When I realised Jason’s birthday was coming up and I knew he didn’t want anything in particular I had to get a little creative. I decided it would be fun to take him on a surprise weekend away… but he would have just arrived home after 24 hours of flying. So, it had to be something that didn’t involve much travel and did involve lots of relaxing.
After a bit of searching a friend suggested the B2 Boutique Hotel & Spa in Zurich. It was the perfect solution. Just a quick train ride away from home and the perfect place for Jase to chill out and recover from his jet lag! And even better, the B2 Boutique Hotel even offered a surprise birthday package.
The B2 Boutique Hotel is in the heart of Zurich city, but tucked away on a nice quiet street. A great place to escape without really leaving. We easily made our way in to the city for dinner but felt like we were in our own little oasis as soon as we were back at the hotel.
We found the staff at B2 Boutique Hotel extremely helpful and accommodating throughout our stay. Our check-in and check-out was seamless. In fact, we arrived two hours early to drop our bags off and occupy ourselves in Zurich until check-in. But the lovely staff got our room ready for us while we waited so we were able to check-in early! We particularly loved our late check-out time of 1pm, the buffet breakfast which was served until 12pm and all day access to the thermal baths (even after we had checked out). This meant we could sleep in, have a late breakfast and then head to the thermal baths for a relaxing afternoon without stressing about the time.
Built in 1867 and formerly Zurich’s largest brewery, the B2 Boutique Hotel building has a very cool, industrial vibe. With a unique mix of old and new, the modern hotel has been seamlessly interweaved with the preserved historical architecture of the brewery. The hotel’s 51 rooms and nine suites occupy the former Hürlimann Brewhouse. And while they have a distinctly urban, avante garde feel the oak parquet floors, leather furniture and warm colour palette make you feel at home. And of course, you get your very own bottle of Hürlimann beer in the mini bar!
The hotel’s very appropriately named Wine Library, with it’s four walls of floor to ceiling book shelves, took my breath away. It is home to 33,000 books and two stunning chandeliers crafted from original Hürlimann beer bottles. A truly enchanting spot to sip on a glass of wine, read a book or graze your way through a buffet breakfast.
But… by far our favourite part of our stay were the thermal baths. Fed by a mineral-rich natural spring beneath Zurich, you can choose to gaze out at the city skyline in the rooftop infinity thermal pool (particularly stunning at sunset) or head underground. The former brewery storage vaults have been transformed into a series of pools, spas and steam rooms. Relax in the gigantic wooden pools, follow the ten-step ritual in the Irish Roman baths or book a massage or treatment.
The B2 Boutique Hotel is the perfect place to stay for a:
- Relaxing overnight getaway
- Surprise birthday trip – with a perfectly tailored birthday package including cake, champagne, birthday decorations, late check-out (1pm), late buffet breakfast (until 12pm) and all day access to the thermal baths (even after check-out)
- Jet lag recovery oasis – if you’ve just travelled across the world and landed in Zurich this is the perfect spot to spend your first night in Switzerland (Jason can attest to that!)
- Central location without the hustle and bustle of the city
We left B2 Boutique Hotel feeling totally relaxed, refreshed and ready to face the week ahead. It was the perfect spot to celebrate Jason’s birthday while he also recovered from his 24-hour flight from Australia. We will definitely be recommending this hotel to family and friends who visit!
Have you stayed at the B2 Boutique Hotel & Spa? Or are you planning a trip to Zurich and looking to stay here? I’d love to hear your thoughts below.
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