Another serviceable, centrally-located hotel. Compared to the somewhat severe modern style of the Kreuz and the City-Hotel, the Metropole has a warmer, more traditional feel.

Guestrooms are plain but have the usual TV, minibar, phone, radio and WiFi. Most bathrooms have a shower rather than a tub.

The hotel's two best rooms are Numbers 310 and 410. Both are spacious and have two windows. In each is a couch which converts to a third bed and the upgraded bathrooms have double sinks.

Number 306, is a tiny single but a large window averts claustrophobia. It can be rented for about CHF 130 on weekends.

Contact: Hotel Metropole, Zeughausgasse 26/28, CH-3011, tel. +41/31/311 5021, fax 312 1153, www.hotelmetropole.ch

Daily Rates: Double rooms are CHF 200 weekdays and CHF 180 on weekends

Rating: Quality 9/20, Value 9/20