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“Affordable hotel in an expensive city” 3 of 5 stars
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Drake Longchamp
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   7 rue Butini, Geneva 1202, Switzerland   |  
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Ranked #57 of 103 Hotels in Geneva
Dublin, Ireland
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“Affordable hotel in an expensive city”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Finding a hotel in Geneva during one of the largest convention weeks of the year, the annual watch convention was nearly impossible. Just a search of trip advisor yielded 104 hotels in Geneva with only 4 having availability (this being the only one in the city center). I stumbled upon this hotel which was a) close to city center and not far from the train station b) about 2 blocks from Lake Geneva c) relatively affordable in one of the worlds most expensive cities.

The front desk was incredibly friendly and a decent breakfast was included as well. The room was very basic and most importantly was clean and quiet. The room had an attached kitchenette which would probably be ideal for a longer stay with a family. Now, I would warn that the room is no frills, but for the 150 Euro or so that I paid, in a city where it is very difficult to find anything under 250 Euro, you can not expect luxury.

One compliant was the heat. It was January and very cold outside, but the room was a little toasty. I turned the radiator to the off position but it did not help much. I had to crack a window to cool the room down a bit. This may be an isolated issue though.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Caught in flight cancellation chaos we were delighted to find a room at the Drake Longchamp for a couple of nights. A pleasant hotel, near the lake and reasonably handy for trams and railway station. Helpful staff. Room a bit tired. Excellent value versus sleeping at the airport but expensive at rack rate (Hobson's choice at 2 a.m) for quality on offer.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Looking for an hotel room rather late, the Drake hotel appeared to be a good deal with a perfect location (walking distance between rail station and the place I had to visit). Reading past comments, my expectations were low. But after staying for a few nights, I found it a very good deal, especially thanks to a quiet room and good bed, very good services, and decent breakfast. The hotel and room amenities are a little old, and one has to pay cards to access the internet from the room, but apart from that; all worked well.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

I stayed around 10 days at Geneva and stayed in 3 hotel. It may not be the best hotel with all the facilities but cover every required (including kitchen, bathtub, included breakfast etc) things perfectly. I preferred this hotel than other two (one was much costlier also) and requested them to extend my stay. Their wi-fi had high charge but they said that they are going to make free from 1st January, 2013 onwards,

By one sentence, this would be a great choice, if you are looking for an affordable accommodation with decent breakfast and kicthennet facility.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

The hotel is conveniently located - location being perhaps the only USP of the property. The reception, lobby, lift and rooms are not in the best of state - also feels rather cramped. However, if you are looking for an affordable accommodation with decent breakfast for a short stay - this hotel could be a good choice in an otherwise expensive city. The staff was also courteous and helpful. Overall a 'value for money' property!

Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Not far off from Geneva Central station. Lots of good eateries of different world cuisines around. The hotel rooms need refurbishing and so do the corridors. Its ok for a 1/2 night stay but you might want to choose another place if you are staying longer.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Had quite a long stay in Drake for business. Rooms are decent with a place to cook, great for saving money in ultra-expensive Geneva. Walls are very thin though. Breakfast is ok, though after some time you'll swear off eating croissants. There are surprises sometimes like the miraculous day they served sausages and eggs ( why can't it be everyday?). Staff are efficient and helpful, though not very warm (is it a Swiss thing?). Loved that it was a short walk to the park, the lakeside and the tram station.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Drake Longchamp

Address: 7 rue Butini, Geneva 1202, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Geneva > Geneva
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #57 of 103 Hotels in Geneva
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Drake Longchamp 3*
Number of rooms: 156
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Close to the lake, international organisations and the United Nations, offers you modern and comfortable rooms, in the heart of Geneva. Our location is near the railway station and has been created to satisfy the needs and expectations of today’s travellers. ... more   less 
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