Our Anniversary to Italy: Part 10 – Park Hyatt, Zurich

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Emily:  Daraius and I went to Europe in September to celebrate our 2nd anniversary for ~2 weeks.  It was my first time in Italy so I was very excited!  In Italy, we visited Varenna on Lake Como, Milan, Venice, and Rome.

Since we were in Europe, we visited a friend in Strasbourg, France and also spent a night in Zurich.  We started our trip with a one day layover in Chicago to see friends!

Park Hyatt Zurich

Daraius at the Park Hyatt Zurich Bar

Our Anniversary To Italy – Trip Report Index:

How You Can Do It too!

1.   Hyatt Credit Card

You get 2 free nights valid at any Hyatt hotel once you complete the minimum spending on the Hyatt credit card.  You can use these free nights at ANY Hyatt hotel in the world.

You have to call Hyatt to book these free nights.  You can book a room as long as the hotel has standard rooms available for booking at Hyatt.com.  So you can check availability for yourself before calling Hyatt.

2.   Ultimate Rewards Points

Chase Ultimate Rewards Points from the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Bold & Ink Plus transfer in a 1:1 ratio to Hyatt hotels.

You can also transfer your Ultimate Rewards points from the Chase Freedom to the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold or Ink Plus.  And from there to Hyatt hotel points.

It costs 30,000 Hyatt points for 1 night since this is a top category 7 Hyatt hotel.  Or you could pay 15,000 Hyatt points and $300 for 1 night using the Points & Cash option.

You can book a standard room online at Hyatt.com.

Park Hyatt, Zurich

Daraius and I left Strasbourg, France, in the early morning and took a train to Basel, Switzerland, and then changed trains to go from Basel to Zurich.

We had purchased the tickets, a few days prior, when we first arrived in Strasbourg.  The 2nd class tickets cost ~48 euro ($68 US).

It took about 10 to 15 minutes from our hotel, Hotel Cathedrale in Strasbourg, to the Strasbourg train station.  It was raining heavily so we took a cab for ~10 euros (~$14).  The hotel front desk called for a cab on our behalf.  Our train was at 7:50 am and we left the hotel at 7:15 am from the hotel.

We hadn’t had breakfast, so we were glad to find that we could buy food at the station.

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Food for Sale at the Train Station

So I got a croissant and Daraius got a duck sandwich.

Park Hyatt Zurich

We got a Croissant and Duck Sandwich

It was a good thing that we were on time, because the train did not spend much time on the platform and left just a few minutes after we boarded.

You have to see which platform your train is scheduled to arrive at on the TV monitors and then wait for the train.

Park Hyatt Zurich

Trains Leave on Time, Don’t be Late!

Even if you’ve already bought a ticket, make sure you validate your ticket before you board the train.  Or you will be charged steep fine of around 50 euro (~$68).

Park Hyatt Zurich

Remember to Validate Your Ticket

It was a 1 hour 15 minute ride to Basel and another 50 minute ride to Zurich.  There was no wifi in the trains, but the views were spectacular and reminded us why Switzerland is such a beautiful place to visit!

There were the Alps, rolling green hills, cows grazing, cute brown and white half-timbered homes, and lots of manicured trees and bushes.  It looked like something out of the Sound of Music!

When we arrived in Zurich, we bought our train ticket to Milan, which was a good idea because the line to purchase the tickets was very long.  It took us about 30 minutes to buy the tickets, and I’m glad we did not wait to buy the tickets on our last day.

We tried to purchase them at the automated kiosks, but our exact itinerary was not listed, so we had to go to the teller.  There were employees on hand to help direct folks puzzling over the kiosks (like ourselves)!

We wanted to buy a ticket from Zurich to Milan and from Milan to Varenna.  But that combination was not available at the kiosk and we couldn’t buy the ticket from Milan to Varenna at the teller in Zurich.  So we’d have to buy it in Milan.

After purchasing the tickets, we went to the ATM to get some Swiss francs (for the cab ride and small boutique shops), and then took a taxi to our hotel, the Park Hyatt Zurich.

Park Hyatt Zurich

The Exterior of the Park Hyatt Zurich

We could have walked to our hotel, but we only had one day in Zurich so we decided to save time and take a cab.  It cost ~25 swiss francs (~$28) for the 10 minute ride.

The Park Hyatt, Zurich is only 1 km or 0.6 miles from the main train station, so you can walk to the hotel as well. 

We arrived at the hotel at ~12 noon (usual check in time is after 3:00 pm), and were told that our room would be ready in about 30 minutes.  So we went for a walk by the lake and returned in about 40 minutes.

We were lucky and got a free upgrade to a Deluxe room even though we booked the hotel on points.  The Park Deluxe room sells for ~$1,051 a night!

The room cost 22,000 points when we booked it, but now costs 30,000 points or 15,000 points and $300 for 1 night.

Park Hyatt Zurich

Emily in the Park Hyatt Zurich Parkhuus Restaurant

The hotel was modern and well-designed.

Park Hyatt Zurich

The Modern Parkuus Restaurant

There was a well-stocked bar, the ONYX, with lots of seating.

Park Hyatt Zurich

Daraius in the ONYX Bar

I liked how the bar lit up.

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The bar Lights up

There was a full fitness center

Park Hyatt Zurich

The Fitness Center had Treadmills

and a spa.

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Park Hyatt Zurich Club Olympus Spa

We went for a short stroll to the lake, which was only a 5 to 10 minute walk from the hotel because our room wasn’t yet ready.  We sat on a bench and took in the wonderful view of Zurich.

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We Strolled by Lake Zurich

There were many boats in the water.

Park Hyatt Zurich

A lot of Boats Were on the Water

The hotel is located between Lake Zurich and the main shopping street, Bahnhofstrasse, so is in an excellent location!

Park Hyatt Zurich

Emily by the Lake

After admiring the views, we went back to the hotel.  We followed the receptionist to our room and she briefly explained how the lights and keys worked.

Here’a a video of our room:

The room was very luxurious and spacious.

Park Hyatt Zurich

The Room was Very Spacious

There was a large bench at the foot of the bed.

Park Hyatt Zurich

Large Bench at the end of the bed

There was a desk with two chairs by the window.

Park Hyatt Zurich

The Desk Could Seat 2 People

This was the view outside of our hotel window.  It wasn’t great and faced the interior of the hotel.

Park Hyatt Zurich

Our Room Had a View of…

There was a small sitting area…

Park Hyatt Zurich

Small Sitting Area With Chairs

a mini desk for me to use…

Park Hyatt Zurich

The Second Desk was a Mini Desk

and an armoire and TV.

Park Hyatt Zurich

The Room had a Small TV

The bathroom was also very luxurious.

Park Hyatt Zurich

There was a Luxurious Bathroom

There was a bathtub…

Park Hyatt Zurich

Deep Soak Bathtub

which came with a candle and bath salts.

Park Hyatt Zurich

A Candle and Bath Salts Were Provided

There was also a rainshower head…

Park Hyatt Zurich

The Shower had a Rainshower Head

a built in shower mirror…

Park Hyatt Zurich

There was a Mirror in the Shower

and a shower bench.

Park Hyatt Zurich

There was a Bench in the Shower

The hotel has very fine attention to detail, as evidenced by the high quality coffee and tea available in suite & the Blaise Mautin toiletries

Park Hyatt Zurich

Blaise Mautin Toiletries Were Provided

the towel warmer…

Park Hyatt Zurich

Towel Warmer Would be Perfect in the Winter

and the high end furnishings.  I enjoyed the modern feel of the room that still felt warm and inviting and not too cold.

The hotel delivered champagne and chocolate truffles for our anniversary!

Park Hyatt Zurich

The Hotel Gave us Champagne and Chocolate Truffles

We also received fresh fruit, that was very ripe and delicious!

Park Hyatt Zurich

The Hotel Gave us a Tray of Fresh Fruit

We had the champagne, chocolate, and fruit while enjoying a relaxing soak in the tub, complete with bath salts later that night!

Park Hyatt Zurich

Relaxing Soak Complete With Champagne, Chocolate, and Fruit

The next morning, Daraius and I woke up early in Zurich to take the morning train to Milan for our connecting train to Verrana.  We had breakfast downstairs in the hotel lounge restaurant, The Lounge.  Since Daraius is a Hyatt Diamond elite member, breakfast or anything ordered off the menu is complimentary.

The Continental buffet cost 39 Swiss Francs  (~$43) and the Swiss Farmer’s Breakfast with eggs and sides cost 47 Swiss Francs (~$52).  But there are cheaper options within a 5 minutes walk from the hotel.

Park Hyatt Zurich

Breakfast is Served in The Lounge Restaurant

The lobby lounge restaurant was full of inviting furniture.

Park Hyatt Zurich

Inviting Furniture in the Lobby Lounge

There were couches and chairs.

Park Hyatt Zurich

Comfortable, Stylish Couches and Chairs in The Lounge

At the buffet, I tried their cheeses…

Park Hyatt Zurich

Emily Sampled the Cheese at the Buffet

which included ~5 different kinds.

Park Hyatt Zurich

The Buffet had 5 Different Types of Cheese

There were croissants and pastries…

Park Hyatt Zurich

The Buffet Include Lots of Pastries

yogurt…

Park Hyatt Zurich

The Buffet Included Yogurt

with lots of different flavors…

Park Hyatt Zurich

There Were Lots of Different Flavors of Yogurt

and blueberry tarts.

Park Hyatt Zurich

The Buffet Included Blueberry Tarts

There were several types of breads and rolls.

Park Hyatt Zurich

The Buffet Included Lots of Breads and Rolls

Several types of fruit were also included.

Park Hyatt Zurich

The Buffet Also Included Several Types of Fruit

We both had the buffet, and Daraius also had scrambled eggs and bacon.  We both had a fresh mixed fruit juice, and I also had a coffee.

The food was pretty good, but not outstanding.  However, it was convenient to eat in the hotel.

The service in the hotel was exceptional.  And even though the hotel is primarily a business hotel and there were lots of men in suits in the hotel, we were never made to feel uncomfortable.

How You Can Do It Too!

1.   Hyatt Credit Card

You get 2 free nights valid at any Hyatt hotel once you complete the minimum spending on the Hyatt credit card.  You can use these free nights at ANY Hyatt hotel in the world.

You have to call Hyatt to book these free nights.  You can book a room as long as the hotel has standard rooms available for booking at Hyatt.com.  So you can check availability for yourself before calling Hyatt.

2.   Ultimate Rewards Points

Chase Ultimate Rewards Points from the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Bold & Ink Plus transfer in a 1:1 ratio to Hyatt hotels.

You can also transfer your Ultimate Rewards points from the Chase Freedom to the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold or Ink Plus.  And from there to Hyatt hotel points.

It costs 30,000 Hyatt points for 1 night since this is a top category 7 Hyatt hotel.  Or you could pay 15,000 Hyatt points and $300 for 1 night using the Points & Cash option.

You can book a standard room online at Hyatt.com.

Bottom Line

Zurich is expensive, so it was great to be able to stay in a very nice hotel by using our miles and points!

The Park Hyatt, Zurich had wonderful service and is within walking distance of most of the things to do in Zurich.

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31 Responses to Our Anniversary to Italy: Part 10 – Park Hyatt, Zurich

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  5. Thank you so much for your detailed review of the Park Hyatt Zurich. I will be there with my family of 4 in March for 2 nights and as part of my plans, I applied for the Hyatt CC so I have 2 free Hyatt nights. Upon further research, I am starting to debate whether the Park Hyatt Zurich is a good use of my free nights. I know if looked at strictly in cash terms, it’s excellent value. That said, I could use the nights in a more resort like property where our family would actually use the amenities. I expect to be out sightseeing pretty much all the time while in Zurich. My alternative is the Courtyard Zurich North (Cat 5) which is about 6 minutes away by train from the main train station. Also, children stay free with existing bedding at both hotels so we are going to save money/points and squish. Park Hyatt Zurich would be a lot more convenient and central but feel like I am “wasting” my free night. I don’t have Hyatt status and only Marriott Silver status so no free breakfasts under consideration. Decisions decisions!! Your very detailed photos and report are helping a lot.

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  7. @Elaine – We were out of the hotel room for most of the day, so I agree with you. Much better to use the free nights where you can enjoy the hotel, but remember that the free nights expire 12 months from when you earned them.

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  11. @ Elaine- The Courtyard sounds nice, too! Glad you enjoy the trip reports. We appreciate the feedback!

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  15. Thanks for sharing your experience at the PH Zurich. That one is on my list. Cheers.

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