Zurich, Switzerland

Marktgasse Hotel

Rates from (ex tax)$161.83

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (CHF164.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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Style

Sleek and Swiss-toric

Setting

Cobblestoned Old Town

Boutique stay Marktgasse Hotel in Zürich’s Old Town is a trio of interconnected centuries-old townhouses, with clean, minimalist, Scandi-inspired interiors. All rooms are bright and airy, but each has unique period details thanks to the historically-protected status of the building. Wake up to sumptuous breakfasts of smoked salmon, home-made granola and cinnamon rolls, before you spend your day exploring the winding streets of historic Zürich and meander along the edge of its glittering lake. Spend leisurely evenings enjoying international dishes in the modern restaurant before spiriting away to a cosy corner of art deco-style Baltho Küche and Bar.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

39, including eight suites.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $161.83 (CHF158), excluding tax at 3.8 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of CHF2.50 per person per night on check-in.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (CHF164.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include free coffee and tea in the lobby, but usually exclude the buffet breakfast (€19 for adults, €10 for children).

Also

Browse for a book in the hotel’s library or decamp to the adjoining salon for a night of drinks and board games. Both rooms can be hired out for special events.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, library, terrace, and access to the off-site spa (a two minutes' walk from the hotel). In rooms: TV, water carafes (with a filling station in every corridor), Aesop bath products, air-conditioning; suites and Junior Suites also have Nespresso coffee machines and Geneva sound systems.

Our favourite rooms

All rooms in this listed building have unique layouts and period details, including parquet floors, original tiled stoves and large windows; rooms on higher floors tend to have less-lofty ceilings than those on lower floors, and rooms at the back are a bit quieter than their street-facing counterparts. For an alfresco space to call your own, swing for the Junior Suite with Roof Terrace and you’ll be rewarded with lake and cityscape views from your private perch.

Spa

Hotel guests have access to the Fitnesspark Hamam Münstergasse, a two-minute walk away. There’s a hammam and steam rooms, whirlpool, rhassoul mud room, and a spa pool with massage jets, bubble benches and waterfalls. Choose from a range of classic and hammam massages, or hit the cardio equipment.

Packing tips

Bring your cobblestone-ready footwear and an appetite for cinnamon rolls and chocolate.

Also

All common areas in the hotel are wheelchair accessible, there’s a lift to all floors and two guestrooms have specially-adapted bathrooms; check availability with our Smith24 team when booking.

Children

Welcome. There are games and books in the library, and baby cots and highchairs can be provided on request.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Try for a table near the windows in buzzy Baltho Küche, and in Delish, tables at the back have street views for prime people-watching.

Dress Code

In casual Delish, don your casual brunch best; opt for a hint of dark emerald green to subtly match Baltho Küche and Bar.

Hotel restaurant

In modern, open-plan Baltho Küche, industrial-tinged geometric lights hang over black wooden tables, and Stefan Burger’s painting Die Rückkehr (the Return) hangs opposite a bank of large picture windows. Chef Lukas Rüfenacht is the mastermind behind the international menu, which changes weekly, but always includes a range of lighter to heartier fare; we recommend the ravioli if it’s on offer. Modern deli Delish’s large, family-style dining table is where breakfasts of smoked salmon, regional cheeses and freshly-baked breads and made-to-order egg dishes are served. Home-made granola, yogurt and fresh fruit are also on offer, alongside freshly-squeezed juices, heavy-duty Hochstrasser coffees and Schwarzenbach teas, but the sweet-and-spicy cinnamon rolls hold a special place in our hearts.

Hotel bar

With dark green walls, a wooden bar and a marble floor, Baltho Bar serves up art deco style alongside a long list of classic cocktails and creative concoctions shaken up by the engaging mixologists. There’s also a heady selection of craft beers from local breweries and a smattering of fine wines to choose from. We like it best for after-dinner drinks, but Baltho Bar is open from 11am every day, and serves drinks until midnight Mondays to Wednesdays, 1am on Thursdays, 2am Fridays and Saturdays, and a sedate 11pm on Sundays.

Last orders

Baltho Küche is open daily from 11am to 2pm and 6pm to 11pm (10pm on Sundays). Delish is open daily from 6.30am to 9pm.

Room service

A slightly pared-down version of the restaurant menu is available from 10am to midnight (11pm on Sundays).

Location

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Address
Marktgasse Hotel
Marktgasse 17
Zürich
8001
Zürich
Switzerland

Planes

Direct flights from major hubs in North America and across Europe land at Zürich Airport, 30 minutes away by car; our Smith24 team can arrange your flights and transfers.

Trains

Eurostar and TGV trains regularly pull into Zürich Main Station, 10 minutes by car from the hotel.

Automobiles

You won’t need a car to navigate the city – and they’re technically verbotten in Old Town – but you can drive right up the traffic-free street to the hotel door to drop your bags; just have a print-out of your reservation handy to show to traffic police if asked. There are several paid (CHF40-50 a day) public car parks within a short walk from the hotel.

Other

You can catch a city tram from Zürich Main Station or the airport to the Rathaus stop; the hotel is a minute’s walk away on Marktgasse.

Worth getting out of bed for

Keen swimmers are in luck: lakeside Zürich loves its lidos (there are 18 in total); we especially like Seebad Enge. Boutique lovers will find they’re only a five-minute’s walk from main shopping promenade Bahnhofstrasse, and foodies can explore their way through artisanal shop Berg un Tal for local treats and regional drinks. Modern-art aficionados can get their fix at Kunsthaus Zürich, which has a Swiss-centric collection that spans from the Middle Ages to nowadays. Opera enthusiasts can easily swing by the city’s main venue, just a few minutes’ walk from the hotel, to check out the schedule, and for board-treading action, there’s the nearby the Schauspielhaus theatre. For little Smiths, the zoo is 15 minutes away by tram, and the city’s toy museum is a five-minute walk away.

Local restaurants

It wouldn’t be a holiday in Switzerland without at least one raclette or fondue night, so get cheesy at Le Dezaley. If it’s an authentic Swiss meal you’re after, upscale Kronenhalle has you covered. Specialties include Balleron sausage salad, thick-cut Chateaubriand fillets and dreamy mousse au chocolat.

Local cafés

Café Schober has been crafting decadent chocolates and cakes for over a hundred years. Swing by this baroque-style century-old space for a sugar-buzzing Kaffee und Kuchen break; in warmer months, try to snag a seat on the terrace.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Switzerland and unpacked their chocolates and very dependable watches, a full account of their luxury city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Marktgasse Hotel in Zürich…

If hotels were like boxes of (Swiss) chocolates, Zürich's Marktgasse Hotel is the kind of treat we'd eat right up; there are certainly plenty of treats within the hotel's two centuries-old townhouses. This central Old Town stay is set off a cobblestone street, just minutes away from Lake Zürich and main attractions, including the Fraumünster Cathedral and the Kunsthaus. Inside, clean Scandi-style design is complemented by quirky period details, including slightly slanted parquet floors and tiled stoves.

Downstairs, there's a sultry, emerald-hued bar, and a mod-international restaurant where the menu changes weekly and geometric lights hang over black half-moon booths. There’s also a cinnamon-scented café for leisurely breakfasts and afternoon kaffee und kuchen breaks if you're more of a literal box-of-chocolates type. After all, this is the place for it.

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