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.
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