Exploring Zurich was beyond amazing, the city is so captivating and gorgeous that I want to live there some day.. Hopefully soon… Anyway, I was in Zurich for just two days, with an early morning flight on Wednesday and therefore it made sense to book a hotel at the airport so that I wouldn’t need to figure out transportation at 04:00.
As with my previous hotel, rates in Zurich were crazy expensive during my dates at around 250 CHF!!! I’m never going to pay that much for a hotel and therefore it made sense to redeem points once again. I still have a good amount of Club Carlson points to burn and therefore I figured I’d book the Park Inn by Radisson Zurich Airport Hotel for one night.
The Park Inn by Radisson Zurich Airport Hotel is technically a “four-star” hotel… but just like with the Crowne Plaza from the night before, it mostly felt like a three-star hotel.. at best.
I arrived at the hotel in the late afternoon since it started to rain in Zurich and while the morning was pleasant, the afternoon was very wet and I couldn’t explore more due to the rain and wind.
Once in the hotel lobby, I headed to the reception desk where a lady checked me in without really saying a word. I handed her my ID and Club Carlson Gold card and she handed the Gold Card back to me, saying “we don’t need it”.. ok, cool. She then handed me the key and pointed to the lifts. Not the best Swiss hospitality…
I had originally booked a standard room, but was upgraded to a Business Room. The sign on the door indicated “Business”, so that’s really how I knew. I had never stayed at a Park Inn before (and I’m not planning to again), so I was a bit confused by the whole “room merged with bathroom” concept.. but after some reading online, it seems to be the standard.
The room was overall in shabby condition and not that modern or spacious, it was clean, however. From the reviews and images I’d seen online, it seemed like the rooms were in much better condition than they actually were.
The room featured a TV, safe, small desk, kettle, tea, coffee, and water.
The bathroom was attached to the room entry with the sink being on one side, and the shower on the other. There was also a small room with the toilet and an additional, small sink. In my opinion, this whole room concept is very poor design and for a four-star hotel, they should’ve really done something different. A small, open wardrobe was located next to the door.
Normal seating would have been nice…
The (small) desk featured standard coffee, tea, and water. A welcome card was included alongside of the welcome amenity.
Welcome amenities in hotels like this almost always suck – the fruit isn’t fresh and I almost broke a tooth trying to eat the almonds. I would honestly much rather prefer extra points or something else instead of old fruit and nuts.
I’m somewhat claustrophobic and therefore didn’t feel very comfortable closing the shower door since the entire shower area was a bit small (on the picture it looks bigger than it actually was). The shampoo/body wash was attached to the wall. I will say that the water pressure was excellent.
The view from the room wasn’t that exciting, but you could occasionally see an aircraft.
All in all, I wouldn’t recommend this hotel too much.. other than for one night and one night only. It’s located a 5km ride from the airport and the shuttle is complimentary, operating from 05:00 – 23:00.
The hotel is in a shabby condition and the rooms show signs of age. I definitely wouldn’t consider it to be a four-star hotel, like it is. I only stayed here since the other airport hotels were booked and I wasn’t going to spend 250 CHF on a hotel for one night.
The bed wasn’t the most comfortable and the staff didn’t show signs of interest in the guests, so I can’t say I will be staying here again. Perhaps it would’ve been a better idea to stay in the city centre and just take a train early in the morning to the airport? I don’t know, either way, for one night it was ok.. but a bit below my expectations.