That's what we were looking for, and that's exactly what we got at the EastWest. We were upgraded to a Junior Suite under the eaves on the top floor, facing the courtyard. At that height we could glimpse the top of the Jet d'Eau fountain spraying into the sky - otherwise, it's rooftops and the neighbor's living rooms. Being at that height also cuts down on the noise, I'm sure.
We ordered room service for a snack and then dinner, as the dining room of the restaurant had not opened. The snacks were great, a house-smoked salmon and delicious soup with some crisp whites. Dinner was a little over-produced and I would have traded a bit of style and presentation for taste and proper serving temperature. The restaurant needs to alter their offering slightly for service in the room, rather than sur la table. Ordering had its challenges despite our fluency in English, French and German. Double confirm all your orders!
The bed and bath are highlights - and for a romantic weekend, well, that's a great thing.
The turn-down service brought by some chocolates and a little atomizer of spiced room spray. I quickly found my answer to the 'why the spray' question as the restaurant kicked into busy mode and the atmosphere was inundated with grille exhaust. If you like the smell of grilled meats - this is heaven for you. Opening the window didn't help...equally smoky.
The in-room ventilation system doesn't respond very well (as others have noted), so kitchen odors aside, being able to open the windows is a requirement to cool the room.This is a problem.
All in all we had friendly service in a stylish boutique hotel. I'd probably forgo room service and go to the restaurant directly. There are also a number of nice and varied restaurants very close by. Go for a high floor, facing the courtyard, not the street. And I think the deluxe room is probably just fine - we didn't end up using the sitting room part of the suite - but that's part of the joy of the romantic weekend, isn't it?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A few steps from the lake, close to the business and shopping areas, Eastwest Hotel is the ideal home away from home to make the most of your stay in Geneva. The old town and the international organizations are a few minutes away. ... more less
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