The tallest international 4-star business hotel in Zurich is also surprisingly appealing for non-business types. The 347 rooms are contemporary and elegant, stacked with modern conveniences like LCD flat-screens with satellite TV programs, Wi-Fi, Nespresso coffee and tea makers, and, of course, large work desks for business travelers. Upper-level rooms come with panoramic views of Zurich and the Swiss Alps.
There’s an expansive spa area on the 32nd floor, which also has killer views, and restaurant Le Muh is a colorful, refined space for lunches and dinners. Add a bakery, hairdresser, café, and shoe shop—all located in the lobby—plus a convention center that holds up to 800, and the result is a business and leisure superstar.
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Conveniently located opposite Oerlikon train station, the hotel is within striking distance of Zurich’s business, cultural, shopping, and entertainment sectors. Messe Zurich fair and exhibition hall and Hallenstadion (Switzerland's most famous sports and concert hall) are both close by, and culture mavens can easily walk to the Museum of Design, the Swiss National Museum, and the Zurich Zoological Garden. Five minutes away lies the atmospheric Frau Gerolds Garten, where visitors can dine on traditional food and sip wine with the locals.
Need to Know
Rooms: 347 rooms, from $240. Check-in: 3 p.m., check-out: noon. Dining options: A buffet breakfast is served in Le Muh restaurant. The lunch and dinner menus include healthful European dishes, many made with locally sourced ingredients. Guests can dine at the Chef's Table, with views into the open kitchen, or head outside to the terrace, with its custom-designed furniture and perfect people-watching opportunities. The equally stylish Le Muh bar, open all day, is a great spot for morning coffee as well as evening drinks. Spa and gym details: Spa & Sport on the top floor offers invigorating treatments and a spectacular rooftop infinity pool—the highest in Zurich. Massages and facials are available, and other amenities include a whirlpool, sauna and steam bath, and cutting-edge gym.
Who’s it for: Pitched mainly at business travelers, the Swissôtel is also good for leisure travelers and families. Our favorite rooms: The hotel offers special connecting room deals for families, where kids not only get their own space, but also toys and games such as Playstation and cuddly stuffed animals. Delicious amenities: Le Muh offers Sunday brunch for $58 per person; kids under 12 dine free of charge. The restaurant can also whip up quick takeout lunches in a stylish bento box.