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“Clean Room, Helpful Staff, Far outside the city center”

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Sternen Oerlikon Hotel
Ranked #36 of 137 Hotels in Zurich
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 May 2009

My wife and I stayed at this hotel on our last night of our vacation in Europe. We started and ended our trip in Zurich and needed a hotel for one night before flying home the next day. We checked in at 11:15pm at night and felt safe walking to this hotel from the Oerlikon train station. The lobby was clean and well lit and the front desk staff was pleasant even though it was late.

The hotel's location north of the city center in the Oerlikon neighborhood makes it not ideal for sightseeing downtown. A tram costs about $2.50 CHF to downtown or you can take the train for about $6.00 CHF, both from Oerlikon station about 3 blocks from the hotel.

The room was small and overlooked the main street. The ventalation system (sort of a poor-man's airconditioning) didn't work well and we ended up leaving the window open all night. The shower and toilet are in a seperate room but the sink is actually in the hotel room. The beds were comfortable and the sheets clean and crisp. The hotel has obviously had a revamp in the recent past.

The front desk upon check-out was very helpful and called us a taxi.

They did offer a breakfast (not included in the price of the room) for $17 CHF. We didn't take the breakfast.

We purchased this hotel on expedia.com about a week before hand.

One last thing, like all hotels in Zurich, they charge a city tax of $10 CHF at checkout which is not indicated on your original bill.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 May 2009

Stayed here for 2 nights in a single room, the room was tiny but had everything I needed including a flat screen TV on the wall. The only complaint with the room was that it wasn’t non smoking like I had requested and smelt of cigarettes which I don’t find acceptable when I don’t smoke!

The entrance to the hotel is nice, clean and airy and I couldn’t fault the staff for being helpful. There is internet access in the lobby which is operated pay as you go by a coin machine!

The location is not the greatest for Zurich but its close for the airport. It’s just 15 minutes on a direct tram from the airport tram stop. Tram number 10 which cost 6.20CHF and you alight at the “Sternen Oerlikon” stop, the hotel is a short walk up the street, you can’t miss it as it takes on a full corner. Saying the location is not great, transport in Zurich is great and the actually hotel is located in a shopping district so there are plenty of places to eat and shop within walking distance of this hotel! It’s actually like downtown Zurich! Be warned you need change for the ticket machine at the tram stop, so change your swiss notes in the airport for some coins otherwise you’ll have to trek back like I did!

Finally my only other bad point of this hotel is how openly people smoke, smoking is allowed in the hotel lobby, drinking area, rest area so it’s not so pleasant if you want to use the internet and breath in someone else’s fumes!

Breakfast was 17CHF I tried it once, it was not bad, buffet style and I thought it was rather good value for the choice on offer!

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 December 2008

Good Points
* Even though it's in a poor location, the tram to the city stops right out the front.
* Clean
* Helpful staff

Bad Points
* Bad location in the middle of nowhere
* Not the nicest area of Zurich
* No aircon or fan and rooms were ridiculously stuffy
* Small awful shower - don't book the cheapest "city" rooms, it is worth spending the extra.
* Thin walls
* Creaky floors
* Expensive parking - they actually charge you to park in their open space spots out the back - ridiculous!!!
* Expensive breakfast - we didn't bother.

Tip: If you have a hire car it is worth drive to Liechtenstein, it has amazing scenery.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Aussietraveller81
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Reviewed 2 October 2008

After getting off at the main train station, we were both a bit surprised at the location of this hotel when we discovered that we've booked a hotel close to the wrong train station. But despite this mistake, we've got a lovely big comfortable room that overlooked the back of the hotel. We had a view of a church.
The local shops and restaurants are conveniently located less than 5 minutes walk away with the tram station. Utilising the trams, the Zurich city centre is only a short 15min ride away.
It's a nice comfortable hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank vb527
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Reviewed 25 August 2008

We were at this hotel for 2 nights. The location is great for Hallenstadion gigs and the trams go every 3-4 minutes just outside the hotel to the centrum of Zurich. The tram ride takes about 14 minutes. The trains from the Zurich airport come to Oerlikon station just 400 meters from the hotel. The Zurich public transport system is just fantastic.

No problems with the room, the people at the reception were nice.
The only negative point is the breakfast, that is just too minimal for the price: No vegetables or salads etc.
But I'd stay at this hotel again when in Zurich.

  • Stayed: August 2008
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Thank ande2007
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Reviewed 15 July 2008

My wife and I backpacked through Switzerland, Italy, and Greece for two weeks and this was by far the nicest room we stayed in for our entire trip. There was nothing especially wonderful about it; it was simply clean, comfortable, and had a very convenient location.

We had a view of the street from our room and a nice balcony that we could've enjoyed had we not been there for only one night. The bed was incredibly comfortable (especially by European standards!) and the room was large enough so that we didn't feel like we were tripping over our bags anytime we moved around the room.

If you're looking for a modest, comfortable stay in Zürich, this is a great place for you. It wasn't necessarily cheap (this is Switzerland, remember...you won't find anything worth staying in for a "cheap" price), but it was in a great neighborhood north of the main business district and very close to the airport. It was less than a 10-minute walk to the train station and then about a 5-minute ride on the train to either the airport or the central train station downtown.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank SoonerFanInTexas
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Reviewed 15 May 2008

friendly staff but significant room hygiene issues. fair price but not very central. fine for short and cheap stay to do day trips to zurich and surrounding.

  • Stayed: February 2008
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Thank 74MarcoPolo
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Additional Information about Sternen Oerlikon Hotel

Address: Schaffhauserstrasse 335, Zurich 8050, Switzerland
Region: Switzerland > Canton of Zurich > Zurich
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#21 Romantic Hotel in Zurich
#25 Business Hotel in Zurich
Price Range: £96 - £161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sternen Oerlikon Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The extensively renovated city hotel with 56 air-conditioned rooms, a breakfast lounge, one meeting room and garage parking spaces will impress you with genuine hospitality and professional service, whether you are on a business trip, attending an event or trade fair, or simply visiting family.Since October 2012, the Hotel Sternen Oerlikon has had its own restaurant once again: the Brasserie "Ö" with bar and salon du cigare.Which is open monday to friday. Hot dishes are served between 11.30 am and 23.00 pm ... more   less 
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