I wasn’t quite done with the Switzerland posts before we found ourselves in Tampa and then San Diego. Such trouble to keep up with posting when you are out doing the stuff you are supposed to be updating regularly about!
Anyway, accommodations are not cheap in downtown Zurich, even in the winter off-season, and most of the downtown hotels had noise complaints on TripAdvisor. We finally settled on the Leoneck Hotel (charming crazy cow theme, cowbell noise on website included) and made our reservations through a hotel booking company we found via kayak.com, GTA Hotels, because they had the best rate and it included breakfast. Thankfully, Zurich is not that big, so even though the hotel we chose was near the train station (convenient for getting our carry-ons to and from), it was only a short walk or tram ride to the middle of Old Town.
The lovely girl behind the counter pleased us by unexpectedly upgrading us to a triple, even though we had prepaid our double room. We were on the fourth floor with fantastic views of the city. Our balcony wrapped around two sides of the room, and although it was too cold to sit outside, we did spend quite a bit of time with the curtains open, enjoying the view.
Our room had a mural of a money tree in the corner and the bathroom had a alps-themed shower curatin with cows and edelweiss flowers. The shower head was too low for Eric, but the water pressure was fine and the mirror didn’t fog up too badly in the small room.
Although the breakfast was simple (orange juice/coffee, cold meats and cheese, muselix, eggs, and bread) it was enough to keep us going. Upon checking in you get little wooden cow tokens to redeem for breakfast. Plus, the decor was entertaining…
The hotel from the street…
Overall, the price was right and the location was fine. Even during Fasnacht, we had a quiet stay. Recommended.