My friends and I recently spent a night at the Dorint Airport-Hotel in Zurich, Switzerland. It was an overall pleasant experience and I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a place to stay near the airport.
For the past week, I found myself traveling through Germany, Switzerland, Greece, and Russia. Our flight home had a long layover in Zurich, Switzerland, so we decided to get a hotel for the night. We were shocked at the insane prices. This was the cheapest option at $325 USD per night.
We later found out from a cab driver that hotels in Zurich charge not by the room size like in most of the world, but per bed. Since there were 3 of us, we could never find a thing for less than $300/night. $100/bed (person).
This hotel was literally 90 seconds by cab from the airport. However, the 90 second cab ride will cost you $26 USD. The route is not walkable. Cabs are required.
We walked into the Dorint Airport-Hotel Zürich and were instantly satisfied with our choice. You could tell that this was a higher end establishment, and overall, well worth the $325 for one night.
The man working the front desk greeted us with a smile, and made check-in a quick and easy process. He also gave us slips with logins for the free Wi-Fi…. ANYWHERE! We had spent the past week paying obnoxious amounts of money for terrible quality Wi-Fi in our hotel lobby. It was nice to get it anywhere for free. In the room, bar, outside, anywhere.
We decided to head up to our room, and were pleasantly surprised. This was one of the nicest hotel rooms I have ever seen in my travels around the world. Since there were three of us, we had 2 rooms in one. There was the big room with a king sized bed, and then a small room to the side with a roll away bed. Since my flight departed very early in the morning, i took the roll away bed in the small room.
The bathroom was spotless and sparkling clean. The shower was also very enjoyable. The shower head was almost a feeling of being in a warm rain shower. It was cool.
We decided to head down to the hotel bar and enjoy a beer after the long frustrating day we had just had. I was hungry and wanted to eat, but there was nothing around the hotel within walking distance. The hotel bar offered a tiny ‘limited menu’. These were basically peanuts, cheeses, and a microwaved pasta plate. I opted for the pasta plate, as it was better than nothing. I honestly don’t think I have ever spent $28 on re-heated noodles before in my life. Either way, it was pretty darn good.
After my friends grabbed another beer, the bartender began cleaning up for the night. We decided to go outside and sit on the couches. We enjoyed the cool Swiss air for a while, and headed back inside to go to bed.
The next morning when I left to head back to the airport, a cab arrived within 2 minutes. This time, the ride to the airport took almost twice as long. 3 whole minutes. However, it was another $26 charge…
Overall, this hotel is great if you are looking for a place to stay near Zurich Airport (ZRH). Be prepared to spend a lot of money, as Zurich is the most expensive city in the world.