Best hotels and hostels in Canton of Zürich

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    B2 Boutique Hotel & Spa

    Away from the city centre (but next door to Google's European headquarters), this hip boutique hotel in a renovated brewery abounds in seductive features, including a stupendous rooftop thermal pool, Thermalbad & Spa Zürich and a fanciful library-lounge, filled floor to ceiling with 30,000 books purchased from a local antiquarian. Spacious rooms sport slick, urban-cool decor (including the odd beanbag chair). From the Hauptbahnhof, take tram 13 to Enge and walk five minutes' west.

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    Hotel Widder

    A supremely stylish boutique hotel in the equally grand district of Augustiner, the Widder is a pleasing fusion of five-star luxury and 12th-century charm. Rooms and public areas across the eight individually decorated town houses that make up this place are stuffed with designer furniture, art and original features – from oak beams to antique stoves and murals. A tree-rimmed lounge bar, organic breakfasts and a garden restaurant with a seasonal menu and grill specialities (Sfr28 to Sfr59) make things even better.

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    25hours Hotel Zürich West

    Belonging to the niche, fresh-faced 25hours brand, this Zürich-West hotel pairs ultra-slick design with exuberant playful touches, original art and pops of bright colour. Rooms are minimalist funky, with eco-cosmetics, Bluetooth speakers, geometric-patterned rugs, free minibars and recycled Freitag bags to borrow. Other nice touches include ping pong by the entrance and long, late breakfasts. The top-floor sauna and fitness room overlook the city, while the bottom-floor Neni restaurant serves global flavours. It’s all very cleverly thought out.

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    Marktgasse Hotel

    The Marktgasse Hotel brings a breath of fresh, boutique air to the historic Niederdorf quarter. It spins together 15th-century features like stucco, tiled ovens and wood panelling with pared-back modern design in the rooms – the higher you go, the better the views. Baltho Küche & Bar, plus a wellness area with a hammam and gym, invite relaxation. Breakfast costs Sfr19. Top billing goes to the rooftop suite with its own terrace overlooking the city.

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    LADYs FIRST

    Ladies come first here, as the name suggests, but gents are also welcome at this eco-aware, socially responsible hotel, housed in an art nouveau town house near the opera house and lake, though the spa and roof terrace are open to women only. The immaculate, generally spacious rooms abound in aesthetic touches such as traditional parquet flooring and designer furnishings.

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    Hotel Helmhaus

    Featuring an enviable Old Town location within walking distance of everything, this four-star place on a pedestrianised street has 24 rooms spread over five floors, all with crisp white sheets, dark wood floors, minibars, soundproof windows and slick, modern bathrooms. A few rooms on the upper floors have views of the lake or nearby Schiffländeplatz.

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    Hotel Florhof

    Set in a lovely garden, this former silk factory and noble family’s mansion contains 32 tastefully appointed rooms and is a stone’s throw from the Kunsthaus. A top-to-bottom renovation has restored many original features, including the patterned stone flooring and ceramic wood stove in the reception area, and the parquet floors in the guest rooms.

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    Townhouse

    With a cracking location only steps from the train station and the shops of Bahnhofstrasse, this stylish five-storey hotel offers friendly service and a host of welcoming touches. The 26 rooms come in an assortment of sizes (from 15 to 35 sq metres), with luxurious wallpaper, wall hangings, parquet floors, retro furniture, DVD players and iPod docking stations. A copious breakfast is served downstairs in the attached Restaurant Palette.

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    Herzkammer

    Guests sing the praises of this sweet, petite hotel in Zürich's historic centre and with good reason. Petra and Rudolf go out of their way to make you feel welcome, modern art dots the walls of the bright, spacious, parquet-floored rooms (just three – 'red', 'yellow' and 'green'), and breakfast is a fine spread of fresh breads, juice and eggs.

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    Hotel Ni-Mo

    Gregarious film producer Eva Stiefel has turned this 10-room B&B near the Opernhaus into one of Zürich's most welcoming small hotels. Minimalist modern rooms with all-wood flooring and tiled bathrooms are complemented by a tiny downstairs breakfast room hung with local artwork. A Zürich native, Eva enjoys helping guests discover the city.

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    City Backpacker

    Attractively situated in the Old Town, this private hostel with a youthful party vibe is friendly and well equipped, if a trifle cramped. In summer, you can overcome the claustrophobia by hanging out on the rooftop terrace. Be prepared for a climb, as the reception area and hostel rooms are up several flights of stairs, and there's no lift.

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    Kafischnaps

    Set in a one-time butcher’s shop, this cool, bustling neighbourhood cafe-bar rents out a collection of five cheerful little upstairs rooms, each named and decorated after a fruit-based liquor. Book ahead online; it fills up fast. The cafe-bar (open 8am or 9am to midnight daily) is grand for a coffee, beer or brunch.

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    Hotel Plattenhof

    This trendy design hotel in a quiet residential area near the university has low Japanese-style beds, Molteni furniture and oak parquet floors, plus mood lighting in some rooms. It’s cool without being pretentious, and even the ‘old’ rooms are stylishly minimalist. Downstairs in the same building is a hip cafe.

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    Baur au Lac

    This family-run lakeside jewel is set in a private park and offers all imaginable comforts and a soothing sense of privacy. Rooms are decorated in a variety of classic colours and styles, including Empire, Regency and art deco. Throw in the spa, restaurants and faultless service and you can see why VIPs flock here.

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    Hotel Coronado

    It's worth going the extra mile to this low-key, welcoming hotel. The contemporary parquet-floored rooms (some big enough for families) have plenty of light and are kept fresh and tidy. Breakfasts will set you back an extra Sfr15 and bike rental costs Sfr5 per day. It's a 10-minute tram hop north of the centre.

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    Oldtown Hostel Otter

    Converted from a hotel to a hostel, the Otter offers one of Zürich's better price-to-location ratios. Tucked into a Niederdorf backstreet, it has seven dorms and eight private rooms in a variety of configurations, plus a shared guest kitchenette. It's a five-minute walk from several major attractions, including the Fraumünster, the Kunsthaus, the Limmat River and the Zürichsee.

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    Dakini

    Run by multilingual and well-travelled artist Susanne Seiler, this relaxed Züri-West B&B attracts a bohemian crowd. Four double rooms and four singles, each with its own colour scheme and two with balconies, are spread across three floors, sharing the kitchen and bathroom on each. A scrumptious and filling breakfast is served at the family-style table.

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    SYHA Hostel

    A pink 1960s landmark houses this busy, institutional hostel with 24-hour reception, dining hall, sparkling modern bathrooms and dependable wi-fi in the downstairs lounge. The included breakfast features miso soup and rice alongside all the Swiss standards. It's about 20 minutes south of the Hauptbahnhof.

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    Hotel Hottingen

    Fresh from a 2016 renovation, this place is more promising than outside appearances would suggest. The 32 rooms are clinical but good value, and some have a balcony. Each floor has showers and a communal kitchen, and the top floor houses a women-only dorm with a rooftop terrace.

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    Hotel Seegarten

    Rattan furniture and vintage tourist posters give this place an airy Mediterranean atmosphere, which is reinforced by its proximity to the lake and the on-site restaurant, Latino. Light sleepers should be aware that noise travels here.