I had to stay one night in this hotel to catch a flight the next day. I could have slept until 10am, but the hotel was finishing the new rooms (starting May 2008). This means they startet drilling and hammering an 7:30am. It's not that drilling disturbs me unless it is right on top of the bed and I could not sleep anymore. I understand that they have to work - but for a stay for 200 Swiss Francs the Receptionist could have told me about the work in progress - especially when I said that I would not like to be disturbed in the morning. Not really what I expect from a four star hotel. I would expect from such a hotel that they let their guests experience a good night and dispatch the noisy work accordingly.
Besides this the hotel seems to be ok - I won't stay there anymore.
What a hectic week this was becoming!
Flying from the USA only yesterday and now on the plane to Switzerland for a wedding, I was struggling to work out which time zone I was in. I needed sleep and a large glass of wine more than anything else and my head was pumping with fatigue, so my thoughts were on the Movenpick Hotel , Regensdorf, a suburb of Zurich.
Zurich airport was a breeze, well organised, clean pleasant and cheerful. We floated through the baggage collection and some 25 minutes from landing we were outside and standing on Swiss territory for the first time in my life. Outside the airport we boarded a courtesy bus to the Movenpick Hotel, a drive of some 10 minutes or so. The bus took us to the main entrance of the hotel which to our amusement had a travelling fairground outside. This consisted of a dodgem ride, a set of swinging chairs and a few side shows. In fairness (bad pun) we never heard any noise from this during our stay.
Check in was easy, pleasant and very courteous, something I became use to in Zurich everywhere we went. We were fortunate to have been booked in by the best man at staff discount rates as he worked for the company, so we paid £20 per night rather than the £85 normally charged. The reception was quite big with three people attending to various duties, so I doubt even in peak times you would have to wait long to check in.
We were on the fifth floor overlooking an indoor shopping centre so no real view to talk about. The room was very clean and what I would consider business like. A long dresser/desk, armchair and table, two double beds, wardrobe, mini bar and TV. Only two channels in English. CNN and Eurosport, so Mrs Angus was not too amused and the remote was confiscated rather quickly. Mini bar was reasonably priced at about £2.50 a bottle of beer, which was less than the main bar price. Beds were firm but comfortable and the décor was a bit too orange/brown for me, bit contemporary but reminded me of the seventies rather than a modern aspect. The bathroom was quite spacious and had a bath/shower combination which is always a bonus in a continental hotel, a lot tend top aim for showers only now. Free soaps, shampoos and a sewing kit which always comes in handy. Trouser press and shoe polishing machine by the lifts.
We chucked our bags down, showered and went to meet our friends in the bar. The bar is a disco bar and did not really get busy until about 11, so we were well looked after with table service as we chatted. Beer was about £3 a large glass (not quite a pint) and wine about £2.50. The bar was quite narrow with an upstairs balcony. Again, an attempt at modern décor was somewhat lost to me. Cold but clean, almost clinical, I am much the traditional man and not really at home in this kind of atmosphere.
Two restaurants here, one a modern cuisine, the other an Italian style pasta restaurant. Both reasonably priced, clean and impressive but the modern one was a bit bland looking with a business style set up, as I guess it was more for business conferences rather than intimacy, although the pasta restaurant was more cosy with candlelit tables and a warm ambience in its décor. I never ate at any so I can not tell you if the food was any good, but the people there seemed content and we sat outside one drinking coffee during the day and their buffet style lunch seemed very good value at £8.
The leisure facilities were exceptional, Jacuzzi, pool, exercise equipment and sauna. All available at about £12 a time, not cheap but very good standard with the toiletries, towels and robes etc. always nice to recover with a steam bath after a nights drinking, just to get you even more dehydrated!
The location of the hotel is a bit out if you are looking for city life but with a train station some five to ten minutes walk and busses stopping right outside the hotel you did not have to venture too far to get into the centre. It took about 20 mins max to get there by train.
Overall this hotel was simple but pleasant and very comfortable. No room service though and we ended up with some free crisps for the bar at midnight as we were unable to get a sandwich or anything else. Bit of a shame as it was for travellers and businessmen so you would have thought that this was requested often. Location was not a problem for me as we were picked up by bus for the wedding we were going to. On the Sunday the sun was shining and the walk to the train station was pleasant enough. The immediate area with the shopping centre and square was fairly quiet, a few kinds on skateboards and that was about it. The shopping centre itself had a lot of variation with cafes, supermarkets, clothes shops and the likes, handy if you want to escape the sombre hotel environment for a while.
Had I have paid the going rate for this hotel I would not have been disappointed with its quality or value for money, but I would prefer to pay a few bob more and stay in the city itself where the more cosmopolitan restaurants and lifestyle could be found. Nice hotel, good price and would recommend it to someone who was not too fussed about location.