurich boutique hotels where guests are encouraged to interact with each other.
There's a sauna, a spa, business rooms, and a usable kitchen. A big plus is free bike rentals, which give guests the option of just touring the city at their own pace or from a different point of view.
Opera Hotel is a laid-back hotel that doesn't scrimp on good service and personalized touches. There is a tram right outside the hotel that makes travel more convenient.
Rooms are trendy but homey, and fitted with soundproofing and electric blinds. They have their own restaurant called Restaurant Opera, which usually has special promos and dishes during the weekends. A unique offer at Opera Hotel is the Tesla Charging Station, which they offer to guests (whether staying in or just dropping by the restaurant) for free.
Alden Luxury Suite Hotel is a 5-Star boutique hotel at the heart of Zurich. It was built in 1895 and has since then been a landmark in the city, specially since it's just a few minutes away from Lake Zurich. It has an enviable location as well, only 1.6 kilometers from Bahnhofstrasse and 1.9 kilometers from the Swiss National Museum.
The Alden's facade is nothing short of luxurious. The rooms feature 19th century purist designs mixed with modern conveniences and amenities. There are 22 airy upscale suites that come with free WiFi, flat screen TV's, whirlpool tubs, and separate living areas.
The Alden Restaurant and the adjacent bar are also popular local haunts known for superb Mediterranean dishes.
Spluegenstrasse 2, Zurich 8002
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At the heart of the Old Town district is another 5-Star Luxury hotel called Widder Hotel. It is also quite close to the shopping heaven of Bahnhofstrasse. The hotel sits in a renovated 12th century building, decorated with a union of historic elegance and modern style.
The Widder Hotel has 49 rooms and suites, individually-styled and unique. Every aspect of the room can be personalized - choosing the decor and layout that suits your taste, adjustable beds and mattresses, and personal reading lamps. Each room is also equipped with a Nespresso machine, minibar, Bang & Olufsen TV and stereo, wifi and telephone.
There are several dining options from restaurant to bars to lounges, and the hotel is world-renowned for its super customer service.
Hotel Ni-Mo is a very casual and relaxed place and one of the most charming Zurich boutique hotels. Everything about the hotel is meant to be homey and warm, helping guests be more at ease without having to be too mindful of expensive decor and artwork. It's the perfect mix of a B&B with all the modernity of a top city hotel.
One of the most sought-after boutique hotels in Kanton Zurich (but a distance from Zurich itself) is the Krone Regensberg. It's uniquely located in a medieval tavern on the grounds of Regensberg Castle and overlooking the Alps. The medieval hilltop town of Regensberg has a population of only 489 people, so visiting this place is an experience on its own.
The exterior of the hotel is timbered and medieval, but the interiors are nothing short of luxurious. It was under the care of the Schäfer family for decades, and an architect in the family outfitted the interiors in a thoughtful modernist style.
The nine bedrooms are minimalistic and and elegant to keep the views outside as the main focal point of the room. Room reservations come with free breakfast, but the Krone Restaurant is one of the main attractions in Regensberg Castle.
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