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2.05km from Restaurant SonneckMy wife and I stayed at the Plaza hotel in Winterthur where we had prepaid for 4 nights, before transferring to the Park hotel for our remaining 2 nights in the city. Unfortunately, our stay at the Plaza was not enjoyable, as I will detail below. First, the good: The Plaza is located at one of the entrances to Old Town, so you can literally walk out of the hotel and onto Old Town pedestrian thoroughfares. There was a street fair during part of our stay, which meant that we could stroll to food and craft vendors in less than a minute. Our room, while small, was clean and nicely furnished in the modern minimalist style emblematic of contemporary Europe. Now the bad: Location and ambiance are great, but obviously the most important attribute any hotel offers is a good night’s sleep. In this, the Plaza failed miserably. It was a hot June day when we arrived, with the temperature hitting 80 degrees Fahrenheit. There are no climate controls in the rooms and it was uncomfortably warm. The windows were open when we checked in, but on a breezeless summer day, did nothing to cool us off. Worse, because our room was on the 2nd floor on the side of the hotel that faces the street rather than Old Town, traffic noise was terrible. We asked Zerrin, the front desk attendant, if there was air conditioning. She told us central air would automatically turn on late at night through the early morning. If this ever happened, we have no evidence of it. We then asked Zerrin to move us to a room facing Old Town because the street noise was so bad, and were curtly told that none were available for any of our four nights. Since we saw many checkouts during our stay, we think she really had no interest in helping us. Each night, we were therefore faced with two equally bad choices: 1) open the windows to try to let some cooler evening air trickle in at the expense of awful noise from both non-stop traffic and rowdy patrons of the corner bars, or 2) close the windows to diminish the noise and then try to sleep through the heat. We alternated between both. Needless to say, we slept poorly. In summary, if you like the nonstop cacophony of motorcycles, cars and buses mingled with cigarette smoke and the boisterous talking, arguing and even singing of bar patrons, then the Plaza might be for you. Otherwise, spend a little more and stay at the much nicer, and quieter, nearby Park hotel.