Words by Carlie Tucker
When you think of international business hotspots in Europe, chances are Zurich sits toward the top of the list. This hip European capital is indeed a major player in the international business game thanks to its reputation as a hard-working financial epicentre. International business people (including those from Australia) touchdown in Zurich on a regular basis, looking for a place to stay. Luckily the city is no stranger to top quality business-friendly hotels and we're narrowing down a few of the best:
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This hotel is all about visitors to the city on business. It's Zurich's tallest 4-star hotel, ideally located opposite the Oerlikon train station and within minutes of the Zurich Airport and city centre. All 347 rooms and suites are well-appointed with sleek, modern style, creating a conveniently located stay that ticks all the boxes when it comes to comfort.
Each room features a light and airy design complimented by beautiful views over the surrounding city and Alps. Business travellers will appreciate the large in-room work desk, ergonomic desk chair and presence of dataports and electrical sockets. Little extras such as the satellite-on-demand and pillow menu are just icing on the cake. Outside the rooms, Restaurant Le muh and Le muh Bar are great for quick meals or extended client meet-ups. There is also an on-site gym, spa and rooftop infinity pool.
This SmartSTAY hotel provides FCBT clients with a few complimentary extras when booked through your Travel Manager. This includes internet access, late check-out until 3pm and an upgrade to the next room category (subject to availability).
Park Hyatt Zurich
Another top spot in the heart of the commercial and financial district, the Park Hyatt Zurich offers a 5-star stay for the discerning business traveller. It is within walking distance to Paradeplatz Square, Bahnhofstrasse, Congress Hall and Lake Zurich, and it counts itself as one of the city's premier luxury hotels.
A mix of 139 rooms and suites are available, each well appointed with spacious layouts decked out in warm interiors. Floor-to-ceiling windows come standard across all rooms, as do dual telephone lines with voicemail, a morning newspaper, internet access, large work desk, in-room Nespresso Coffee Machine and complimentary use of Club Olympus Spa & Fitness.
There are five separate drinking and dining options available on-site and six meeting rooms capable of accommodating up to 360 delegates. Business travellers will also appreciate the number of specific services provided to ensure your stay is that much easier. This includes access to computers and printers, a packing and shipping service, courier services, photocopying and scanning, office supplies and typing services on request.
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The Marriott Zurich represents comfort and convenience with a fantastic position along the banks of the Limmat river. Business guests will relish the exceptional location in the city centre that provides easy access to many key business locations. It is within walking distance to Bahnhofstrasse and the Zurich train station, and, of course, if you do find yourself with a little bit of free time, many top leisure locations are just as close. This includes the Zurich Opera, Old Town, Grossmunster and Zurich Zoo.
There are no less than five different room types and three different suites to choose from, ensuring a stay to suit your style and your budget. All the details to ensure a comfortable night's stay are accounted for, including quality beds with pillow top mattresses, air conditioning, sound proofed windows and a dedicated work space. There is even a Business Suite that comes complete with Executive lounge access, complimentary food and beverages and access to a conference room.
The hotel also plays home to a fitness centre, internet access through public areas, foreign exchange and much more.
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Hilton Zurich Airport
If close proximity to the airport is high on your priority list when searching for hotels, this Hilton has you covered. It's only five minutes from Zurich's Kloten Airport with a shuttle to and from available. What's better is that it's also happens to be a mere 15 minutes away from the centre of the city, ensuring ease of access to both your flights and everything Zurich has to offer.
You have the choice of guest rooms, suites or executive rooms, the latter of which are custom made with the corporate traveller in mind. These business-friendly spaces not only come complete with access to the Executive Lounge with personalised service, but they also offer the benefit of a private check-in, late check-out, large work desk with ergonomic chair, internet access and desk-level electrical outlets.
Convenience aimed at professionals on the road goes beyond the room with a number of business services available on-site, including a dedicated Business Centre, international power adaptors, secretarial service and meeting rooms. There is also a 24-hour fitness centre, bicycle rental, jogging track and steam bath available.