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“Minimalist accommodation, but highly acceptable” 4 of 5 stars
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1 rue de la Vallee, Geneva 1204, Switzerland   |  
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Ranked #2 of 19 Geneva B&B and Inns
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60 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
“Minimalist accommodation, but highly acceptable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

The singles are very small (but not atypical for Switz). Small bed.

Glassed shower with imperfectly functioning removable handle and head. Very good water pressure though.

Bread and croissant at breakfast are really magnificent; also the tangerines. (The coffee is acceptable but not remarkable.)

Convenient location.

Extremely helpful and gracious staff.

  • Stayed December 2012, 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Looking for a affordable location in the heart of Geneva this is the place! I stayed three nights for business. As stated previously the rooms are small but very clean. There was some street noise and you can hear the church bells but the location is downtown so nothing too out of the ordinary. The breakfast was good. I really appreciated the transit card -- the major bus and tram lines very close by. I would stay at this hotel again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Considering that a private room in a youth hostel costs the same as a 3 star hotel in expensive Geneva, my partner and I opted for this quaint, centrally located little hotel, owned by the Salvation Army no less, It is situated on a little alley just off one of the main streets of the old town. We had a simple, but spotlessly clean, modern & comfortable room and the receptionists, especially Etienne, were very pleasant. Included in the price was an excellent buffet breakfast. My only complaint would be that it is right next to an apartment building and there is not a lot of distance between the two buildings, so loud conversations in the apartments next door could be heard late at night, but that is hardly the hotel's fault. Highly recommended if you are not looking for extreme luxury, but a cut above basic accommodation.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oslo, Norway
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

I found this hotel after searching on the trip advisor. Yes, it is basic , but it hasa great location, its clean and has a nice old charm in the lounge area. Charlotte took my booking over the phone and I have never received a quicker confirmation via email before !
As another reviewer mentioned , there is a church nearby and I did have big problems from the bell tower of the church outside, as it ringed its bell every 30 minutes. I could't not sleep at all , but I am a very light sleeper, so hopefully other guests would not have the same problems.
The room was quiet big, lots of channels on the TV and its a free PC for internet downstairs in the lounge area. Just down the road at your right side, there is a Starbucks 300 meters walk from the hotel. Good connections with tram just down the road.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marseille, France
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Nothing special to expect. It is clean, rooms are smallish, and breakfast what you expect.
There is free wireless that works well enough.
It is conveniently located, at the end of bus line 10, which comes from the airport (Stop Rive).
Note that when you exit the luggage area in the airport, there are machines giving you free tickets to ride public transport during 80 min.
Since you are paying a tax in the hotel, the hotel will also give you a travel card.
In Swiss, they use different plugs, you can ask an adapter to the hotel.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leuven, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

When you are looking for a simple, no frills place to stay in Genève, this is good value for money. We stayed for three nights. Breakfast was decent, although I missed some eggs. Only the first day we found some hard boiled eggs at the buffet. The buffet offered a limited choice, but everything was nice and fresh.

The room was ok. The bathroom was basic but the shower was very good, nice hot water and the water pressure was very good! The last day of our stay room keeping forgot to give us clean towels, but we quickly got new ones.

It was a bit too hot in our room. We couldn't switch off the radiator because the control was broken. We mentioned this the first evening at the reception, but they couldn't get the problem fixed, which was too bad. We had to sleep with the windows open to get the room cooler. Because of the open windows we had some noise from the bell tower of the church nearby.

Location was very good, close to the lake and on the edge of the old town. Very nice to go for a walk in the evening.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

A pleasant place, very friendly staff, a place to withdraw from the bustling of the city. Has more soul than many of the larger fancy hotels. In the old part of town, so there are many nice restaurants and coffee shops within minutes to walk, which is very nice. Good connection to the railway station and the UN (direct bus no. 8 to UN, ILO, WHO, ...). So really good value for a moderate budget.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 rue de la Vallee, Geneva 1204, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Geneva > Geneva
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Geneva
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bel'Espérance is a very charming hotel situated in a perfect place - in the city centre at the door to the old town and only some steps away from the lake.The Bel'EspéranceA pleasure to stay,happiness to come back! ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Bel Esperance Hotel Geneva

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