I’ve never officially come out and admitted this before, but I really like airport hotels. I’ve reviewed a lot of them here on the blog so far, and it’s getting to the point now where I actually look forward to my stay at an attached-to-the-terminal airport hotel more than I do a hotel located in the center of the city. Is that sick and twisted or what?
The main reason for this is sheer convenience. I love to travel more than anything else, but I’ll be honest when I say that it can be very stressful at times and it isn’t always as glamorous as they say it is. Travel is all about managing the pressure of being in the right place at the right time for many consecutive days in a row, and there are times when I’m just not in the mood to worry about how I’m going to get to the airport at 5 AM. Staying at a hotel attached directly to the airport completely eliminates this kind of pressure, and there’s no better feeling in the world than rolling out of bed and being inside the main terminal within minutes.
The other reason I like airport hotels so much is because life doesn’t get much better for an AvGeek than sitting in front of a big window (stuffing your face with overpriced food from the room service menu) while watching airplanes take off and land in the distance. Doing it wearing nothing but your favorite rocket ship underwear makes it an even more pleasurable experience. Trust me – you haven’t lived until you’ve stood nearly naked above O’Hare Airport, watching all that mesmerizing action below from your 8th floor room at the ORD Hilton while scarfing down a $10 danish that couldn’t have cost more than $0.15 to make.
Now that I’ve got that out of the way, it’s time to talk about the subject of this review: the Radisson Blu at Zurich airport. To be honest, it wasn’t totally necessary for me to stay at a hotel located adjacent to the airport on my last night here, since my flight home to San Diego wasn’t scheduled to depart until 1:25 p.m. the next afternoon. I could have very easily stayed one more night at the Four Points Sheraton in Sihlcity, but…well…I already explained how much fun it is to watch airplanes from my own little private hole in the wall, and this was an opportunity that I wasn’t going to pass up.
I’m going to let the pics tell the story of my one night stay here at the Radisson blue ZRH, so here we go:
So there you have it. Despite feeling a bit of shock and horror as I opened the door and saw that crazy neon blue carpet with all the daring red accents, it actually grew on me fairly quickly and I considered it to be one of the more stylish hotel rooms I’ve stayed at in a while. I wouldn’t go as far as to call it classy, but it was certainly stylish and edgy in a way that I quite liked. Remember though – I’m the guy who wears bright red shoes with the matching red watch (who has been tempted to dye my hair blue before), so when it comes right down to it this room and I were a match made in heaven.
This is an excellent airport hotel with really good plane spotting opportunities. If that’s your kind of thing, make sure you ask for an airport-facing room on the highest floor possible. Note that not all airport-facing rooms have views of the action though! Floors one through three will have you looking directly into the terminal building, so you’re going to need a room on the fourth floor or higher to be able to see anything. You’re also going to need to make sure that you bring your favorite rocket ship underwear and lots of cash for room service to get the full AvGeek experience.