The 25hours brand is known for its playful take on the hotel experience, and this Zurich establishment follows suit. With an interior concocted by local designer Alfredo Häberli, the space features the usual mix of colorful, offbeat furnishings, slick design, and casual friendliness, as well as the cute touch of Häberli’s personal city tips scrawled on various surfaces.
The rooms and suites are separated into categories of silver, gold, and platinum to reflect the city’s banking-capital status. That’s as corporate as it gets, however, since the interiors are decidedly funky, with bold colors, quirky carpets and artwork, and angular work desks. The hotel also offers a restaurant, living room and business lounge (with iMac workstation and free Wi-Fi), plus an in-house kiosk that stocks everything from necessities (shampoo and toothpaste) to accessories (Freitag bags).
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Located, as the name suggests, in the western part of the city, the hotel has good access to a variety of shops, sights, and restaurants. You can check out the views from the Prime Tower, the tallest building in Switzerland, or explore contemporary design at the new Schaudepot Museum für Gestaltung, both of which are nearby. La Salle’s killer combination of refined French and Italian cuisine and alluring architecture offers a great option for lunch or dinner. And for an escape, you can take the hotel’s Mini to the top of Zurich’s local mountain, the Zürichberg.
Need to Know
Rooms: 126 rooms, from $170. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: NENI is run by Haya Molcho, who has two restaurants in Vienna and one at the 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin. Named after the initials of her four sons (Nuriel, Elior, Nadiv, and Ilan), the restaurant offers food that is willfully international, with flavors hailing from places as disparate as Persia and Russia, Spain and Austria. Its swank bar features an impressive selection of more than 25 different gins. The Woodfire Bakery, near the lobby, sells freshly baked breads and pastries. Spa and gym details: Reminiscent of an island, the hotel sauna is a freestanding cube in the middle of the room, surrounded by small relaxation areas. Perched on the top floor overlooking the bustling Business Plaza, it offers views of the train tracks converging on the main station, so you can enjoy train-spotting while sweating it out.
Who’s it for: Fun-loving, style-savvy flash-packers, as well as business travelers. Our favorite rooms: Grab a Platinum Room on the top floor for extra plushness and a balcony. Getting around: Guests can get a free Mini car rental; it's best to order in advance if you can. And bike rental is also very easy in Zurich.