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“Great location - Small room”
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Hotel Central
Ranked #46 of 109 Hotels in Geneva
Reviewed June 30, 2009

Well better late than never as far as reviewing a hotel. My wife and I stayed at this hotel last year and were very pleased with the location. It was difficult to find as not many people in the area know the street address. It is an easy walking distance to the lake and to the old city. Our only issue with the hotel was the size of the room as it was very very small. we also found that the staff was not able to provide many personal recommendations on restaurants and area bars but were overall nice and tried to be helpful.

Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 14, 2009

Hotel Central is conveniently located in the heart of Geneva. It's a cozy stay for any type of traveler, but don't expect anything more than just a place to rest your head and a bit of breakfast (which wasn't much and almost the same everyday).

The staff... we found were half-helpful. The lady who checked us in was nice, but she needed to try harder in "selling" us the city and what to see. After all, we were new to Geneva and wanted opinions of people who lived there. Most of the time when we were coming back from our sightseeing, the staff were in an anterior room looking bored on the only computer in the hotel (which is hands-off to guests, but there is wi-fi if you bring your own laptop). We just weren't impressed with them.

The hotel was worn, but we didn't mind. It was clean and spacious. I wanted to book at double room, but those were booked up so we had to book a large room, which I didn't complain and it was still at a reduced price. Dad and I had our own small bathrooms and own beds. The TV had enough channels to flip through before dosing off for the night. The phone worked great to call home. We had a small balcony to enjoy the views of downtown below. Was quiet enough in the evenings to keep the balcony doors open. The elevator was small but enough for three people and two small suitcases. The hotel is situated inside a shopping center which was intresting, but some people may find it tricky to find. Gare Coravin, the main train station, is about a 20 minute walk from the hotel. We took a cab from the train station when we arrived to Geneva since the streets were confusing at first, but we managed to find our way during our stay and walked our bags to the train station when we left. There are many eating places, different cuisines, surrounding the hotel so we didn't have to go too far to dine.

We found that Hotel Central was convenient for our 4-day stay in Geneva, but we weren't overwhelmed to give it an excellent rating. We'd still recommend it, though.

Stayed: June 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 2, 2009

Hotel Central lives up to its name, as the location can't be better for centrality. The top floor rooms provide a quiet place to stay in the bustling city and, though not luxurious, are perfectly adequate to use as a base. The rooms need modernising, but are fine if you aren’t going to be indoors all day. The breakfast, delivered to the door, was disappointingly sparse; with a hot drink/orange juice, croissant and bread roll with packaged jams not filling much of the tray. Overall, a no-frills hotel in a superb location.

Positives
Location, location, location
Quiet, despite location

Negatives
Skimpy breakfast

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 28, 2009

We stayed at this hotel while in geneva for a night. The hotel is centrally located and lost of shopping places are a walk away. COOP is a supermarket just next to this hotel and you can buy stuff at reasonable prices , in comparision to elsewhere. Location of this hotel is great as you can have a good night out and still walk to the hotel. The lake is 100 m away. Rooms are clean but do not have a kettle. Breakfast is continental, which means 2 croissants , butter, jam and a hot choclate....

We stayed in a compact room, and the name says it all. It was 25 C outside and we dint have a fan, so had to keep the door open. Bed and toilets are decent. The funny thing is you have to walk through the toilets to go in and out of the room as the main door is via the tiolets, so you cant leave your room when some one wants to use the WC. Hotel is located on the 5 and 6 floor of a commercial building. We paid £72 per night which i think was too much for a compact room. Ramada Encore in geneva is £ 10 more but a bit away from the main city centre, so if you are looking for a nights stay and are not worried about facilities then Hotel central is the best else go some where else.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 16, 2009

Comfortable room (we had standard room) with excellent bathroom. Hotel is in a good location close to the old town and main shopping precinct. Friendly and helpful staff. Stayed one night because it was a quick trip. Would have liked to stay longer.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 27, 2009

We stayed in the Central in February 2009. We booked a compact room which yes is small but is functional. The rooms are a little dated but are clean, tidy and comfortable and the staff are very helpful and friendly.
When you arrive at Geneva airport make sure you get you free travel card from the ticket machines located by the baggage belts this gives you free travel from the airport for up to 80mins. Then when you arrive at the hotel you find the entrance hard to spot as it has only a small sign but make sure you ask for the free travel card this will give you free travel on the trams, bus and river boats during your stay. This hotel is in a superb location and travel around on trams, buses, boats or by foot to all the local tourist attractions is so easy. A tram or a bus is never more than a few minutes away. If the weather is nice take a walk up one side of the lake catch the boat across and walk back down the other size. We found an excellent place to have lunch at local Migros supermarket. If you go to the top floor retaurant you get a superb selection of freshly cooked food and at a very reasonable price. Expect it to be busy as most of the local workers tend to go there. The supermaket is also a good place to buy chocolate as it's cheaper than the tourist shops. Geneva is a lovely clean city with excellent transport links and the Hotel Cental is the perfect location to enjoy the city.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 26, 2009

Different rooms available to cater for different budgets. Excellent location: near bus stop, tram stop & shops, including Migros outlet. Very clean and well-maintained. Owners very friendly. Not your usual hotel though -- very small lobby, tiny lift (elevator), but breakfast is served in your room.

More detailed review at my site: http://www.sleeplessinkl.com/2008/05/22/hotel-central-geneva

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled on business
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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:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Geneva
Price Range: $99 - $222 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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