Mövenpick Zürich-Regensdorf Hotel

I spent my last night in Switzerland at the Mövenpick Hotel Zürich Regensdorf. Regensdorf is a suburb of Zurich, so it’s not in the heart of downtown, but the public transportation is really thorough in Switzerland, and the hotel is less than 6km from both the airport and Zürich’s city center. I’ll be honest, this was my 14th hotel in 16 days, so I didn’t leave and explore Zürich at all. Sorry, not sorry! This is why I shouldn’t stay in nice hotels – I become a caterpillar in a cocoon and I don’t want to leave! So, sightseeing in Zürich will have to wait for another visit! (I know, I’m the worst traveler ever!)

Mövenpick Hotels

When I landed in Switzerland, I saw the Mövenpick name everywhere. On ice cream cartons. I assumed I was confused about my hotel name and decided I’d figure it out later. But actually, Mövenpick is first and foremost a food brand, dating back to the original Mövenpick restaurant started in 1948 in Zürich.

Passionately Swiss is the tagline for Mövenpick hotels. With over 80 hotels around the world, Mövenpick has mastered the art of Swiss hospitality on a grand scale.

Mövenpick Hotel Guest Rooms

My room was very comfortable and just what I needed after a hectic day of travel. I loved all the quaint guesthouses I stayed in throughout my visit, but sometimes you want the consistent quality and service of a hotel chain. Being my first Mövenpick experience, I had no idea what to expect, but was so relieved to open the door to this oasis. (So relieved I kicked off my shoes before snapping any photos, oops!)

For an additional 15CHF, Mövenpick offers “Sleep Individually Different” rooms. In addition to an adjustable firmness mattress, these rooms include sleeping masks, ear plugs, lavender pads and blackout stickers for electronic devices. A pillow menu is also available to guests, with 7 options ranging from a neck roll to a horse hair flat pillow.

A media hub in the room allows you to connect your electronics to the room’s audio system, or the television.

And eco-friendly bath products were a nice touch!

Mövenpick Hotel Restaurants

I enjoyed a leisurely Italian dinner at the Trattoria Ciao restaurant in the hotel. My dinner took a bit longer than expected, and the waiter kindly brought me a plate of antipasti to enjoy while i waited. Finally used to Switzerland dining prices, I was surprised at the reasonable prices of the wine list. (My glass of Pinot Grigio was under 6 CHF) My pesto & shrimp pasta dish was delicious, and I topped it off with a scoop of Mövenpick ice cream; coconut, of course!

Dinner at Ciao - Mövenpick Hotel - Zürich Regensdorf

The breakfast buffet (included in the room charge) had many options and was my first hot breakfast since landing in Swizterland! After 15 days of granola, croissants and cold cuts, a hot egg dish was just what I wanted! (Of course, I still had a croissant, too!)

The hotel also has the Mövenpick Hotel restaurant, Swing Swing Lounge and room service for various dining options.

Mövenpick Hotel Amenities

As a business hotel, you will find all of the expected amenities such as free wireless, a business center and an airport shuttle, which is always a plus in my book.

The hotel adjoins the Migros-Fitnesspark, which is available to hotel guests for an additional 25CHF fee. I did leave my room briefly to go for a swim, and enjoyed the outdoor sun deck adjoining the indoor/outdoor pool. I made a mental note of the swim aerobics schedule, but promptly forgot all about it until it was too late! (Mental notes don’t do me any good, ever. I carry Post-It notes everywhere. Except the pool.)

Mövenpick Hotel Location

The hotel is located about 10 minutes walk from the Regensdorf-Watt railway station, which is served by the S6 line to Zurich or Baden, running every 30 minutes. I had a bit of frustration at the train station, as I was told there would be signs directing me to the hotel. There are several exits at the station, so I was really turned around and frankly, just tired from all of the travel I’d been doing. I eventually found a ticket office and asked for directions, which turned out to be super simple. I was later told at the hotel that the sign in the station had been removed. So, save yourself the frustation and just ask for help!

I am so glad I got to experience a Mövenpick hotel on this trip. It’s definitely a brand I will look for again on future international travels. At around 200 CHF, this hotel is a great value and won’t break the bank as many Swiss hotels might!

Have you stayed at aMövenpick hotel? Where?

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I was a guest of Mövenpick Hotel Zürich Regensdorf. These are solely my personal opinions and I was not financially compensated for this post.

 

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24 Hours in Olathe, Kansas

The first stop on my 5-month road trip of the Western US is Olathe, Kansas. After a summer full of fun surprises like Marietta, Roseville, Detroit and Fort Wayne, I was eager to explore another Midwest destination! I never previously considered suburban areas a vacation destination, but this summer’s adventures definitely changed my mind!

Just minutes from Kansas City, Olathe is much larger than I expected, with a population of almost 140,000. Olathe has a ton of history as the spot where the Santa Fe, Oregon and California trails converged. If history is your jam, you’ll definitely want to dig into some of the activities available in Olathe.

As is the case with most of my travel, I left feeling like I could have used a few more days exploring the area, as there are so many things to do in Olathe, KS.

Eat in Olathe

Sweet Tee’s Coffee Shop is tucked away in a strip mall off Santa Fe Street. This is a great spot to grab a coffee and light breakfast to start your day. They had a selection of delicious quiches, and a ton of interesting scone options – lavender lemon, butterscotch coconut, and several more.

Sweet Tea's Coffee Shop

You cannot visit the Kansas City area without sampling some BBQ. I had so many recommendations for various BBQ joints, but ultimately chose The Rub as they had outdoor dog-friendly seating. In addition to serving up delicious BBQ, the Rub offers classes, which sounds like a must-do for a return visit!

The Rub BBQ - Olathe, Kansas

Play in Olathe

Pinot’s Palette

I have been wanting to try one of these painting classes forever, so I jumped at the chance to attend one in Olathe. Pinot’s Palette started in Houston in 2008 and has since grown to over 195 franchise locations in the US and abroad. The Olathe location is conveniently located to several nearby restaurants and the confirmation email even suggested a few good spots to get your drink on before the painting begins. The instructor was great, and there was also a helper walking around and giving pointers. I had a blast painting, in part due to the 80’s rock and roll playing in the background, which sets a nice beat for your brush strokes. This location also offers black light classes, which sounds pretty cool!

Pinot's Palette - Olathe, Kansas

This would be a great activity for a group of friends, or even a family activity. One dad brought his teenage daughter because art isn’t offered in her school, so this was a great way to make up for it!

Pinot's Palette - Olathe, Kansas

Shawnee Mission Park

Shawnee Mission Park

Nearby Shawnee Mission Park is part of Johnson County parks and is a great place to escape the urban hustle. The park is huge, centering around a 120-acre lake. The park also has shelters, picnic areas, nature trails, play areas, an archery range, a 53-acre off-leash dog area, a frisbee golf course, plus mountain biking and horseback riding trails. During the summer, the marina also offers boat rentals. You could definitely spend the better part of a day here.

Lake Olathe Beach

Lake Olathe - Olathe, Kansas

When local friends told me Olathe had been voted as a Best Beach Town by Wallet Hub, I had to see this for myself! Lake Olathe is part of the Olathe Parks & Recreation department. There are park shelters, playgrounds, fishing docks, boat ramps and disc golf, but I could not find a beach. So, the Best Beach Town award was either ironic humor, or brilliant marketing on the part of Olathe. Either way, it’s a lovely park and we enjoyed strolling along the shores lined by sandstone bluffs.

Lake Olathe

Olathe offers a surprising number of parks and dog parks, so be sure to schedule some outdoor time during your visit!

Stay in Olathe

Candlewood Suites - Olathe, Kansas

My home base for this visit was the Candlewood Suites hotel. I love extended stay hotels, even for short stays, because they offer more amenities than a typical hotel. I had such a great experience at this hotel, I stayed at another Candlewood Suites the following week! My favorite perk here was the lending locker where you can borrow all kinds of items you might need like a crock pot, blenders, board games and even a bags/cornhole game. While breakfast is not served at Candlewood, there is a pantry where you can purchase grocery items. The hotel also offers a gym and free guest laundry, which I definitely took advantage of! (The laundry, not the gym, ha!)

Candlewood Suites lending lockerOlathe, KS

Our 1 bedroom suite had a kitchen w/ stovetop, microwave and dishwasher, a desk area, living room and separate bedroom. The rooms all come with a DVD player and you can check out an assortment of DVD’s from the front desk.

Candlewood Suites - Olathe, Kansas

Candlewood Suites - Olathe, Kansas

The location of our hotel was just off the expressway, and nearby a shopping area with a Target, Home Depot, Aldi and some restaurants like Red Robin. As I mentioned, Olathe is pretty large and spread out, but fortunately Kansas City traffic is pretty mellow, so most places were reachable within 10-15 minutes of our hotel.

Ready to plan your Olathe visit? Start at visitolathe.org where you’ll find a ton of resources and can order a Visitor’s Guide.

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I was a guest of the Olathe Chamber of Commerce. These are solely my personal opinions and I was not financially compensated for this post.

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