The Flag hotel in Zürich is BRAND NEW, I believe it's only been open to the public for 2-3 weeks! The first thing I noticed as I walked into the reception area is just how clean and IMO tastefully decorated it all looked. Kudos must go to the interior designers as they've achieved a fatastic look by combining a blonde, pine-looking native hardwood with the most impressive display of HEAVY, Stainless Steel candelabras, large bowls and platters this traveller has ever come across (the candelabras in particular... if only they didn't weigh more than I do!!) The reception is an open plan affair incorporating the heavy set hardwood as previously mentioned, in the form of long window facing benches as well as matching long, wide, HEAVY EVERYTHING timber tables, which double as a breakfast room or conference room depending on the time of day. Quite often I've observed 2 or 3 people or groups of people just sitting around, drinking coffee and having a chat... Very social indeed! The reception area is bright and cheery thanks to the floor to ceiling plate-glass windows coupled with a quite a few pieces of very fine looking art which I believe are for sale- I'm not sure if all are mind you but all you'd need to do is step a few feet from where you're enjoying your morning coffee what-have-you and ask the ladies in reception and I've no doubt you'd have your answer immediately. While on the subject of the hotel's reception and management... leaving out the wonderful mother & daughter management team of Fabienne & Larissa (respectively) is like leaving the water out of a brand new Olympic sized swimming pool THAT'S how essential these two are. Fabienne & Larissa are very good at their jobs and nothing is too much trouble for them believe me- such a welcome change to the cookie-cutter fake service with a smile that is all to common nowadays. Once again it is in my own humble opinion that Fabienne & Larissa's real benefit to the Flag Hotel Zürich (and by extension US) comes not only from their obvious abilities with hotel management but it's their innate ability to make even the most "tired" overseas traveller feel welcome by creating an honest-to-goodness sense of warmth and hospitality that you can't BUT be compelled to be "won over" so to speak. And for those sceptics among you, that even extends to those who've had to endure the proverbial flight from hell eg. 21-24+ hours in the air or stop-over, an un-related, unremitting crying, screaming baby (or three) within 2-3 rows of you and your new BFF "Plus" sized seating companion who just loves to talk all about him/herself... ALL FLIGHT LONG! Aaaaarrrggghhhh!
- After a flight like that I'd personally just leave the bags at reception and go find a bar (or three) to "take the edge off" as they say- for a couple of hours at least!
Summing up (as this critique is getting rather long <cough>). The room I had was what I'd consider to be of a generous size whilst trying to replicate a similar type theme as is the reception i.e. stainless steel bathroom taps & fittings (Grohe) but with a lower budgetary restraint- mainly noticeable by the flooring and MDF furniture. They've used a dark coloured timber veneer or printed HDF flooring system with cream & steel coloured furniture. Design wise is clean & minimal with everything included such as dishes, cutlery a coffee machine (pod-type) plus for me it is the now pretty well essential high speed Internet access... which was also available via the TV. I will note however the complete lack of English speaking TV channels available at the time (bar MTV) but this I assume would be rectified within a short time frame- they are not forgetting only 2 or 3 weeks old! My score? I'd give it a 4 out of 5 and that's pretty darn good for me let me tell you. Would I recommend it to my friends? Absolutely, without a moments thought. So do yourself a favour and book a room if your coming to Zürich and as a bonus they're offering room rates that have to be seen to believed, REALLY! How long are they keeping their what I assume are their introductory room-rates, I really don't know but I'd say go for it as you've got nothing to lose but a great hotel stay to win. Enjoy Zürich cause apart from it's natural beauty and history etc, it's got REALLY very nice people in it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Flag Zurich! The Flag The Flag Zurich is an apartment concept geared towards the needs of business people and city travelers. Our hotel is nestled in the business area Altstetten and its motto is "Home away from home". The Altstetten train station is only a then-minute walk away. Several tram and bus lines connect The Flag Zurich hotel with the city centre (4.5 km). For anyone visiting an open-air concert or sports event in the “Letzigrund” stadium, it’s just then minutes away. The Flag Zurich counts 101 rooms. Every one of them is equipped with a Flat screen TV. The rooms are available from 3.00 pm Check-out time is until 11.00 am. The Welcome Desk is open from 6AM to 12:30AM during weekdays. On weekends, the reception is occupied from 8AM to 6PM. In case of a late arrival, you can always check in via our Check in station located in front of the lobby. ... more less
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