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Avoid Hotel Bristol in Zurich in May

We just returned from a 4 night stay at this hotel. I booked it since it was a Rick recommendation. I didn't think in early May the lack of A.C. was going to be a factor. WRONG! The whole building is uncomfortably warm. Our room was on the 4th floor facing the street. It was uncomfortable just entering the room, and the small table fan in the room did little to help. So we had to open the windows. At night it was impossible to sleep with motorcycles roaring up the street, cars, voices---- you name it; we heard it. The room was in a modern style which gave a cold feel to it. The mattress was sitting only on a bed frame, so it was very low to the floor and difficult for our 70 year old bodies to get out of. The towels in the bathroom were small, thin and only 2 a piece. ( I point this out since every other place we stayed in our 18 day trip offered 3 towels, the bath towel being a large size.) The toilet paper was anything but soft. There was no safe or fridge in the room. The breakfast offering was the weakest of all the places we have ever stayed served in a very stuffy room. I could not believe that canned fruit cocktail was actually offered as a choice! This place has "cheap" written all over it. The only positive thing I can offer is the staff is very friendly and helpful.

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2447 posts

Thanks for posting. We stayed at the Hilton near the airport in Zurich. It too was lacking in charm, but made up for it with all the mod cons.

Posted by
94 posts

Thank you for posting this. I had this hotel noted as a possibility for a 4 night July stay, and did not know it did not have A/C. I would have confirmed before booking, but you've saved me the trouble. We'll avoid it.

Posted by
16883 posts

Thanks, Barb, for the details provided in your review. This is one of the hotels I used recently and was happy with it for my purposes, close to the train station and with friendly staff. I was only in Zurich for one night before catching an early flight in March, so did not need A/C at that time and didn't have a chance to try the breakfast. For one person, the room was offered at 135 CHF including breakfast, but as with other hotels, rates may depend on season and early booking.