After landing at a very wet Zürich airport, I had booked to stay at the Sheraton Zürich using points and cash. Being a category 5 hotel it was 6,000 points and $110.
Switzerland is expensive and hotels are no exception. Most decent 4* properties were running at upwards of £200 per night, so the cash and points rate was welcome albeit not the best use of starpoints.
I’m a big believer in public transport and am quite comfortable with systems all over the world and in Europe. However I must say that I found the Zürich’s confusing at best! The diagrammatic maps aren’t terribly clear, and the mistake that I made was mixing-up the tram and train icon in Google Maps. I also think I bought the wrong type of ticket on the way down from the airport, however thankfully didn’t get checked. Anyway, after a tram ride a couple of stops and changing to the train, I made it to the Hardbrücke station, with about a further ten minute walk to the hotel.
It was located in a new, more industrial area of the town which definitely wasn’t the picturesque view of Switzerland that one would imagine. Checking in, there were two agents seemingly dealing with some complicated check-in issues as it was about ten minutes before I was able to be seen. I was given a room on the fifth floor, however asked if they had something higher and was given one on the eight. I was also given a letter for a free glass of wine or beer in the bar as an SPG Gold member.
The room was actually very nice, modern and spacious.
There were two USB ports next to each side of the bed, plus plug sockets as well. The desk area also had a variety of Swiss and standard European plug sockets and HDMI connectors for the TV.
Being a complete coffee addict, I was very pleased to see a Nespresso machine in the room, however one of the larger commercial ones with the flat disc style pads, rather than the home type pods. Two pads were provided.
The Wifi was free as an SPG Gold member, had great signal throughout the hotel and was also pretty fast.
There was a large walk-in shower with a hose and fantastic rain shower head. Far better than the tiny single fixed rose that most Sheratons in the US have. Overall I was impressed with the room.
There was also a fitness centre located on the third floor which had pretty much most equipment that you would need. I didn’t manage to find a sauna, steam room etc. but wouldn’t really expect those kind of amenities anyway.
Despite the neighbourhood being somewhat industrial, I did find out that it seemed to be in the gaybourhood. The various social networking apps like Grindr and Scruff did seem to be quite busy with lots of people nearby so would also recommend the hotel (and the area) from that perspective.
I didn’t have a chance to sample breakfast as I was up early the next day to head back to the airport to catch to the Etihad flight to Abu Dhabi. However more on that experience tomorrow.
Overall I was actually pretty impressed with the hotel – they seemed to have all of the details thought of, and I’m not sure there was anything else that I could have possibly wanted from what is ostensibly a business focused hotel. Recommended.