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Hotel Central
2, rue de la Rotisserie, Geneva CH-1204, Switzerland (Cité)   |  
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Ranked #52 of 104 hotels in Geneva
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“Fantastic!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Apartment 43 is fantastic! You can not go wrong! Location great, apartment great, space, amenities, price, comfort, cleanliness, breakfast - great, great, great, great, great, great!
The tv in one of the rooms doesnt seem to work but thats just picky. Great spot.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Erik G, Owner at Hotel Central, responded to this review, January 14, 2013
Dear BradfromRedhea

Wow for us too....it is so rewarding to get comments like yours...makes it all worth while!
Thank you for the taking the time to write to us and we have immediately changed the faulty television...thank you so much for letting us know.
Pls do not hesitate to contact us for further help in the future.

With best regards
Erik Gangsted
Hotel Central
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Stayed here for a week with my family in a 2-bedroom apartment. Excellent value, given the exorbitant hotel prices in Geneva. Breakfast is substantial and apartment is very clean. Extremely helpful staff in the office. Apartment owners and staff do they can in their control to make your stay comfortable. If you are a light sleeper, take ear plugs or white noise with you since noise from nightclub in the basement until the wee hours of the morning may be an issue. Did not seem to hamper my kids' sleep, though. Otherwise, a very pleasant stay in a central area of Geneva close to public transportation.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Erik G, Owner at Hotel Central, responded to this review, December 12, 2012
Dear TrvelBug_CA

Thank you for your constructive and positive comments.
We are working hard to try and keep the noise from the Nightclub friday and saturdays at a minimum but fortunately with our new double glazed windows things have improved.
Thank you again and do not hesitate to contact us again if we can be of help.

With best regards
Erik Gangsted
Owner
Hotel Central
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

We stayed at Hotel Central for 4 months in a three bedroom apartment. It is a fantastic location, the apartment was spacious, with fully equipped kitchen, and comfortable furnishings. Linen and towels changed daily. The hotel staff were all very friendly and accomodating. I have stayed in many hotels and apartments in Geneva and this one is a treasure. I would certainly recommend it for people wanting self contained accomodation.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Erik G, Owner at Hotel Central, responded to this review, November 28, 2012
Dear aidblogger

Thank you for taking the time to write to us about your long stay with us.
It was also a pleasure for us to have you with us and to be your second home for a while.
We are working hard on promoting our long or short stay appartments and studios and it is very satisfying for us as owners and for the staff to get your positive feedback.
Do not hesitate to contact us again if we can be of help to you or to your friends or business partners.

With best regards, also from Christine and the staff,
Erik Gangsted
Owner
Hotel Central
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

I would recommend the Hotel Central to anyone looking to stay in Geneva without emptying your wallet.

This is a good value for money B+B in the heart of Geneva. The rooms are comfortable and clean and the morning breakfasts are decent.

In an expensive city, this is a good hotel, with very friendly staff.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Erik G, Owner at Hotel Central, responded to this review, November 1, 2012
Dear Michael M

Thank you for your nice response regarding your stay.
As a frequent reviewer we were pleased that you found us value for money and that you had a comfortable stay.
Do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of help to you or your friends during your next visit to Geneva.

With best regards
Erik Gangsted
Owner
Hotel Central
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012 via mobile

Hotel Central is spaced over two or three floors of this multi storey block. It is directly behind the main Street in Geneva but yet still quiet so is in an excellent position to everything Geneva has to offer!
The bedroom was basic but clean,with a small balcony which had a great view at the end of the street looking at the mountains.
Room service was very good every morning with breakfast.
Overall,if all you need is just a room to stay in I would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Erik G, Owner at Hotel Central, responded to this review, October 22, 2012
Dear Bongonog

Thank you for your very positive comments....a little disappointed you only gave us a 3 overall when looking at your points per category which were nearly all more.
Anyway we were happy that you enjoyed your stay and hope to be able to welcome you and/or your friends back soon.

With best regards
Erik Gangsted
Owner Hotel Central
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for only one night so we took the bunk beds.

Convenient location, just behind the main streets with shops and a short 3-5mins walk from the bus stop although there is a slight slope. The room and shower are small but clean and sufficient for short stay. Amenities (towels, fan, shower gel/shampoo) provided. Bathroom is down the hallway, on the way to the elevator. The balcony is lovely with nice views (although we only had partial view since our room was facing an office building) but very close to your neighbours -you could literally climb from one balcony to another!

If you are sleeping on the lower bunk bed, you can't sit up. Mattresses are ok and there is a reading lamp. There is also a desk with chairs in the room as well. Breakfast is served in the room and the quantity is sufficient.

The owner of the hotel was very helpful, giving us directions and maps on where and how to go to the major sights. Do ask for the free bus card (helpful when you are tired) although Geneva is nice & easy to explore on foot.

  • Stayed September 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Erik G, Owner at Hotel Central, responded to this review, October 10, 2012
Dear Twilightlilly

First of all thank you for staying with us and we were glad that we lived up to your expectations, even though you stayed in one of our smallest and most simple rooms.
As you only stayed one night the bunk bed room is acceptable but next time you could try a little larger room with normal beds, and only at a slight increase in price!!

Thank you again and best regards
Erik Gangsted
Owner
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163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Wife and I spent 4 nights in here to do sightseeing in Geneva and surrounding area. We stayed in a small double-bed room with ensuite.

We had no problem finding the building after getting off at Molard stop using airport bus No 5 (re: a few minutes’ walk) but it was a bit difficult finding the correct entrance to the hotel reception. From outside the building on the street one could see those sign plates and Central was indicated as 6, but if you went inside a few extra steps and headed for entrance 6 you won't find Central as it was entrance 2 on the rhs and then one could see Central indicated as floor 6 by the lift. A hotel sign just outside entrance 2 would be helpful?

The lifts were small. It'd just take 2 people with cabin bags but at least there were 2 lifts. Checking in was efficient even with a new trainee. We were allocated Room 24 on the 5th floor facing the street (rue de la Rotisserie). We were given the Geneva Transport cards but had to ask for a city map. As many others have already pointed out, with this type of rooms one enters the bedroom through the bathroom which some would find it odd and undesirable. The room was small with not too much space but clean enough. Lighting was adequate but the bedside lamp was badly located. There was no aircond. A floor standing fan was left in the room. There was no window. A double French door leads to a tiny balcony. The maids would keep the French doors slightly opened during the day to freshen up the room/bathroom, a good idea as air circulation the bathroom was not good (no sure what should be done during the winter!).

The bathroom could present an issue in that the shower cubicle was small and the curtain may not block out all the water, especially for a large or a not so attentive person. The basin was also badly located right underneath a largish bathroom cabinet making access to the taps/basin difficult (re: splashing water on the floor, risk of knocking your head ..). But these were smallish issues when compared with the shower tray drainage and toilet waste flushing. The shower tray would fill up rapidly with water and probably would over flow after 10 minutes (ladies showering and washing long hair please take note). The toilet has macerator flushing system and creates 2 or 3 loud vibrating noises with every flush (not good for night use).

A typical continental breakfast was delivered to your room every morning at a set time stipulated by us (from 7am on). It was fine with us. The cold water from the bathroom tap was drinkable and of very good quality (important when travelling to have this!) Housekeeping was fine and always done fairly soon after we left the room in the morning. We were out sightseeing and on day trips most of the time and therefore the smallness of the room wasn’t too much of a burden to us. There were some crowd/street noises during Friday night/early Saturday morning (as expected in city centre!)

We did a full day trip ourselves by trains to Gruyeres, Montreux (partly with Golden Pass train which offered fantastic views on the way down from the mountain), also walked from Montreux to Chillon Castle in 45 minutes along the superb promenade with beautiful lake views), Vevey and also the old town of Lausanne. An excellent day trip for the 80CHF fare especially the weather was good. We also caught the No 8 bus (from the Rive stop 6-7 minutes from the hotel) to Veyrier Douane stop (1 of the last stops for no 8) and took the cable car up Mt Saleve for around 10Euro to see the wonderful birds eye view of the whole of Geneva lake and also the backdrop of Mt Blanc.

We met the hostess Christine a few times and she was very nice and helpful. We didn’t get to meet her husband. The hotel is very conveniently located in the centre of the city near the shops and sights, 2 minutes from the tram and bus stops, an extra minute to the promenade, the bridges and boat stop. Around 10 minutes to the old town. Really handy.

We enjoyed the stay in Geneva vey much with all the walking around and boat trips across the lake etc. Hotel Central was very well located to make our trip easy and fun. Christine and the others were very friendly and they spoke very good English too. It is important to appreciate that Geneva is an expensive city and one needs to bear that in mind when comparing rates vs qualities. All things considered, we’d recommend Central.

Room Tip: Room not facing the front road (rue de la Rotisserie) would probably be quieter.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Erik G, Owner at Hotel Central, responded to this review, September 26, 2012
Dear SC168

Wow what can I say....you should have a prize for taking the time to write such a comprehensive description of our facilities and of your experience in Geneva.
It is wonderfull for a hotellier to get such constructive feedback which is most helpfull.
We are glad that you overall enjoyed your 4 days with us in our small family hotel in Geneva.
Finding the hotel has always been a challenge but as we do not own the building we are finding it difficult f to make them understand this situation.
For a few weeks now we have been working on a new image, loge, website etc and since a few days we have been allowed to put a large professionally made sticker on the glass doors downstairs with the hotel logo....just as you recommend!!
Yes the bathrooms are small and tight especially for bigger people....we are receiving a specially made glass shower door for room 23 to see if that is something to do in all the small rooms....none of the rooms are standard dimensions so quite an expense but definitely worth it in the long run, especially now after reading your views.
I am glad you met my wife Christine as I am not so often there as we have a few family businesses to look after.
Great to hear about your excursions which we will profit from to promote to our other guests.
Thank you once again and I look forward to maybe meeting you next time you are coming to Geneva.

With best regards
Erik Gangsted
Hotel Central
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Address: 2, rue de la Rotisserie, Geneva CH-1204, Switzerland
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Location: Switzerland > Geneva > Cité
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Geneva
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We look forward to welcoming you to our family-owned hotel in the heart of Geneva, at the foot of the Old Town, and a 3-minute walk from the lake. All rooms, studios and apartments are equipped with cable TV, DVD player, free WiFi/Broadband, telephone and fax/modem socket. Inclusive continental breakfast served in all rooms and apartments.Both short-term and long-term stays are welcome. ... more   less 
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