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L'Hotel de France
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Rue de Geneve, 1210 Ferney-Voltaire, France   |  
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Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Ferney-Voltaire
Afula, Israel
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56 reviews 56 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Good but could do better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Its quiet location and accessibility to Geneva by bus and car make this hotel a great asset. But do not expect much help at the front desk. Staff is overwhelmed and devote more time and attention to the hotel's restaurant bussiness than to hotel patrons. Charging extra for breakfast is unfair. Be aware: there are no airconditioner or heating facilities in the rooms. In the summer I managed but this can be potentially problematic. You are beating however, the rip-off hotel prices of Geneva. Check out the open-air fruit and vegetable market (on Wednesdays, possibly other days ) for stocking up on provisions.

Room Tip: Rooms on the 3rd floor (and higher) hover less over the busy restaurant.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Geneva, Switzerland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

Close to Geneva, in Ferney Voltaire, there is a house , from 18 th century, which had been built by voltaire himself for his "ideal City", and which is now a great hotel and an excellent restaurant.
The rooms have kept the charm of the ancient time, with beams and chimneys, whereas the food is very " modern cuisine", served by a charming staff.
The couple owning l' Hotel de France is sharing the work, him leading the kitchen, and her taking care of the customers ( with excellent guidance on wines!)
During summer time, one can have the dinner outside in a very cosy and romantic garden. a great experience at 5 mn form the Geneva Airport!

Room Tip: ask for the biggest room on top of the house with chimney and a lot of charm; value for money!!!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

This place sums up France for me, good and bad.

Good in that everything was of a good quality, including the room (given the price I paid relative to other accom near Geneva airport during a major conference) and the splendid breakfast. Located on a quiet street in the middle of what looked like a very nice little town, I had no time to explore as I was there for work.

The bad is the standard of customer service - I got down for breakfast at 830 and there was no-one around, so I sat where I thought appropriate and started eating a delicious pain au chocolat. A few minutes later a waitress came in and look mightily cheesed off, I had apparently sat in the wrong table (it had been laid out for lunch), and this necessitated her removing various bits from the table as I ate. I felt like pointing out that I wouldn't have been sat in the wrong place if there had been someone there to ask! I then went and paid my bill, and then afterwards asked whether I could access wifi to check my emails while my cab arrived. The receptionist said this would cost an extra €3 - on top of the €125 I had just given her! Unbelievable!

I got there late in the evening and had to let myself in, find my own key etc. It felt like there was noone else staying there but me, and as I let myself into my room, it felt a bit like a scene from The Shining. But I'd probably stay again if in the area.

Room Tip: Check on arrival whether or not you have a room where the blinds are long enough to reach the bottom...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Udine, Italy
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012

First of all, if you look for the cheapest 2 stars hotel around Geneva, you may not have great expectations. This is how I crossed L'Hotel de France, but what I really found is an historical building, in the past owned by the private secretary of Voltaire, to which the town of Ferney-Voltaire is entitled. The building has been partially restored (or: restored with respect for the ancient structure), and it has not been adapted too much for modern travelers. So stairs are steep, and at least my room had the wooden floor slightly curved. The result was a slightly leaning bed - after a couple of nights I became used, but initially it was annoying. The room was wide, while the bathroom was small; however, both clean.
I stayed there for a couple of weeks in the coldest time of the year, unusual according to local colleagues; the heating system was not up to the task in the coldest days (I usually suffer for too warm temperatures in hotels - here it was definitely not the case). On the other side, and perhaps due to the low season, the place was absolutely quiet. The hotel is run like many B&Bs, so no real reception, but a numeric code to enter.
The room is equipped with a coffe/tea maker (and all what is needed to make it). I had full breakfast a couple of times, and it is adequate - more on the sweet side than salty. Breakfast is served in the hotel restaurant, which is a totally different level (and budget) vs. the hotel (I'll review it separately).
Wireless internet is available for a small daily extra and very fast.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Moscow, Russia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

Could be better & has to be better regarding the number of accommodations proposed around. Looks pretty & nice but facilities/amenities/services/technologies (all)/rooms are just mediocre and unpleasant. Need some basic improvements to pretend to be 2** hotel. Restaurant expensive nevertheless very nice

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Moscow
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21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2011

Basic and good value for money, easy access from the airport (just take bus "Y" to end stop "Ferney-Voltaire", and hotel will be short walking distance from there). Just note that bus is not too frequent
The rooms are charming, but bathrooms already are too old, and although clean enough, dont seem so due to age. Towels, linen are all ok.
Right opposite is a very nice resto with good prices (hotel,s restaurant is a bit expensive in my view).
Wifi is quick but costs 3eur per night

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cardiff
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88 reviews 88 reviews
58 hotel reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2011

L'hotel de France is a charming and comfortable hotel in the centre of Ferney Voltaire. Due to it's location, it can be a bit noisy but the rooms are large, light and airy. The stairs could be a challenge for large and heavy luggage.

  • Stayed January 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 Rue de Geneve, 1210 Ferney-Voltaire, France
Location: France > Rhone-Alpes > Ain > Ferney-Voltaire
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Ferney-Voltaire
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — L'Hotel de France 2*
Number of rooms: 14
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