I had to make a very last minute reservation to stay in Zurich, however nothing seemed available for under $300USD/night. Fortunately, I was able to find this hotel, albeit a little far from Zurich, but the train service to Uster is great and the distance via freeway was marginal and generally traffic-free.
Me and my friend spent most of our day on the train coming up from Rome. Pretty much exhausted, we had a painless check-in and were greeted by the most genuinely friendly hotel staff I've ever met. The owner and his assistant spoke great English and treated me and my friend to two welcomes beers each and had some nice conversation with us on the very homely patio. It was nearing 10PM and with most of the stores closed and our cigarettes running low, they each donated us what was left of their packs. I don't even have friends that would do that. We were also given a bunch of tips for things to do and see. Rapperswil being one of them, did not disappoint and it's a quick and scenic drive from Uster.
The hotel itself is pretty new and very clean. Comfy beds, nice TV, but most importantly, fast and free Internet access. The house staff were great and extremely polite. They even neatly put away our shoes--nice touch. Breakfast was good and for being a little homesick, eggs and bacon made a great start for the day. We were also given free bike rentals, which made exploring the down (and avoiding a DUI) a huge plus. Uster's a quiet and safe neighborhood and I was pleasantly surprised with how the locals were.
Finally, the night before we left, the same gentlemen comped us a going away beer and wished us a safe trip. If I find myself back in this part of Switzerland, I'll definitely drop by Uster and say hello, if not stay a night.
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