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TravelPod Member ReviewsLeoneck Hotel Zürich
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Historical Traveler Reviews Leoneck Hotel Zürich
A good bargain hotel in Zurich
Remembering tha Zurich hotels are ridiculously expensive, the Leoneck is a good value at around $100 to 120 US. Its major drawback is the noise of the streetcars as they negotiate a significant turn just outside the hotel. Ask for a room on the back, away from the street. Twin bedded room are larger. Its plusses are the comfortable beds, fairly spacious rooms by European standards, and helpful staff. Despite other comments on this website, we found the staff in June 2005 to be friendly and helpful to the point of pulling out a map and making sure guests could find what they were looking for in Zurich.
The bovine decor is fun, and the Crazy Cow restaurant seems to be a hangout for university students. We found the breakfast to be overpriced and disorganized, so we went out to a cafe the second day.
The hotel was very helpful in answering our transportation questions before we arrived. If you arrive by air, the hotel shuttle "Ben" will drop you off at their door. If you arrive by train, it's an uphill walk of about 5 blocks--not easy if you have a lot of luggage. A streetcar can take you from the train station right to Hotel Leoneck; however, be sure you get some Swiss francs in the train station. They don't take Euros.
We considered Hotel Leoneck a good value. Most other "budget" hotels we found cost much, much more.
Noise unbearable; staff rude
We stayed at the Leoneck in July for 2 nights in a family room facing the main street. Room very clean, but TINY bathroom - only big enough for 1 person to stand in at a time.
As previously mentioned, the hotel is on a curve with a streetcar line right outside the front entrance. Our first night it was hot (no A/C) so we had the windows open and couldn't go to sleep until the streetcars stopped (after 12:30 a.m.) and we were woken up by 5:30 a.m when they started again. The streetcar's screeching noises were incredibly loud. The second night the temps were cooler, so we were able to close the windows, which blocked out the noise.
The major downside of this hotel is the staff. All three desk clerks we encountered weren't just unfriendly, they were downright rude. They would literally stand and stare at you when you approached the front desk with a question, as if it were a major imposition to talk to you. I thought I might have been imagining it, but I saw them treating other guests the same way - one poor woman was almost in tears about an airport bus that never arrived, and for which the clerk refused to refund her money (not to mention she was worried about missing her flight). We stayed in 11 different hotels on our trip to Europe and never encountered such unprofessional behavior until we stayed at the Leoneck.
You could do better...
Just got back from our trip and we had intended on staying in this hotel twice (at the beginning and end of our trip since we flew into Zurich.) We cancelled our reservation for the second night and stayed at the Swissotel.
It is nicely located as far as sights are concerned, but it is ridiculously noisy when you face the street. (The rooms are clean and would be comfortable but for the noise.) The hotel sits right on a turn for the trolley line and the squeeling wheels are almost too much to bare.
While most of the staff might be a little more friendly, we found that the receptionist who worked when we checked-in and checked-out to be slightly rude. Made our decision to cancel easier.
Granted the Swissotel is not located in the city, but it is a short cab-ride to the central city and the pool on the top floor has an absolutely amazing view.
Moooo-ve Right In
I arrived at Zurich's main train station a bit weary and, as usual, with no reservation! I punched a button at the Hotel Reservation Kiosk and this is how I discovered the Leoneck! A short Tram ride on the #10 or #6 will get you there in a few minutes and if you have lots of luggage just rent a locker and leave it at the train station. The entire staff are very frendly and the breakfast was basic but nice. When you check in they give you a little plastic cow which you exchange for your breakfast! I concur the beds are comfotable, the back rooms are quieter and you can indeed feel the Tram vibrations in the morning - but folks - this is Europe, enjoy it! They also have Internet for rent in the lobby. When you get settled just stroll down the hill, or ride the Tram or hop on the Cogwheel to the old city and then walk the loop along the lakeshore and back up the Bahnhoffstause and enjoy a very compact but thriving little city. My girlfriend is a bit fussier than me when we travel but she would like it here so be bold, embrace adventure and give it a try. A single cost me CHF 110 and I stayed a total of four nights.
Good Value in Zurich
The Leoneck Hotel was just what we were looking for in Zurich - good value and good location. It was close to the train station although we had to walk up a sizeable hill with our luggage, and was a short walk to the center of town. The room was small but nice and clean, even a balcony. They let us check in at 11am and gave out free bottled water due to a hot day.
crazy, but cute.had probably the most comfortable bed i've ever slept in. a little overpriced, but then so is EVERYTHING in Switzerland (especially zuruich). staff was friendly and helpful. pretty centrally located. shopping and the train just a few minutes away on foot. made for a very pleasant trip.
Look somewhere else
Barely a 2-star, un-airconditioned facility. The hotel faces a noisy portion of Zurich's street car system where the cars make a loud screeching turn from 5:00 am to 11:00 pm. We experienced bats flying into the room at night with no assistance from staff. Please note if you walk from the train station, which is reasonably close by, you will have to negotiate two steep hills which are not easy with luggage. The facility is moderately price for a reason.
Great Rate in Expensive Town
Zurich is an expensive town, especially for U.S. citizens and their weak dollar. This reasonably-priced hotel is clean, modern, with friendly service. The windows are double glazed, and the rooms on the back are quieter, but the front rooms have a decent view. Non-smoking fllors alternate with smoking floors.
The hotel is served by four tram lines, and is one stop from the mother of all tram stops, Central, as it's called. So you can get anywhere from here. The restaurant (separate mangement) serves good food at fair prices. The old town begins just three blocks away, as is the old cog rail car that takes you and the many university students down the hill to a major tram stop.
Each room has a mural with cows in it, and cows are a motif throughout the building--an altogether moooving experience.
Recommended as a good value.
Nice, fun hotel
The hotel was very close to the train station, which made getting there so easy. Everything in Switzerland is expensive, which makes this hotel a good place to stay as the price is lower than most. The decor is fun and young, and the rooms are comfortable and bigger than expected. The resturant next door is a great place to hang out, although the food isn't perfect.
Not a Bad Option
First, Zurich is unbelieveably expensive. So, if you're staying there, and you need a reasonably-priced option, Leoneck is not a bad choice.
It's location is pretty good (a 500 meter walk--uphill--from the train station). And the room was acceptable. The hotel is pretty rundown from when they took the pictures on the hotel website, but you will not get the creeps from the room. A reasonable deal for 110 Euros. Avoid the restaurant--the service is friendly, but the food is iffy for the price.
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