I’ve stayed in some pretty cool and quirky hotels in all my travels, from the fabulously over the top Venetian in Las Vegas to a tiny vintage shepherd’s hut in the Kent countryside. But none have been quite as cool as the 25hours Hotel Langstrasse in Zurich where we had the opportunity to stay for a night during our trip to Switzerland.
From the second we walked through the door I knew I was going to love it here. Colourful trinkets filled the shelves in the reception area, the staff looked trendy as hell, and travel paraphernalia was dotted about everywhere with giant globes hanging over the entry way to travel related signs and quotes adorning the walls, which of course had me totally hooked and feeling like I belonged.
Random items hung from the ceiling, probably due to the hotel also being a pawn shop and, if you find yourself struggling for money in a city as expensive as Zurich, you can even trade something in for your hotel room if you have something interesting or valuable enough.
The beat of music came from the bar to the left and the chatter of people to the right came from the restaurant which serves a melting pot of oriental cuisines.
It was a complete assault on the senses but in a good way. A very good way. I already didn’t want to leave and we’d only just arrived!
Now this hotel isn’t specifically catered to families with young children. Being in the Langstrasse area of Zurich, which used to be the red light district and is now full of restaurants, bars and clubs, the hotel seems more suited for the young hip crowd of Zurich. Young I am not and hip I have never been. Despite that, I found this place to be so perfect for us with its quirkiness and so so so (yes that is a triple “so”) kiddy friendly. In fact it’s one of the most child friendly places we’ve stayed since Evie began travelling the world.
We made our way up to the fourth floor in the lift, illuminated with neon lights and quotes (see, everything about this place is cool), to our lovely big room with a giant king size bed and a lovely wooden crib with still plenty of space left for us to move and Evie to crawl about in.
Across one pink wall was splashed giant palm tree fronds, which I obviously adored, and a giant full length mirror across another.
On the other side of the room was the sink with the plushest of plush mirrors making the little Miss extremely happy with her glamorous sink bath.
The main bathroom was at the other end of the room, with the toilet and a luxurious rain shower.
If we hadn’t only had a couple of days to explore Zurich we could easily have stayed cosied up in our room all day thanks to the plethora of goodies that greeted us on our arrival. A gift bag bursting with bouncy balls, socks and a notebook; a Polaroid camera sitting on the shelf ready and waiting to be used; pencils and a colouring book; a toy car; and a whole range of quirky items hanging over the bed from cute cushions and hot water bottles to ball games and newspapers.
Every room here is stocked with these goodies so they’re not intended for kids (more like the big kids) but as you can imagine all of us were thoroughly entertained.
Even the do not disturb sign to hang on the door was a booklet full of funny quotes for you to pick whatever one you wanted depending on how your morning (or the night before) was going.
As soon as I managed to tear myself away from firing bouncy balls around the room and getting Evie to chase after them, I had a wander over to the full length window where we had a view of the train tracks and the trains making their way in and out of Zurich’s nearby busy central station.
The view of the train tracks was even better from the gym and spa on the seventh floor but unfortunately we couldn’t make the most of it as it was pouring with rain. And also we didn’t want to use the gym.
So instead we did some exploring around the rest of 25hours and found THE most perfect spot tucked away in a quiet corner at the back of the hotel. One whole wall was filled with books from atlases and history books to biographies and novels. Travel + books and I’m in my happy place. Could this hotel possibly suit me any better?!
I mean it’s not like I could actually enjoy this peaceful area to sit and read in because I’m a mum and mum’s aren’t allowed to read. Or have quiet time. Or sit down for more than 30 seconds. But it was a nice idea.
So instead we found the little racing car sitting in the foyer and whisked Evie around the reception on it. Much more relaxing than sitting reading a book hey?
Let’s not forget to mention the awesome breakfast buffet that is served up in the restaurant. Most definitely the best breakfast of our whole trip in Switzerland and possibly one of my favourite hotel breakfasts ever. They had everything and then some.
The usual selection of cereal, fruit, yoghurt and pastries, eggs every way imaginable, plus a range of slightly more original foods such a jar of peanut butter (which I’ve never seen at hotel breakfasts before), cured meats, dips, cheeses and olives in keeping with the oriental style of the restaurant. I couldn’t resist the deliciously sugary French toast with a side of scrambled egg and smoked salmon. When they brought out a fresh tray of food my nose couldn’t help but follow the scent of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Hello best breakfast ever!
Globes, books, pink walls, palm tree walls, toys and games, and fresh baked cookies for breakfast. This place seriously has it all.
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Thank you to 25hours Hotels who hosted our stay