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“VERY NOISY” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Des Tourelles
Ranked #67 of 106 Hotels in Geneva
Oxford, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“VERY NOISY”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2012

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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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Milpitas, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2012

I had one last night of my European vacation and needed a place to stay in Geneva that didn't break the bank. Hotel des Tourelles was the perfect place. Only a 10 minute walk from the main train station which got me directly to the airport. A pretty location with a view of the river. A large room, good WiFi, cable TV and breakfast. My room was spacious (though the bathroom was small) and even had a little table set in the bay window at the corner where I could look out over the river.
I didn't have much time for touring around but located right along the river allowed me to take a nice long stroll to the lake and the old town. I would stay there again if I happen to be in Geneva.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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United Kingdom
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59 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2012

I stayed here for one night waiting for a friend to arrive to be transferred to Mandarin Oriental. So despite being right next to each other, the gap between the two hotels standing next to each other is immense and it is clearly reflected in the price. For CHF 130.00 for a single room with small breakfast included, it is good value for Geneva. The rooms are fine, nothing spectacular, but does not have air conditioning, so it was a bit challenging to fight off the heat wave in July. The shower room was very very tiny, which reminded me of an airplane lavatory. However, it has got a nice little balcony from which you can enjoy the view of the river. For the price you pay - still not cheap as it is in Geneva - I think it is an okay hotel to stay.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Zurich
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2011

The hotel is located down at the Rhone river, and is easy to find. The set-up is not that of a typical hotel, there's no lobby area, only the tiniest of receptions, the breakfast room is small as well. The rooms are located in old apartments on different floors of the building.

The rooms themselves are nice, modern, clean - and that's essential and not always the case with hotels with a comparable price in Geneva. The bathroom are the very small, sailboat-type bathroom cabins, but again, clean, with enough towels, soap, hairdryer etc.

The Wireless for the PC worked well and was free - which is rare in Geneva. They don't have a business center, but they will print things for you at 15 cents per page.

Unfortunately, my room was oriented towards the street, where the tramways and other traffic were quite noisy until the early morning hours. I could only sleep with earplugs.

The breakfast is simple, croissants, bread, butter, jam, OJuice, some cold cuts, joghurt... but nothing to write home about.

The worst thing about the hotel is the stairway down to the river, which by its smell could be mistaken for a pissoir. Really disgusting, I learned quickly to hold my breath 5 yards from the hotel door when approaching the hotel from that side. The hotel staff was aware of the problem, but I have no idea what they could do about it...



So: if you're on a small budget, this is a decent solution for Geneva, you could do much worse for more money.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Brno, Czech Republic
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16 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Illinois
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Munich, Germany
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16 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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:
#4 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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