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Work progressing well on Motel One

Work is progressing well on Motel One, which, when it opens next summer with its 397 rooms, will be the biggest hotel in the city.
Not that the individual rooms will be that large; most will be between 16 and 18 square metres only. While they may be small, there is to be no cutting back on any quality of the décor. This is the policy of German Motel One group, and it has proven to be very successful, which is why it had been copied by others in the industry, too.
The rooms come with small bathrooms, with doors which close silently and automatically. However, because they are hardly used and take up a lot of space, there will be no bath tubs. The dark granite used gives a most elegant impression, with smart fittings, including a rain shower, too. The beds have box-spring mattresses and the bedlinen is made of Egyptian cotton. All you need for a perfect night’s sleep. Then there are designer lamps providing bright light and a flat-screen TV.  Neither will there be any pictures on the walls, minibars or writing desks; these are not considered necessary if one is staying for one night only.
Earlier this summer, the group opened its first hotel in Switzerland, on Barfüsserplatz in Basel, with its 140 rooms. This one in Zurich is in the Selnau area and in a building which formerly housed a large post office. In fact it has been quite a challenge for the architects to convert the listed properties which make up this U-shaped building to a modern, stylish 21st century hotel. The owners of the properties, the Swiss Prime Site company, has invested CHF 77.5 million in the project
As to the communal areas, the reception area features an open fire (albeit on a screen), while a large photograph of a steamer with a swan on the Cassiopeia jetty, off Seestrasse, hangs in the breakfast room.
There will be a bar at the hotel; and a buffet breakfast available, though not included in the projected price of CHF 120 per person per night.
Whatever one may think about the policy of the Motel One Group, it is interesting to note that founder Dieter Müller enjoys 75% occupancy at his swish yet reasonably-priced establishments.
It is only to be expected that, once the hotel is open, greater price pressure will be exerted on others in the hotel sector, as Martin von Moos, the president of the Zurich Hotelier Association, confirmed.

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