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Hotel Kipling - Manotel Geneva
Ranked #19 of 109 Hotels in Geneva
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

Hotel offers good quality at a reasonable for price. Room and bathroom were clean, size reasonable and bed was comfy. Hotel is conveniently located near the train station and public transit (public transit pass provided by hotel). My husband was working and with directions from the front desk staff, I walked to the old town (bit of a walk - some people may prefer public transit) and took public transit to the UN & Red Cross as well as CERN. While the neighbourhood is not as grand as the waterfront area (closer to the old town), I felt safe and it was very easy to get around. In the evening we either ate at the old town and walked back to the hotel or found a good local restaurant near the hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

We booked this hotel through our preferred online booking.com-pany 3 months before we were due to arrive in Geneva. We (foolishly, as it turned out) thought that by booking early, we would get a better price. Silly us -more later.

Even so, at the time of booking we were dismayed to find that a 3-star hotel, in what others have described as a "seedier" part of Geneva, could ask as much as A$200 per night for a standard room without breakfast. We were aware that most ordinary travelers (that is, those living without the benefits of huge salaries and expense accounts) have found Geneva to be an expensive place to stay. Now, having stayed there, we have to agree.

The hotel itself is about 10 minutes walk from Gare Cornavin along the Rue de Lausanne. Our room was on the third floor overlooking the car-park and overnight proved to be very quiet. It was a standard room with a king-size bed, and it was comfortably and pleasantly furnished with a small table and arm-chairs. Free Wi-Fi (54Mb/s) was part of the tariff, as was a small bar-fridge which offered grossly overpriced drinks and snacks. Tea and coffee were offered, but the choice was limited to a Nescafe powder and one type of tea-bag, with a miserable 3 milk sachets.

On the pillows were a welcoming small bar of Toblerone (nice) and we were pleased to see that the LCD TV had access to heaps of English channels from CNN, the BBC, and ITV.

The en-suite too was very good - tissues, illuminated make-up/shaving mirror, bath and shower. (But watch out for the handbasin hot water tap being "on" when rotated clockwise...) My wife was dismayed however to find no "apres-shampooing" (conditioner) was supplied - a major bummer for her!

As for the "seedy" location, all Saturday and Sunday the adjacent side-streets were full of flea-markets and local bands, which certainly offered a colourful atmosphere. As for us, we hung onto our wallets and purses...

However, the major disappointment for us came when we discovered that had we directly booked with the hotel only two weeks prior to our stay, we could have saved A$40 on the accommodation bill and even had breakfast included. So, fellow travelers, take heed: do NOT rely on just one online booking.com-pany, do check the actual hotel local websites.
Sometimes booking early does NOT get you the best rate!

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the car-park are quietest by night.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

My wife and I liked the hotel, modern and clean with a friendly front desk staff and they offered discount restaurant coupons at other nearby Manotel hotels, a nice touch. We also liked being within walking distance of the train station and lake front but the location itself is in a changing area which can be scary, especially at night. But we did not have any problems so overall the stay was good and the rates very reasonable.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

It is an easy 5 mins walk from the train station (once you get your bearings right). Other posters were right to say that this is not the most desirable location (we saw several dubious looking ladies a few streets behind, but the main road from the train station to the hotel was ok) however we didn't feel unsafe even though we arrived late at night.
Staff was friendly and helpful, room was well appointed, bed was comfortable and the toilet plush. Décor was nice, with small touches such as mini toblerone bars with in-room coffee facility. There's a Migros (supermarket) nearby to get supplies and plenty of kebab shops in the area. The tram also runs just a few steps from the hotel, which makes it very convenient.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

This is a good hotel located near the Centre of town but not in a great area, however once you beyond this you will find lots of things nearby. The hotel though is great with very friendly staff and good rooms even though pretty small. I also had a balcony which was a nice touch, set up with table and sun loungers. Good breakfast too means well recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

We stayed at the Kipling, Manotel in September as a stop-over on the way to the south of France. For what it was, our stay was good. The value of this hotel is fantastic and it's conveniently located near the train station.

The room was a regular run of the mill hotel room with no bells and whistles but still had everything we would ever require in a hotel room.

If I happened upon Geneva again in the future, I would stay at the Kipling again.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

This hotel is very close to the train station. It is a longer walk from the fun/nice part of town (old town etc.) but made getting our morning flight very easy. And it is very close to the lake so also made a nice early morning run before leaving very easy. So the location rating is based on what you need most from the hotel and are doing during your visit. The staff is efficient and helpful too (some friendly and others very business like). The rooms are fine ... I missed the classic Swiss style bedding we had elsewhere but they were clean and otherwise fine.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Kipling - Manotel Geneva

Address: 27 rue de la Navigation, Geneva 1201, Switzerland
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Location: Switzerland > Canton of Geneva > Geneva
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#9 Business Hotel in Geneva
#9 Romantic Hotel in Geneva
Price Range: $125 - $286 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Kipling - Manotel Geneva 3.5*
Number of rooms: 62
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A journey of discovery. India, the Orient and beyond. With its furbishings inspired by exotic lands, the Hotel Kipling takes you to another world, a profusion of fragrances, colours and sensuality. Located in the city-center, close to the train station and the lake. You can discover several category of rooms and our complimentary services (business center, wifi). We give you also a free public transportation card during all your stay. A bar, a meeting room and a parking lot are available on site and the restaurant Le Duo, 16/20 at Gault&Millau at the hotel Royal is very close to the hotel. ... more   less 
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