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I wanted to come back to Zurich for very long time and finally we managed on our way to Umrah this Ramadan . I had visited Zurich on a long layover 7 years ago when I was still a student returning to the UK from Greece. I think it was then that I developed my love for long layovers. The ability to see more and pay less; especially on a student budget. 🙂
We were staying overnight in Zurich and due to a one hour delay of our British Airways flights we arrived at 6pm instead of 5pm. Still I am so happy I had booked the Radisson Blu Zurich Airport hotel since it would have taken us longer to arrive at the hotel and less time to explore the city.
Sometimes I try to book the cheapest option which is not always the most convenient. Thankfully I have my husband to talk sense into me. 🙂 No wonder I spent my student years sleeping on airport benches thinking I am saving money when in reality I think I used to spend more.
The Radisson hotel is a short walk between the terminals and you don’t even have to go out; it is also 5 minutes to the train station taking you directly into Zurich city centre.
I booked the hotel with cash and points for 20,000 points and £86 instead of the £150 a night in full price. Since I had plenty of Club Carlson points I didn’t mind spending a few thousands. The hotel is very nice and we were upgraded to a Business room with free breakfast and free soft drinks from the minibar as I am a Gold member. Thanks to a free link I found about a year ago!
Check in was efficient and the lady was very polite; she even spent some time with us giving insights into where we should go on our visit to Zurich city centre.
The room had an airport view and a floor to ceiling window. In my opinion there is something calming about seeing airplanes take off and land.
The bathroom was large as well with plenty of space. One thing that I am not very keen on and I see many hotels starting to do this is to have a window as a wall for the bathrooms. Most of the time there is not much privacy and you can see someone in there. It is definitely not my cup of tea and if I had a choice I would avoid these hotels.
Breakfast was great and there was plenty of choice. We even had the chef who was Turkish telling us what is halal for us to eat. 🙂 It was a very nice gesture and good to see fellow Muslims trying to help. Though I am not very sure how family friendly are all the ladies on the back wall. 😉
One thing I love about the hotel is how close it was to the terminals as it took us 20 minutes from our room to check out and get to terminal 1 to check in for our flight.
Overall this is a lovely property with easy access to the airport for an early flight as well as convenience for a few hours spent in the city. I am so happy I booked this and not some other options that required walking or a bus to get there. Even staying in the city centre would be hassle with bags and train and a morning flight. So this hotel is at an excellent location.