➔ Lufthansa Business Class, Airbus A320, LHR-FRA
➔ Lufthansa Business Class, Airbus A320neo, FRA-FCO
➔ Starhotels Metropole, Rome
➔ Rome City Guide
➔ Swiss Business Class, Airbus A320, FCO-ZRH
➔ Radisson Blu, Zurich Airport
➔ Swiss Business Class, Airbus A330, ZRH-LHR
For the night stop in Zurich, initially, an airport hotel was needed. The original plan was for me to arrive from Rome at around 10pm before departing back to London at around 08:00 the next morning. However, the later flight was cancelled and I was rebooked on to an afternoon flight. So as it turned out, I didn’t really need an airport hotel after all. At least for the arrival.
The Radisson Blu Zurich Airport was actually the second booking I had made for the night. I had originally booked the Holiday Inn Express, which came in at around £70 for the night. Plus I have status with IHG. However, soon after booking, it was brought to my attention that their hotel shuttle wasn’t running. Instead, they recommended taking a taxi at a cost of €20 each way. Once this was factored into the equation, the premium of staying at the Radisson Blu wasn’t quite so steep. I promptly cancelled the Holiday Inn Express and was happy enough to pay the £10 extra overall to have to avoid the inconvenience of having to mess around with taxis between the airport and the hotel.
Whilst I knew the Radisson Blu was connected to the terminal at Zurich Airport, I’d never really had the need to look for it before. Luckily, it was well signposted inside the terminal.
After a short walk, I was at the main entrance.
In the reception area was an impressive structure.
Check in wasn’t busy at all. In fact, I had to wait a few seconds for someone to realise I was there. As it turned out, their IT systems were down so everything had to be done manually. This was a bit of a blessing though, as it meant they couldn’t take a pre-authorisation on my card. As regular readers will know, this is a practise I’m not too keen on. Especially when its mandatory.
My room was on the 4th floor.
The room itself was your standard layout, and was a very good size.
Upon entry, the bathroom was on the left. It featured the standard furniture. Including a good sized walk in shower. The amenities were a little more basic than usual however.
Moving on into the room, a wardrobe was provided, along with tea and coffee facilities. Again, things here were a little more basic than usual.
The main bedroom was taken up with a decent sized bed, with a distinct lack of pillows. Luckily there were a few more in the wardrobe.
At the far end of the room was a small table, with a chair that felt like it was about to collapse when I sat on it.
Also in this area, was a work desk with an interesting mural of some local landmarks.
Powerpoints were conveniently located.
Also provided in the room were two bottles of water.
And for the first time, a small bottle of hand sanitiser. Which also happened to be small enough to get through airport security in your hand luggage. Very handy!
There was a large TV on the wall, with more than a few English TV channels. Handy, as I now had more time here than originally anticipated.
The remote was bagged up, much like as I found in Palma previously. I’m assuming this is supposed to signify it’s been cleaned. But there’s nothing to confirm this.
As far as views went, I’ve had better. An if I’m honest, I felt a little bit on show! Therefore I kept the curtains closed throughout my stay.
The Radisson Blu Zurich Airport is a very good option if you have an early flight. From looking at the times on my pictures, from leaving my room to making it to the Swiss Airlines lounge, it took 10 minutes.
The room was a very good size and modern enough. The price paid (£130/night) was about right too. Any more and I’d be feeling a little hard done by. It was certainly a better option than paying £70 for a night at the Holiday Inn Express, then having to shell out another £40 to get from/to the airport. I wouldn’t have checked out of my room and made it through security in 10 minutes if I had kept that reservation!