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“Good value is rare in this expensive town”
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Hotel Pax
Ranked #73 of 106 Hotels in Geneva
Reviewed October 27, 2006

First things first - Geneva is a very expensive town. You arrive there knowing you will pay a lot for food, drink etc and it is often necessary to make some trade-offs on accomodation to make a holiday affordable and Hotel Pax is one such opportunity. Geneva has more luxurious hotels, certainly, but some of the five star hotels can be rather clinical and businesslike (yes I have sampled them - in previous visits to Geneva my employers have paid, but this trip was a family holiday so I had to foot the bill). It is rated as two star, so I expected the rooms to be smaller than they actually were. Like most Swiss hotels, the elevator was tiny and could not hold three people plus their cases (my wife and son went ahead while I took the stairs). There was a reasonable, if not massive, amount of space in our third floor room, although the toilet/shower area definitely seemed to have been added to the room as an afterthought, with a plastic, Portakabin style build.

That said, I felt I got fair value for money. The room had a balcony and it was possible, if a little noisy, to open out onto the balcony and let some air into the room. It is in a reasonably busy residential and commercial area, but out of the town centre and so the noise level is tolerable. Access to the hotel is easy - a train from the airport to the main Geneva train station plus a No 16 tram from just outside the station to the right, getting off at Roches, just outside the hotel, cost 3CHF per person (the Tout Geneve ticket is valid for one hour, so covered both train and tram) which is much better than the 50CHF or so that the same journey would have cost by taxi. It is on Rue 31 Decembre, which is quite long and in several sections, but at one end is near to a large Coop supermarket and shopping centre and the other end is the famous Jet D'Eau fountain, so it is still in a good location. Breakfast was basic but good for two star, with separate areas for smokers and non-smokers, which is a bonus, as the current anti smoking trend has not really caught on yet in Switzerland.

In summary, it is not the smartest, biggest, most luxurious or best positioned hotel in Geneva, and there are cheaper hotels, but the Pax is without question far better value for money than most. In an expensive town, it is rare to find a bargain, but the Pax is one.

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 12, 2006

We stayed at the Hotel Pax for two nights in July. As mentioned by the previous reviewer, it definitely has some pluses going for it but we found that it had a few minuses too.

On the plus side, our room was spotlessly clean and the rooms overlooking the patio are quiet. And the staff were very friendly.

On the minus side, not only did both of the beds in our room have springs poking through them but the room was stifling, which made sleeping difficult. We didn't expect air conditioning in a two-star hotel but we did expect that there might be fans when temperatures rose above 30 degrees C.

Also, the breakfast was pretty disappointing (although the coffee was good). Breakfast was an assortment of two types of cereal, yogurt, milk, orange or grapefruit juice, processed cheese (in the home of dairy products!), tinned/canned fruit (in the middle of summer) and bread (which they ran out of both days) or croissants.

This is the only place we've stayed in Geneva, and it is more affordable than some other places, but you might want to avoid it during a hot summer.

Stayed: July 2006
4  Thank LBattuta
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Reviewed September 2, 2003

I saw no other review for hotels in Geneva that have a good quality/price ratio. Well this is the one !The Hotel Pax is located in the Centre of the "Eaux-Vives" neighbourhood on the "Rive Gauche" of the city, which makes it an ideal HQ if you intend to visit the "Vieille ville" (the old town) of Geneva, a few blocks down on the same street, with its marvelous gothic cathedral. To do this you just hop into the streetcar which stops right next to the hotel entrance and off you go.The hotel itself is small but nice, and offers some of the cheapest rates in Geneva, which is good to know considering you are in...well, Geneva ! The staff is reduced and changing quite often, but generally friendly. This is due to the fact that, according to the very friendly lady who owns and runs the place, a hotel this size cannot afford to hire professionally trained employees if they want to keep the costs down.One of the other advantages of the hotel is that they have a lovely little patio in the back of the building, on which you can have breakfast during the summer season. Note that this hotel is of the "bed & breakfast" sort, but there are plenty of restaurants in town.The room I was in last time was big enough, with a very nice fireplace and a huge mirror on top of it. But if what matters to you most is to have a quiet night, then I recommend getting a room on the other side of the building, as their windows open on the quiet patio.I rated this hotel "above average" because of the good quality/price ratio, but if price is not an issue, you'll find myriads of luxurious hotels on the lakeshore.

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Reviewed August 9, 2017
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  • Stayed: May 2017, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 8, 2017
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  • Stayed: July 2017, traveled with family
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Thank Loic B
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Reviewed August 4, 2017
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  • Stayed: July 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 2, 2017
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled solo
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Address: rue du 31-Decembre 68, Geneva 1207, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Geneva > Geneva
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Ranked #73 of 106 Hotels in Geneva
Price Range: $133 - $280 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Pax 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel PAX is ideally located in the centre of Geneva. We offer public transport free of charge for clients, for the entire duration of their stay. Spacious rooms overlooking the street, some with balcony and fireplace, quieter rooms overlooking the hotel's private patio, all rooms equipped with bathrooms, cable TV, WiFi. There is also coffee / tea making facilities in each room. ... more   less 
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