Ever wish that there were 25 hours per day? A bit of extra time for getting things done or simply to have some time for yourself. Well, in Zürich there is a hotel that has made its twenty-fifth hour its distinctive characteristic. It’s called 25hours Hotel and is located in the Zürich West area, 10 minutes away from the central station.
The 25hours Hotel was designed by one of the most famous contemporary designers: Alfredo Häberli. Originally from Argentina but based in Switzerland since 1977, Häberli worked on this project for three years. His signature is in every and each detail of the structure: from the choice of the color palette to the chairs, from the tables to the arrangement of the furniture. The hotel is rich in graphical interventions and it’s a kind of three-dimensional city guide.
The entrance hall
The entrance hall is a lively ambiance, hosting the reception, the bar, the restaurant, the lounge with access to the terrace and a small shop. It’s a colorful and playful space full of wooden chairs and tables displaying small art installations. «A place open to the world, but still protected. A place that was designed for versatility and flexibility» says the designer. The most outstanding piece here is the staircase just in the middle of the room.
The restaurant is accessed directly from the hall. A platoon of the famous Ginger stools designed by Häberli and produced by BD Barcelona, invite you to take a seat at the bar for a drink or a rich breakfast, served every morning from 6:30 to 10:30 am.
The space at the ground floor is designed as an open space hosting events such as book presentations, aperitifs or dj-sets. But privacy is guaranteed, depending on the occasion, by sliding curtains underlying the versatile soul of this part of the hotel.
Now is the time to take a look at the rooms, a total of 126. The rooms are named after precious metals: silver, gold and platinum and they all have their own particular atmosphere. I had the chance to visit both a Gold and Platinum rooms with hardwood floors and a subtle, elegant color scheme. Some features such as parquet flooring, WiFi connection, air conditioning, iPod docking station, and free bicycle hire are common to all room categories.
Other amenities such as the balcony, private coffee maker or free use of the sauna and fitness kit are offered only to some kind of rooms such as the ones in Platinum category. Do you remember what I was saying about the many details in which the hotel is very rich? Well, in every room there are a lot of really fun ones like quotes on the mirrors, the ironic «do not disturb» cards, or the wooden puppets that change expression depending on the mood of the guests.
The sauna and the fitness area
The top floor is dedicated to wellness with the Sauna and the fitness area being the main characters. The sauna cube has an impressive view over the city and is surrounded by small relaxing zones. For this space, Häberli used natural materials and soft color hues enhancing the atmosphere of relaxation.
The 25hours Hotel is located in an area that is mainly populated with offices so it’s not a surprise meeting many business people. However, I believe it is an excellent option for design lovers and for those of you looking for a non-touristy area (well connected to the city center).