The picturesque Augustinergasse in the Old Town of Zurich.
There are countless hotels in Zurich, so finding the perfect one might be a challenge. What's the best hotel for you depends on your plans, budget, whether you prefer good views, and perhaps even more. We'll gladly explain about the various parts of the city, and other things to consider in your search for the best place to stay.
Zurich isn't the best place to get around by car (find more information here). If you are planning to take day trips out of town, a hotel at walking distance of the main train station (Zurich HB) is most convenient. That also places you in the city center, so exploring locally will be easy as well. There are many other train stations in Zurich, which all offer frequent connections, but Zurich HB is the main public transport hub.
These are our favorite hotels at less than 10 minutes on foot from Zurich HB station:
If you will mainly be traveling by car, the city is best avoided because of the busy traffic and hard to find or expensive parking options. Hotels in the outskirts, nearby towns like Uitikon and Thalwil, and around the airport (Kloten, Rümlang) generally have much more parking space available. Parking is not necessarily free though. Public transport allows you to reach central Zurich very quickly. A few examples of driver friendly hotels close to Zurich:
Hotels near the airport are convenient in case of an early departure or late arrival. Please find all details and recommended hotels here.
Some hotels in and around the Zurich offer a great city view, either because they are located on a hill or because it's simply a very tall building. Our favorites:
Zurich is "folded around" Lake Zurich, but if you prefer a hotel room with a lake view, the choice is very limited. Most hotels are in the historical town center or the outskirts in the north and east of the city, away from the lake. A few more options can be found in towns just outside Zurich. There are more hotels offering lake views from farther away: please see our suggestions for hotels with panoramic views above. These are our suggestions for hotels directly on Lake Zurich:
The river Limmat runs straight across Zurich, but there is only a handful of hotels directly on the river. They offer picturesque views of the water and the city.
If you're not picky about the location, you will for sure find some affordable options (by Zurich standards). A few suggestions to start your search with:
Finding a comfortable luxurious option for a few nights in Zurich is not difficult. These are the 5-star options you should definitely consider:
This hotel is situated on a pretty square in the pedestrian zone of Niederdorf, the eastern part of the center of Zurich. It's close to the Limmat river and at walking distance from all attractions. We recommend the Adler hotel if you'd like to taste typical Swiss dishes, as that's the specialty of their restaurant.
One of the very best hotels in Zurich: high quality in-house restaurants, rooms with lake view available, and situated in the heart of town. Only 50 m from the famous Bahnhofstrasse.
Superb 5-star hotel in the city of Zurich. Excellent location in the center of town on the Paradeplatz, in between the rail station and the lake.
Luxurious lakeside hotel next to the Zurich Opera House.
Unique hotel established within 9 former houses in the old town in the heart of Zurich. The rail station, the Bahnhofstrasse and all attractions are closeby.
Basic hotel close to the university and the Art Museum. The old town of Zurich is within walking distance.
Tip for travelers who prefer a place to stay outside of the Old Town and still only a few minutes away from the central station and Sihlquai bus terminal. From the station, you can easily travel anywhere you like, or walk to all the local attractions. Even though it's not in the tourist-heavy Old Town it is still in the lively center of Zurich.
Friendly priced popular hotel just outside the city center, but still at walking distance.
Popular hotel near the central rail station. The old town is within walking distance.
The Marriott is a perfect choice if you prefer a centrally located luxurious hotel with views of the city, the river Limmat, Lake Zurich and the mountains.
The Renaissance Zurich Tower Hotel offers very comfortable rooms in the modern district of Zurich West. Most rooms offer a wide view across the city, with either the lake or mountains in the distance.
Comfortable lakeside hotel close to the Zurich Opera House.
Basic hotel situated at one of the best locations for this price segment, featuring a restaurant with traditional Swiss dishes. Very close to the rail station and in the city center.
Cheap lodging in the suburbs of Zürich. Easy to access by public transport.