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Townsville, Queensland, Australia
June 12, 2004
Although the hotel has existed for 600 years, it was completely rebuilt in 1939. Fortunately, some thought was given to the new structure and it is undeniably romantic. The rooms and bathrooms are small by modern standards but they are warmly appointed with pretty fabrics and some have French windows that open over the water. Fresh flowers and a fruit bowl are provided for guests. Rooms have a guest safe. The deluxe corner rooms are worth fighting for if money is no object.
The lobby incorporates a business center, newsstand, ladies and men’s hairdresser and car rental outlet. Other services are a porter, laundry/cleaning, valet service, doctor, shoe shine and safe deposit boxes. This is where you can run into a celebrity almost without knowing it. Recent guests have included Kofi Anan, Tina Turner and Michael Douglas. The hotel is popular because of its blend of excellent, friendly service, relaxed atmosphere and state-of-the-art facilities.
La Rotisserie is the hotel’s signature restaurant. The atmosphere is extraordinary and reminiscent of an authentic guildhouse. There are a series of menus which run from SF70-94 and change depending on the seasons. Imagine enjoying home made morel ravioli with baby vegetables followed by a pot-stew of turbot, lobster, shrimps and scallops and finished with a raspberry and peach parfait on a Bourbon vanilla sauce. Fortunately, I don’t have to imagine. It was delicious.
I also checked out the ground floor Barchetta Café and Bar with its jumbo cappuccinos, delicious snacks and wines, and the first floor Storchen Piano Bar which has nightly entertainment. In summer there are two further options. The Storchen Terrace overlooks the river and serves warm meals from morning till late evening. The Boulevard Café operates under the lime trees next to the romantic fountain for light lunches, afternoon ice cream sundaes or an after-work beer or wine.
From journal Highlights of Zurich
March 5, 2013
by Lisbeth Schönmann
Zürich, Kanton Zürich
February 26, 2013
October 25, 2005
Swiss legend holds that good luck is bestowed upon a house that a stork chooses to nest upon. Hotel lore states that centuries ago, when the hotel was to be named, a pair of rare black storks made their nest upon the hotel; today, you can step on the tiled stork’s nest in the middle of the entry lobby for good luck.
Whether you are a business traveler or tourist, "the Stork" has an excellent location – a 2-minute walk from the Paradeplatz along the Bahnhofstrasse, an area that is thick with shops, banks, and restaurants. Located on the opposite side of the river from the Rathaus (town hall), about half of the hotel's rooms command wonderful views along the Limmat and across the oldest parts of the city; on clear days, you can see across the Zurichsee to the Alps. The hotel is also within walking distance of the Hauptbahnhof (main train station), and many of Zurich’s top sightseeing destinations, restaurants, and shops.
The staff at the Storchen is a major part of their hospitality. From the bellhops who greet you upon arrival to the front desk and concierge to the people who work in the on-site restaurants, you feel warmly welcomed – and more importantly, they remember you and make you feel pampered. Of particular note is their general manager, Jean-Philippe Jaussi, who has been with the hotel for 25 years: he invites all guests to be welcome to join him on his morning jog/walk.
The Storchen has 75 rooms, comfortably decorated, with great views, spacious bathrooms, posture-adjustable beds, safety deposit box (insured for up to CHF 1,000), cable and pay-per-view television, minibar, digital telephone, in-room PC connection, hair dryer, and bath products. Other welcoming touches include fresh fruit and flowers and bottled water in your room upon check-in. Room rates start from €220. Room rates include breakfast, as well as VAT and other taxes – conveniently, you can figure out room rates in your own currency via the reservations page on their website (www.storchen.ch). There is free Internet access in the business center, and three restaurants – a full-service restaurant, a piano bar, and a coffee bar – are located within the hotel.
The hotel was completely rebuilt in 1939 and was thoroughly renovated in 1999; the hotel has a marvelous blend of the modern and the traditional – one of Zurich’s guilds even calls the Storchen home. It is romantic and luxurious, welcoming and warm, the type of hotel I would readily return to again and again.
From journal Zurich - Downtown Switzerland