24 Hours at the Renaissance Zurich Tower
Zurich West: a new, yet hip part of the exclusive city Zurich. 25 Hours, Sheraton and also Renaissance opened their first properties here. While they are all completely different, we were pleased to had the opportunity to see two of them. While the 25Hours is attracting a cool, casual leisure as well as business traveler, the Renaissance is only attracting international business men with lots of loyalty cards. Since we arrived by car we stopped in front of the hotel and entered the doors. Check-in was done by a young man - we think trainee - so it did last a bit longer than expected. We were offered a very welcoming glass of sparkling wine (how lovely) and afterwards stated the way to the elevator.
Two bright Double rooms on the fifth floor were waiting for us. Solid and spacious with a comfortable light scheme, wooden floor and two nice armchairs. The views were going towards an appartment house. My colleague liked the layout of the bathroom which was accessible from the bedroom and the hallway. A seperated toilet was a nice add-on, while I wished more pressure on the shower. The absolute highlight of the room was the heavenly bed with its six pillows. During the night it was very quiet and I could enjoy the few hours sleep before my early morning meeting the following day.
We had the possibility to access their cool Executive Lounge on the 12th floor where there were free drinks, coffee as well as wines during happy hour. The Lounge was accessible 24/7 and therefore perfect for us. In addition to a vast selection of drinks there are also nuts and small bites (a good alternative to the minibar which is just equipped with three drinks). There is no breakfast service at the Lounge during weekends, however according to a letter in the Lounge there are different food setups during weekdays - probably the Lounge is just for the Business Travelers and there are very few weekend guests who book a Club room. As we were staying there on a Friday night, we enjoyed breakfast on Saturday morning at the main restaurant.
The restaurant looked nice and modern, however we were not at their breakfast list. This caused an unpleasant waiting time, however after a few seconds we were granted access to the breakfast. I would describe the bread selection as good and there was also everything you would expect of a solid business hotel. Unfortunately coffee was not as good as expected and the staff could have been slightly friendlier. Check-out has been done by the shift leader, who was very nice and attentive. All in all the Renaissance Zurich is a good alternative to the enormously expensive five star hotels in the centre and a good place for everyone seeking for just a five-star bed to spend the night. While this was the first experience with Renaissance Hotels and Resorts, I probably think that this won't have been the last time.
I think the most unique offer of the Renaissance Zurich is their curling track, where locals as well as hotel guests are welcome to attend (there is a fee for renting the track). In addition to this special amenity, the Renaissance also features Live DJs every Wednesday and on some Thursdays. We guess this is a cool add-on to attract business traveler to have a relaxing evening.
We were exclusively invited by Renaissance Hotels and Resorts. All above expresses our own opinion and has not been influenced.