My husband and I went to Geneva for the first time, and we found our 4 day break very restful and interesting. We stayed at the Hotel Auteuil - and despite being a little concerned due to the recent negative reviews on this website... we must tell you that we founf the hotel absolutely fine.
It is pretty well located - only a 10 minute stroll to the "foutnain" and another few minutes will take you into the old part of the city which suited us well. Yes, there are seedy parts to Geneva - but there again which city doesn't have these? It's easy once you find yourself in the "sexier" parts to easlity walk away to another street. Can't say we felt threatened or uneasy at all though saying that we didn't choose to stay in this area - there were obviously many who did.
What we enjoyed was the fact that there wasn't all that much to see if compared with other European destinations e.g. Barcelone / Paris... but this was exactly what we wanted - we didn't go with the idea of rushing around to see all the sights - though there were plenty of shops and historical buildings - should you find these / museums of particular interest to you. We just wandered around and did some shopping - there are plenty of stores and souvenir stores, so you wont't get bored!
The hotel staff were extremely welcoming. When we arrived - our room was ready. I must admit that the reviews promprted me to request a front view room (overlooking the street). It wasn't noisey.... if you didn't open your window at night - I suppose the only negative comment is that we found the hotel room very warm, and the air conditioning didn't seem to have much effect during our visit?
We chose to stay on a room only basis - and this is perfect for those who want to sample other places - there is no shortage of cafes / places to dine near to the hotel, and the cuisine is varied e.g. Italian, french chinese, indian etc. Of course if you wish there is always McDonalds and Pizza Hut - so something for everyone. We actually bought a few pastries and had these in our room before heading out for the day - whilst there was no kettle or tea/coffee making facilities in the room when we arrived - there was a notice in the room offering complimentary trays which could be brought to your room - we got one each day - and there was no problem getting the tray replenshed at all at any time.
Housekeeping standard was fine/average, and the staff servicing the rooms were friendly though didn't speak much English.
Regretfully we can't comment ion the restaurant food as we didn't dine -but we did have room service one night - and this was fine too - we had pizza's. To be honest, they didn't work out all that costly when compared to eating out in the restaurants (which we did find rather a little more expensive than we expected).
Room facilities were fine, the size of the room was more than adaquate - safe in the room, fridge, internet access and check out was a very painless process.
We would like to give a specail mention to Vera - she was on reception duties when we arrived and when we checked out - nothing was too much trouble for her - she was pleasant, friendly and professional throughout our stay. It was good to have her itnroduce us to the hotel and to have her say goodbye.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You appreciate what's in style? You delight in a clean design? With its urban atmosphere nurtured by creative passion, the Hotel Auteuil invites you to discover a soothing world of aesthetics. Located in the city-center, 200m from the train station and the lake. You can discover several category of rooms and our complimentary services (business center, fitness room, wifi). We give you also a free public transportation card during all your stay. A bar and a parking lot are available on site and the restaurant Le Duo, 16/20 at Gault&Millau is located at 50m at the hotel Royal. ... more less
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