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About Zürich

You know it’s a cosmopolitan financial capital, in a scenic, lakeside spot, close to the alps. And you probably also think it’s expensive and efficient. You’ve probably also heard it regularly living awards for being one of the most liveable cities on the planet, and it’s one of the wealthiest. But Zürich is also fast becoming a hip destination, and if you’re not sure how that all fits together, then you need to have a look at our recommendations for the best places to stay in Zürich and get-a-visiting.

We know that Zürich’s restaurant culture is well established, but that doesn’t mean it’s staid or always pricey, and with Zürich’s large, vibrant ex-pat and student population, it’s constantly evolving and expanding with new influences. The same can be said for Zürich’s art scene, which encompasses the best of the old masters, current masters and much choice when it comes to masters of the future. And the hotel scene is no different, with plenty of choice when it comes to grande dames and luxurious lake-view hotels, but also bijou B&Bs and fabulous contemporary conversions over-running the old industrial quarter.

There’s no bad time for Zürich either, in the summer there’s the lake, and in the winter this is the gateway to the alps. And with German, French and English all used on the street, and a clean, reliable and easy to use public transport system Zürich is a really, really easy city to love.

Where to Stay — Which Neighbourhood?

  • As with many great European cities, Zürich’s centre is one of the oldest and most historic parts of town, usually called the Old Town or Altstadt. The Old Town grew up a long time before people expected to own their own car, so its cosy and compact and some of the roads are cobbled and pedestrianised. Overlooked by the towering 'pepper pot' towers of the cathedral, this charming district is a realm of coffeehouses and chocolate shops. The benefit of staying in this part of Zürich is that you’re within a charming stroll of many of the city’s sightseeing highlights, and a slew of wonderful cafes, bars and restaurants, and you’re close to the lake.
  • The other central part of town is District 1, which is on the west bank of the Limmet River. across from the Old Town, and another excellent choice if you want to be within walking distance of the majority of places you’d like to visit, which again, includes some excellent local restaurants. If you’re visiting Zürich for the first time, District 1 and the Old Town are where you’ll find the majority of the statues, monuments and fountains, the city’s largest churches, the Museum Strauhof and the toy museum, the botanical gardens, and a collection of boutique and galleries.
  • There’s really no need to stay within walking distance of everything, though, Zürich has a really reliable public transport system made up of buses, trams, trains and boats. And if you like the idea of doing some of your travel by boat then District 2 might be a good choice for you. It's located south of District 1, along the west shore of the lake, in the opposite direction from the city. Leafy and spread out, our Gurus recommend District 2 as one of the best places to stay in Zürich for families and visitors wanting to stay somewhere peaceful or outdoors-y. It’s where you’ll find the new botanical gardens, the FIFA World Football Museum, the Museum Reitberg, and a hip eating and shopping precinct. District 2 is also where you’ll find Zürich’s only sandy beach!
  • On the opposite shore of the lake to District 2 is District 8, which has lovely lake views and an excellent selection when it comes to hotels with larger rooms or apartments, great if you’re staying in Zürich for more than a few days. It’s well connected to the centre of town, and it’s got a greener, more spacious feel. It’s also got its own selection of museums and art museums, and a good choice of restaurants.
  • Zürich’s old Industriequartier, or industrial Quarter, is now a hip part of town also called Züri-West, full of old warehouses and cool factories gentrified and converted into chic accommodation complete with the hip cafes and design boutiques to match. And it has some great restaurants. This is a great choice for arty visitors, or anyone planning to enjoy a bit of nightlife, or if you fancy seeing how the locals live.
  • Between Züri-West and District 1 is District 4, which is another good choice for nightlife, and if you’re trying to have an experience that’s more like that of residents. Especially residents who like to dance all night.

Don't forget that this city is a busy year round destination with both business and leisure travellers. So if you want to be sure of a room in one of the best places to stay in Zurich, do your homework and book well ahead.

The Best Places to Stay in Zürich

For a room with a view

  • The Dolder Grand is a fantastical turreted building on a hill overlooking Zürich, Lake Zürich and the Alps, so this is one of the best places to stay in Zürich if you want to admire the beauty of this city and its surrounds. The best of the 173 rooms and suites have the most spectacular views, but even the least spectacular views are spectacular. You can also enjoy the views from the restaurant, which has two Michelin stars, and the vast, fabulous spa.

For a city break

  • Central, but historic, the Marktgasse Hotel occupies a wonderful Grade I listed building in the cobbled heart of town, converted into a 39 room boutique hotel. There are still hints at original charm, like uneven floors and un-uniform ceiling heights, tiled frescoes, column and tiled stoves, but the decor is new, in a chic and pared back style. The hotel also has a cosy library stocked with board games as well as books, a fitness centre and an excellent restaurant and hip bar.
  • The Hotel Europe is a romantically traditional hotel set in a wing of the Grand Utocastle, a 19th century Neo-Baroque building close to the lake and the Old Town. Beautiful on the outside and inside, this hotel has just eight charming rooms, all individually decorated with antiques and artworks. Super central, small and memorable. And it has great family facilities too.
  • If you’re looking for a big contemporary, fun hotel with colourful design the 25 Hours Langstrasse Hotel is a great choice, with 170 rooms and suites in a big black box of a hotel. There are vintage toys at reception, pinball machines in the lounge, and a glass-walled sauna on the top floor with views over the nearby railway tracks. Rooms are big and bold with wood and polished concrete floors, big New York photographs as wall-art, and neon-coloured rails with funky toys and newspapers. The bar and restaurant offer a Mediterranean/Middle Eastern fusion cuisine.
  • Small, simple and central, the Hotel Ni-Mo is a ten room B&B, surrounded by excellent restaurants and bars, and located really close to the tram station. Simple and comfortable, the rooms are all different sizes, and some have their own balcony. There’s a breakfast room where they do a great buffet with an impressive range of Swiss cheese.

Close to Lake Zürich

  • The Hotel Seehof is right by the lake, just five minutes walk from the Old Town, but just far enough away from the hustle and bustle to feel un-touristy. The decor has a white and blue nautical feel, bright, breezy and minimalist. There are just 20 rooms and suites, not large, but well designed, and there’s a Japanese restaurant.
  • The Storchen isn’t on the lake, but it’s right on the river, in the centre of the old Town, a perfect spot for visitors, who have been coming to this hotel for the past 650 years. There are 67 rooms and suites, and a wonderful outdoor terrace onto which the bar, and one of the three restaurants spills out. Expect excellent service and food, plenty of history, and decor with a slightly 80s feel, as that’s when it was last overhauled.
  • The Alden Luxury Suite Hotel is a collection of just 22 five star rooms and suites in a beautiful building close to the lake and the Old Town. Elegant and grand on the outside, the interior is all spacious, contemporary luxury. There’s a sunny terrace, a library, an excellent bar and an elegant restaurant which has 13 Gault & Millau points, making it one of the best in Zürich.

For romance

  • The B2 Boutique Hotel and Spa is a landmark brewery building turned 52 room boutique hotel. Zürich has plenty of top notch places to stay, but not many of them can come close to the charm and heritage of the B2 Boutique Hotel, with its rooftop pool offering incredible views over the lake, its excellent spa and wellness centre with the same views, and its vast library cum bar. The decor is modern minimalism at its most comfortable.
  • A converted merchant's townhouse, the Florhof Hotel is in a quiet corner of the Old Town, close to a number of excellent museums and galleries. It has just 35 pretty, cosy rooms and suites, arranged around a sunny courtyard. The Swiss restaurant is recommended by Gault & Millau.

Zürich’s Best Luxury Hotels

  • The Baur au Lac is one of Europe’s great grande dame hotels, founded in 1844, when it was converted from a 10th century palace in an enviable lakeside position, surrounded by gardens. Still family owned today, this is a special place to stay. The 102 rooms and suites are elegant not gaudy, with the occasional flash of boldness in a vintage black-and-white photograph. And there’s a superb rooftop spa and three restaurants, one of them a summer terrace affair, and one with a Michelin star.
  • Atlantis by Giardino is a sort of urban retreat, just a short distance outside the built-up part of town and surrounded by rural views, but still close enough for seeing the sights. The Atlantis was built in the 70s, and has the pared back, minimal elegance of that period, but with a more contemporary colour palette. Each of the 95 rooms and suites has a wonderful view, and there’s a legendary bar and a choice of two restaurants.
  • Eight medieval townhouses in a wonderful Old Town location on the banks of the Limmat, have been joined together to create the cutting edge designed Widder Hotel. Here you’ll find five stars worth of ultra modern cool, arranged into 49 individually designed and decorated rooms and suites, and a world-class jazz-fuelled bar. Expect excellent service and food, for this hotel politely yells comfort and style.

For families

  • Vibrant and funky, the 25 Hours Hotel is a great choice if you’re looking for great value and fun, contemporary interiors that are bound to please your kids, whatever age they are: think rugs in bright colours with geometric shapes, neon art and cool lighting. The 126 rooms come in a wide variety of sizes ranging from bunks to suites. The 25 Hours Hotel isn’t in the centre to town, that’s the main downside, it’s in the financial district, but they do have a fleet of bikes for guests to use gratis. It also has a fleet of Minis.

For great value

  • In a funky neighbourhood, the Greulich Hotel was built in the 70s as a commercial building, but it’s now been converted into a cool, minimalist boutique hotel with 28 rooms and suites. Monochrome and stripped down, with minimalist decor and an acclaimed ‘slow food’ restaurant, this hotel is cool all over.
  • If you’re looking for great value in a central Zürich location the Hotel Helvetia is a good one to check out. It’s a collection of 14 contemporary styled rooms and apartments in a beautiful Art Nouveau building. There’s a bar with charm in spades, which is popular with locals too, and a restaurant specialising in Swiss cuisine.

Prefer an apartment?

  • If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private villa we recommend you visit our online partner, booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Zürich Airport is just 10 kms north of the city, and there’s plenty of choice when it comes from getting into town from there. But Zürich is also well connected by rail. And road too.
  • If you’re thinking about hiring a car we recommend checking what our online partners, Rentalcars have to offer.
  • In winter Zürich is the gateway to the alps, and in summer it hosts a Summer Parade, a huge number of arts festivals and all sorts of water-y pursuits on the glimmering lake. The rest of the year it’s a fantastic place for a city break. Summer is the most popular time to visit, but it’s also the rainiest. The last months of spring and the first months of autumn are drier, but still have plenty of sunshine hours if that’s important to you.

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Best Hotels in Zürich

  • 25 Hours Hotel, Zurich Zürich 126 rooms from £77

    Suites  -  Silver, gold and platinum rooms come brightly coloured in various degrees; range of sizes from bunks to suites
    Restaurant  -  Creative and passionate chef Neni Haya Molcho produces dishes with flavours from around the world
    Bicycles available  -  Not only are bicylces available (for free) but also the hotel has a fleet of Minis
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Part of the vibrant urban 25 Hours Hotel group, this funky, colourful contemporary hotel is in Zurich West, the financial district. Restaurant, gym, pet and children friendly. A lively bet for business or a weekend away, the hotel comes with its own bicycles and a groovy fleet of Minis for guests. See More

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  • Greulich Hotel Zürich 28 rooms from £115

    Suites  -  The Penthouse has a seperate bedroom, spacious living room and balcony with good views
    Restaurant  -  Creative and regional dishes, food for the soul, vegetarian menu
    Close to nightlife  -  District 4 is known for its bars and night clubs
    Sights nearby  -  Easy access to all that Zurich has to offer.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Quiet urban oasis in residential area in Zurich West, a trendy neighbourhood with nightclubs & boutiques. A 70s commercial building has been converted to a minimalist boutique hotel with monochrome stripped down bedrooms. Central courtyard planted with birch trees. Acclaimed 'slow food' restaurant. See More

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  • Hotel Helvetia Zürich 14 rooms from £143

    Designer  -  Designed by the renowned Zurich interior designers Atelier Zurich
    Close to nightlife  -  Near the fashionable Kreis 4 district
    Restaurant  -  Head chef Françoise Wicki
    City Style  -  Central Zurich location

    Clean and chic city hotel in central Zurich. Art nouveau rooms and apartments, modern Swiss cuisine, and popular lively bar. A very cool spot for a weekend in Zurich, in an unbeatable location, and ideal for business or leisure. See More

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  • Hotel Seehof, Zurich Zürich 20 rooms from £165

    Local exploring  -  Offering a quiet locationg just 5-minutes from the Old Town. A perfact base for exploring the city on foot
    Sights nearby  -  The Old Town sights including the Fraumünster and Grossmünster churches
    Sailing  -  Take a scenic lake cruise or a river trip
    Full of character

    With a superb location close to the lake, station and Old Town, yet out of the touristy bustle in a quiet neighbourhood. This contemporary hotel has a bright and breezy, nautical, minimalist style with compact bathrooms still offering luxury touches. The surprising Japanese restaurant is a treat. See More

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  • Hotel Europe Zürich (Seefeld) 8 rooms from £168

    Local exploring  -  A highly central location, whether you're shopping on the Bahnhofstrasse avenue, attending the opera or viewing local churches.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the famed Chagall windows inside Fraumuster Church.
    Outstanding location
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.

    Romantic 4-star boutique hotel in Zurich set in the north-east wing of the Grand Utocastle, a 19th century neo-Baroque building. Ideally placed to explore the city's rich cultural fabric, be it the churches, art galleries or operas. The rooms are warm and traditional, with artworks and antiques. See More

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  • Florhof Hotel Zürich 35 rooms from £200

    Restaurant  -  Gourmet cuisine with Swiss specailities using local fresh produce
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the heart of the Old Town
    Traditional

    An unexpected quiet oasis in the old town, this romantic, shuttered, former merchants town house has a sunny and flowery courtyard garden. Good food and wine in the GaultMillau listed restaurant. 35 pretty cosy rooms, close to the museum, theatre, university and famous shopping district. See More

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  • Marktgasse Hotel Zürich 39 rooms from £201

    Sights nearby  -  Five minutes walk from both Rathaus Zurich and Grossmünster.
    Great walks  -  Great walking routes around the nearby Zurich Lake.
    Spa

    A Grade One heritage building disguises a seriously trendy boutique within, not to mention one of the top bars in town. See More

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  • Hotel Ni-Mo Zürich 10 rooms from £202

    Local exploring  -  Super central, located in the bustling Seefeld district with lots of restaurants and cafes close by
    Value chic  -  Good value for money, its a comfortable B&B located in a hip area
    Local markets  -  Moments away from the Stadelhofen Station, easy to explore surrounding areas as well
    Full of character

    A chic and stylish bed and breakfast in a central location. Close by to restaurants and a tram station. Rooms are comfortable, some with balconies. A breakfast room serves a delightful buffet with varieties of Swiss cheese. A simple yet perfectly formed stay. See More

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  • 25 hours Langstrasse Hotel Zürich (Aussersihl) 170 rooms from £208

    City Style  -  A bold design hotel set in the heart of the city's industrial quarter. Ideal for the young and hip
    Great walks  -  Wander through Frau Gerolds Garten, a green oasis of organic kitchen garden and complete with a café-bar
    Sights nearby  -  Spend a day discovering the Old Town sights including the Fraumünster and Grossmünster churches
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.

    This funky design hotel is in the city’s former industrial quarter which is reflected in the bare concrete walls, big spaces and gritty views over the railway tracks. It’s all mixed in with bright colours, thoughtful design and a huge dollop of fun. See More

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  • B2 Boutique Hotel and Spa Zürich 52 rooms from £263

    Spa  -  Spectacular roof top swimming pool, spa and wellness centre with far reaching views over Zurich
    Designer Shopping  -  Ten minutes by tram to the smart shops of Bahnhofstrasse
    Library  -  Vast library with 33,000 books
    Swimming Pool  -  Fabulous rooftop pool open year round.

    Landmark brewery converted to boutique hotel. Modernistic five star bed and breakfast with fabulous spa and swimming pool. Well-equipped and sleek contemporary rooms, and atmospheric public spaces. See More

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  • Alden Luxury Suite Hotel Zürich 22 rooms from £275

    Restaurant  -  Elegant and contemporary the Alden Resaurant has 13 Gault Millau points, making it one of Zurichs best restaurants
    Suites  -  An array of suites to choose from, Loft Suites are impressive 85sqm, spa bath and roof terrace
    Sit-out Terrace  -  Lovely terrace with tables and parasols for drinks
    Sights nearby  -  Most attractions can be reached within 5 or 10 minutes on foot.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Chic Five Star boutique hotel close to Zurich lake and the Old Town. Built in 1895 in a handsome listed building with sunny outside terrace. Geared for business or pleasure. Elegant suites, excellent restaurant, bar and library. Sleek staff make sure that guests' visits run like clockwork. See More

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  • Alex, Zurich Zürich (Thalwil) 44 rooms from £298

    Foodies  -  The fine-dining terrace restaurant specialises in seafood and is paired with an excellent wine list
    City Style  -  Pared-back luxury sees scandi style furniture, indulgent bathrooms and fabulous lake views
    Sailing  -  Take a scenic lake cruise from nearby Thalwil landing stage
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels

    Perched on the lakeshore, with views of the Alps one way and Zurich’s city skyline the other, this Campbell Gray hotel makes a good choice if you want relaxed, low-key, luxury within 20 minutes of Zurich’s city life. The terrace restaurant specialising in seafood is a real draw. See More

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  • Storchen Zürich 67 rooms from £306

    Historic  -  Richard Wagner was a guest here as was author John Irving, who immortalised the Storchen in 'A son of the Circus'
    Restaurant  -  There are several dining options: the smart Rotisserie, the more informal Barchetta or the Boulevard cafe
    City Style  -  Situated in the old city on the romantic Weinplatz
    Good wine list  -  Exceptional cellar.

    Centrally situated in Zurich's Old Town, on the River Limmat. The Storchen has been a hotel for 650 years. Legend has it that it was named after two rare black storks which nested on its roof. Hospitable, excellent service & good food. Bedrooms are 80s style but ideal for business or pleasure. See More

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  • Atlantis by Giardino Zürich (Döltschiweg 234) 95 rooms from £392

    Local exploring  -  Centrally located, close by to the Üetliberg forest and a short ride to the cultural hotspots, banks and boutiques of Zurich
    Foodies  -  The Ecco Zürich, a fine dining concept based on two Michelin star awarded restaurants
    Great walks  -  Hike up the Ueteliberg Mountain for wonderful views of Zürich
    Sights nearby  -  The Zürich Opera House cannot be missed

    An urban retreat blending history with luxury. Built in the 1970's, beautifully renovated with elegance, rooms are spacious and grand. A sit-out terrace offers wonderful views. Choice of two restaurants and a legendary bar that has seen many celebrities. Stylish chic. See More

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  • Baur au Lac Zürich 102 rooms from £378

    Suites  -  Rooms have individual styles - Art deco, Louis XVI, English Regency combined with comtemporary features
    Restaurant  -  Dynamic cuisine from head chef Laurent Eperon in the Michelin-Star Pavillon restaurant
    Sit-out Terrace  -  Afternoon tea or cocktails on the terrace with views of lake Zurich and the Alps
    Spa  -  Superb roof top spa with all the amenties
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, Tablet, CN Traveller

    A luxurious lakeside hotel that ticks all the boxes for a spoiling ‘special-occasion’ stay: flawless service, elegant contemporary-classic bedrooms, marble bathrooms, quiet terrace and a choice of dining including Michelin-star. See More

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  • Widder Hotel Zürich 49 rooms from £445

    Bar  -  Famous for live jaz. For decades musicians & jazz lovers from all over the world have flocked to the Widder Bar
    Suites  -  Each room and suite is individually custom designed and decorated
    Restaurant  -  Awarded 15 Gault Millau points for exceptional cuisine
    City Style
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, CN Traveller, Kiwi Collection

    Take eight Medieval townhouses & join them together using the best architects & designers to create a cutting edge Five Star Hotel. Ultra modern, faultless service, supremely comfortable. Well situated in the Old Town on the banks of the Limmat. Cool, aesthetic, hard to beat in every department. See More

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  • The Dolder Grand Zürich 173 rooms from £506

    Suites  -  Exceptional suites including four 'Top' themed suites from Maestro - classical music inpsired - to Rock n' Roll in Suite 100
    Restaurant  -  For lunch try the Amuse Bouche menu and for dinner the 12-course tasting menu in the 2 Michelin starred restaurant
    Spa  -  Fabulous spa covering 4,000 sqm with every conceivable treatment and facility
    Views  -  Wonderful views over Zurich and its lake from the hotel's elevated position
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, CN Traveller, Kiwi Collection

    Fabled, superbly grand Five Star turreted establishment with magnificent views overlooking Zurich, the lake and the Alps. All the ingredients for the most discerning guests for either business or pleasure. Sumptuous spa, first class cuisine, and luxurious suites. See More

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