Welcome to another edition of Dear Frau. It’s kind of like Dear Abby, except with an international twist. Remember, if you have a question, don’t hesitate to contact The Frau.
Do you have any suggestions for an inexpensive, central place to stay in Zurich? I know it is a very expensive city.
Nice to find you,
Canadian in Texas on my way to Switzerland
Dear Canadian in Texas on your way to Switzerland,
In 2012, The Economist Intelligence Unit named Zurich the most expensive city in the world. That’s nice for Zurich, but not so nice for you, the visitor, who does not a Swiss salary make.
|Where to stay in Zurich, Switzerland?|
Never fear, penny-pinchers. Switzerland may not have pennies (the smallest coin they mint is a 5-cent one) but The Frau has a solution for that. It’s called painful research and she’s done it for you.
Since she has written about Zurich on a budget before (and also runs a writing workshop in Zurich that’s on a writer kind of budget) she leaves you now with five great places to stay in (or near) Zurich that won’t break your non-Swiss bank account.
Think of what would happen if IKEA made a hotel and stuck it in the center of the world’s most expensive city. Then you would have Hotel Marta, which is Zurich’s newest pick for those who like to be in the old town. It offers free wifi and free breakfast and there’s a promotion right now where you can get your third night free too. From CHF 125
Older than Hotel Marta but still centrally located about a ten-minute walk from the main train station, it’s a good budget option if Hotel Marta is fully booked. From CHF 125
10 minutes. That’s about how long it takes to walk to just about any main sight in Zurich from Hotel St. Josef. 10 minutes to the main train station. 10 minutes to the old town. 10 minutes to the lakefront. Not to mention all the rooms include a TV, a refrigerator, and a tea and coffee maker. From CHF 140
Perfect for Brits looking for a home away from home in Zurich, the Townhouse Boutique Hotel is decorated like an English townhouse. Accordingly bathroom amenities come from Molton Brown. Key word, bathroom amenities, since despite high prices, many Swiss hotels leave a lot to be desired—like soap. From CHF 160
If you’re willing to venture out and stay in a spa town a direct 15-minute train ride from Zurich (which will cost you CHF 10 one way), then Frau Meise could be for you. Located in Baden’s old town between a castle ruin and a Medieval wooden bridge, Frau Meise is a bed and breakfast with only two rooms but plenty of character. From CHF 100
Anyone else know of decent budget hotel options (in other words, rooms under CHF 200–yes...this is budget for Switzerland) in Zurich to help our Canadian in Texas?