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“Good value for small money” 3 of 5 stars
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1.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Route De Meyrin, 01210 Ferney-Voltaire, France   |  
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Ranked #8 of 9 Hotels in Ferney-Voltaire
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“Good value for small money”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Just 25 EURS, what you could anticipate in the area near Geneve...

Transportation: Travel by O bus and stop in Bois Candidate, then 5 mins walk and easy to find. but O bus is very scarce, majority of times once per hour.

Room:very small, no private bathroom and shower room. It is not so clear, but could accept it.

Service: almost no,but I never anticipate anything

AIA, if you wanna to save money, choose it. if not , choose others.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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Riga
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80 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012 via mobile

If you have a car, it's "close" to the airport. It is definitely inexpensive. However the rooms have a really strong residual smoke smell, and the window can't be opened fully, if on the ground floor, if you value security. The rooms are dirty, the common restrooms and showers are really dirty. If you need a really cheap place to stay and don't mind the poor condition; you get what
You pay for.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Canton of Glarus, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

The hotelF1 Genve Airport is located near to the Swiss border in the small village of Ferney Voltaire.
It is located next to a shopping mall with a McDonald's and some other restaurants nearby.

The hotel itself is a shabby two floor container building.

The room itself was clean. Staff were not that friendly and helpful.
Showers and toilets are located on the hallway. But they were not as clean as in other hotelF1 locations I have been before.
Everything here looks a little worn out and shabby.

It was only 24EUR/Night (without breakfast). So the price tag was the winner.

The only good thing is, it offers a large, secured car park free of carge.

Would only stay here again if I have to catch an early morning flight from Geneva as its only a short drive by car from there.
Otherwise its a below standard hotelF1.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Coimbra, Portugal
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115 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

Compared to the other F1 Hotel where I've been previously, this one is quite worse. It is located in the French/Switzerland border, near a supermarket and a MacDonald's and in a 10-min walk to Ferney-Voltaire using a national road (looked safe, even at night), where you can take the bus to Genève. The rooms are basic but not very clean, I should say, as well as the bathrooms. I didn't find them filthy, but they didn't seem very clean. For sleep just for one night, while visiting Genève, it can be a option to consider, as the hotels in Genève are very expensive, but don't expect too much, for only just 32€/night.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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New Delhi, India
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75 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2011

My first pit stop was at the global city of Geneva. I was booked at a hotel supposedly near the Airport (hence out of the city), and very nearly matching my paltry budget. The hotel in question is Hotel Formula one, or as it is known in back packer’s circle as the F1.

I was not expecting a Ritz for 30 Euros any ways, but when I reached the hotel I saw new heights in super budget hospitality, that is, if the term still hold good for these earthly abodes. For starters I was carrying heavy luggage and had been towing it for a few good kilometers across the Swiss-French border, when I finally saw it. A plain white five storied, match box structure with a colossal neon signage facing the highway – “29 EUROS”. I knew I was home.

As I walked into the small reception, I could not find a single soul, staff, guest or God. The desk had a small check-in kiosk, more like an ATM machine, a phone, a push bell and a sheet of information. I tried each one in vain, but could not check myself in. Desperate I tried the push bell. A disturbed looking young man walked in a few agonizing minutes later. I showed my reservation printout, without looking at me he asked for my passport and 30 Euro advance in one swift move. While handing over my room information printout, he casually mentioned that the room has no attached bath or toilet. Well, he should also have mentioned that my room is on 2rd floor and the hotel has no lift.

The printout was also my room key as it had my six digit room code to enter my closet like room. The room was tiny or to be fair a great interior design masterpiece in space management. The room was planned for holding three humans, with or without their will. It had a fair sized bed with a kid’s cot right over your head. The opposite wall, two feet away had a small TV perched on the wall that shows exactly three channels in French. In case an inmate wants more, he pays for it. Right next to the bed was a small wooden partition across which was a wash basin with two plastic glasses, neatly wrapped in plastic. The room had a heater but no air-conditioning. And I had no idea that Europe could be so hot, reminded me of Delhi in peak summer. The room also had a small window hidden behind a venetian blind. As I desperately approached to unlatch the window, my eyes caught the big bold sticker put on it – “In case this window is opened, the hotel would no longer be responsible for your belongings” written in four different languages. I took my chances.

Once my room was explored I ventured out in search for my other basic needs, toilet, shower and food, in any order I could find them. The shower rooms and toilets were at the end of the corridor. The doors had signage indicating the same. Each door had an indicating light right on top, either green or red, more like an operation theater than a community hamam. The shower had hot and cold water, a soap dispenser, drier and a mirror but no towels, all fitted with sensors for saving the planet and in turn saving some Euros for the thrifty.

The hotel had no restaurants or bar. The lobby stroke lounge had exactly two tables with four chairs, one microwave and an old American style, snack vending machine. The machine works on exact change, which in this case could be Francs or Euros depending on which side of the border the machine is placed. The hotel can provide a light breakfast (read coffee and croissant) for 7 Euros if anyone cares for some breakfast. Also not to forget the fact that the hotel is situated at the middle of nowhere, so eating out gets ruled out anyways.

Now to keep things in prospective, the idea of super low budget hotels is a unique concept. Being an hotelier and a traveler I had to admire the marketing and operational genius of the project.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Lyon, France
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011

This hotel was really hard to find. Upon arrival, I witnessed a lady falling to the floor after her chair broke in the lobby/eating area. The receptionist looked on without caring and continued booking my room. When I got to my room, I noticed the lack of soap, and the presence of tiny towels. The showers were absolutely disgusting - blocked drain, yellow stains, hair all over... hairdryer that blew more dust than air! The carpet in my room was wet when I arrived (maybe from washing it earlier?). It smelled of mold and humidity. The bed cover was ripped. Found two spiders in the room. Had to wait a good 10 minutes for a receptionist to show up when I had a question (they wouldn't answer the "in case of absence" phone). The only good thing about this hotel is the Internet access and the price (but I would be willing to pay double not to stay there again). I've stayed in much cleaner youth hostels.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Madrid, Spain
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

This hotel was impossible to get to from the Geneva airport at 7:00pm on a Monday! Without a car, the buses are infrequent and cabs (couldn’t find a single one) cost more than the room. The cab calling service didn't pick up, nor did the hotel desk. It claims to be 2.4 km from the airport, but it's over 5 km and in the middle of nowhere. We slept in the airport. Will NEVER stay in an F1 hotel again! Past stays in other cities have been disgustingly dirty.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Route De Meyrin, 01210 Ferney-Voltaire, France
Location: France > Rhone-Alpes > Ain > Ferney-Voltaire
Amenities:
Free Parking Wheelchair access
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Ranked #8 of 9 Hotels in Ferney-Voltaire
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Hotel Class:1 star — hotelF1 Geneve Aeroport Ferney Voltaire 1*
Number of rooms: 96
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