My fiancée and I spent one night at the Hotel Central in Geneva. This was my second stay there - the first time was during my single days - so if it's a place to come back to once all grown up, it must be good, right?
The hotel is a family-run affair, on the upper floors of an office building within 10 minutes walk of the train station towards the lake. The reception was very personal and down-to-earth - like stepping into someone's home office, you're seated at a classic executive desk as they sign you into the handwritten register. Though your arrival is entirely non-computerised, there is wireless internet throughout.
We had a corner room on the fifth floor, with curved windows leading to a narrow (about a metre and a half) wraparound balcony overlooking a courtyard. Plenty of light streamed through making for lovely mornings; it also warmed the room quickly, but the air conditioner works well. Furnishings were compact and simple though dated, and the bed quite comfortable.
Likely because the structure is an office building, our bathroom facilities were oddly laid out. Off the bedroom was the sink and shower, whereas the toilet was literally a water "closet" off the short hallway from the bedroom to the main door - though normal ceiling height, just about a metre square, with a classic old elevated tank. That said, everything was fine. Just an extra bit of character.
The in-room breakfast was simple: a croissant, a selection of jams and jellies, a glass of juice and a pot of tea or coffee. Filling, but not so much that you spoil your appetite for the rotisserie chicken and other street food at the market across the street. On registration, you make your beverage choices and breakfast delivery time - as you'd expect in ever-punctual Switzerland, it arrives precisely on schedule.
The only real negative to the hotel is unfortunately the flip side of its lovely location overlooking a public courtyard: young Genevan night-owls whooping it up loudly below. The metal shutters on the windows are perfectly effective for light, but less so for noise. Nothing that requires earplugs, but may interfere with light sleepers.
Overall, a fantastic value for pricey Geneva - for the price of one night at the Hotel de la Paix just across the river (reviewed separately), you can stay here for four - and superbly located just off of the city's prime pedestrian-bike-and-tram-only shopping street.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We look forward to welcoming you to our family-owned hotel in the heart of Geneva, at the foot of the Old Town, and a 3-minute walk from the lake. All rooms, studios and apartments are equipped with cable TV, DVD player, free WiFi/Broadband, telephone and fax/modem socket. Inclusive continental breakfast served in all rooms and apartments.Both short-term and long-term stays are welcome. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Central Hotel Geneva