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Hotel Central
Ranked #49 of 105 Hotels in Geneva
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39 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Convenient Location”
Reviewed March 30, 2014

Hotel Central was an acceptable place to stay in an expensive city. The room we had was spacious and clean but had not been updated for awhile. A petit dejeuner was provided and the desk manager was very friendly and helpful

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank coloradotravel000
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Erik G, Owner at Hotel Central, responded to this review, April 14, 2014
Dear coloradotravel000

Thank you for your brief comments and we were happy that you enjoyed your visit.
Yes, the hotel is not brand new and does have some clasical furniture which gives the place a certain atmosphere.
I do not hide from you that we would like to update some furniture, but one can't do it all.
It is important for us that it is clean with good and friendly service at a decent price for Geneva.
Thank you again.

With regards
Erik Gangsted
Hotel Central
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed March 29, 2014

Visit Geneva in Jan 2012 and only found time to write the review now. But here's the rundown.

1. Service - this is probably the best part of this quaint little hotel. It's not a full hotel as, don't expect room service that you might find on the chains, but the hotel is family-run i think and the staff that runs it on the day to day are quite cool and friendly.

2. Breakfast is served daily in the room. Was pretty yummy.

3. Bed/Room - don't expect this to be St Regis. It's a great place to crash for the night and that's it. The beds are comfortable, the room is clean enough with all the basic stuff there. Do request to the biggest room, as I understand the other rooms may not be as good. My room came with a large space and in-room shower. The view from the room was amazing though. Swiss Alps in the background.

4. The wifi is up and down most of the time. Best to get your own pre-paid sim card and tether from the phone.

5. Location. Was. Amazing. Right outside would be the main shopping street of Geneva old time. and the next road is the lakefront. Near all the stops/trams and just a short distance to the train station. This is probably the best thing about the hotel. For its location, you can't fault the price. It's amazing.

6. Food - there's a shopping arcade right oppposite that has a amazing seafood restaurant called Lipps. It was pretty good. Other F&B outlets are within walking distance. You can walk up the street and you'll find the restaurants and bars. All within walking distance.

7. At night, the reception closes, and you'll need your room key to access the hotel, which in a way makes me felt quite safe.

8. Finally, as a guest in Geneva, public transportation is free. Request the card from the reception.

Room Tip: Request the biggest rooms.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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4 Thank JuiTeoh
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Erik G, Owner at Hotel Central, responded to this review, April 14, 2014
Dear JuiHong

What an efficient guest comment email.....thank you very helpfull for us as owners!
Glad you enjoyed your stay....we will however immediately look into the wifi issue which is not normal as long as you do not download heavy films and so on.
Thank you again.

See you soon and with best regards
Erik Gangsted
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Larchmont, New York
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by Hotel Central as my first impression was not favorable. First of all, it is hard to find on the street as its tucked away in an office building. Reception is on the sixth floor and the lifts were quite small. However, the hotel staff were friendly, accommodating and helpful. The rooms were tidy and comfortable with the necessary amenities. We stayed in a double room with a very comfy queen sized bed and my children stayed in a spacious quad room with two single beds and a bunk bed. Lastly, the location is superb; walking distance to everything.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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4 Thank ellenpk
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Erik G, Owner at Hotel Central, responded to this review, March 28, 2014
Hello there

Thank you for taking the time to write to us.
Unfortunately we have little to say on how to signpost the hotel....I agree it is not always easy to see the sign...
Glad however that you enjoyed our simple facilities....being in a great location does help!!

Hope to see you back here one day.
With best regards
Erik Gangsted
Hotel Central
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Tallinn, Estonia
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Reviewed March 20, 2014

Stayed in a triple room. The room had a bunkbed and pulldown bed, which were all wide and very comfortable – no creaking, good mattress and pillow, big warm blanket. The round balcony was on the corner of the house and had nice views on all sides. There was a shower in the room (nice hot water, with good pressure), but the toilet was on the hallway. Maybe it was my luck, but I never saw anyone else using the toilet, though the hotel seemed rather full. There were two big downsides though: 1) the room was extremely tiny - it was more of a train or boat cabin size, which made passing each other in the room almost impossible; 2) there was no sound isolation, so you could hear everything from the streets, hallways and other rooms. Neither of the downsides were a big problem for us, as we only came to the hotel for 1 night and I always travel with earplugs, so after tucking them into my ears I got a good night sleep.
Breakfast was usually European - fresh roll and croissant with jam and butter, but after eating them both I was totally full.

Overall I quite liked the ambiance and in case of transit in Geneva would stay again.

Room Tip: Take earplugs and when taking a triple room, don't plan much indoor time.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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1 Thank at0mik
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Erik G, Owner at Hotel Central, responded to this review, March 24, 2014
Hi at0mik

Lovely to read your comments about your stay.
Yes the triple budget room is the best value for money in town but also quite small....
We try to have a selection for all budgets so pls have a look on our website where there is a selection og larger rooms/studios but also a little more expensive.
Thank you again and do not hesitate to contact us when you are thinking of visiting Geneva again.

Wth best regards
Erik Gangsted
Hotel Central
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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed February 1, 2014

We stayed here in late January for two nights. We only booked a standard room, so we knew the room would be fairly average. Everything was satisfactory, and the hotel has many pluses. However, some small things irked me greatly.

The pros were:
- Comfortable bed and pillow (very important for hotels in my opinion!);
- Had a DVD player--Not many hotels have DVD players, but I thought this was great as I tend to travel with a couple of DVD's to watch on my laptop, so it was awesome to put it on in the room;
- Hotel staff were really friendly and accommodating, especially the two younger male staff members;
- Breakfast was served in the room which was really convenient for us;
- Location was fairly central, with the river just a couple of streets away;
- Our room also had a balcony!

The cons were:
- Bathroom was a nightmare. The toilet lid kept coming off, and the shower was incredibly tiny. They also had a shower curtain which was really hard to keep from sticking to you when you're trying to shower. Also, the shower head kept falling off;
- No shampoo/conditioner products, and no fridge;
- Coffee was a little disappointing--didn't really taste like coffee at all.

Despite the fact that it's a no-frills hotel, we really enjoyed our time there. Thanks Hotel Central!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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3 Thank Clare A
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Erik G, Owner at Hotel Central, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
Thank you for your comments which were very constructive for us.
Please have a look at our website and you will see that we offer other rooms/suites with more facilities than the small budget room you stayed in.
Do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of help again for your next stay.

With regards
Erik Gangsted
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Easton, Connecticut
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Reviewed January 25, 2014 via mobile

Nice overall place in the heart of Geneva. Clean,beds are small but that's just European. Free continental breakfast with tea and crassaunts. Lighting was ok but that didn't matter too much.Staff very friendly gave us plates and forks for dinner (when asked) Also free movies to rent in the front desk (not all French). Definitely would stay here again on my next visit to Geneva.

Stayed December 2013
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1 Thank BobLucky3
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Erik G, Propriétaire at Hotel Central, responded to this review, January 26, 2014
Hi BobLucky3

Glad you liked the place and that you would stay with us again.

With best regards
Erik Gangsted
Hôtel Central
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Jerusalem, Israel
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed January 24, 2014

The Hotel is located on the east side of Lake Geneva across the Lake from the Central Train station straight up the Rue du Mont Blanc. The Hotel staff was warm and kind. The area around the hotel is full of life, restaurants and shops. There is also a Coop supermarket one block over from the hotel. The bed was comfortable.

The only draw back for me was the fact that the toilet was outside of the room.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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1 Thank Waterlaw
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Erik G, Propriétaire at Hotel Central, responded to this review, January 26, 2014
Google Translation
Bonjour Waterlaw

Merci de vos commentaires très agréables et nous étions contents que notre hôtel vous a plu.
Votre chambre avec douche et lavabo dans la chambre mais les toilettes dans le corridor, partagé par seulement 2 chambres, est notre chambre budget, très aimé mais aussi simple et bon marché. Nous avons des chambres un peu plus chères avec leur propre salle de bains.

Merci encore et meilleures salutations
Erik Gangsted
Hôtel Central
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Property: Hotel Central
Address: rue de la Rotisserie 2, Geneva 1204, Switzerland
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Location: Switzerland > Canton of Geneva > Geneva > Cité
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Geneva
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Central 2*
Number of rooms: 30
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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