Like I said, I didn’t see much of Zurich during my work trip. What I did see a lot of was my room at the Hotel Helvetia. After days of waking up at 4am to reply to emails from my clients working on Singapore time zone, then working fast under high pressure on the day of the shoot itself, I just went back to my hotel room and crashed. I think I must have gone to bed before 9.
It’s a good thing the hotel room was nice, because I spent so much time in it. It was on a sunny corner overlooking the Sylt river and the hills of Zurich. OMG WOW HILLS! said the girl who lives in flat-as-a-pannekoek Holland.
A stylish hotel room is such a treat! To have it all to myself, even better.
I didn’t make it to nearby Lake Zurich, but my closet doors gave me a tiny glimpse.
Kiehl’s toiletries in the pristine, white subway-tiled bathroom? Yes please! I was totally Pinoy and took them all home. These are my new favorite travel toiletries, and you can bet I’ll be refilling them for future trips.
I’ve come to appreciate a modern design hotel that doesn’t scream “MODERN DESIGN HOTEL!” The design details at the Hotel Helvetia were on the quiet side of modern, just the restful welcome I needed.
On the ground floor of the hotel is a bar and restaurant that seems popular with the nearby business crowd for lunch and evening drinks. On the morning I left, though, I enjoyed a quiet breakfast here all to myself.
En route to Confiserie Sprungli for my chocolatey reward, I saw the first signs of spring as I crossed the Sylt. Spring came to Amsterdam much later, but I remember feeling reassured that it indeed was on its way.
And that’s how I zipped through Zurich in less than 36 hours. Next week, I’ll be back to share some news about the blog, plus some highlights from our week in New York (finally!). Till then, have a wonderful weekend!