Towering above the nightclubs and galleries that surround it, this hip hotel offers a cutting-edge alternative to Zurich's historic gilded lodgings. Opened in 2011, the hotel has rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, dark-wood floors, separate shower areas, and neutral color schemes with purple accents. The walls are adorned with contemporary art that speaks to the neighborhood's industrial past. The staff is eager to recommend nearby hot spots, and touch-screen monitors in the lobby can direct you to local attractions. A new tram station offers direct access to the city's main train station. At this writing, construction was underway on a shopping and dining complex next door.