Upon checking in one is immediately struck by the decor that is perhaps best described as early 20th-century European opulence. Depending on your politics, that may be a selling point.
The first room I was given was on the 4th floor in a corner, and offered views of the piping, air conditioners, and dirty roofs. The second room I was given was on the 2nd floor directly above the Sanborns restaurant, so it was intolerably loud. The third room I was given was back on the 4th floor and it was quiet, but had almost no view. It also had a door that could open into the next room if both doors were unlocked; I could hear those guests when they were on the phone or had kids playing. Even so, I remained in this room, accepting that no room in this hotel is a "good" room. I recommend you ask to see the room you are offered before you get the key and a bellhop brings up your luggage.
Don't expect the rooms in any way to resemble the lobby. Rooms are fairly corporate in their furnishings and decor; in my mind, they're indistinguishable from a 15 year old Sheraton.
The hotel has a small work-out area. It has men's and women's saunas and steam rooms. It felt wonderful to sweat out the pollutants I'd breathed in all week.
I had one drink on the Phone Bar, a White Russian. Although Kahlua is a famous Mexican alcohol, and it was clearly sitting on the shelf, the bartender made the White Russian with a bottom-shelf coffee liqueur. I thought this was poor form for a hotel that prides itself on tradition and excellent service.
I'd stay here again if I had to be in the Zona Rosa and a room costs less than $85/night. Otherwise, I'd try a hotel with a rooftop pool that can offer views of the city. Or simply stay in the Centro Histórico.
In the end, the Hotel Geneve just seemed like a dowager with far too much makeup.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the most legendary hotel in Mexico. Avant-garde elegance and first class service are characteristics that the Hotel Geneve has maintained throughout the more than one hundred years since its inception. The architecture and decoration bring to mind a classical European style. The many antiques and pieces of art have become an integral facet of this museum hotel. Located in the heart of the famous Zona Rosa, the hotel is just a couple of blocks away from one of the most important avenues in the country, the well known Paseo de la Reforma. The Hotel is within walking distance of business and leisure areas which include many restaurants, bars, clubs, museums and the Centro Historico, or Historic City Center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Geneve Hotel Mexico City
- Geneve Mexico City
- Hotel Geneve Ciudad De Mexico Mexico City