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Des Tourelles
Ranked #68 of 105 Hotels in Geneva
Brno, Czech Republic
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“Nice stay”
Reviewed September 21, 2011

The place and the staff are very pleasant. Beautiful view of the river - only the traffic can be a little bit disturbing when you need to open windows. Rooms and furnishing are older but still, everything is corresponding with the price. If you want a first class level (and pay for it) Mandarin Oriental is just nearby:)

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 7, 2011

Rooms are small, did not even have an alarm clock. When I used the hair dryer the lights in the room would flicker on and off. Bath room is smaller than what one would expect in a small RV. Lock on door is what I would classify as a "pretend" or "Mickey Mouse" lock. Did not feel safe in hotel. While I've never been in a jail cell, I can't imagine it being any worse than this hotel room.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
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Munich, Germany
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17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed November 5, 2010

Stayed here for two nights in October. The hotel is an older building and not much has been done to it over the years. The bathrooms are modest, the wooden floors are a bit creaky, and the windows are not terribly soundproof. But the location can't be beat, with every room looking directly onto the river, and the entire downtown, the lake, great restaurants etc. all within easy walking distance. If you want luxury, the Mandarin Oriental is right next door -- with rooms about five times the price. If you want a good hotel that's a very good value, Des Tourelles is perfectly adequate. (As for the previous review calling it a "flophouse," the tender reviewer obviously doesn't get out much.)

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed October 7, 2010

I hate to beat up on this hotel so badly, because the front desk staff were rather pleasant, but it just put a bad taste in my mouth. Walking from the main train station should have been easy, but I messed it up. I knew it was next to the Mandarin Oriental but didn't realize it was up some stairs at the end of a bridge.
Upon entering, the place reminded me of a Bronx housing project. There is a number pad at entry, because, after 7pm, there may or may not be anyone at reception (they said they definitely close by 10pm). Check-in was easy and I went to my room. My housing project image continued as I walked up some tired looking stairs into a bank of rooms. I opened my room and was a bit further let down. The room just seemed barren. It wasn't small, but the walls were old looking and basically empty. There was a card table along one wall with a few brochures. The sink looked newer, but the mirror area also looked old and crackling. I almost didn't notice the bathroom, which is a roughly 5x5 room hidden away by a wooden board that you roll back and forth, open and close. Nothing wrong with the bathroom, and they do provide separate soap and shampoo.
I felt a bit odd there at night. The rooms are kind of like rooms in an old house (which is kind of the vibe you get in your bank of rooms) and noise travels. A few people were coming or going late at night, and one night I was woken up and a bit freaked out. I just felt a bit unsecure. I don't think that was a legitimate concern, but the whole place gave me an odd feeling.

My advice is, if you're going to Geneva, spend the extra money and do it right. I would not recommend someone stay at this hotel. Considering the Four Seasons was going for CHF1000 the nights of my stay, maybe I got a good deal, but I would have rather paid a bit extra somewhere else. The location is halfway decent, although there's only one direction to walk, really (towards town; the other direction seems dead and a bit seedy). The neighborhood felt safe at night as there is a luxury hotel just next door.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
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my town
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Reviewed March 10, 2009

The Hotel is located right on the Rhone river and next to a bridge, making it easy to get to the old town across the river. There is a lack of adequate free parking. We ended up parking in the grage for the Mandarin Hotel, next door for 30 CHF per night. Street parking is free until 8AM each morning.

The Hotel Des Tourelles is easy to miss while driving because of the small sign. It is quick to get to from the airport and the train station. The train station is about a 10 minute walk. The Jet D'eau fountain is about a 15 min walk.

We stayed in room 10 which overlooked the river from the first floor (two flights of stairs up from reception). An elevator is available. The room was fairly quiet. The windows were not exactly soundproof, like the hotel website states. We still heard some traffic noise. The walls let some loud noises in from the surrounding rooms. The floors creaked every so often. Our room included a shower, sink, and mirror in one corner of the room (see pics) The toilet was in a small enclosed space just to the right of the room's main door.

The reception staff spoke English while the housekeeping staff spoke French. I was able to use limited French to let the housekeeper know not to clean our room because our dog was there.

The breakfast provided by the hotel was a basic European breakfast. Coffee, juice, milk, cereal, yogurt, bread, croissants, and tea. The only thing missing was the sof-boiled eggs.

Overall, the hotel was slightly overpriced. I would expect to pay under 100 CHF for this hotel if it were not located in central Geneva. The staff was friendly and helpful. Most points of interest were easy to reach from this hotel. I would recommend this hotel to friends and family especially if it were cheaper.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Minnesota
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Reviewed October 18, 2008

What you see is what you get with this hotel. It's an excellent value with a very friendly staff. The rooms are certainly not luxurious but very clean and housekeeping keeps them that way. The location is excellent and within walking distance of pretty much everything you need to see in Geneva.

  • Stayed August 2005, traveled solo
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Canada
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Reviewed January 15, 2008

Yes it is true that this hotel is not much to look at but the experience i gained from the hotel was absolutely amazing. The hotel staff are very friendly and they are even willing to let you use their kitchen to prepare simple meals from the grocery store. This is a plus for those who are trying to keep their trip low budget, because the meals in Geneva can get quite expensive. The hotel gives you free bus passes, which let you use the bus whenever you need during your entire trip. I was in room 34, and the view from the balcony was breath taking. A perfect vision of the river and the mountains beyond. There were two double beds and a single, and there was still enough room to fool around. Geneva is a small city, so it is convenient to walk from place to place. The hotel is very clean and cozy. The charm that this little hotel has to offer goes far beyond 5 star hotels. I would stay here again for sure, it was absolutely lovely!

  • Liked — View, Service
  • Disliked — Small Washroom
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled on business
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Property: Des Tourelles
Address: boulevard James- Fazy 2, Geneva 1201, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Geneva > Geneva > Saint-Gervais Temple
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in Geneva
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Des Tourelles 2*
Number of rooms: 23
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