When we booked this hotel for our 1st anniversary a request was made for a quiet room. Room 614 was exactly that, top floor, away from traffic and tram noise from below, even the door to the room was set back in a recess off the corridor. Great start.
The room was very comfortable indeed. Good size bed, squeaky clean large bathroom, and a sofa/tv area to relax in. We paid £111 and compared with what you would get for this price in say Rome or Paris, this was luxury.
The location is superb. A lot of reviews for hotels in this area mention the fact that the nearby area is a Red Light District. This may be true but this has zero impact on a stay in the Royal. Out of curiosity my wife and I deviated off rue de Lausanne down the side streets next to the Hotel Kipling to see the extent of the alledged problem. If a few african men hanging around on corners, or the odd prostitute lurking around is what you consider a problem then stay away from hotels off the main road.
Staying at the Royal meant we didnt have to walk through this so called 'sketchy' area. Come out the hotel and walk left and you're at the Lake and the very pleasant Quai Wilson. Come out the hotel and turn right then left and you are on the Mont Blanc bridge. For those who would rather use the tram then the stop is literally outside the hotel lobby, stop is called Mole, and the trams head across to the Old Town side of the lake every few minutes. We've travelled extensively around Europe and Geneva's Bus/Tram/Train network is one of the best, and this hotel could not be better placed to benefit from it.
We considered the Kipling, Warwick, Bernina and Edelweiss before we booked the Royal and having seen the others I am delighted with the choice we made. Would recommend this hotel without hesitation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The contrasting combination of heritage and innovation distinguish this traditional hotel. Inspired by a neoclassical architectural style the Hotel Royal offers a cocoon of homely warmth, voluptuous comfort and accessible luxury. City centre, between the lake and the United Nations. 202 rooms and suites. 2 business corners, WiFi and Internet connection, free of charge. Restaurant Le Duo and cosy bar with fireplace. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Manotel Royal Geneva
- Manotel Royal Hotel Geneva