Concierge.com's insider take:
If, instead of joining the Zurich design revolution, you hanker after old-Europe romance, this 16th-century patrician merchant's house is more your speed. The 33 rooms have quilted counterpanes on brass bedsteads, floral or striped walls, drapes and chairs, and antique or repro furniture in styles ranging from Georgian to Biedermeyer. Rooms under the eaves on the top floor are further prettified by sloping walls and grand rooftop views. Among them are the two Junior Suitesthe only air-conditioned rooms. Outside it gets even cuter, with a divine leafy, flowery garden with flagstones, wrought-iron chairs and tables, and the Neptune Fountain carved in 1770. Good, fresh Italian-Swiss market-driven food is served out here and in the cozy restaurant. The location, too, is good and central, by the university.