I used this hotel during a business trip to an office near Saalsportshalle district. This meant walking down the hill from the hotel to the nearest bus (or train) stop and then a 15 minute ride into the Sihlcity shopping mall. Where it is situated, the foothill of the Uetliberg is steep - if you are not fully able, you would need to get a taxi in and out of the Doltschihalde residential street where the hotel resides, and taxis are not cheap in Zurich, where public transport is.
The hotel is simple, my single room was small but clean, the shower was powerful, the bed comfortable and the TV had UK channels as well as an international mix. WifI was excellent.
Breakfast is buffet / continental style and served my purposes well enough, the coffee was excellent.
The Reception is staffed until around 6 pm. After hours (9.30 pm if I recall) entry to the hotel requires use of a keypad & the code is written on your pass card booklet on arrival - so take it with you if you go out late!
The hotel is sited in a residential area, not far from Tremli Hospital and Tremli station (through a small gap in the houses) where you can take the train up to the top of the mountain, should you not relish the walk. This train, on a steep incline, does make some noise so in the earlier hours when the mountainside is quiet, this clatter can wake you if staying on the far side of the hotel.
A benefit of the aspect is a reasonable view aver the tenement houses on the street, across the city to the valley wall on the far side (where FIFA resides), and the sweet smell of pine from the trees surrounding the building's rear portion.
Otherwise, as mentioned, a brisk walk down a fairly steep hill takes about 12 minutes to Schweighof Bus and train stop on Schweighofstrasse. The train here and at Tremli takes you into the city by a more direct route, or else take the bus and connect further down the route.
For fit budget tourists, those who like navigating by public transport, and who don't mind sourcing food other then breakfast away from their room, this hotel will be fine. If you want a more conventional hotel experience close to the action, this will not be for you, but the prices here, compared to the many other hotels close to town, may make you feel fitter than you are. I enjoyed the morning walk down to the bus, as well as the evening slog up to the hotel after work. If you're coming back late, I strongly advise taking the Tremli train and walking through the Hospital grounds and the housing estate (perfectly safe) as it will take all the sting out of the incline and takes about 8 minutes (not 2 as some have claimed); from Schweighof, with a full meal and maybe a couple of glasses inside you, you may regret the hillside location...
There is a pizza bar just outside the hotel, which was always eerily quiet when I was there, although the pizzas were very good; otherwise no restaurants or bars are near to the residence. this is a drawback of your stay here - a taxi ride or a stiff walk downhill (and then up) awaits the hungry or thirsty guest.
Visit the Uetliberg by leg or train, and sup in the hotel bar on the mountain top. Views are spectacular and the air is clear (Snow notwithstanding). For keen walkers, stride across to the sister peak, Felsenegg (about a 2h walk) and choose the fondue option in the wonderfully atmospheric Felsenegg Restaurant on the top.. A cable car will take you down to a nearby train station for the trip back, should the surprisingly strong liquor in the fondue leave you somewhat wobbly-legged.
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