Following research, we loved what we saw about 25Hours Hotel – Zurich West and asked to drop by to take some shots. They were kind enough to provide us with accommodation, however all thoughts and opinions are – as always – formed independently and without agreement to be favourable.
It’s safe to say that having loved the design of our hotel in Frankfurt, it didn’t take much to convince us that we had to make sure we checked in with it’s sister in the Swiss city of Zurich.
With Design Comes Comfort
As part of the magnificent Design Hotels group, it’s of no surprise that every llittle detail of the hotel has been thought out – by lead designer Alfredo Häberli – sketched, redrawn and constructed with the idea that with great design comes a greater chance of relaxation without cutting back on first-class hospitality; and that’s exactly the case here with 25Hours Hotel, Zurich West.
A Masterpiece Of Peace
Through the doors and into the hotel you’re welcomed into a wide open space rather than the cramped reception area you might find with some other hotels, but where you might expect a cold atmosphere, you are instead greeted by natural sunlight and warming colours of orange, reds and blues against a dark, yet almost homely, darkened wood.
Choosing Your Level
Before checking in we took a moment to walk around the hotel to get to know, understand and appreciate all the details across the two guest welcome areas for relaxation.
On the first floor you’ll find two main seating areas where you can share a moment over coffee with your travelling partner or just to read one of the many design orientated books that lie across the surfaces that always catch your eye on every passing.
One area (shown above) sits at the bottom of the stairs and is a perfect place to wait for your partner to return from their room before you perhaps grab a drink or bite to eat at the in-house restaurant. The other seating area sits behind a partition next to the light-filled restaurant and includes that same warmth without compromising on style and proved the perfect place for us (and many others) to stop and read for a moment or two.
Beyond the partition and on this side of the building you’ll find the in house restaurant – NENI.
Perfect for those on the road or in town for business or as part of a conference in the surrounding area, this restaurant has a menu created with the talents of head chef Haya Molcho.
A Floor For All
Up the main staircase that dominates the first floor you’ll find another more secluded area to sit and relax between your morning coffee and a short tram ride into town.
Again, separated into two areas, there are places to sit, rest and relax, or you can use one of the free-to-use Apple Mac computers to check out your transport details for your next destination or any last minute details for your scheduled conference at the in-house conference rooms.
And the colours really come alive and set the mood once the light begins to dim at night. It’s really hard to convince yourself to get up once you’ve sat down on these chairs.
Designing A Good Night’s Sleep
When the time comes that you feel you should leave the comfort of one of the seating areas, you do of course have the privacy of your own room to return to and it’s here that we felt most comfortable in, of course.
From the first moment we entered the room we couldn’t help but stop and examine all of the design elements implemented in the room, regardless if it was the simplicity of the embroidered text on the pillows, the detail of the carpet, the minimalism and shape of the desk tidy or the shape of the light fittings.
The ensuite bathroom with it’s few design tweaks and heated floor was a blessing also, not to mention the huge walk in shower.
Great Perks in Design
One other design difference that we’ve yet to mention (but can’t hold on to due to it’s greatness), is that in our room and impossible to miss was something on the bedside wall.
It’s only to be expected that with the effort that 25Hours Hotel – Zurich West goes to work with local designers and manufacturers to great something that embodies the creative energy of Zurich, that you’ll find one of Zurich’s most noted design brands – Freitag – working together with them and the idea they’ve had here is magnificent; that during the entirety of your stay the bag in your room is free to use in and outside of the hotel. Just perfect for those who are travelling on business and don’t fancy having to carry your valuables around in your briefcase all night, the only downside being that when you check out you can’t take it with you….
…or can you?
Taking It With You
With such a focus on Freitag and their main showcase store just around the corner, it’ll come as no surprise that you can infact find the bag you’ve been borrowing for sale just by the reception area along with a number of other Freitag items such as coin purses, wallets, mobile phone slips and more from their large bag range – and no two look the same.
Not only that, most (if not all) of the design items or books that are scattered throughout the hotel can be picked up from this same gift area before you do your final check out. It was really hard not to walk out with a bag (or two), not to mention the great coat hooks, the sweetly perfumed boxes of tea or any number of locally handcrafted items.
And If That’s Not Enough…
If we haven’t got you interested in wanting to book in here already then just consider this one last fantastic and incredibly useful piece of information – high-end designer bikes like these are free to use.
In yet another partnership with a local company, the team at 25Hours Hotel – Zurich West have combined a sense of design for every convenience they can conceive and it’s yet that extra something that for us sets them apart from the competition.
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Ever had that thought that someone is looking out for you? That someone has done that thing you were going to do before you did it? That’s how it feels staying here. You feel that everything you could have thought of or wanted to see and do during your stay at the hotel has already been considered by the team and that made the both of us settle and feel at ease as soon as we walked through the door to our room.
Knowing that we had such an amazing place to return to after a short walk into and throughout Zurich’s old town made us feel so happy, happy to know that we could return somewhere that we felt almost at home – if we still had one.
We couldn’t recommend it any higher that should you be visiting Switzerland and you’ll be in Zurich either for work or for pleasure, that you get in touch with the team at 25Hours Hotel and I’d be surprised if they’ve not thought of everything you need before you arrive.