Set on a lively cobblestone street in the heart of old town Zürich, Marktgasse Hotel offers crisp and modern rooms in a history-filled, 600-year-old building. It’s located a short walk from the lake and in the midst of shops, restaurants and cafes.
The Storchen offers visitors a chance to stay in a living piece of Zürich’s history. It was first recorded as an inn more than 650 years ago and takes its name from a legend that a pair of rare black storks nested on its roof. Black storks represent good luck, and a stork motif runs throughout the hotel’s decor.
Centrally located on the banks of the Limmat River, the light-pink building has easy access to Zürich’s shopping, entertainment and restaurants. It also features both classic and contemporary guest rooms, a chic bar, a Michelin-star restaurant and a leather-furnished cigar bar.
With 66 rooms, the Storchen is intimate and elegant and offers a high level of service. Amenities include a fitness room and a Venetian-inspired pier.
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The Storchen has 66 rooms and suites, ranging from standard single and double rooms to spacious two-bedroom suites. Some rooms have a city view, but most look out over the river and toward the lake. Air conditioning, Wi-Fi, en suite bathrooms and Nespresso machines come standard in all rooms, and daily fresh fruit and bottled water is offered.
The decor is stylish and neutral-toned throughout with muted shades and patterns. Some offer a more classic style, while other rooms and the suites have more modern designs.
A smartphone is provided for use during your stay, and comes pre-loaded with local information and a free internet connection.
The Storchen is the only hotel in Zürich directly located on the Limmat River. It’s in a pedestrian area, so there’s no noise from traffic, and it has its own private boat jetty. From the hotel, you’ll enjoy views across the water to Grossmünster, an imposing Romanesque-style Protestant church.
Food and drink
- Michelin-star restaurant La Rôtisserie serves Swiss and French-style food in an elegant atmosphere, with shades of blue throughout and a quirky fish-patterned wallpaper lining the back of booths.
- For a more informal dining experience or afternoon cocktails, the hotel has the riverside Barchetta Bar, which has a wide-ranging menu.
- The Terrace is open during the warmer months and offers the same menu as La Rôtisserie, in addition to a Sunday brunch.
- The Piazza offers Italian-inspired food outside in the old town when the weather is nice.
- Boasting a rooftop location with sweeping views over the city, Nest offers a Mediterranean-inspired menu. However, it’s only open April-September.
- Triple rooms and two-bedroom suites are available for families.
Facilities and activities
- There is a small gym available on the top floor.
- The Cigar Bar is a stained-glass room in the hotel that offers more than 30 different types of cigars for purchase.
- Laundry service is available.
There are adapted rooms available and all rooms are wheelchair accessible. All areas of the hotel can accommodate a wheelchair.
The Storchen is where we prefer to stay when we’re in Zürich. We love this fashionable property’s location on the Limmat River, and that it’s walking distance from the old town and the boutique shops along the Bahnhofstrasse.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
A tour encompassing three of the most well-known aspects of Swiss culture: chocolate, cheese, and mountains. You’ll board a bus and visit a chocolate outlet, a cheese factory, an Alpine summit and a storybook village on this drive through the northern Swiss countryside.
Stein am Rhein boasts an impressive collection of 16th-century frescoes — all on the outsides of the medieval half-timbered buildings lining the old town’s Rathausplatz. Visit for a day, walk the storybook streets and stroll along the riverbank in this historic paradise.