My husband pulled out all the stops and booked the Storchen in Zurich for my 50th birthday celebration. Although we had to break the piggybank to do it, ours was a once-in-a-lifetime, unforgettable experience.
The room was immaculately presented with a bowl of fresh fruit, high-end chocolates, and an immense orchid. We had a desk, sofa, and the biggest bathtub I've ever had in a hotel. The reception and service employees were all extremely helpful and spoke any language imaginable! The hotel also has valet parking which we don't often enjoy. We had lovely strolls through the Old Town and, because of the Storchen's location, we able to have a short rest before heading out for dinner in the evenings.
From 7:00 - 7:15 the bells of Zurich ring. This was heavenly! Also, there was a flute player on one of the bridges. So, from our room we could hear the gentle river, the flute, and eventually the evening bells. This was magical.
Be sure to ask about the legend of the stork and the stork egg mosaic in the lobby. There is a story and I think the concierge loves to tell it.
The breakfast room has high ceilings, beautiful woodwork, lovely murals, and crests from all of the local craft guilds. Breakfast was extensive, definitely one of the best I've experienced in Europe, with lovely views of the river. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and at the Storchen it was perfect.
Although the price tag is high, I'd still recommend it for an unforgettable weekend of luxury.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Storchen Zürich is a traditional first class establishment with 67 stylishly elegant rooms and suites in the heart of the old city. Whether at the reception, at the Conciergerie, in the Rôtisserie or on the Terrasse, in the classical Storchen Bar, in our trendy Barchetta, in the Boulevard Café or even in our elegant hotel lobby, our long tradition of hospitality, together with our warm and personal service, can be enjoyed throughout the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Storchen Zurich Hotel
- Summit Zurich
- Hotel Zum Storchen a Summit
- zürich Summit