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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Pax Hotel Geneva