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“Good location, nice price and helpful service”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Hottingen

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Hotel Hottingen
Ranked #83 of 138 Hotels in Zurich
Certificate of Excellence
Frankfurt, Germany
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41 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Good location, nice price and helpful service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2009

It has been completely renovated in the last year. We stayed there for the Street Parade, and it was the cheaper place to stay for only 28€ per person, so I think it's reasonable. There are showers and toilettes on each floor, and they are really clean, so if you are picky you dont like it, but you have some common sens if you have a great shower in a clean place. On each floor there is also a small kitchen, which was clean and we used that to save money on food, which is extremely expensive in Zurich, therefore the values of this place is also to have a clean kitchen. In addition, breakfast included! I will consider again this hotel in the future.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with friends
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Thank Mantino
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 438 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2008

Let me qualify my review by saying I've never been very fond of Zurich but now I have another reason not to want to ever return there. Conveniently located on a tram line, too far to walk from the train station, this hotel almost entices you to think it is worth the extra effort to locate it. Don't.
The rooms are clean, if spartan, and everything works as it should. Parking is available on the street overnight without charge, and reportedly rarely policed during the day. An extra 15 CHF will get you the privilege of using the hotel parking.
From the exterior, you might think that this Hotel has some charm, somewhere, somehow. Don't be fooled. This is a shelter, plain and simple, operating under the guise of being a hotel.
A main floor communal TV room (you can order a TV for your room for an extra 5 CHF), communal washrooms (shower sink and toilet - the rooms do have a sink), balcony rooms for singles only, and furniture which makes IKEA furnishing look like post-modern art, this whole place screams "Institutional."
All rooms are reportedly non-smoking, but our one evening there was punctuated by the distinct smell of tobacco smoke on and off throughout the night. Venturing forth to investigate, it was apparent that no one was smoking up a storm on our floor but rather the smell was the product of the updraft from the main floor smoking room which allowed smoke to flow through the central open stairwell which forms a sort of atrium around which all floors and all room doors open onto.
The stark open corridors against an oddly triangular laid out central stairwell, mean that a good yell on the first floor should resonate to every door in the hotel - which might be a good thing in case of a fire, though the abundance of concrete suggests precious little to burn.
Surprisingly, not a backpacker was to be seen, and it was very quiet considering the open concept (though every closing door did echo throughout the structure) and the guests during our October 2008 stay appeared to be only young to middle aged adults.
The receptionist advised the hotel was most often used by individuals looking for a cheap sleep and more than few parents visiting the nearby children's hospital.
The oddly out-of-place roses in the lobby, the reception area which looks like a hospital nursing station, and a breakfast cafeteria that looks like it IS in a hospital, mark this Shelter as just that.
So what do you get for your 50 CHF per person rate? Well, you get a ceiling light, bed light, radiator heat, steel entry door to your room, carpeting, window coverings, a window that opens, and very little street noise despite the tram line passing right by--and that sink in your room. A closet to hang your stuff, one drinking glass per bed, ONE towel - for three of us -, one chair and one table with a telephone, all complete the ambience of institutional chique. The framed wall hanging and blue on white tones suggest a reference to some sort of decor style but the substance betrays that nothing more than that is here. The high ceilings and formal exterior with balcony suggest that this building might once have had loftier aspirations (no pun intended).
And there is an elevator - ONE.
Entry into the room is by key, not electronic card, and the breakfast is included in the room rate, as is use of the kitchen and its facilities 24/7.
Breakfast consisted of self-serve orange juice, milk, water, coffee, choice of four commercial breakfast cereals, choice of four individually packaged cheeses, white and whole wheat sliced bread, plain yogurt, butter, honey, and jams (cherry, strawberry, marmalade). No meats, no fruit, no hot food unless you bring your own groceries and make it yourself.
So why am I the odd one out on the reviews of this hotel. It certainly is clean, and efficient, and everything works with the efficiency of the mechanics of a Swiss watch. And I want to like this place so efficiently Swiss, but I can't. I don't buy a Swiss watch just to know the time, I buy a nice efficient plastic bulletproof Asian quartz model. No I buy a Swiss watch for the styling, and this hotel has none of that. Why spend 50CHF when you can sleep cheaper in a real shelter?
But if you like efficient clean and soul-less, google their webpage for contact details and pricing. Rooms are evidently available to sleep from one to five patients / inmates / guests.
Major credit cards, Swiss francs, and Euros accepted.

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  • Liked — Clean
  • Disliked — Institutional shelter
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled with family
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singapore
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54 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2008

I stayed for couple of nights in August 2008. This hotel in Zurich is good value for money. Though the rooms are ok, I was pleasantly surprised at how clean the common toilets and bathrooms were. The location is good as Tram numbers 3 and 8 was able to get me to most of the places that I wanted to go. The daily breakfast was simple but it's good enough for most people. Staff were generally helpful, accomodating and friendly.

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with friends
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Thank SingaporeNosy
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Tunbridge Wells UK
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18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2007

We found this hotel ideal. Reasonably-priced, quiet, but on the tram route within 5 minutes of central Zurich. Our room was large, slightly spartan, and spotless. As were the lavatory and shower. Breakfast was simple but adequate. The staff were friendly and efficient. Next time in Zurich, we'd certainly go back.

Stayed April 2007
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Thank johnhopkins
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2006

Very suprise to find a hotel that is clean/friendly service/great location at an affordable price in Zurich. It was far nicer than what I had anticipated. We stayed in triple share bathroom. It was convenient to find a small sink inside of the room.

  • Stayed May 2006, travelled with family
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Thank jme810
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Property: Hotel Hottingen
Address: Hottingerstrasse 31 | Cäcilienstr. 10, Zurich 8032, Switzerland
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Region: Switzerland > Canton of Zurich > Zurich
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#25 Family Hotel in Zurich
#35 Business Hotel in Zurich
Price range (per night): $191 - $352
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Hottingen 2*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
HotelHottingen, renovated 2011 is a pleasant hotel with a modern designe located in an old Zurich neighbourhood, just 400 metres away from the Kunsthaus Museum, close to Saint Peter's church, the Fraumunster Cathedral, Theater, Opera, close to the historic centre of Zurich and the attractive promenade of Zurich's Lake and banks of the River Limmat. This is the ideal location for exploring Zurich by public transport as there is a tram stop just 20 metres away. HotelHottingen is an establishment with 32 comfortable single, double, triple and quadruple rooms. Very few of them are sharing the bathroom and WC on the same floor. All of the rooms come equipped with a Flatscreen-TV, telephone as well as free wireless Internet access (WIFI). What's more, all guests have access to a communal kitchen where they can prepare their meals. A varied breakfast comes included in the room rates. ... more   less 
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