Critics may say that Zurich is a sterile city, but it has plenty to recommend it: friendly people, a hilly medieval center of winding lanes, a thriving restaurant scene and a picturesque lakeside setting backdropped by snowy Alpine peaks. Now, one of the city's oldest hotels has undergone a refurbishment that makes it worthy of our recommendation.
Fronting the Limmat River, this property is one of Zurich’s oldest hotels. It closed for a major renovation in 2017, refurbishing its public areas and redecorating its 66 rooms. Those who enjoy traditional décor should reserve either the Panorama Corner Room With River and Lake View — some offer sensational views of the Limmat, the late-Renaissance city hall, the twin towers of the 12th-century Grossmünster cathedral and, in the distance, Lake Zurich and the Alps — or the Elegant Junior Suite with River View. For a more contemporary décor, opt instead for a top-floor Lifestyle Suite With River View or a Contemporary Deluxe Double Room With River View, though this last category is rather small. On the roof is the new Nest bar serving cocktails and light Mediterranean fare April through September, weather permitting.
From the editor: “Our room on the fourth floor, one below the top, had sensational views of the Limmat, the late-Renaissance city hall built on arches over the river, the twin towers of the 12th-century Grossmünster cathedral and, in the distance, Lake Zurich and the Alps.”
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