Getting There: It cost $28 via Uber to go from the airport.
I ask myself who would pay $300 a night to stay at a basic Sheraton? Then I ask myself who can pay $300 a night to stay at a basic Sheraton? The answer to both must be corporate travelers. If someone has enough disposable income to blow $300 on a marginal hotel, that person should splurge a few hundred more to stay at a luxury hotel. Alternatively, if someone is breaking the budget to stay at a Sheraton, he/she should step down to an accommodation slightly better than a hostel (see Frontier Hotel Darwin: My Case for Hostels).
This brings me to my time in Zurich, a city that is far from cheap and not nice enough to justify the price tag (see Don’t Date in Switzerland!). My first night there, I stayed at the Sheraton Zurich and was happy that points covered my stay.
The hotel is not in the city center. Taking the tram is the affordable option to get there. In the evening, I returned to the hotel with Uber.
The room was a typical Sheraton room. I would have liked to have stayed at a ‘budget hotel’ that goes for $150 a night to see the difference.
This was my first time in Switzerland. Based on movies and folklore, I thought the city would be lined with gold. That must be in a different part of town. This area looked like Long Island City with a mountain as the backdrop.
One thing that basic hotels do not offer is free fancy water and espresso.
And of course, a perk of having status is free breakfast in the lounge.
This #NoCollusion, No Albania for TPOL trip took place over a matter of weeks. It would have been cost-prohibitive to pay for a hotel every night regardless if the rate was $100 or $300. Points, once again, made my adventure possible and comfortable.