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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Zermatt, Switzerland Hotel: La Ginabelle

After spending nearly two weeks walking the Haute Route (posts coming soon!), the last stop on my Alpenwild itinerary was Zermatt, where I spent two nights at La Ginabelle Hotel and Spa. Throughout the trip, I stayed in very comfortable mountain inns and guest houses, so I wasn’t roughing it by any means. Despite that, walking into La Ginabelle felt like a major upgrade! The lobby is decked out in marble, with elegant furniture in the salon area, and the front desk staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. (And they have an elevator!) There are over 180 Zermatt Switzerland hotels. As I’ve only stayed at one, I can’t compare it against anything else, but it’s definitely one I would return to again! I highly recommend La Ginabelle, especially if you are looking for a Zermatt hotel with Matterhorn views!

La Ginabelle Guest Rooms

Room at La Ginabelle

I had a Strahlhorn room (modern superior double room with south-facing balcony and Matterhorn view, shower/WC – staring at 179CHF) and was thrilled with the accommodation. I loved the modern design (not all rooms have been recently refreshed and have an older, but still comfortable style.) My room had ample outlets, lots of interesting lighting options, a super comfy bed and, most importantly, I had a wraparound balcony with a view of the Matterhorn! My favorite hotel feature is a balcony – I love fresh air, so you can imagine how excited I was to be able to sit out here and get some work done with the most incredible view! There was a rushing river right below my balcony as well, which made for an excellent soundtrack to fall asleep to!

Catching up on email from my hotel balcony(La Ginabelle, Zermatt)

The hotel offers several room types, from single rooms to apartments and suites, with adjoining rooms that can be combined for large family gatherings.

La Ginabelle Spa

La Ginabelle spa room / Thalasso Jacuzzi & Massage

On the evening of my arrival, I was treated to the Thalasso Jacuzzi Bath & Partial Body Massage (125 CHF) and it was exactly what I needed after hiking and schlepping a backpack all over the Alps. The spa area is below the first floor, and I was shown right away to the treatment room. The Thalasso jacuzzi was the bathtub version of the massage chairs at your favorite nail salon. You know when you’re in a hot tub and you’re moving around trying to get the jets just right on your sore muscles? This bath does it for you! It was incredibly relaxing, thanks in part to the fragrant sachet that was added to the water. After 20 minutes in the jacuzzi, I then was treated to a 35 minute full body massage. The spa at Ginabelle has so many treatment options, many of them catering to hikers and skiers.

La Ginabelle Spa Robe

In addition to the spa, there is a relaxation room, hot tubs, sauna/steam room, and an indoor/outdoor pool. It’s the perfect post-hike, or apres-ski relaxation retreat.

La Ginabelle Restaurant

My trip package included dinner and breakfast for the first night. The dining room here is quite elegant and I felt underdressed, although you will see “hiker couture” just about anywhere in Swizterland! I enjoyed a delicious 4-course dinner that included steak tartare, roasted red pepper soup, veal and mushrooms on rosti, and a dessert called tropicana mousse. All of it was delicious!

Tropicana Mousse

The hotel also offers a nice continental breakfast spread featuring breads, meats, cheeses, jams and cereal. There was an option to add an omelette dish for an additional fee.

La Ginabelle Amenities

La Ginabelle has some great amenities for their guests. You can borrow hiking equipment such as hats, backpacks, boots and poles for your outdoor adventures. There is an onsite Kinder Club, which is free for children over 2 1/2 years of age. There is also a bar on the main floor, with piano entertainment on the weekends.

Zermatt places heavy emphasis on sustainability, and only electric buses are allowed in the village. Most hotels, including La Ginabelle, have these little electric trucks to shuttle guests around town. The hotel is just a 10 minute walk from the train station, but I took advantage of the shuttle when leaving by train at the end of my stay.

Two nights was definitely not enough for me to savor the luxurious surroundings at La Ginabelle. Visiting Zermatt in winter is now on my bucket list, and I know where I’ll be staying when I return!

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I was given a complimentary spa treatment in exchange for my review of the hotel. These are solely my personal opinions and I was not financially compensated for this post.

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