We stayed a total of three nights here; one night as a stopover between flying from London on the disastrous BA flight and flying to Fuerteventura on the excellent Air Berlin flight staying at the Barceló Castillo Beach Resort and two nights after Fuerteventura.
The hotel is a free shuttle bus ride away from the airport. The bus is quite frequent and I’ve inserted a bad photo of the current timetable below. On our second visit, the bus was always full and people were turned away a few times. One occasion was the last bus from the airport, but the driver did go back and do a later run. They need a bigger bus!
Zurich is only 10 minutes train ride from the airport by train, longer by tram. A single ticket that allowed us to roam around Zurich for the day was about CHF15. But you need to take the shuttle back to the airport to catch the train.
The hotel has a good feeling and the front desk staff were really friendly and spoke English. We were upgraded to an executive room on both occasions because of the Hilton Gold card – also free wifi and lounge access.
Our room was quite dark, partly due to the bad weather and partly because the window was small.
The tv channels included CNN (as expected) but also UK BBC and ITV.
There were coffee and tea making facilities, although I found a more varied selection of tea in the Executive lounge.
There was an in-room safe and two bathrobes with slippers.
The bed was comfortable – what you expect from Hilton.
The bathroom had an over bath shower. On our first visit, the large towels and floor mat had been forgotten – but these were brought to our room within ten minutes of calling the front desk.
The executive lounge was rather austere, hardly any pictures on the walls, no plants – but the hot snacks were quite good. The hot food and alcohol disappear at 20:30 which is a little earlier than most Hilton lounges. Breakfast was good and I even saw a family order fresh omelettes.
The restaurant and bar look good, with a row of chefs waiting in an open kitchen. Like all places in Zurich, it’s expensive, but the food and service are good.
There is a sign in the car park that says ‘to the jogging trail’. This takes you into some lovely countryside and a small picturesque Swiss village. I’ve added several photos of that as I think this is the hotel’s hidden gem. Unlike other airport hotels, you could actually spend the day here and do something interesting.
I’d recommend this hotel for either an airport stopover or a base for visiting Zurich.