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About Zürich

Zürich today is much more than a sleek, cosmopolitan financial capital which enjoys the finer things. Its lakeside position means it's not just clean, it's beautiful. And its large expat and student population means it's also arty, vibrant and possibly even 'happening'. The Hotel Guru's recommendations for the best places to stay in Zurich offer something for everyone; from the trendy and great value 25 Hours to the Dolder Grand, a renowned five star establishment with views to die for!

The elegant lake means that in summer Zurich has plenty of water based activity on offer, as well as Europe's largest street party. And in winter Zurich is a gateway to the snow of the alps - if you're here in February you might even see snow in the city. So there's action as well as culture here.

What not to miss

  • On the Limmat river's left bank are the upmarket shops, crowded along the Bahnhofstrasse, and on the right bank, the Nirderdorf, you'll find the bars and antique shops.
  • Along the river itself you'll find artist's studios romantically crammed in between cafes, and you'll possibly even stumble across the Cabaret Voltaire, where the Dada movement was founded back in 1916.
  • For more art visit the Kunthaus, where you'll see works by Munch, Monet, Picasso, Rothko and Warhol. Or one of the other hundred or so art galleries!
  • On top of the galleries, Zurich has fifteen museums, a zoo and an opera house. And the local tram system makes it easy to navigate.
  • The old town - overlooked by the towering 'pepper pot' towers of the cathedral, this charming district is a realm of coffeehouses and chocolate shops.

A third of Zürich's population aren't Swiss passport holders, and those who do have a Swiss passport aren't guaranteed German speakers, you'll hear a lot of French and English in Zürich as well.

Don't forget that the city is a busy year round destination for both business and leisure travellers. So if you want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in Zurich, don't leave it till the last minute!

For a city break

  • Eight medieval townhouses have been joined up to create the cutting edge design of the Widder Hotel. Five stars worth of ultra modern cool, including excellent food, service and music, this hotel politely yells comfort and style.
  • Vibrant and funky, the 25 Hours Hotel is also one of the best places to stay in Zürich if you're on a budget. This is a colourful spot great for kids, and though it's slightly out of centre, in the financial district, it has its own fleet of free bikes, and of Minis.
  • Right on the river, in the centre of the old town, the Storchen has been a hotel for 650 years. The public rooms have plenty of charm, and while the bedrooms are a bit dated, they're spacious and comfortable.

Romantic Zürich

  • The Florhof Hotel is in a quiet corner of the old town, a converted merchant's house around a sunny courtyard. Cosy and close to the museums, theatres and shopping district.
  • The B2 Boutique Hotel and Spa occupies a former brewery, but the conversion is exceptional, giving the building a spectacular rooftop swimming pool and wonderful wellness centre. Plus a library lounge featuring around 33,000 titles which you are free to borrow.

Chic Boutique Zürich

  • The Alden Luxury Suite Hotel is a five star collection of 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 contemporary luxury.
  • The Greulich Hotel has been converted from a 70s era commercial building, into a cool, minimalist boutique hotel in a funky neighbourhood. Monochrome and stripped down, this hotel also has an acclaimed 'slow food' restaurant.

For sheer luxury

  • Regal 10th Century palace, the Baur au Lac's guestbook is an impressive read; there's Alfred Nobel, heads of state and royalty. Opulence and service for the most discerning of clients, and a Michelin starred restaurant.
  • The Dolder Grand is fabulously luxurious, a fairytale palace of a hotel overlooking Zürich, the lake and the alps. The spa is vast and its traditions in hospitality are unimpeachable.

For an apartment

  • If you think that you'd rather have your own space, then visit our online partner,, for a wide range of apartments in the city centre.

Travel Information

  • Fly to Zürich Airport located just 10km (6 miles) from the city centre or if travelling overland Zürich Hauptbahnhof has excellent connections to destinations both around Switzerland and Europe.
  • Best time to visit - Zurich is a year round destination, but for long days and warm weather June to August are the most pleasant with temperatures averaging around 21°C.
  • If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars for the best prices

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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

        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.

        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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      • 25hours 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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