“Great location. Small, old-style hotel near station.”
I stayed here for one night in a single room. It's expensive for what you get, but this is Zurich and it's a pricey city. The Hotel Arlette Beim is a hop, skip and jump across a bridge and up a short flight of steps from the station (walk out the main entrance of the station, and cross the bridge on your left. Walk across the small piazza/square, up the steps and through the arch under a building to the next street. The Hotel Arlette Beim is just across the road on your left). It's about 5 min walk at most, so the location is perfect if you're arriving or leaving by train. The train between the airport and the station is very frequent and quick, so you can get from the hotel to the airport in around 30 mins by affordable public transport.
It's a good base for sightseeing. The old town, with lots of little shops, is less than five minutes walk away, just down the road on the same side of the lake. Cross the river running to the lake and you'll be in the central shopping and business area in under 10 minutes walk. Everything is close and compact in Zurich, so this is a good spot to stay if you're wanting to go sightseeing. It's around 15 minutes walk to catch ferries for sightseeing on the lake, and tour coaches also leave from very close by.
I found the hotel staff to be helpful (especially friendly Albert, the charming octogenarian who works some nights). It's an old-style European hotel, with a little lift. The staff escort you to your room and point out how everything works.
The rooms are small and have seen better days (they were probably last renovated in the 1960s-1970s, when they would have been fashionable). They have a minibar, safe, cupboard, TV, en suite, and clock radio system in a compact space. Everything in my room functioned as it should. The bed was OK, not bad, not great.
Internet access was available, but it was so expensive I decided against using it.
Breakfast was included. On offer was a variety of rolls/pastries, plus orange juice, hot chocolate, tea, coffee, and various jams and spreads. It's the typical Continental breakfast that you expect to find included in old-style European hotels of this sort, and it's adequate to start the day. One doesn't have to go far to find alternative places to eat (there's a supermarket in the arcade below the station, and various patisseries in the station and arcade, not to mention plenty of eating places in the old town).
Overall, I'd recommend this hotel for a short stay. It could be too pokey if you were staying more than a night or two. It's nothing to write home about, but if you're going to spend most of your time out exploring anyway, it's likely to be all you need for a short city-break.
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