As you might guess from the name, this starkly decorated, modern hotel is a stone's throw from the railway station.

The smaller than average guestrooms are sparely furnished with ultra modern light fixtures, a wicker chair or two, wall-mounted TVs, and the usual amenities. Sinks are in the room, though separated from the sleeping area by a divider. Most rooms have a tub rather than a shower.

Be careful about choosing your room. The street side is noisier, but cooler in summer and cheaper.

Its location recommends the City Hotel, but at CHF 200 for a very basic double room, it's not a great value. Weekend rates are better.

Contact: City am Bahnhof, Bubenbergplatz 7, CH-3011, tel. +41/311 53 77, fax 311 06 36

Daily Rates: Doubles from about CHF 200 (CHF 135 on weekends). Breakfast not included.

Rating: Quality 8/20, Value 8/20