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So going by train to Italy is possible in a day but looks like hard work. As this trip is about the very opposite of hard work I decided 'bugger that, I'll stay over'. Italians take a dim view of the Swiss, I've done several cookery courses with TV chef Valentina Harris and she said "oh no don't go to Switzerland the Swiss are just so.. Dull!" She may have a point, the town is super clean and organised, trams whizz round dead ...
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Yesterday we travelled from our Black Forest hotel through the snowy landscape, across the Rhine into Switzerland. We were dropped at Zurich Airport with several hours before we had to fly to Nice. We check our bags in, then caught a train into the main ...
We bade a sad farewell to the Alps this morning. It was great seeing the mountains and we had great weather nearly every day.
We caught the train from Zermatt to Visp. While on the train we talked to the conductor and decided to alter things a bit. We ended up going on to Brig. There we transferred to the mountain train, which goes directly to Zurich via Bern. Once the train passes Visp, it enters a tunnel ...
... br> Thought I'd better have fondue for tea and opted for the classic cheese fondue. OK but won't be rushing back to have it again.
Stunning rainbow over the lake around 9pm for a few minutes.
Everything noticeably more expensive in Switzerland.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Plattenhof Hotel Zürich
Great chic long weekend
We stayed here for the Easter weekend and really liked the Plattenhof. Our room was very modern and very clean, As some have mentioned, a bit of noise from the corridors or adjacent rooms can be heard but it really wasn't a problem. Not enough to keep you awake anyway. The whole place felt quite tranquil to me with very pleasant staff and a nice little bar downstairs to chill out in.
We got the train in from the airport and although we got a cab to the hotel, which was only a short ride, we later discovered that it was also easy access via tram. The hotel is up a hill and in a residential area but don't let that put you off because everything in Zurich is easily accessible by tram or only a short walk down the hill. There is also a deli style store and chemist just round the corner from the hotel.
If you like art or something cultural, the Kunsthaus is a 10 -15 minute walk away with it's restaurant next door. You could also walk to the lake which is around a 15 - 20 mins stroll.
To some up our stay, it was romantic and chilled but we mixed it with a bit of excitement such as clubbing in the west part and a 1/2 train trip to the Baden casino. The Plattenhoff is convenient and overall, great for a weekend stay!
Great design and location; a bit noisy
This hotel was swanky, boutique, in a great location. Three tram stops from the city center, in a quiet part of town near the university.
BUT, the hotel was noisy! There is no carpeting, which gives the hotel a cool look, but you can hear vibrations from other rooms and the hallway fairly easily. Our upstairs neighbor was a hard walker, who woke me up several times.
Plus, there was a sign in the elevator about construction taking place that week daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. I never figured out if the construction was at the building or in the alleyway of the building, but the 10 a.m. thing was a lie. They started prep work promptly at 7 each morning, which made sleeping in impossible.
The staff was great, very nice. Everyone at the front desk spoke English, which was a big help to us. Breakfast was a nice continental fare. Breads were fresh and delicious, though we got tired of the breakfast by the end of our weeklong stay.
I would recommend this hotel, but only with the caveat that it can be noisy.
By the way, if you want to save money, go for the Zurich Card, available at the airport and main train station. It gives you free admission to many museums and access to public transportation. It also gives you a "welcome drink" at many restaurants, though we didn't take advantage of that feature.
Nice design Hotel in excellent Location
My wife and I love this hotel very much which just two tram station from the central train station and located at a quiet street near the university! it is convenient for you to travel to all view points if you stay there! All Staff are nice and friendly! Beautiful and stylish indoor design with comfortable bed. Futhermore, the breakfast is good! We will stay again!
Great location close tot he city!
We checked in to the Plattenhof late on a Thursday night and were greeted by an extremely cheerful man at the desk. Our room was quite small and basic, but the bathroom was fantastic. Walk in shower!
The Plattenhof is located near the University of Zurich, so fairly quiet at night. However, the hotel's bar is actually a nice place to sit, and the restaurant serves great food (although a little pricey). We could walk into the city within 15 minutes or catch a tram from the nearby stop.
The included breakfast was possibly the best hotel breakfast I have ever had: fresh bread, cheese, eggs and muesli.
I would highly recommend the Hotel Plattenhof to anyone visitng and we will definitely go there again.
Chic & Modern
i stayed here for 3 nights in March after seeing their website; it reminded me of W in NYC, modern and stylish, but with its own personality. it did not disappoint in person. the hotel is actually quite small, with an exterior that looks like a new york townhouse. the decor is modern and hip, but what i didn't expect, was the zen-like feel (almost like some new age spa); it had a very relaxing, calm quality about it. i found my room nicely sized, with a huge bathroom in black tile and open shower, and a vestibule/hallway separating the two once inside (that is, the bedroom & bathroom each had their own doors that close -- though i think that was one of the few rooms that had this). other features included the 12 feet high ceilings, 2 large windows with ceiling to floor sheer white curtains, and a low platform bed (some kind of memory foam) with down comforter and pillows (all in white), closet, TV, and desk. the spa-feel was completed with the robe, scented tealights, bottle of Evian, and scented toiletries that remind me of peonies. the staff is quite young (all looked in their 20's) and very friendly, with none of the pretention that one'd expect in a place like this. Plattenhof is in a somewhat residential neighborhood, so it was very quiet at night (except for some church bells, though they're far away). take Tram 6 from Hauptbahnhof, and it's only 4 or 5 stops (roughly 10min); the hotel is less than a block from the Platte tram stop. i thoroughly enjoyed my stay and would not hesitate booking at the Plattenhof next time i'm in Zurich.
Modern Design, Traditional Hospitality
We chose the Plattenhof as a reasonably-priced option for a weekend break in this lovely city. Our concerns about its situation, a good 15 minute (uphill) walk from the centre of town, were allayed by the excellent tram service, with a stop just 200 metres from the hotel.
Cleanliness and service were excellent, and the restaurant (Sento) was a real find. Travelling a lot on business, I normally view hotel restaurants as the last resort, but the hotel's restaurant was as good as anything else we had during the trip. After using it as the easy option on the evening of arrival, we were impressed enough to try again, and enjoyed the degustation menu thoroughly.
The Plattenhof is very much a modern "boutique" style, from the bar to the bedrooms, and this would be our only warning. The reason for the trip was for my mother's birthday, and while ground-level beds and ultra-firm sofas may look good in catalogues, they are not to everyone's taste - or comfort.
Nice hotel, excellent value, great location
Great value, centrally located, quiet, friendly staff. Also liked the coffee shop and Italian Senso restaurant which is part of the hotel. Excellent breakfast with fresh fruit, authentic muesli, great selection of Swiss cheeses and breads.
Reasonable Choice and Value for Money
A bit tricky to find but situated close to the University Hospital. about 15 minutes walk to the city centre.
Friendly staff, modern minimalist design, rooms are nice and clean with LCD screen TV. Has an italian restaurant on site, adequate continental breakfast buffet on offer.
Good value modern design hotel
Stayed here for two nights at the end of July. Excellent value at 250 SFr a night for design room with queen bed with breakfast included for two. Small ensuite shower, loo and wash hand basin. Very clean and with minimalist design. Situated in University district - only about 5/10 minutes walk to edge of the Old Town and block away from tram service nos 5/6 to Railway Station. Buffet breakfast with a good selection of fruit and delicious meusli served in Santo restaurant which forms part of hotel. Both nights were warm so needed to have windows open. The area is very quiet except for the church clock bells which sound each quarter hour so ear plugs needed if you are a light sleeper.
Could not recommend more highly an afternoon boat trip to Rapperswil - we left Zurich around 3.30pm and trip took 2 hours. Rapperswil was a delight to explore - marvellous views from the monastery. Dined at Restaurant Boulevard at water's edge and had really delicious food and wines. Then train back to Zurich - journey time of about 35mins. Round trip price 22SFr each - ticket interchangeable between train and boat.
Last boat back leaves Rapperswil around 7.30pm which would give a lovely sunset trip.
In Zurich, the Chagall stained glass windows in the Fraumunster were stunning.
Very quiet boutique hotel
This charming hotel offers an oasis to all travellers. This newly opend desing hotel is located in the very quiet university district. Everything is within walking distance. The hotel staff is out of this world. A welcome teas is offerd to all arriving guests. The italian restaurant Sento is famous for its fresh cuisine and the award winning wine list.