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“Friendly hotel in convenient location”
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Hotel California
Ranked #84 of 139 Hotels in Zurich
Oxford, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Friendly hotel in convenient location”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

We spent two nights in this characterful and colourful little hotel, which provided everything we needed for a short stay. All very clean, with comfortable beds and a good shower. Fun decor with each room named after a Californian resort. Friendly staff. A good breakfast was included with a wide choice of items cooked to order, as well as the usual cold buffet. The location in the old town was excellent - close to all the shops, restaurants and of course the lake. We walked to the hotel from the railway station which was easy and took about fifteen minutes (there was also the option of catching a tram outside the station). The hotel is situated in a quite lively square and there is a certain amount of noise from a bar in the street until about midnight, which was not loud enough to cause us a problem,but may not suit everyone. I will definitely return if I visit Zurich again. Good value for money.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Grischa C, Leiter Front Office at Hotel California, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Dear AnnaOxford

A huge thank you for this great and comprehensive comet about the Hotel California.

We are glad to see that you enjoyed the whole stay. And appreciate also the possitive statement.

Hope to see you soon. Untill then the whole team wish you all the best.

Kind regards
Bettina Thaler
Front Office Manager
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Parker, Colorado
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2014

If you book this hotel, ask for the San Diego room number 42.
It is the inn keepers favorite room. On the top floor.
In the winter time you can see the lake from the window.
Just duck you head when taking a shower. The roof curves in and make it tight.
The after hours access control is a little strange. Remember to leave you room key in the panel and remove and take a front door key with you.
Papa Joes American food downstairs was a refreshing change.
I had to skip the breakfast on checkout day. Needed to get to airport early.
I did have an OJ and a Banana.
It was only short walk with luggage in tow to get to the Stadelhofen train station.
Overall the hotel was better than I expected.
I will book again here, if my travels take me back to Zurich.

Larry J.
Denver Colorado USA

Room Tip: The San Diego room 42 is the innkeepers favorite.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Grischa C, Leiter Front Office at Hotel California, responded to this review, 21 May 2014
Dear Larry J

A huge thank you for your detailed description on tripadvisor.
I`m sure this will be helpful for future guests.
We are really happy to hear that you liked the American Flair here in the old town of Zurich.

For your next stay you should definitely try our extensive "all you can eat" American breakfast.
Don`t miss it.

Hope to see you soon. Until then we wish you a lovely time.

Kind regards
Bettina Thaler
Front Office Manager
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Madison, Wisconsin
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113 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2014

Located in Old Town, this hotel's primary selling points are location, price and an incredible breakfast.
Room we had (312) was a bit smaller than others we stayed in on this trip, but the cost savings were quite significant.
Staff friendly and helpful

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank wijram
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Grischa C, Leiter Front Office at Hotel California, responded to this review, 19 May 2014
Dear Wijram

Thank you for your comment.
You are right, our Hotel is located right in the City Center of Zurich.
We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the stay with us.
For your next stay at the Hotel California, ask direct for a bigger room, so that we will be able to bring your stay to perfection.

We are looking Forward to welcoming you next time.

Best wishes
Bettina Thaler
Front Office Manager
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Thunder Bay
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102 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2014

We stayed here for a couple of nights in April and found in to be a very friendly place.
The rooms were clean, the staff was friendly and helpful, the break was more than adequate.
The restaurant serves a good variety of food and drinks.
We were close enough to see a lot of the historical sites and to do some evening walks on the waterfront.

Room Tip: The restaurant has outdoor seating and is open late, so if you think the noise will bother you then...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Grischa C, Leiter Front Office at Hotel California, responded to this review, 2 May 2014
Dear Marsha C

First of all we want to say thank you.
We appreciate that you took the time to give us such a lovely and nice rating on tripadvisor.
It is always nice to hear that you enjoyed the whole stay with us.

We are looking forward to welcoming you for your next stay here in Zurich.

Best wishes
Bettina Thaler
Front Office Manager
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Austin, Texas
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 April 2014

Have stayed here about 4 times generally for 1 night only before moving over to Baur au Lac for further time in Zurich. Great location and price. If you can get over being in a hotel located in a restaurant then for the price and convenience, you cant beat it. Staff if very friendly and responsive. Have only been in April and October but have had great experience all times.

Room Tip: the 2 rooms on top floor are best in my opinion, San Francisco and San Diego with cool views.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Global_traveler803
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Grischa C, Leiter Front Office at Hotel California, responded to this review, 23 April 2014
Dear Global_travler803

Thank you very much for rating the Hotel California.
We are glad to read such a positive statement.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in October again.
Have a good time untill then and take care.

Kind regards
Bettina Thaler
Front Office Manager
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2014

Clean & comfortable.Situated in a great spot near the lake & walking distance to the main part of town.Breakfast was included & there was plenty of choice.The staff were very friendly & helpful.The only thing we missed was a kettle in the room but a Starbucks is only a 1minute walk away

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Grischa C, Manager at Hotel California, responded to this review, 14 April 2014
Grüezi Mark D

We are delighted to know that you had a comfortable stay at our Hotel California and that all our services and facilities were to your liking. Your compliments have been duly shared with our team. Thanks also for the input to the kettle. For your next stay with us, you are welcome to borrow one from the reception.

Thank you for having chosen our Hotel California for your stay in Zurich, and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.

Christian Gamma
Hotel Manager
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Milan, Italy
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145 reviews
109 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2014 via mobile

The hotel is quite small with maybe 15 rooms in total. Everything is painted in bright colors to remember the Californian atmosphere. I must say that this seems a little bit contrived.
Plus: room was quite big and spacious with a sitting useful area. Bathroom ok. Price for Zurich standard is low.
Minus: crew was kind of cold. Even if very young which I liked. Breakfast at downstairs restaurant was poor for people like me who loves sweet food in the morning. I took the pankakes with maple syrup and they were quite innatural from taste point of view.

All in all a decent hotel but not sure I'd go back.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Grischa C, Leiter Front Office at Hotel California, responded to this review, 8 April 2014
Dear Mr Trickypv

First of all we want to say thank you for choosing the Hotel California and your short Feedback.

We are pleased to hear that you liked our facy rooms which is decorated in a US-California style.

It is important for us to hear how you enjoyed your stay.

We hope to see you in the Hotel California again, so that we are able to show you the real california flair here in our house.

Kind regards
Ms Bettina Thaler
Front Office Manager
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Property: Hotel California
Address: Schifflaende 18, Zurich 8001, Switzerland
Region: Switzerland > Canton of Zurich > Zurich > Old Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#29 Family Hotel in Zurich
#48 Business Hotel in Zurich
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel California 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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