Renaissance Zurich Tower Hotel – a Review

From Lucerne, my intention was to head direct to Lech am Arlberg where I had made reservations for 4 nights. However a heavy snowfall closed the Arlbergpass and the train station as well. Since I was in the midst of changing trains in Zurich, I went on to find last minute lodging in the city. The Renaissance in town was surprisingly one of the cheaper options amongst the other Marriott hotels and is located near the newer Sheraton where I enjoyed my stay in Zurich the last time I was in the city.

Entrance to the hotel
Hotel porch and entrance

Being located in the newer commercial district, this hotel stands out in the area as one of the taller buildings and it is reflected in the ‘Tower’ name added to the hotel. Inside, guests would find a tall lobby that looks modern and smart with the check-in counters located on the right side. Arriving on a Sunday afternoon, the lobby was quiet since there was no activity in the commercial centre.

Check-in counter
Check-in counters

Check-in was thus a very quick affair with the guest noting I would only be staying for one night. On the check-in desks, guests could find some delicious Lindt chocolates and I always take a couple when I pass by the lobby. Due to my stay on a Sunday, the lounge was not open for evening snacks as mentioned by the front desk agent.

Lobby lounge
Lobby lounge

While my original intent was just to stay one night and leave for Lech am Arlberg the next day, I ended up staying an additional night due to the closure of the railway tracks in Austria from excessive snowfall. But as I had already checked out of the first suite I was assigned, I had the opportunity to review a standard room in the hotel as well.

Room No: 616 Category: Comfort King Room

The standard room on my second stay has a basic room layout but it was interesting to see the toilet in its own partition with a small washbasin. Having a separate toilet compartment was definitely a plus in a standard room.

Separate toilet
Toilet with mini washbasin

Next section of the room houses the shower which features a walk-in shower instead of the bathtub and shower combination.

Shower cubicle
Shower cubicle

Like some modern hotel rooms, this bathroom features 2 sliding doors allowing it to be opened from the doorway or from beside the bed. I liked the fact that there was plenty of hooks to hang your clothes and towels on the walls as well. Amenities in the bathroom was the standard Tokyo Milk brand that was found in the Renaissance Lucerne as well.

Standard bathroom
Standard bathroom

Inside the bedroom was a standard King sized bed with an abstract motif by the headboard. On both sides of the bed was a floating night stand. If anything, the night stand was a bit small but being a new hotel, there was convenient power outlets and light switches beside the bed.

Club room
Club room

Across from the bed was a work desk with a swivelling chair. There was more easily accessible power outlets on the desk with a table lamp for working. Connection ports were provided as well so guests could connect devices to the flatscreen TV located above the desk.

Standard club room
Desk and TV in the room

At the end of the room, there was an armchair and a small side table for lounging in the room. With a nice view even from the lower floors, the armchair is comfortable for a cup of morning coffee by the window as well.

View from the bathroom
Bathroom door view to the room

Room No: 1425 Category: Junior Suite

On my first night, I was surprised to have snagged a Junior Suite upon reaching my room. By the entrance, the first thing I noticed was the bright space by the desk. Behind the desk lies the closet, minibar and an open coat hanger. The desk itself has power outlets placed on the side of the desk.

Desk and closet
Desk and closet in the suite

Along the room, there was a luggage bench in the section where there was no window. The length of the room made the suite spacious and felt more like a studio apartment.

Corner Junior Suite
Luggage bench and living space in the suite

Diagonally across the work desk was a powder room with the toilet that was housed separate from the shower and bathtub in the adjacent space.

Separate toilet section
Separate toilet section

The bathroom was fitted with a bathtub and shower combination and that was the part of the suite I did not really like. In addition, both bathrooms do not have a rainshower as there was only a handheld shower head fitted. Otherwise I was pleased with the provision of Bvlgari bath amenities in a Renaissance hotel.

Bathroom with bathtub
Bathroom with bathtub
Bvlgari amenities
Bvlgari bath amenities

In the bedroom itself, there was a King bed and the corner location of this suite meant the bedroom occupies the end of with wrap-around windows, making it very bright and inviting in the morning. That would help in getting up early!

Suite bedroom
King bed in the suite

There was a set of armchairs with a coffee table at the end of the bed and it was a nice place to sit down for coffee while enjoying the city views. Beside the armchair was a TV console with an ambient light tower at the side. The addition of this light tower made the room brighter at night.

View from the King bed
View from the King bed

While the suite was located high up, there was some construction going on so the views are not exactly the best. Moreover, there was no welcome amenity in the suite either, though I felt it could be due to me making a last minute booking just hours before I checked in at the hotel.

Construction view
Construction view

Club Lounge

Breakfast is served from 6:30am to 10:30am on weekdays while guests are asked to head to the main restaurant for breakfast on the weekends. On weekends, there does not seem to be evening snacks though guests could get soft drinks, pretzel snacks and nuts in the lounge. The club lounge is split into 2 levels with a small staircase leading to the basement floor.

Club lounge
Inside the Club lounge

On the main floor, there was a communal table with a couple of tables. The best seats are those by the windows while the least desirable ones are the 2 sets of tall tables right by the entryway.

Entryway to the lounge
Entryway to the lounge

In the lower floor, guests could find a TV lounge with more casual seating spaces. There was also a couple of private work cubicles for guests requiring a quiet space to work in aside from their room.

TV in the lounge
TV in the lower level of the lounge
Lower level of the lounge
Lower level of the lounge

Breakfast served in the lounge was decent and consistent with those served in European hotels. A highlight was the chocolate croissants catered from Maison Cailler, a Swiss chocolate company. This was served alongside other pastries and comes in its own sleeve making it easy for a quick bite to go.

Chocolate pastries and muffins
Chocolate pastries and muffins

Hot food served on the buffet includes bacon and sausages. Potatoes and scrambled eggs were served alongside.

Bacon
Bacon
Sausages
Sausages
Mini potatoes
Mini potatoes
Scrambled eggs
Scrambled eggs

Cold cuts was also served in the temperature controlled storage. There was smoked salmon with the various toppings served there as well.

Cold cuts
Cold cuts
Smoked salmon with toppings
Smoked salmon with toppings

Fruits like watermelon, honeydew and grapes are served from the bowls and placed in the cabinet. There was packed yogurts and cheese inside as well.

Fruits and yogurts
Fruits and yogurts

Next to the temperature controlled food cabinet, guests could find cornflakes and other grains in jars. There was also freshly cooked waffles that was cut into halves with maple syrup, honey and jams available. Small packets of Nutella or Ovomaltine is available as condiments too.

Cereals and grains
Cereals and grains
Waffles
Waffles

In the evening from Monday to Saturday, the club lounge serves hors d’oevres between 6 and 8pm, with wines served from 5 till 10pm. On the second night I stayed, I managed to check out the various snacks offered in the lounge and it was good enough for a light dinner.

Cookies and condiments
Cookies and condiments in the lounge

There was four kinds of salads, with a simple garden salad, an avocado salad, a beetroot salad and an Asian noodle salad. Mini brownies, and puddings are served below the salad for desserts.

Salad and desserts
Salad and desserts
Noodle and avocado salad
Noodle and avocado salad

A pasta dish was also offered and it was some ravioli served with pomodoro sauce. Alongside it was a chicken drumlet dish with some BBQ sauce, as well as brussel sprout being the vegetable on offer.

Ravioli
Ravioli
Chicken drumlets and bread
Chicken drumlets and bread
Brussel sprouts
Brussel sprouts

The variety of dishes served in the lounge was not too bad and guests could also help themselves to red or white wines from the bar. Soft drinks, coffee and tea are available all day as well per the usual.

Restaurants & Bars

Aside from the Club lounge, hotel guests can find the Equinox restaurant located in the ground floor that functions as an all-day restaurant. However the restaurant is open only for breakfast on Sundays.

Equinox restaurant
Equinox restaurant

Beside the restaurant is the Lucid bar and lounge which is lit up nicely in the evening. The space has plenty of bar seats and lounge chairs that extends into the lobby, making this a focal socializing venue in the hotel.

Lucid bar & lounge
Lucid bar & lounge
Bar seats
Seats in the bar

Fitness Centre & Spa

Located at the 15th floor of the hotel, guests can find the meeting rooms, fitness centre and the spa/sauna facilities. For a city hotel, the fitness centre was average but it has a great view being located higher up in the building.

Inside the fitness centre
Inside the fitness centre
City view in the day
City view from the fitness centre

There was a weight bench with a couple of treadmills. Further in, there was several cycling machines.

Fitness centre
Fitness centre

What it lacked for in the fitness centre, the hotel made up by having a nice steam room and sauna area.

Sauna in the spa
Scandinavian sauna
Steam room in the spa
Steam room

There was a couple of relaxation chairs outside the sauna with an open shower and some private shower rooms. Lockers are also available for guests using the sauna.

Spa relaxation area
Spa relaxation area
Spa lockers
Showers in the spa
Shower room

Final Word

One night stay here during the winter season can range from between CHF180-230 (~$180-230) per night for a standard room inclusive of taxes. For a stay in Zurich, this was on the lower end since the location was not in the town centre.

Hotel building
Hotel exterior

While staying in the area can be boring on the weekends, the hotel is close to the Schiffbau theatre where several restaurants can be found. This makes it a nice place to relax in the evenings. SPG Platinum guests could also get access to the numerous Junior Suites in the upgrade pool and the rooms generally have a nice view. When I am ever back in Zurich, I would certainly consider staying here again.

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