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Artist Susanne Seiler, the feisty proprietress of Dakini’s Bed & Breakfast, lived in various places around the world before settling back in her native Switzerland. Together with her adorable shaggy dog, she runs a pet-friendly inn as colorful as Susanne herself.
Situated near the up-and-coming (if at times dicey) West and Langstrasse neighborhoods, Dakini’s B&B has higher rates than most of the other properties we reviewed in Zurich, but it’s more memorable too.
Each of the eight tastefully appointed rooms at Dakini’s B&B has a unique color scheme and was individually decorated by Susanne. We saw an antique desk in the “Red Room” and a batik throw in the “Orange Room.” All rooms feature hardwood floors, comfortable, if standard beds and a television.
All rooms share bathrooms, and there is one small but immaculate bathroom on each floor. Each floor also has a light-filled kitchen, well equipped with a stove, refrigerator and eating area.
The Dakini’s entrance area, which doubles as the breakfast room (and restaurant on some nights), is done up in pink, green and blue. Artwork, including the owner’s own collages, can be found throughout the property.
As Susanne herself noted, the urban area where the B&B is located is quickly changing. (“There are only two hookers left on my street,” she told us with a sigh.) You will probably see ladies of the night hanging around, but this is the “It-District” du jour, with art galleries and hip bars racing to stake their claims to the charming West quarter.
And Dakini’s B&B is part of that unique neighborhood tapestry. The entire establishment (named after a Tibetan Buddhist goddess) is run by a female-only team, and cultural events take place downstairs from time to time. Keep in mind, though, that this is a small business. There is no one to check you in or handle issues after 10 p.m. nightly, and the owner, while delightful, has a strong (sometimes brassy) personality and her own way of doing things.
Wi-Fi is free throughout. A plentiful breakfast is included in the room rate.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Cable TV
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About the Dakini's Bed & Breakfast neighborhood
The Langstrasse, a wide thoroughfare filled with adult theaters and various restaurants, runs north from the district courts, cutting west across the train tracks and ending at Limmatplatz near the water. The Kreis 4 ‘hood is home to the city's Red Light District (southwest of the central train station), but it also happens to be the city's youngest and most dynamic quarter of late.