With a history dating back more than 500 years, the Hotel Kindli in Zurich is both a historically and culturally important place to stay in the city.
Not only that but it’s quite luxurious and offers a lot more than you would expect to find in a traditionally designed and historic hotel in the city center.
I really enjoyed the two nights I spent at the Kindli and to be honest it’s one of my favorite places that I’ve ever stayed so I thought I would share my experience, give a little review about my stay and explain why I think it’s one of the best places to stay in Zurich.
First, I want to explain a little bit more about the Kindli, its history and some details about the hotel.
The Hotel Kindli in Zurich
It was all the way back in 1474 when the Kindli was first mentioned.
At that time it was used as accommodation for pilgrims passing through Zurich and afterwards part of the building was even used as a prison!
For a while the Kindli disappeared from the history books but finally in 1918 it was turned into a restaurant where people from Zurich would frequent for delicious food and live music.
Finally, in 2002 after everything was renovated it was again given the name Kindli and since then has stood as a fine hotel in a superb location.
There are just 20 rooms to chose from, so it’s a peaceful and quiet place to stay, and its location still offers easy access to all of the different sights, attractions and other things to do in Zurich.
The small number of rooms also makes the hotel a lot more private, intimate and even during peak hours it always seems like you have the entire place to yourself.
There’s also a restaurant on sight so you never have to venture too far away if you’re looking for something to eat for breakfast, dinner or just a light snack somewhere in between.
With some of the small details out of the way let’s take a look at my experience at the hotel!
My Hotel Kindli Review
Check-In and Interior
The check-in process at the Hotel Kindli went very smoothly.
Right away after walking through the automatic glass doors a llight yet aromatic smell took over my senses.
I could see a small candle burning on the table at the entryway and after smelling it for the first time I was able to enjoy the same scent seemingly throughout the hotel.
It was nice to return every day after spending a few hours walking around and exploring the city to such a comforting and soothing scent.
Anyways, even for a traditional hotel the lobby of the Kindli was quite modern.
The woman working at the time quickly took all of my details, gave me a map and made some suggestions on some things to do in the area before directing me to my room on the first floor.
After a quick look around I noticed that there was a coffee machine along with a selection of snacks and even a few books that you could bring up to your room and read if you were so inclined.
With the check-in process complete I grabbed my backpack and made my way up the lovely staircase to the first floor where my room was located.
On the way up I was greeted with some pleasant artwork and a selection of traditional antique furniture that actually made me feel right at home, like I was visiting somewhere that I’ve spent time at before.
Even before reaching my room I was already feeling some pretty positive vibes at the hotel!
My first thoughts when opening the door to my room at the Kindli were that it was a huge room and way too big for just two people.
First of all, there was a small hallway leading to the bathroom and bedroom.
Yes, an actual hallway.
Instead of the door just opening directly into the main area of the room there was actually a short passage that lead the bathroom and sleeping area of the room.
There were also quite a few windows so of course one of the first things I did was open them all and check out the view.
Although the hotel is situated in one of the oldest parts of the city and none of the rooms are very high above the ground level the view I had was still impressive and I had a direct sightline down one of the main pedestrian areas in the old town.
I admired the view for a short while and then started to check out the room in more detail.
It was very spacious, bright and the bed was one of the biggest I’ve ever had in a hotel room before.
There was a large desk, TV, a comfortable chair and plenty of flat spaces to rest things on.
In the corner was a large wardrobe with a safe and I loved the pink wallpaper that covered the entire room which made it seem even bigger and brighter.
Air conditioning kept the room cool and comfortable even though it was very warm outdoors and I loved the black-out curtains so I didn’t have to wake up as soon as the sun came up in the morning.
The bathroom was also quite spacious and surprisingly modern for such a classic and traditional hotel.
Of course, one of the most important things when it comes to hotel rooms is how comfortable the bed is.
I found the bed at the Kindli to be quite comfortable and the pillows were very firm so my head was able to stay supported and I didn’t find myself rolling around too much throughout the entire night.
Like I mentioned up above the bed was enormous, at least a king or bigger, and my girlfriend and I slept comfortable and it even seemed like we were too far apart.
Laying in the bed I was able to look out two of the windows so I could enjoy the view while I relaxed and thanks to the blackout curtains I took advantage of a sound night of rest.
As a travel blogger I’m always checking to see how reliable the internet connection is wherever I’m staying.
I can’t complain too much about the wireless speeds at Kindli and while I was able to browse the net and check Facebook and Instagram it did take me some time to upload some photos.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to upload a video at all but for the majority of people visiting the hotel this wouldn’t be a problem.
For general browsing the wifi is more than suitable enough but if you’re looking to do something a little more data intensive you’ll probably want to visit a local cafe or wait until you have a more reliable connection.
Overall, no complaints.
Another surprising feature at the Kindli was the huge, spacious bathroom and the quality of available amenities.
The amenities provided by the hotel are sourced from Kiehls, which is a local shop that you can find in Zurich that sells very high quality soaps, shampoo, face creams and an assortment of other high-end beauty products.
It was nice being able to take advantage of nice smelling and high quality beauty products rather than having to just rely on what I was traveling with.
Thanks to yet another large window the bathroom was very bright and well-lit during the day and at night there was a choice of lighting that could be used depending on your preferences.
Instead of a dedicated stand-up shower there is a shower/bathtub mix so whether you just want to quick wash up after a long day of exploring or you want to soak in a hot bath the choice is yours to make.
Soft and fluffy towels were available and there was optimal storage space and flat areas where you could keep a hair straightener, toothbrush, comb, beauty bag or any other bathroom related supplies you’re traveling with.
As for the space, I found that there was plenty of room to move around and the bathroom didn’t feel cramped like you typically experience in more traditional and classically designed hotels.
I checked the price for the hotel for a random night during the week in November and prices start as low as $420 for a double room and range up to $605 for a superior double room.
This the total cost for two people and the price varies depending on the time of year you’re traveling, whether or not you want breakfast included and how far in advance you book your room.
Another one of the best features about the Hotel Kindli is its location.
The hotel is located on one of the many steep streets that cut throughout the Old Town area of Zurich and it’s only a short 5-minute walk to both the lovely Lindenhof Park and to the banks of the Limmat River.
Within walking distance are also quite a number of different restaurants, bars, cafes and a variety of small shops worth checking out.
Most of the main sights in Zurich can be easily reached on foot from the hotel and it’s also quite easy to connect with public transportation if you’re looking to head to the airport or explore somewhere that’s not in the city center.
I found the location to be perfect for walking around and I was able to explore Zurich quite a bit using the hotel as a base during the three days I spent in the city.
To be completely upfront, the breakfast was the only let-down I experienced at the Kindli.
Where everything else was seemingly perfect it appears that the hotel really dropped the ball in regards to breakfast.
With some of the rates costing quite a bit to have breakfast included I was surprised with the lack of options, especially the lack of hot options.
There was a small selection of bread available and an equally small selection of jams and spreads.
Some bowls of fruit and some cereals were laid out, there were some nice yogurts to choose from and there were a few cold cuts of meat and slices of cheese for the European crowd that enjoys that sort of thing as an early morning meal.
Juices and water were available and a hot coffee drink or tea could be ordered from the breakfast attendant.
It was also possible to get a boiled egg but that was the only hot option available which was quite disappointing.
Breakfast is definitely an area where the Kindli can improve and the lack of options available was quite surprising to me considering how well rated the on-site restaurant for lunch and dinner is.
Parking and Accessibility
There is parking available near to the hotel in a secure underground parking lot.
However, it’s still a 5-10 minute walk to the hotel from the parking area and it’s not going to be enjoyable if you’re traveling with wheeled luggage.
To reach the Kindli you have to exit the parking garage and make your way up and through the Lindenhof Park to the street that leads down and away from the park itself.
This is where you’ll find the hotel and make sure to keep an eye out for the side entrance as it’s easy to miss if you’re not looking.
Parking costs 25 Swiss Francs per day and you can pay using credit at one of the parking machines located throughout the garage.
Should you be visiting Zurich from the airport or train station you can reach the hotel quite easily with public transportation.
The bus and trams stop right across the river and it’s only a 5-10 minute walk to the hotel and if you’re taking the train you can expect a 15-20 minute walk from the main station.
Since the location of the Kindli is quite good it’s not that hard to reach regardless of how you’re arriving in the city.
When it comes to location, value, quality of service and overall enjoyment I would definitely consider and highly recommend the Hotel Kindli as one of the best hotels and places to stay in Zurich.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and I loved being able to walk out of room and be exploring the old town area and all of the other main sights in the city in just a few moments.
With a classic, traditional design and all of the modern conveniences you would need to enjoy spending time abroad the Kindli really has it all and it’s more of a home-away-from-home rather than your standard hotel.
There were some small issues I had, like the poor breakfast and the tricky parking situation but in the end I had a very memorable experience and if you’re visiting Zurich you should definitely consider spending your time at the Hotel Kindli.