Why 25Hours Hotel Zurich West?
Located in the artsy west of Switzerland’s largest city, 25hours Hotel Zurich West has a lively mixture of vibrant colours, authentic local flair and a homely atmosphere. The hotel’s ground floor with restaurant feels like a meeting place for the neighbourhood, likely to attract both travellers visiting Zurich and those living nearby. As a modern hotel, 25hours Hotel Zurich West has been built with energy efficiency in mind, although not compromising on chic design.
Here our review of 25hours Zurich West, which we visited in early September 2018.
Formerly an industrial area, now West Zurich attracts citizens and visitors alike, with its trendy clubs, multinational companies and contemporary museums.
As a part of the Hard Turn Park, the 25hours Hotel Zurich West forms part of a group of modern building blocks with many other hotels and restaurants. A short tram ride from and to the main train station makes the hotel easily accessible for those arriving by train or plane. Tram line 4 connects 25hours Zurich West directly with the main train station, old town and lake Zurich.
Cozy atmosphere, playful lobby with bright design, different types of comfortable chairs and sofas, where you can read, work or have a drink. There is an entrance to a green, semi-hidden terrace opposite the bar and restaurant area. Plenty of opportunities for kids to play, and quiet corners to read a newspaper or work.
Right at the entrance – next to the bicycles which one can rent for a small fee – there is a ping pong table; another detail emphasizing the message that this 4-star hotel is all about down-to-earth, relaxed hospitality.
Checking in and out
Another sign for the unique approach to hospitality practiced by the 25hours hotels group is that reception staff are very friendly and deliberately informal – no uniforms to be found here. More like a local friend greeting you and being there to help you throughout your stay. This might be answering general questions, like, how to get from here to there, or a little more specific ones, such as “where can we buy Swiss chocolate on a Sunday?” (Answer: at the main train station, because most supermarkets and shops are closed on Sundays in Switzerland).
Checking in and out was fast and easy. Even if you have to wait a little for your turn, the reception area has many things to explore: books, souvenirs, art work, plants… Luggage storage not a problem either.
On the top floor is the sauna with workout area and roof terrace. We enjoyed the sauna and the free tea, water and fruits. It would have been nice to have a little more space to practice yoga though.
Spacious rooms with colorful design by the local designer Alfredo Häberli. An interesting experience was to stay in a room with a bunk bed, which is not very common with boutique hotels, but great for colleagues travelling together, like in our case.
In addition to all the basic amenities like bathroom (rain shower!), safe, desk and minibar, there’s also a UE Boom music box and a massive flatscreen TV attached to the wall. Rooms get a lot of daylight but have thick enough curtains to keep sunlight out, if you are more of a night owl…
Very diverse breakfast buffet including vegetarian options and local specialities. Our tip: try Bircher Müesli – it’s healthy and will give you strength for a day of sightseeing or meetings.
What’s most unique about 25hours hotels is that they all seek to connect with the neighbourhood surroundings and their specific location. In the case of Zurich West, design – architecture but also artefacts – play a big role, which fits well with the nearby design museums. The result is a crafty, urban-chic hotel experience which avoids references to Swiss clichés like watches, chocolate or cheese or mountains.
Would we stay again?
Definitely, especially for the down-to-earth atmosphere, the location which is very central but not in the main tourist area, and the funky rooms and design. You don’t feel as much of a tourist here.
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