Central Plaza Hotel
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... done in Latin and Swiss german so most was lost on us. The singing was absolutely beautiful but they broke it up into parts during the service. There was some commentary evidently among the choir members about this.
Back to Stefan's. He showed us an alternative way to get home from one of the bus stops. Salad, pate, bread, wine and visit with Julia and shared some of our pictures of Africa.
... to find a fromagerie that trip advisor had suggested. Sadly it was not to be (wasn't at the address) but happily we'd walked past another on the way so went back. Shop was full of delicious looking smelly cheeses and heaps of tasting plates. We selected one that surprisingly had hints of Vegemite. From there we went next door to purchase a baguette and the lady kindly cut it for us so we could make some cheesy sandwiches. Walked back across the river and found a beautiful little ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Central Plaza Hotel Zürich
We booked the Central Plaza in Zurich because of its ideal location to the main train station in Zurich (Zurich HB) and reasonable, if not always stellar, reviews on this forum. In its favor, the hotel is ideally situated for travelling by train. It's just over the bridge from Zurich HB. It's nicely furnished and comfortable. The hotel lobby is being renovated, so it was a bit messy downstairs, but who cares? We didn't come to Switzerland to sit in the lobby.
My husband & I stayed at the Central Plaza hotel May 18-21st of 2006. We arrived at the Zurich airport at 7am and took the train to the downtown station. We were amazed at how close the hotel was to the train station! Only a two minute walk across the bridge. Despite our very early arrival time (7am) they checked our bags for us & had our room ready by 9am. They were quite friendly and the rooms quite nice. Only complaint was the air conditioning .... it really did not do a great job, and it was cool out. Cannot imagine how it would do in the heat of the summer!! We were also pleased with our breakfast ...lovely basket of rolls, with fresh juice, coffee, yogurt, soft boiled eggs, cereal, hard cheese (yummy)....very nice. We did not realize breakfast was included and was a great suprise. Right across the street was a grocery store (The Coop) with great prices on everything. Perfect location ...would definately stay again. We booked with Expedia and also did a tour.... very very happy!
Small but stylish room
My husband and I stayed at the Central Plaza for three days in Sept. 2005. Zurich is a charming city and the Central Plaza is centrally located...you can walk easily to all the sites.
We had a front room overlooking the river. It had been recently updated in a very stylish manner, but was very small. The beds were too soft for comfort.
The lobby was small, but nice. There's a good cafe (indoors and sidewalk) and a piano bar at night.
I stayed in this hotel for a business trip for four nights at the end of June. My room (32) was a fairly large (by Zurich standards) double, modern tasteful furnishings, comfortable bed, small table with 2 chairs, desk, wardrobe, safe, nice bathroom. I was also lucky enough to have a balcony with a marvellous view over the river. The weather was very humid during my stay but the moderate air conditioning combined with shutters on the window kept things cool. This was lucky as it is quite noisy outside the hotel with traffic and trams, so you need to be able to keep the windows shut.
central plaza is so centrally located that you get wot u paid for already.besides the staff is nice and helpful ,the rooms are perfect size,not too big.d bathroom is tiny,but v clean and more than enough for a short stay.
d view from our room was perfect..sipping wine and munching some nice local cheese in the balcony,overlooking d river was absolutely fantastic!!..would stay there again,....by the way,hotel has nice piano cocktail bar and great restaurant,...so its good not to miss :-)
Just spent 4 nights at the Central Plaza Hotel and 1 night at the Marriott while in Zurich. Overall, I liked the CPH a lot, certainly much better than the Marriott (a VERY tired hotel). CPH was in a great location (literally across the river from the central train station), has a very cozy lobby and bar area (to sit and have a drink before venturing out to dinner), had a nice room with a king bed, nice bathroom, contemporary decor throughout the hotel, good housekeeping service, etc. Being from Houston, I would have liked a little cooler AC in my room, but for most folks it would be okay. Was my only complaint. I would certainly stay here again. Its a good boutique hotel, very well located, and the train station being so close is ideal for day trips, a quick run to the airport, etc.
Excellent Location, but 4*? maybe not
Stayed at the Central Plaza in August 2004... Hotel is in a great position in Zurich, but you pay the price by the hotel being on a noisy road. No way could you have the room window open (but with air-conditioning it wasnt a great problem). Hotel staff were really helpful. Only comment would be the star rating, i would place it as a very good 3* and not a 4*, didnt have the facillities i've come to expect from a 4*. Overall a good hotel in a great central location. Would recommend it and would go back.
This hotel is defintely idealy located in the heart of Zurich, but that is the only positive thing I can find to say about the Central Plaza. We asked three times during our four night stay for someone to come and see why our room fan would not work. No one ever did show up. We booked a tour through the "concierge," at the front desk. It turned out that he booked us with the wrong tour operator and we ended up getting on a tour bus after showing them our receipt, and were told after boarding that we could not go on the tour that we wanted to. It was too late to not go, so we had to go on the tour that the bus was going on , which was not what we wanted (it turned out to be a real waste of time). After returning to the hotel, we were informed that the tour operator basically "stole us" from the legitimate company, but we would have to pay anyways because the hotel would be billed by the tour company because even though we were basically forced to go on a tour that wew didn't want to go on, we went on a tour and so we would be expected to pay. When this was not satisfactory to us, we asked to speak to the manager. We then spoke to an assistant manager , who told us they had to pay any bill given to them from a tour company, but since half of it was their employees fault and half of it was our fault(????) they agreed to pay half of the cost. We were never allowed to see the manager.
Whilst the hotel is centrally located it does not merit charging extra over the night rate of the Marriot (on the same road) when it has such fewer resources. We chose to stay here as a change, and found that the advertised air-conditioned rooms do not in fact air-conditioning, but 'air-flow' systems, which circulate the air in the room - but does not chill it - despite leaving it for several hours with the windows closed as per Management's suggestion. The staff are very efficient and friendly and managed to find a tiny fan - if you open the windows you get the noise of the traffic ( you are at a main junction of traffic and trams). Breakfast is not included. So for approx 60SFR cheaper you can go up the road to the Marriott, have a larger room, breakfast included and the swimming pool, gym, solarioum etc etc included. Will not stay again.
I stayed at Central Plaza in spring 2004. It is very centrally located, as the name suggests, a stone's throw from the Central Station. It doesn't mean that it would be an ideal place to stay, though. There are much better and more charming locations in Zurich. The interior is a special mix of several styles. The small lounge on street level is almost cosy with some ethnic touches, even if there is a fake fireplace (a TV screen). Not bad really, though some details are not really of good taste. The service at the reception is friendly and courteous. The rooms are quite small, but some of them have river view, which almost compensates the size. Furniture is modern and comfortable, bathroom quite small, with a very small corner wash basin and a smallish bath tub. Also the wardrobe is small for two persons' clothes. The King's Cave restaurant in the basement has a kind of "gothic" medieval style.