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“Avoid at all costs - ask around the old town, plenty of better hotels”
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Hotel Splendid
Ranked #132 of 138 Hotels in Zurich
Reviewed 17 June 2010

The hotel was terrible. No lifts and no showers/wc in the rooms unless you pay extra.

It smells of urine and smoke all over the place and inside all rooms. It is NOT CLEAN at all, there were blood stains on the old carpet covered with a towel. The wc's are pretty bad and once you see the people staying there you really don't think of using them.

The management is clueless, they have no idea of online reservations and they don't recognise anything. They only accept payment upfront unlike all other establishments were you pay when you leave.

The piano bar is a joke, it's a filthy place and very seedy as well.

Avoid-avoid-avoid. There are dozens of hotels in the old town of Zurich, check them out. Most of them do not feature on online reservation lists (not even in the Zurich airports information desk hotel list). You will definitely find better. They advertise their rooms as 105S.Francs per night but that excludes the 5 Francs city tax that you only find out when you get there. It might be cheap but it's the principle that counts and says a lot about the place.

All in all, the Zurich 'old town' is pretty uninteresting. If you are on vacation in Switzerland there is really no reason to visit Zurich AT ALL. To give you an idea, the city bus tour has two highlights, a hotel (!!) where you sit outside and can take pictures (whatever!) and a church with stained glass windows from the 1970's (yes, 1970s). That's all there is to the old-town! nothing more, pointless to be honest! It's just like any busy town, very dirty, with beggars around and lots of over-expensive food/drinks.

Stay away from the bus tours as well, they are very unprofessional, grumpy and only talk in english (without asking if everyone speaks the language!). They use coaches which are closed on top and the overall experience is boring, uninteresting and shoddy as there are no monuments to look at, at all.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 May 2010

I havent been staying at the hotel but the piano bar that they run is more than splend :)
Lady Gaga

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with friends
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2  Thank LadyGagaDoha
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Reviewed 28 August 2008

Avoid this hotel at all costs despite some of the positive reviews you see here. Yes it is close to the center of Zurich near the river but the place is very run down. After 5pm you have to walk through a bar to enter, drop of keys or collect keys. The bedding was old and unwashed. They give you towels when you check in so it is obvious the room is not cleaned until someone actually uses the room. The bathroom was not clean either. Their phone system dates back to the 50's. The landing has very old stained carpet and smells. I did not have breakfast and was glad to get of there at the crack of dawn. Yes this place is very cheap but you do really get what you pay for here. You are better off spending a bit more and getting something more decent.
The hotel is not 'splendid' at all.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank khushvinder
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Reviewed 30 January 2008

I didn't sleep well. The hotel has a bar on the ground floor and with a room on the second floor, the live music from below was loud enough to distract.

The hotel had a strong smell of cigarette smoke from the bar, although in fairness the room itself didn't smell so much. Normally you visit Switzerland for its fresh air so it was a shame to leave the hotel with my clothes smelling of tobacco smoke.

It is better priced than other hotels but next time I would pay more to be able to sleep better. I picked the hotel because of the comments from other reviewers but I'm suspicious of some of them, few mention the noise.

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank JHB_GVA
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Reviewed 22 April 2007

The hotel is very close of the train station, is in the centre historic of Zurich.
Very calm and very nice hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled as a couple
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11  Thank AnaSpain
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Additional Information about Hotel Splendid

Address: Rosengasse 5, Zurich 8001, Switzerland
Region: Switzerland > Canton of Zurich > Zurich > Old Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
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Ranked #132 of 138 Hotels in Zurich
Price Range: ₹ 8,030 - ₹ 10,774 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Splendid 2*
Number of rooms: 24
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