As one of my last international trips of year 2021 I decided to return to Switzerland for a few days to visit some friends. Well in the end I had to cut the trip short and cancel Paris so that I could get back to London before the new entry restrictions struck, but let me not bore you with those details.
As one of the financial centres of Europe it surprises me how little presence the international hotel chains have in Zurich. The only luxury hotel from a major hotel group is Park Hyatt Zurich, if you don’t count the ones from LHW. There are a few Hilton, Crowne Plaza, Sheraton and Mercure hotels but most of them are not located centrally.
The only exception is probably Zurich Marriott Hotel, which is why I chose to stay here. The hotel is less than 10 minutes’ walk from the train station, and 15 minutes from the shopping street and old city.
The hotel is one of the tallest buildings in the neighbourhood. I find the numbering in their lifts quite confusing though – it jumps from 4 to 24 and goes up to like 40, which makes you think you are staying on the 30th floor or something. However the building has only 20 floors so don’t be fooled.
I’m upgraded to a Junior Suite, which is a pretty good result as I’m staying four nights and this weekend seems very busy.
Unlike most Junior Suites it’s got a separate living room:
Bathroom and toilet are in separate rooms:
The room is a bit old and there’s nothing to write home about. The best part is the 180-degree city view, although Zurich is probably the least beautiful city of Switzerland and there’s not much to see from here.
My welcome gift is two chocolate bars:
You can enjoy 500 Marriott points or 10% dining discount if you skip housekeeping. Such gesture was quite common pre-covid but became very rare nowadays since most hotels are operating reduced housekeeping service anyway.
Breakfast is served in the restaurant. It’s very busy every morning (or maybe it’s just me getting up too late) so I didn’t manage to take a lot of photos.
M Club is located on the ground floor. it’s open from around midday till late.
The lounge is not huge, but I like that they have different table setups so you can choose depending if you are just casually drinking or want to do some work.
Snacks and beverages are available throughout the day.
Alcohols and canapes are served in the evening. There were two hot dishes as well but I don’t remember what they were.
The lounge is staffed all the time and they are very helpful.
I tried out the gym once, which features river view.
There is a relaxation room with loungers. It’s weird since usually when you are on a lounger, you’d expect to be facing a swimming pool or at least something interesting, instead of a wall…
Even weirder, they don’t have a swimming pool but do have a sun bed and it’s the first time I see it in a hotel.
Although nothing stands out, I think overall the Marriott does its job and it’s a pleasant stay for me. From what I’ve read the Sheraton and Renaissance are better hotels and also cheaper, but you will rely on tram and bus to move around if staying there.