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Zurich Hotel Suggestions?

I've searched the Switzerland forums and while there are lots of hotel queries for other cities, I couldn't find much on Zurich. Our family of four will be staying in Zurich for one night in June. This will be our first time to Zurich. We usually prefer smaller, local hotels to larger chains, but welcome any suggestions of places you've stayed. We also prefer to all stay together as opposed to two rooms, but realize we must take what we can get. Ideally, we would like to be under 165 euros (200 CHF).
Thank you!

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Thank you!
We are only there for one night to break up our trip from Vienna to Paris. We're doing the overnight train from Vienna to Zurich so we'll have a day and a half before catching the train to meet our family in Paris.

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Then I would suggest you change trains in Zurich and spend another 50 minutes traveling to Lucerne and spend your 1 night there.

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I will look into possibly doing Lucerne instead, but I'm concerned it may just be too much. Doing an overnight train, changing trains, even for a short journey seems daunting for me alone, but especially with two kids. Is Lucerne that much better than Zurich that this would be worth it?

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yes, it is. and no, it's not daunting at all. When you arrive into Zurich station you won't have a specific train to get to Lucerne - if you miss the first then just wait for the 2nd or the 3rd, etc.

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I think the only issue is that going from Luzern to Paris you will have to change trains in Basel. From Zurich, you can get a direct TGV. So for a day and a half layover, Zurich is fine and I do see some smaller hotels near the station that are reasonable if somewhat spare. The previously mentioned St Josef looks beautiful, if it will probably exceed your budget. In Switzerland everything will exceed your budget. You don't mention the ages of your family. Two kids 6 and 8 are one thing, two at 19 and 21 is another.

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Thanks for the tips! I've looked into the trains and you're probably right that it won't be that bad. The kids will be 9 and 8 by this point in our trip. Our 7 year old will turn 8 while in Vienna. :) I'm going to do more research, but it does sound like we might really enjoy Lucerne, especially after a trip full of big cities. Thanks again!
I'll get back to the forums now and look for accommodations in Lucerne.

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Sounds like you have decided on Luzern ( good choice), but for others reading here who might need a quad room in Zurich, we much preferred the quad room at Hotel Bristol to the one at Hotel St. Josef.

The Bristol room was large, bright, and airy, with a row of opening windows above the two twin beds, which were placed end to end against the wall. The large double bed was on the opposite wall, and there was lots of open space between and around the beds. The windows were actually in the sloping roof, so one could not look out, but they let in lots of light and fresh air. There was a closet and space for our luggage.

The room at St. Josef was small and dark, with two small windows which looked right out onto the street at ground level. We had to keep the curtains partially closed to have any privacy. The room had two twins and a sofa bed for the large bed. When we opened out the sofa into a bed, it occupied almost all of the available floor space, leaving little room for the bathroom door to be opened.

But maybe they have other quad rooms that are better.

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We stayed at the Hotel Florhof and I can't recommend it highly enough. It is convenient from the metro and an easy walk in to the nearby neighborhood shops. We were there on our last night of a 3 week Italy and Switzerland -25th anniversary trip. We also had dinner there and it was exceptional - wonderful service, food quality and just a great experience. We took a taxi in the morning to the airport for ease of travel (back to Hawaii). You could take the trolley (can't remember what they call it) with your swiss pass if desired to save money.