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Hotel Les Armures
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Rue Puits-St-Pierre, Geneva 1204, Switzerland (Bourg-de-Four)   |  
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Ranked #9 of 104 hotels in Geneva
Arlington, Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Fantastic Hotel is a great location.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We stayed here for two days before heading to Val d'Isere (to nurse our jet lag before skiing, since we are from the US).

The location of this hotel is fantastic. There are not many good hotels in the old city. The hotel is next to the old armory and a church. It is a walk up the hill from downtown, but medieval cites were built on hills.

The room was typical European size, but the bed was comfortable and the bathroom good size.

Really the best thing about this hotel is the location, location, location....also it has a really great restaurant. The fondue was authentic and delicious.

The staff were helpful and courteous. A very pleasant experience all around.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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mpater, Directeur général at Hotel Les Armures, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
Dear Madam, Dear Sir,

Thank you for taking the time to share the details of your recent stay at “Les Armures”, in the heart of the Old City.

I am delighted that you enjoyed every part of your stay here and thank you for recommending our restaurant.

We all look forward to welcoming you back next time you are in Geneva,

Yours faithfully,

Michel Paternotte, General Manager
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Firstly, the service is great. Everyone was friendly and helpful.

But the bedroom was on the small side especially considering the price. The bathroom was spotless,The television ancient and the channel selection was awful (no BBC, only one English speaking channel).

Breakfast no more than OK and charging €5 for a boiled egg is extortion. In fact any hot food is an extra.

Clinton and Clooney stayed here but that was many years ago

My concerns are that despite the excellent location this is not a 5 tar hotel - I expect more luxury.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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mpater, Directeur général at Hotel Les Armures, responded to this review, January 22, 2013
Dear Sir,

Thank you for your recent review on Trip Advisor and your positive feedback about the hotel, in particular the service from our staff.

I am disappointed to read that you had a few problems with your television, especially with English Channels. We will have more than 150 channels in a few days. We value your feedback and let it guide us as we continually look to improve.
I should be happy to assist personally when a future occasion arises for you to visited Geneva,

Yours faithfully,

Michel Paternotte, General Manager
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Whistler, Canada
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48 hotel reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
221 helpful votes 221 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

My room was lovely, done in understated beige tones and good-quality furniture. The bed was very comfortable. The room was quiet and squeaky-clean. It is however a very small hotel, so the breakfast room is small and the breakfast itself modest, and you hardly ever see any other guests.

The location looks very central (heart of the medieval town) but in fact it is a little hard to get to by car because of the one-way street system, and by foot it is up a hill from the nearby commercial areas. Still, it isn't far from most downtown institutions or areas that one would care to visit on foot.

There was a billing issue that was presented to me at the last minute. I felt that they should have brought it up the night before when I had explicitly asked to settle my bill in full (and did, or so it seemed) and not the next morning at the very moment I needed to dash for the train station. Still, this sort of thing probably doesn't happen often.

If you want a very high-quality room at a significantly lower price than the older, more-famous hotels downtown, then Les Armures is a good choice. Several well-known personalities seem to have chosen it, too (see the elevator interior).

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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mpater, Directeur général at Hotel Les Armures, responded to this review, December 13, 2012
Dear Sir,

Thank you very much for your glowing review of Les Armures Hotel.
I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us.
Also, it is a pleasure to read that you enjoyed the design of your room
I am disappointed to read that you had a billing issue upon your departure. I assure you that this kind of mishap is unusual in our house. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of service to all our customers.

We look forward to welcome you again to Les Armures, we remain,

Yours faithfully,

Michel Paternotte, General Manager
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The hotel is centrally located. It is an old property that has benn completely refurbished into a 21st century hotel. Great for both business and leisure. Breakfast is an option, though there are a number of good coffee houses jusrt around the corner.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

For sure one of the best in Geneve. Located in the old city, it is very romantic, comfortable. The room 103 has a great view. The room is not big, but it´s enough. It´s expensive but it´s really very pleasant.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, UK
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012 via mobile

The service was excellent in this hotel, a short walk from the main shopping area and situated in the charming old town of Geneva. We were upgraded to a contemporary junior suite the decor of which we loved. The bathroom was in a more traditional style which we were not as impressed by but still it was in excellent condition and the entire hotel was spotlessly clean. Good continental breakfast included in the price. Beware that the Okd Tiwn can be quite noisy with echoes off the stone buildings, so no option to sleep with windows open, but the hotel is air conditioned, so it wasn't an issue. Excellent traditional Swiss restaurant in the hotel. A lovely alternative to the big hotels along the lake.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hofn, Iceland
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61 reviews 61 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

I have stayed at Les Armures maybe ten times now, and it is my first choice in Geneva.
It is the epitome of how a hotel should be, in my humble-ish opinion: it just exudes class (and I admit I'm not quite sure why!!)

The rooms will seem small by US or Asian standards, but are probably bigger than average for a city-centre traditional Euroepan hotels. The beds are firm but incredibly comfortable, although the pillows are a bit soft. The clean, spacious and well-lit bathrooms come with a nice selection of toiletries and a magnifying mirror.
It all says "luxury" but very discreetly.
The hotel is in the old town and it's a steep walk up or down coblled streets to get to the main throughfares, but it's worth the effort to savour the quiet, efficient service, the unassuming luxury and the old-world atmosphere.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Les Armures

Address: 1 Rue Puits-St-Pierre, Geneva 1204, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Geneva > Bourg-de-Four
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#9 Luxury Hotel in Geneva
#12 Business Hotel in Geneva
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Les Armures 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Unique hotel located in the heart of the Old town of Geneva, “Les Armures” offers a breathtaking view of historic part of the city, while being only a stone's throw away from the business and shopping centre of Geneva. This magnificent 17th century residence has been recently renovated to create a unique environment, combining luxury and refinement, well-being and savoir-vivre with uniquely decorated rooms and suites, all of them with their own charm and elegance. As far as dining is concerned, Epicureans will enjoy “Les Armures” restaurant, known as one of the oldest in the city. The “brasserie style” restaurant, features all-day dining and serves Swiss specialities, such as cheese fondue or raclette. Undoubtedly, Les Armures Restaurant is an unforgettable experience!The walls of this romantic hotel still seem to vibrate with the charisma of his well-known guests as: President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, President Bill Clinton and his family, Paul Mac Cartney, Gary Gasparov, Jean Marais, Yannick Noah, Sophia Loren, Pelé and recently George Clooney. ... more   less 
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