One of the casualties of the pandemic is the Swissôtel Zürich. The iconic 350-room hotel, Switzerland’s tallest with 32 floors, closed in November 2020. Opened in 1972 as the Hotel International it operated as a Swissôtel since 1980. Thanks to a young start-up, Novac-Solutions, the otherwise empty hotel into is transferred in what is probably Switzerland’s biggest co-living space. 250 of the 350 rooms in the new becozy Self Check-in & Pop-up Hotel are being made available for rent, while the remainder will still serve as a layover option for tourists and business people. It’s a temporary measure before the space is fully renovated in 2022 when, according to owner Credit Suisse, the refurbished building will include a hotel over the first 12 floors and apartments above. So this is your chance to fetch one of the upper floor units while they are still available.
As the name implies it is a limited service hotel. Staff is being kept at a minimum, and is available only for technical, security and cleaning purposes. When you want your room to be cleaned or linens changed, you pay extra. There’s self check-in, which reviews say is an easy process. A living room on the 31st floor offers drinks and snacks and there is a self-laundry. Downstairs there is a restaurant and a Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts outlet. From the opposite Oerlikon train station it is a 5-minute ride to Zürich’s Central Station.