Welcome back to Beautiful Spaces—a series of posts in which I talk about the apartments, hotels, hostels, & B&Bs we stay in all over the world. It all started in 2013 when I realized that my contentment on the road is directly connected to how much I love where I’m living…and so made a commitment to find beautiful spaces to call home along the way.
This artsy Zurich hotel (sister property to one of my favorite hotels) was kind enough to give me a complimentary night and a discounted night in exchange for a review. Opinions are my own.
When I’m looking for a hotel, there are a few things that top my criteria list. One is that I love hotels with character. Art hotels. B&Bs in buildings converted from old villas. Places with charm and quirk.
The second is food. If I’m staying somewhere without a kitchen, a good breakfast is a must.
At 25Hours Hotel Zurich Langstrasse, I found both.
The rooms are quirky and arty in a really nice way. You’ll find light-rimmed mirrors, fun pillows that invite you to spend the night with them (literally, in text embroidered on the pillow), little desks with colored pencils, and interesting wall murals.
The bed is like a soft cloud you can sink into.
And there are a variety of room types you can choose from, but if you’re a couple, may I recommend the one with the giant sexy glass shower? (Foreground of the photo above.) You can close the curtain for privacy…or not.
Downstairs, an equally arty bar with a bicycle hanging above it and some retro seating areas is a cool place to hang out and on the other side of the lobby you’ll find Neni–an Israeli restaurant that serves up dishes like falafel and hummus for lunch and dinner and hosts the hotel’s breakfast buffet in the mornings.
Speaking of breakfast, it’s epic. Like, really epic.
The spread wraps around an enormous bar. On one side, you’ll find an ample tea station as well as hot meals like French toast, porridge, sausages, eggs, and bacon. On another side, you’ll find local cheeses, meats, flavored hummus, spreads, salmon, veggies, croissants, chocolate pastries, and breads. And still a third side hosts the coffee bar alongside yogurts, fresh juices, granola, cereals, and so on.
And that’s not all. Hop into the elevator and press the button for the seventh floor. This is where you’ll find the gym, sauna, and an outdoor patio overlooking the city. The gym is small, but incredibly well kept, and there are lockers and a tea and fruit station just outside the sauna, which is a nice touch.
Going to Zurich? Grab a copy of my Switzerland guide: Switzerland: 100 Locals Tell You Where to Go, What to Hike, & How to Fit In. You’ll find more quirky, wonderful Zurich inside.
Planning a trip to Europe? You can see all the beautiful spaces I’ve stayed in here. Want to book with 25Hours? Check out their site.
Looks like a pretty nice place! There’s a 25Hours Hotel in Berlin near the zoo, and they have a sky bar kind of thing with giant glass windows overlooking the zoo. Andy says the urinals in the men’s room face that way too, so you can look down into the zoo while going to the bathroom. The bar has fantastic drinks too, we’ve gone there for both Andy’s and my birthdays.