Züwealthy is home to a resort that’s completely for girls. A couple of minutes’ stroll from town’s principal prepare station, Josephine’s Guesthouse not solely welcomes feminine guests but in addition takes in ladies in want of a safe shelter.
Having been open for a yr, room occupancy is usually between 80-90% on the three-star resort, which supervisor Verena Kern admits is way increased than she first anticipated. Inside it’s simple to see why: Josephine’s feels extra like a home away from home than a resort. On the ethereal prime flooring, visitors mingle collectively, and a breakfast buffet is served at a big desk each morning.
Like many hostels across the world, an open kitchen invitations everybody to cook dinner their very own meals all through the remainder of the day. Guests have a locker within the fridge for meals and there are facilities similar to washing machines for guests to make use of. ‘Josephine’s has the texture of an enormous shared residence and that is one thing our clients get pleasure from rather a lot,’ Kern informed Lonely Planet. The resort welcomes all types of visitors, together with vacationers on a metropolis break, business clients on multi-day journeys, plus long-term residents like visitor lecturers and college college students.
The length of stays vary from a single evening to a most keep of six months, nevertheless eight to 10 of the resort’s 38 rooms are reserved for girls in want of an emergency place to remain, like these fleeing home abuse.
Some ladies are directed to Josephine’s by Zurich’s social division and different support organisations. ‘With us they find a place to quieten down and resolve their affairs,’ explains Kern. ‘We are not a therapeutic institution and cannot handle acute crisis situations. But we can offer these women a safe haven to re-charge after the first storm has passed.’
Josephine’s is a part of Frauenhotel AG, which additionally runs LADYs FIRST Hotel and Hotel Marta, each open to women and men. Prices at Josephine’s begin from Sfr90 (US$96) per evening for brief stays and Sfr55 (US$58) per evening for month-to-month stays.]
Words: Claudia Peter