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Hilton Zurich Airport 3.5

Opfikon, Canton of Zurich, Switzerland

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Pros

  • Six-minute drive or shuttle ride to the Zurich Airport
  • Contemporary rooms and suites with large windows and luxe toiletries
  • Swiss restaurant serves expansive buffet breakfast, and a la carte lunch and dinner; room service
  • Lobby bar for coffee and cocktails; open late
  • Free scheduled shuttle from the airport to the hotel 
  • Modern fitness center with TechnoGym equipment and sauna
  • Free and fast Wi-Fi throughout
  • Executive Lounge serves free breakfast, free drinks, and snacks (for select room types)
  • Extensive meeting rooms and event facilities; staffed weekday business center
  • Ample parking (for a fee) 
  • Small shop sells souvenirs and chocolates

Cons

  • Breakfast and parking are incredibly pricey
  • Fees for shuttle to airport (free from the airport)
  • 15-minute drive to Zurich's city center
  • Overall the decor is slightly bland and corporate 

Bottom Line

Hilton Zurich Airport is a three-and-a-half-pearl contemporary and slightly generic chain hotel that aims to please business travelers and those with early flights, including airline crews. The 323 rooms are spacious and contemporary; they have flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. The Swiss-style restaurant is open for all three meals and serves a huge breakfast buffet, but the price is astronomical. The lobby bar and Executive Lounge (for select room categories) provide snacks and drinks. Other features include a modern fitness center, sauna, small souvenir shop, and paid parking. The airport shuttle to the hotel is free, but there's a fee to return to the airport. Holiday Inn Express Zurich Airport has lower rates and a free airport shuttle, but it doesn't have as many features and is a few minutes farther from the airport. 

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Scene

Busy chain airport hotel with spacious public areas and some dated decor

The Hilton Zurich Airport offers a reliably pleasant chain hotel stay near the Zurich Airport. Other than the futuristic looking steel and glass front entrance, the hotel's overall aesthetic is slightly bland and corporate. Curved red walls and LED overhead lighting in the lobby are reminiscent on an airport, and departure information is advertised on screens near the reception desk. The adjacent restaurant and lobby bar provide seating on banquettes and high-back tables. Chalkboards above the built-in buffet area and kitchen advertise the daily menu. Most of the guests are European business and leisure travelers on a layover, and flight crews often stay here. The hotel is bustling with guests coming and going from the airport at all hours (though room corridors are quiet), and the lobby bar is popular until late night. 

Location

In Opfikon, six minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from central Zurich 

As the name suggests, the Hilton Zurich Airport is best suited for travelers who need to be near the airport. The terminals are a six-minute drive or shuttle ride away from the hotel's front doors in Opfikon, which is about a 15-minute drive from central Zurich's picturesque Old Town, restaurants, and chocolate shops. The hotel's surrounding area includes pretty wooded areas and running trails, but little else of interest. Most guests are just here to sleep between flights. For those who have some time to explore, Lake Zurich is a 40-minute drive; Zoo Zurich is a 17-minute drive; and FIFA World Football Museum is a 20-minute drive. 

Rooms

Corporate rooms with large windows and a neutral color palette

Much like the public areas of the hotel, the rooms have a pleasant corporate vibe, are spacious, and are spotlessly clean. Decor is done in soft woods, neutral colors, and clean lines. Some rooms have white carpet with a red stripe, while others feature laminate wood floors. Twin beds or king-size beds are available. Upscale photo collages of Zurich's landmarks add local character to the spaces. Most of the rooms include an armchair, desk, and ergonomic chair. Standard amenities are free Wi-Fi, satellite flat-screen TVs with English channels (and up-to-date airport information), air-conditioning, multiline telephones, electronic safes, refrigerated minibars, and kettles with tea and instant coffee. Executive Rooms upgrade to Nespresso machines and free bottled water. Most of the bathrooms feature shower/tub combos with adjustable shower heads, Peter Thomas Roth toiletries, and hairdryers. Large windows let in lots of light and have views of the hotel's entrance or woods. 

Features

Restaurant, lobby bar, fitness center, and business facilities 

Features here cater to guests who need to eat, work out, and maybe have a business meeting before taking the shuttle back to the airport. The Swiss-style restaurant serves a wonderful breakfast buffet with hot and cold items including salad, eggs, fruit, yogurt, charcuterie, cheeses, rosti, and pancakes. Staff pours coffee and tea, and is quick to clear plates. However, the meal isn't included in room rates and is wildly expensive. Lunch, dinner, and 24-hour room service are available a la carte. The adjacent lobby bar serves cocktails, wines, and specialty coffees -- and is a popular spot. 

The modern fitness center provides TechnoGym cardio equipment with individual media screens. Strength-training machines and free weights are also presented. Relaxation beds are placed near the sauna. Outside, there's a well-marked jogging track.

Guests in Executive Rooms get access to the Executive Lounge for free breakfast, hot snacks, and drinks. There are also meeting rooms and a business center that's staffed on weekdays. Wi-Fi is free and fast throughout the hotel. Parking costs extra. The shuttle to the airport costs extra, but it's free from the airport to the hotel and runs on a regular schedule. Pets are welcome with a non-refundable deposit. 

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Address

Hohenbuehlstrasse 10, Opfikon, Zurich 8152, Switzerland

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