CHOOSING FAMILY ACCOMMODATIONS IN EUROPE . PART 2. City Life with a Character.

By Victoria@celebratetheweekend
In Europe
Feb 3rd, 2016
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In Part 1 of  Where We Stayed on our European Road trip last summer I shared our countryside Aparthotels “finds” in Ettal, Germany and Ribeauville, France.  If you are stuck trying to choose between apartment and hotel conveniences, aparthotels offer the best of “both” worlds and we were very happy with our aparthotel country stays. For our shorter city stays in Zurich, Switzerland and Baden-Baden, Germany, we have chosen small city hotels in the city centers.  While we had less space than in aparthotels, we did not sacrifice in the character!

WHERE WE STAYED IN ZURICH

For our stay in Zurich, Switzerland, we followed recommendation of Visit Zurich (official Tourism Office of the city of Zurich) and stayed in Hotel Leoneck right in the city center. Hotel Leoneck on Leonhardstrasse is a small hotel located within a 10 minute walk (5 minute tram ride) from the Main Train Station and Swiss National Museum. Our 24 hours in the city included a walking tour that started from the Train Station and a visit to Swiss Museum so this location was perfect for us.

CHOOSING FAMILY ACCOMMODATIONS IN EUROPE . PART 2. City Stays with a character. in Zurich and Baden-Baden

Inside Zurich Train Station (My daughter Vi is taking her scooter for a ride).

Normally, I stay away from the train station area when choosing European accommodations (as it is usually not the safest or cleanest area in a city.) Zurich’s Train Station is the most attractive one I have seen in Europe.  (It is so clean, it hosts farm festivals right inside; there was one during our stay!)

Choosing Family Accommodations in Europe: City Stays in Zurich and Baden-Baden with a character

Market Day inside the Train Station

 

The Bahnhofstrasse street leading to the Train Station does not sound all that glamorous when translated into other languages (“Привокзальная” in Russian or “Station Street” in English, for example).  In Zurich, the “station street” is a  a fashionable shopping street connecting Lake Zurich with the Main Train Station.

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Zurich Train Station

Zurich is famously not budget-friendly, but with singles starting at 120 CHF (CHF 300+ for family room;) Hotel Leoneck might be your best budget find in the city center.

We stayed in an air conditioned Family Room which is actually two double rooms with an “inside” connecting door.

Choosing Family Accommodations in Europe: City Stays in Zurich and Baden-Baden with a character

One side of the family room: a doorway (on the left) leads to a second room

Second room of the family suite: notice cow-style upholstered chair.

 

Choosing Family Accommodations in Europe: City Stays in Zurich and Baden-Baden with a character

Second room of the family suite

 

The furniture inside the room was attractive and comfortable but  it was quirky modern art decorations- both in our room and in the public spaces that made our stay in Hotel Leoneck truly unique.

Choosing Family Accommodations in Europe: City Stays in Zurich and Baden-Baden with a character

Our room decor: Hotel Leoneck, Zurich

 

Choosing Family Accommodations in Europe: City Stays in Zurich and Baden-Baden with a character

We parked in the garage under the hotel for additional CHF25.  Buffet breakfast in the Crazy Cow café inside the hotel was included, but it was not the highlight of our stay.

WHERE WE STAYED IN BADEN-BADEN

In spa town of Baden-Baden, Germany we also followed advice of Official City of Baden-Baden Travel Office and stayed in a very reasonably priced Hotel Magnetberg (singles under $100 including breakfast).

Hotel Magnetberg is positioned in the center of town, a 7-10 minute walk from the central Leopold Square and the town’s famous public spas Caracalla-Thermae and  Friedrichsbad.  I do have to warn you that a walk back to the hotel is an up walk and much less pleasant (especially, after soaking in the spa!). That difficulty is overly compensated for by the magnificent views over the Black Forrest and the mountains from the hotel’s terrace.

Choosing Family Accommodations in Europe: City Stays in Zurich and Baden-Baden with a character

Hotel Magnetberg is on the top of the hill

I love to take my morning coffee “with the view”, and Hotel Magnetberg delivered a distinctively “spa” character to its vistas.

Choosing Family Accommodations in Europe: City Stays in Zurich and Baden-Baden with a character

Views from the terrace off the dining room

 

There were no rooms to accommodate the 4 of us (as is often the case with European hotels) so we booked a double room (with a pull out coach for our daughter) and a single for our 16-year old.  The rooms were large and squeaky clean, with inviting modern furnishing.

Choosing Family Accommodations in Europe: City Stays in Zurich and Baden-Baden with a character

A double room with pull out coach; there is a balcony behind the curtains

 

Our room in Hotel Magnetberg was the most “homey” hotel room we have ever stayed in.  There were even books on the shelf.

Choosing Family Accommodations in Europe: City Stays in Zurich and Baden-Baden with a character

This pull out coach could easily fit two young kids

Choosing Family Accommodations in Europe: City Stays in Zurich and Baden-Baden with a character

 

A dining room off the main lobby serves decent locally flavored breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is a (free) on site parking.

Choosing Family Accommodations in Europe: City Stays in Zurich and Baden-Baden with a character

Hotel Magnetberg

 

We would like to thank Visit Zurich and City of Baden-Baden Travel Office for helping to arrange  discounted media accommodations for our family in their respective cities.  This article contains affiliate links to a hotel booking site.  Clicking (and booking) on these links will not cost you any extra.

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Choosing Where to Stay in Europe for Families. Part 2. City Stays with Character in Zurich and Baden-Baden

Choosing Where to Stay in Europe for Families. Part 2. City Stays with Character in Zurich and Baden-Baden

 

2 Comments to “CHOOSING FAMILY ACCOMMODATIONS IN EUROPE . PART 2. City Life with a Character.”

  1. Anda says:

    This is an excellent resource post, Victoria. Thank you for sharing it. I always bookmark articles like this for future reference. I love traveling to Europe and I’m always on the hunt for nice and inexpensive places.
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  2. […] stayed in the quirkily decorated Hotel Leoneck (which I have reviewed here) about 10 minutes walk from Zurich’s Train Station which was very convenient for our […]

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