I was deeply disappointed by this hotel. I was in Geneva on business but wanted to stay somewhere (relatively) affordable. I was attending a course in the old town and the hotel where the course was being held was £270/night which was well beyond what I was willing to pay,and this hotel, having reviewed the reviews here, seemed alright. It wasn't.
It was just so noisy. The hotel is located on the junction of two major streets and all day and night there is very heavy traffic, including a lot of ambulances. There is nothing the hotel can do about this, it is just where they are located. I asked to see a different room but they only had one available that also faced on to the street, which was much smaller, so I stayed put. The fridge also made such a loud humming and strange screeching noise I had to turn it off (then it flooded, and from the state of the wooden floor around it, it was clear this was a regular occurrence).
On the plus side, I had a huge, spotlessly clean, very comfortable room. Good TV with an english station, comfy bed, free wifi. The bathroom was basically a cupboard as others have said here, but it was very clean and the shower was great. The staff were lovely, the breakfast was fine (croissant, bread, ham, cheese, coffee, cereal - not inspiring but enough to fill you up) but to be honest it was torture staying there as I barely slept, and I say that as someone who is a very heavy sleeper, went to bed knackered after a long day and travels a lot (I stay away from home on business about 2-3 nights a week, so am used to sleeping in sub-optimal conditions). I even bought ear plugs (which I've never needed before) and it didn't help. It was honestly one of the worst experiences in a hotel I've had, and I am including the time in Africa when cockroaches kept crawling out of the shower (when I was in it). I am sorry to say it, as it is a very interesting building which is being run as an independent hotel, but I feel the reviews here are really missing the biggest problem and I wish I had booked somewhere else. I use tripadvisor to find hotels a lot and this is the first time it has gone wrong, which is why I'm writing my first review - don't make the same mistake I did.
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