The 600-year old Hotel zum Storchen has the best location in the city. It is the only hotel on the banks of the Limmat River and is within walking distance of all the central city attractions. It is on the quieter left bank , close to St Peter’s Church, picturesque Lindenhf park and the Bahnhofstrasse, and the nightlife district is accessible by crossing the Rathaus bridge. The 4-star hotel is independently owned by a prominent local family and is operated by the Summit Group.
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.