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Tokyo for the New Year: Swiss Business Lounge Zurich Airport (ZRH)

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Ushigoro
Hilton Narita
Narita-san Shinsho-ji
Swiss Business Class Tokyo Narita to Zurich
Park Hyatt Zurich
Oneworld Lounge Zurich Airport
Swiss Business Lounge Zurich Airport
Austrian Airlines Regional Business Class Zurich to Vienna
Austrian Airlines Business Class Vienna to Chicago


After checking out the oneworld lounge at the airport, I decided to head to the lounge that I could access via my ticket, which was the Swiss Business Class lounge. There’s also the Swiss Star Gold lounge and the Swiss First Class lounge, and the business class lounge is actually the least exclusive of the three.

Entrance to the Swiss lounges

Entrance to the Swiss lounges

There was lots of seating in this lounge with power ports easily accessible, and even though it wasn’t that crowded since I was there relatively early in the day, I could see this lounge becoming quite crowded given the number of passengers it needs to serve.

Seating area

Seating area

Three outlet options

Three outlet options

More seating

More seating

The food and drink for this lounge seemed identical to the food and drink at the oneworld lounge, so it looks like all of the lounges share the same catering. That meant that there weren’t any hot food options available at breakfast in the business class lounge, and I couldn’t find any Nutella.

Drinks

Drinks

Boozy drinks

Boozy drinks

Breakfast foods

Breakfast foods

More breakfast foods

More breakfast foods

The biggest highlight of the lounge is supposed to be the bar, as the Swiss lounge at the Zurich airport boasts the longest attended bar in the world. It seemed like more of a novelty than anything else, and it actually wasn’t particularly pleasant to hang around there as this was also a smoking section of the lounge, so the only people there at that hour were people who wanted to smoke.

The longest attended bar in the world

The longest attended bar in the world

Overall, this lounge is an adequate business class lounge with lots of seating and power ports. The food selection could be improved, but perhaps the selection was meager because I was there during breakfast hours. The bar could be fun later in the day, and it’s slightly novel, but be prepared for smokiness.

Tokyo for the New Year: Oneworld Lounge Zurich Airport (ZRH)

Austrian Airlines Business Class Chicago to Vienna
Austrian Airlines Business Class Schengen Lounge Vienna
Austrian Airlines Regional Business Class Vienna to Prague
Turkish Airlines Regional Business Class Prague to Istanbul
Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul
Turkish Airlines Business Class Istanbul to Tokyo Narita
Park Hyatt Tokyo
Shinjuku Kuyakushomae Capsule Hotel
Ushigoro
Hilton Narita
Narita-san Shinsho-ji
Swiss Business Class Tokyo Narita to Zurich
Park Hyatt Zurich
Oneworld Lounge Zurich Airport
Swiss Business Lounge Zurich Airport
Austrian Airlines Regional Business Class Zurich to Vienna
Austrian Airlines Business Class Vienna to Chicago


Through Priority Pass, you’re supposed to have access to the oneworld, SkyTeam, and Dnata lounges at the Zurich airport. All three lounges are right next to each other, and it seems like they share a lounge dragon. Since I had a little bit of time to spend at the airport, I decided to check out these lounges, although the lounge agent was very reluctant to let me use these lounges when I held a business class ticket on Swiss Airlines.

Sign to the lounges

Sign to the lounges

Eventually, she relented, and she let me into the oneworld lounge (the three lounges seemed pretty much identical). You’re supposed to get a wifi code at the desk, and it’s only valid for one hour, but the lounge dragon didn’t give me one, and I didn’t want to annoy her further, so I just  went into the lounge to check it out.

Seating in the oneworld lounge

Seating in the oneworld lounge

The lounge isn’t huge, but it had tons of seating, which is always appreciated in any lounge. There were a couple of different seating options, and it all seemed clean and well-designed.

More seating

More seating

More seating

More seating

I was there quite early in the morning, and I didn’t eat anything before getting to the airport, so I was hunting for food. There were two holders for hot food, but there was nothing in them during the time that I was in the lounge. I’m not sure what they get filled with later in the day, if anything.

Empty hot food holders

Empty hot food holders

Instead, I satisfied myself with some breads and jam, but I really wanted Nutella, which was nowhere to be found.

Breakfast foods

Breakfast foods

Breakfast foods

Breakfast foods

They did have a reasonable drink selection, but I just stuck with water given the early hour.

Drinks

Drinks

Liquors

Liquors

Wines

Wines

Overall, the lounge was good for a lounge accessible via Priority Pass, but the biggest issue I could see with the lounge was the limit on wifi use. What kind of airport lounge doesn’t offer free unlimited wifi? Otherwise, it seemed like a nice place to rest and catch up on some work, provided that you only need 60 minutes of internet.

Tokyo for the New Year: Park Hyatt Zurich

Austrian Airlines Business Class Chicago to Vienna
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Park Hyatt Tokyo
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Park Hyatt Zurich
Oneworld Lounge Zurich Airport
Swiss Business Lounge Zurich Airport
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Austrian Airlines Business Class Vienna to Chicago


For my overnight layover in Zurich, I decided to spend the other free night certificate from my Chase Hyatt card at the Park Hyatt Zurich, which is now a category 7 hotel. The hotel was relatively easy to get to via train and tram.

Park Hyatt Zurich

Park Hyatt Zurich

Upon walking into the hotel, it definitely felt expensive and luxurious, but the service wasn’t quite as good as the service I experienced at the Park Hyatt Tokyo. There was nothing outwardly wrong with the service, but in general, things felt less polished, and the staff felt more inexperienced, so it’s not the same effortless magic that you can experience at other hotels.

Lobby

Lobby

I checked in at the front desk and was escorted to my room. The room was large for just myself, and there were multiple seating options and a large bathroom. There are sliding doors between the bathroom and the bedroom in addition to a normal door, so you can stare at someone taking a shower from the bedroom if you wish. I’m not sure why they do this?

Bed and view into bathroom

Bed and view into bathroom

Seating in room

Seating in room

More room

More room

The amenities in the bathroom were Blaise Mautin, just like at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome, and when I called to ask for a shaving kit, it was promptly delivered by housekeeping. It was also an actual kit and much nicer than the normal stuff that comes stocked in rooms, so perhaps it’s better to have some toiletries on demand so they can invest more in them.

Shower and tub

Shower and tub

Sink and mirror with built-in screen

Sink and mirror with built-in screen

I explored the hotel’s amenities, and this part was definitely a bit of a letdown compared to the Park Hyatt Tokyo. The gym was rather small without much useful equipment (for me), though they did have a sauna. But it’s no iconic swimming pool and exercise rooms with sweeping views of the city.

Small gym

Small gym

Sauna

Sauna

Overall, this hotel was nice, and the downtown of Zurich is quite walkable so it has a good location. But I really don’t understand why people would pay the rack rate for the hotel, as most things about the hotel are nice but unremarkable, like the service and the amenities. Then again, Zurich is a ridiculously expensive city, so maybe it makes sense, but you’d be much better off spending your points at a different Park Hyatt.