If you have read any of my reviews you will know that i am a logical, factual sort of bloke and my reviews should be read literally.
Stopped July 2012
First off let me put this (as i always do) into context. Geneva is the most expensive city in the world, fact! If you can afford to stop in the city centre in a " nice 4* " hotel then congratulations, you have clearly done well in life ;-)
We went there for one reason which was for me to visit CERN. this hotel was halfway between the city centre and CERN, so that would be 10 mins tube ride to the city or 10 mins tube to CERN both in absolute opposite directions (number 14 train).
1, the hotel is extremely clean, and i mean clean, not a single mark anywhere, the cleaners came every day (approx 11am) and the room was cleaned to high calibre each time.
2, The receptionist (s) speak perfect English (all of them,i spoke to which was at least 4 different people while there)
3, Free WiFi in the lobby area (costs money in your room) try and get the first floor as this may still be in reach.
4, Great room, spacious, excellent shower, good facilities inc tea & coffee, table, ethernet, TV only found one English channel though ((others available for extra money))
5, 3-4 min walk from the train stop that takes you directly into town.
1, Ok, and this is a pretty big one, its only about 2 miles (as the crow flies) from the Airport (hence the name of the hotel). Now this does mean that you can hear the planes taking off. for me this was not a problem, i sleep through anything. For my Mrs, she is a pretty light sleeper and she also did NOT wake up because of this, but you can hear them so be warned, if you wake up to a pin drop then this not the hotel for you.
2, Location.......perhaps you would like to be a little closer to town, Well this will seriously increase the cost of your holiday/trip and to be honest i wouldn't bother, as said, the train stop is 3-4 mins away and the trains are every 10 mins and they are like clockwork, never late by evern a few seconds, you can set your watch by them. AND THEY ARE FREE!! the hotel provide you with free travel cards, so not only can you get to town, you can use them to get all over (which we did, including the boat taxis they have).
3, The mini bar in your room prices itself out of reality, no one should pay £3 for a can of coke!
COSTS & Tips
Hold on to your hats!
McDonald's meal - England £4 Geneva £12
Pint England £3 Geneva £7
Cocktail England £6 Geneva £9
Coffee England £2 Geneva £5
Ice Cream England £1.5 Geneva £3
Fridge Magnets England £1 for 3 Geneva £20 for 3 (wow!)
We had a meal out in town (lasagne, calzone pizza, 2 glasses of wine) £85! the restaurant was what i would call reasonably posh, but by no means Michelin star.
Seriously, everything is expensive, to the point i had to Google their average salary as i couldn't believe that people could afford to live here, it turns up that they also have just about the highest salaries in the world too, and the best quality of life too, so they must be doing something right!
You will be charged 24 CHF (Swiss Francs) city tax on departure of the hotel (this happens at every hotel not just this one).
All in all this is an excellent hotel, and can only be faulted by the close proximity to the airport (however this does have its obvious advantages too ((no massive transfers after your holiday has finished)) which you actually get a free shuttle bus which leaves every 20 mins from the hotel and vice versa).
The people of Geneva are very polite, very courtious, things like road rage and not stopping to let someone cross the road do not happen here, we could learn from them!
Anyway. I hope that you found this useful for your trip :-)
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