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Hotel Cristal Design
Ranked #44 of 106 Hotels in Geneva
Reviewed April 15, 2013

Good business hotel. Great location. Reception could be a bit friendlier, but hey - it's Geneva ;).

If you're having trouble finding the hotel, look for Starbucks - it's right next door. There's a great little restaurant on the other side of the hotel where you can get excellent coffee and a good breakfast for far less than Starbucks (or the hotel).

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

I spent one night here, had an excellent time. Rooms are compact, but very efficient in an amazing ultra modern style, if a bit austere. Pretty much everything made of green frosted glass, with LED lighting buried inside. Only real problem is lighting at the sink very dramatic, but inadequate for shaving and makeup. A little guesswork was required.

Perfect location just a few meters from the lake-side exit of the Geneva train station lower arcade, but I still needed my iPhone maps to find it. Like many European hotels, it comes with a free transit pass to the city, and virtually every main bus and tram line converges on the train station. Between that and the lake-boat services just a few blocks away, it is easy to get anywhere.

Breakfast served in a sunny room on the top floor that can get a little warm, but it certainly wakes you up. Typical light continental breakfast not a great value at 19 Swiss Francs, but the croissants were perfect. Starbucks next door and better pastry and espresso shops close by in every direction.

Friendly and helpful staff seem to speak every language you throw at them. I'll be back the next time I'm in Geneva.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

This hotel was very easy to find from the train station and is well located for a first timer. The room is pleasant, good size and nice bathroom. Strangely the room doesn't have a refrigerator which is weird and also the pillows are feather but they changed them when I told them about my allergy. The staff are nice, I would definitely stay again.

Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

You cant beat the location, only about 50 m from the coravin rail station exit on the pedestrian plaza on the rue mont blanc. The hotel lobby is a gerat introduction to ghe style of the hotel and the staff all spoke english and were courteous and helpful.

The room i had was small, perhaps only 20 sm, but very efficiently laid out. Might be a tight fit for a couple. There are slender mirrors on either side of the windows that make the room appe larger and add to the natural light. Storage and bathroom was small (shower, no bath) with microscopic counter space for toiletries but it doesn't seem to matter because the overall feel is so compelling - frosted glass and pale blue and white decor thruout.

My only concern was with the glass doors. The closet door is close tothe security latch on the door i worried about breaking the glass when closing it. I also caught my bare foot on the corner of the full length door to an interior shelf and got scratched. Just be careful!

There is also a delightful breakfast area on the 8th floor with a view to the mountains to the south.

It is also only a short walk to the #5 bus which takes you to the palexpo convention center in about 15 minutes.

Overall this was perfect for my 4 night stay.

Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

I stayed two nights at the Cristal and have rated it highly because:
1. I got a really, really good deal online: if you stayed a minimum of 2 nights mid-week, it was just $100/night.
2. The location is fabulous. The train from the airport is free (you get a ticket, for free, from the machine by the baggage carousel), and it literally takes about 10 minutes to get to the hotel from the airport by train. I work in global health, so I am usually visiting UN agencies, and it's a very quick bus ride to these locations. The hotel will give you a free travel pass. So convenient!
3. It is near to my favorite Geneva restaurant, the Cafe de Paris, just minutes away.
4. As others have said, it is cute and stylish and slick. I had a nice view over a courtyard (at the back), and the views from the breakfast room are great.
5. Free wifi, free boarding pass print-out facilities.

The staff are courteous but not falling over themselves to be super-warm.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stayed at this hotel for two nights and enjoyed them.
The place is very modern and very stylish. Its location was very convenient, as we could walk almost anywhere we wanted to go.
I was disappointed to see that our "double" room had two single beds put together, which made it uncomfortable to sleep as a couple. But the bed in itself was super comfy.
Other than that, we really liked the place, the fact that we could play with the lights and set different moods in the room was nice as well.
The staff was very helpful, and they speak good English.
I would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

This hotel is well-located near the train station. The room decoration is nice, best for young travelers. If you want just a affordable place to rest before your flight or your train on the next day.
This is the one!!!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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Address: rue Pradier 4, Geneva 1201, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Geneva > Geneva
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#29 Business Hotel in Geneva
Price Range: $128 - $348 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Cristal Design 3*
Number of rooms: 78
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Modern Four-story Hotel located 50 meters from train station & 5 km from airport. ... more   less 
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