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“Clean, friendly and excellent value” 4 of 5 stars
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City Hostel Geneva
2, rue Ferrier, Geneva 1202, Switzerland   |  
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Ranked #2 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Geneva
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Kansas City, Missouri
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Clean, friendly and excellent value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

We don't normally do the hostel thing, but opted to stay here for the first two days of our two week honeymoon in Switzerland. We don't regret it! Matter of fact we wonder why we don't do this more often! We got a private room for two. The linens were soft, showers hot with plenty of pressure and the place was surprisingly quiet and very clean. The lobby is more modern hotel than hostel and we appreciated the free amenities including free travel pass, kitchen on each floor and vanity stations in each bath. The hostel is about 10 mins was to the lake, just around the corner from a delish creperie and 8 mins walk from the train station. Considering what you can spend on a room here, I'm not sure why you would stay elsewhere! After all, who visits Geneva to sit in their room?

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

A smart, clean and central hostel with friendly and helpful staff.

I stayed here on my first visit to Geneva and couldn't fault it.

There is a nice bright reception area and I had a private room with two single beds to myself - perfectly clean and comfortable night sleep. The bathroom directly across the hall meant it was practically en suite - they were very clean and the shower was great.

You can hear people in the corridor in the morning if they're noisy, but only a problem if you want to lie in.

The staff provided a useful map they'd produced with sights to see as well as suggesting how to get around.

The location is very central, with plenty of shops and supermarkets on Rue Lausanne. You can walk to the main train station in a few minutes and is ideally located for a short tram ride to the United Nations.

On the day I left I wasn't flying until 7pm and could get a padlock for there lockers for 10 franc deposit to leave there all day.

Good value.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013 via mobile

Clean comfortable and modern. Nice staffs. Nice common area outside reception. Nightly movies. Leisure room in the basement. Good wifi!! Study lamp n power socket to each bed. All you need in the hostel you find it here. And the best showers I ever had!!! Super powerful water pressure !!! The sleeping quality depends on other travellers. We had someone very inconsidered and woke everyone up 4am .There's always ppl lacking common sense and courtesy

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 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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Dublin, Ireland
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

It was my 4th time in City hostel. Perfect as always. Helpful staff, free Wi-Fi, clean room, hot water, clean towels and comfy beds. All you need is there. Hostel is located 5 minutes walk from the train station and 10 minutes walk from the lake and city centre. You will get free travel card around Geneva for your whole stay. Great money saver. Don't think twice. Just book it.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

I stayed here in August 2012 with my sister.
We stayed for 2 nights and this place was perfect for what we needed. We booked a 2 bed private room which was quite small but has everything you need. The toilet/shower areas are clean, as is the kitchen. It is about a 5 minute walk from the train station. We were there during Fetes de Geneve (by some amazing accident!!) and it was about a 10/15 minute walk to all the events happening during that, which was great. Also Lidl is about a 2 minute walk from the hostel which is very handy.
Overall we were very happy with our stay in Geneva.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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London
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40 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

I came to City Hostel for one night, needing a cheap base in the centre of the City. The hostel is very conveniently located, about 5 minutes walk from the Central Station. Saying that, it is in quite a scummy area, full of cheap kebab shops. I stayed in a four bed dormitory. They gave me clean sheets, a small towel, and I borrowed a padlock and an adaptor for a deposit. The receptionist was helpful and spoke good English. The room itself was quite poky, bed the bed was comfortable, and everything was kept clean. The showers, bathrooms etc were excellent too, very carefully looked after. One added bonus of the hostel is that they give you a free public transport card, inlcluding getting back to the airport. All in all fine, though a bit souless, and Geneva itself is the most boring city in the world.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 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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Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela
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19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Location is just perfect... a few blocks from the Gare Cornavin, close to the tram stop -useful if heading to the UN like me- and surrounded by eating places of different nature. I stayed in a room for single use. It was extremely basic -no frills whatsoever-. The bathrooms were outside -I believe two or four per floor-. There were always shining clean. Not really a perfect place but considering prices in Geneva -a very expensive city- this can be a very good choice.

  • Stayed June 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2, rue Ferrier, Geneva 1202, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Geneva > Geneva
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Geneva
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 49
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