I actually made my way to the Sheraton Zurich slightly more than a week earlier to store my snowboard bag inside the hotel. While the property was not obliged to store it for me, they did it without qualms after stating I would be staying with them shortly after. This started off my review to a great start.
Sheraton has an older property closer to the city centre called the Sheraton Zurich Neues Schloss but it was more expensive and has a more traditional decor. On the other hand, the Sheraton Zurich is housed in a glass building located in a technology hub in the northern part of the city along Pfingstweidstrasse. For drivers, parking is chargeable at the hotel for the rate of CHF22.50 per night. Meanwhile the rate I paid came down to an average of CHF418 (~$400) per night which is by no means cheap for a Sheraton but rates were quite expensive for Zurich during the dates I wanted to stay.
Arriving into the hotel, there is a very inviting and well designed lobby with lots of space. The design reminds me of some modern boutique hotels. The front desk agents were very professional here and tried hard to accommodate our requests for rooms on the same floor, which was difficult considering the hotel was fully booked. In the end we did obtain a room on the same floor though we were placed on the Executive Room rather than the Club room that I had booked. There was no difference to the rooms though as I did retain the club lounge access.
Room No: 801 Category: Executive King Room
For the room with the King bed it was smaller in size, with a bathroom on the left upon entry. While the bathroom is smaller, it features a rain shower inside a glass enclosed stall which is standard and much preferred to the bathtub shower combination. This is a mark of a new hotel, and I do like the setup.
Bathroom amenities are to Sheraton’s brand standard with the usual scent in a familiar bottle, considering how often I stayed at Sheraton hotels last year.
One thing to note is that there is a stained window panel that can be moved to cover the glass panel that separates the bathroom and bedroom so privacy can be an issue if the room is shared.
Another positive mention is that the bedrooms are equipped with Nespresso machines and that is probably one of the best coffee machines out there for convenience and a good cup of coffee.
The room also has plenty of seating space with a work desk and chair, an armchair by the window and a bay window seating area with cushion. Very neat design overall, creating a comfortable space for guests.
Room No: 813 Category: Executive Double Room
The second room is slightly larger as it contains 2 double beds. Even the bathroom is much more spacious with both a bathtub and a shower cubicle. Though the shower stall also feature the translucent glass panel.
Inside the room there is 2 double beds which is generous in size compared to the usual European style hotels. However due to the beds, there is no bay window or armchair in the room. Aside from the standard work desk and chair, the room also features a triangular ottoman that can act as a luggage bench or occasional chair.
Nespresso machines can also be found in the room, and of note is that the double room faces the train tracks that bypass this area so it can get quite noisy during the day.
Since I was booked on the club room, I had access to the club lounge. Entering the lounge there is a small reception area for guests to conduct check-in and check-out procedure. As for the lounge itself, it is separated into 2 areas, with a dining area on the left and a lounge area with TV on the right side.
On top of breakfast, there was light snacks and an evening cocktail served in the evenings. I did not partake in the evening cocktails but I did have breakfast in the morning and the selection of food was way better than the usual Sheraton club lounges.
Presentation of the food was also excellent. There was baked beans and braised vegetables on casseroles, bacon and sausages, and scrambled eggs. This was aside from the fruit platter, cold cuts, and continental selection of toast and yogurt on offer.
An espresso machine can also be found in the lounge for guests to make cappuccino all day long and there is also a tall and long communal table for those seeking to do some work while munching.
Besides the club lounge, the hotel also has a fitness centre that I did not use. On the ground floor, there is a cozy lounge complete with a fireplace for the cold nights. Then guests could also dine at the lobby restaurant called Route Twenty-Six. SPG Platinum guests are also provided with drinks vouchers for the bar which I visited with my Dad for a glass of house wine.
Staying at the hotel was not cheap though in some instances room rates for this property can go down to CHF180-200. While expensive, the quality of the furnishings, modern room decor and amenities like the rain shower makes it worthwhile. In addition, the hotel has a nice club lounge with good views of the surroundings. Finally, even though the hotel is not in the city centre, there is a tram station right outside with direct access to the city and it takes only 15 minutes by the tram that comes quite frequently. Considering the other Sheraton is more expensive in Zurich and the Four Points is nearly the same, I would recommend this hotel over the other 2 for those looking to stay in an SPG property in the city.