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“Good small hotel” 3 of 5 stars
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L'Hotel de France
1 Rue de Geneve, 1210 Ferney-Voltaire, France   |  
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Dublin, Ireland
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17 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Good small hotel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

I stayed here while on business in Geneva. Its rooms are more the style of a good quality chambre d'hote/bed and breakfast than a hotel. However, the hotel is small and very clean with a decent breakfast. Apart from breakfast, I did not eat in the hotel. It is a 30 minute bus journey from downtown Geneva. Beware that in the evenings buses only run about once per hour.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Belfast, N Ireland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Stayed here last year, so looking forward to return trip. Very disappointed by unfriendly staff, but otherwise perfectly adequate if you are catching a flight - just 5 mins down the road. The nearby L'Azzurra (2 mins walk) as good as ever, but book in advance to avoid having to wait for a table.

Room Tip: No lifts, so if you've lots of luggage, choose a first floor room!
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Geneva, Switzerland
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28 hotel reviews
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120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Hotel de France looks like the only game in town....or rather in the village. You do not have too many options in Ferney, a comatous suburb of Geneva on the other side of the French border. If you do not crave the charmless chains of hotels designed to welcome herds of international organizations' delegates, you may yield to the temptation of the Hotel de France classic style and facade. Next time, I'll think twice and run to the local mercure or novotel. The service is, well, there is no service. Top floor room is acrid with food smells so strong that you cannot sleep through the night. Everything is dusty and sort of musty, faded and in need of renovation. Owners really sweet and nice, but that does not make it for the price of this place.

Room Tip: Try hotels in Geneva instead
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Travelers are raving about these Ferney-Voltaire hotels

London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

This is a lovely family run hotel on the edge of Switzerland - yet the hotel could be nothing else but French. It is small, homely, friendly and comfortable. Not luxurious - our room was small and furnished with old style wardrobe and dressing table... a comfortable double bed and a pristine shower room. We had a window over the town square - a typically French scene, shady trees, an elegant fountain, local cafe with tables outside, and a quirky statue of Voltaire - the pedestrian shopping streets are nearby and we loved the Saturday market. Our only criticism was that the room was very warm and we didn't seem able to turn off the radiator, which meant open windows and a noisy early morning. We walked to the Chateau Voltaire where we had an informative tour and a stroll through beautiful gardens - a massive magnolia tree was in full pink bloom. Breakfast was Ok and and dinner was very good.

Room Tip: No lift, so if you have a problem with stairs or carrying suitcases, ask for a room on the first flo...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

If you want to stay close to Geneva airport in a hotel which gives you a taste of France rather than a taste of airport this is the hotel for you. We arrived late in the evening before an early morning flight and wanted something not overly expensive but not too boxy. My husband told me to check for a room while he looked after the car. There was only one room available on third floor and since there was no lift i declined it even though the room was large and atmospheric.However my husband had driven as far as he was going to and had already unpacked our excessive luggage from the car. The waitress/receptionist was very polite but the manager rather rude, telling us their carpark was full and implying that the hotel was also full. Perhaps after out 10 hour drive he thought we were not suitable for his exclusive boutique hotel. But we found a free carpark very close by and booked in with the nice waitress. We did not eat in hotel as it looked rather expensive and we wanted fast and cheapish. On returning we spotted the Red Michelin award for the restaurant on the door and were glad we had booked breakfast which was inexpensive and was much appreciated. The three flights of stairs to our room were not really that bad in the end and the room was quiet, spacious with a big shower room and, being in a listed building (we discovered later) felt atmospheric. A good night's sleep!

Room Tip: We got the last room and it was fine.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, N Ireland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Attractive historic building right in the heart of the village. Stayed in good-sized doulbe room on top floor (99 euro) - necessitating 3 flights of steep stairs (which are no big deal). Shower could do with upgrading, but adequate. Tea/coffee making facilities in room. Breakfast is extra (9 euro) and OK; you can even boil your own egg!
Overlooks village fountain. Public car park a minute's walk away. Michelin-star restaurant adjoins hotel - mouth-watering menu, but eye-watering prices. Would recommend L'Azzurra (pizzeria) for eating - at the far end of the pedestrian precinct, about 2 mins walk away.
Very handy for returning a hire car to French sector of Geneva airport - about 5 mins away.
Pity there was no bus transfer as would be hard to get to late at night without a car. Would definitely return if ever in area and had an early morning flight the next day. Much more characterful than the hotels on the Swiss side of the airport.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Afula, Israel
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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Address: 1 Rue de Geneve, 1210 Ferney-Voltaire, France
Location: France > Rhone-Alpes > Ain > Ferney-Voltaire
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Ranked #4 of 9 hotels in Ferney-Voltaire
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