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signmeup Feb 11th, 2008 03:20 PM

Baby friendly hotels in Zurich near Bellerivestrasse
We may be there with our babies. Any suggestions for hotels? Thanks.

Cicerone Feb 20th, 2008 08:35 PM

Sorry, I just saw this post of yours, I have responded to your other question on things to do. The Bellerivestrasse area is quite residential but pretty, quiet and with the tram really not a bad option for going into the main parts of town quickly. There are some restaurants in the neighbourhood as well. Itís quite a long street, several miles in fact. It starts at the head of the lake just near the Opera House, and runs basically along the lake down to the next town (where its name changes to Seestrasse). Is there a particular address or neighbourhood in the Bellereivstrasse area you want to be near?

The hotels along that street or near that area that I know would be as follows, but without a budget it is hard to recco. I think any would be OK for children, you would have to ask about cribs, and you may not want a balcony room at say the first one below. Prices are estimated, may be a bit more or a bit less if your trip is over a weekend.

Steigenberger Bellerive au Lac
Utoquai 47
8008 Zürich
Phone: +41 (0) 1 / 2 54 40-00
Fax: +41 (0) 1 / 2 54 40-01

US$250 This is right at the strat of Bellerivestrasse. Nice hotel in a good location on the lake (across the street), a little bit out of the old town area, but certainly walkable from there. Some of the rooms have balconies. Rooms facing the busy main street would have very good lake views.

Hotel Opera
Dufourstrasse 5
8008 Zürich
Tel: 44 258 99 99

US$265 4 star. Quite a nice hotel with an excellent restaurant. The public areas are especially nice. Just behind the Opera House and about a block to the lake. Not in the old town, but quickly walkable to it, and to a major tram stop.

Hotel Seehof
Seehofstrasse 11
Zürich CH-8008
Phone: 01/2545757
Fax: 01/2545758

3 stars, built or renovated last year or so. This is just behind the Opera House, just at the edge of the old town, so not in the charming area, but very close to it, and about a block from the lake. There are several good restaurants in this neighbourhood and others within close walking distance. It gets good reviews here. It is about a 3 minute walk to the Stadelhofen train station in Zurich so is very convenient for getting to the airport.

There is also the Eden au Lac in this neighborhood and several other hotels, you might check the website below.

Hotel Seefeld
Seefeldstrasse 63
8008 Zurich
[email protected]

US$230 3-star. This would be about 1 mile further down Bellerivestrasse than the hotels above, and 2 blocks back on Seefeldstrasse, which has trams on it so is convenient. They have a roof terrace. It is in a nice residential neighbourhood of restaurants and some interesting shops, and is about 2 blocks from the lake. This is not in the old town. It is not too far from the Chinese Garden. It is on a tram line and so is convenient for getting to the old town in about 5 minutes by tram, or a goodish walk.

Also look at (they have several good hotels in town, but none in the Bellerivestrasse area)

Cicerone Feb 20th, 2008 08:47 PM

One thing I should mention is room size. Rooms tend to be small. Ask about room size if you are planning on having your kids in the same room. With 2 adults and 2 kids, with maybe a cot and a crib, you are going to want AT LEAST 30 square meters, and personally around 35 is probably the minimum, as babies/toddlers tend to have a ton of paraphernalia. Anything under 30 square meters IMO you are going to find quite cramped for 4 people, even if 2 are kids. Finding rooms with 2 double beds is quite hard, you would have to try the major chains and even then IMO you will have a tough time. A junior suite or suite would probably work very well, of course it will cost more. You will see some rooms at 18-22 or 25 square meters, these are not going to work for 2 adults and 2 kids.

signmeup Feb 28th, 2008 04:41 PM

Thanks again Cicerone. I do have a better address but not his moment. Also, should we take car seats? And are there any places like apart hotel like in Paris- yes a jr suite is the idea.
You are very very helpful.

Cicerone Feb 28th, 2008 07:42 PM

There are serviced apartments/apart hotels (i.e. with a kitchen and separate bedroom) in Zurich, one I know of is called Ema House behind the Marriott They have several different sizes I believe. There may be others, you might do a search or consult a guidebook.

With regard to car seats, if you are renting a car, first check with the car rental company as to whether they can provide them, which I donít think should be an issue. (Unless for some reason you want to bring your own.) Otherwise, if you mean you want to use them for taxis, well first of all so much of Zurich is walkable and there is very good public transport that you do not need a taxi, and secondly taxis are very expensive so you probably wonít want to use them a lot anyway. To the best of my knowledge there is no law requiring the use of car seats in taxis, so it is unlikely you will find any taxi driver that has them in the trunk or anything. But other than a trip in from the airport, I donít think you will be taking taxis in Zurich very much.

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