Nikki Wallman searches out small-scale accommodation with a modern design twist in Switzerland’s most populous city.
Lady’s First Design Hotel
Don’t worry if you’re a bloke (or a couple) – men are welcome in this slickly renovated, 28-room, 19th-century townhouse in quiet Seefeld, near the shores of Lake Zurich. The rooftop and top floor wellness and spa area is, however, strictly for the ladies – a nice change if you’re not quite used to letting it all hang out in front of manly strangers.
Single rooms from $263 per night; double rooms from $332 per night; Mainaustrasse 24; www.ladysfirst.ch
Townhouse Boutique Hotel
The decadently Baroque-style wallpaper, richly-coloured furnishings and other quirky touches are a little different to the more minimalist restraint often found ‘round these parts. Reasonably priced and just a block away from the main train station.
Single rooms from $223 per night; double rooms from $258 per night; Schützengasse 7; townhouse.ch/en
This rambling, beautifully blended triumph of centuries-old architecture and modern design spreads out over nine historic townhouses. Each room and suite has a unique character – think exposed wooden beams, abundant antiques and art, plush leather bedheads, and richly coloured Moroccan rugs.
Single rooms from $538 per night; double rooms from $744 per night; Rennweg 7; widderhotel.ch