I met my boyfriend in Geneva (he does business there) for 6 nights at Hotel Diplomate after three weeks of travelling through France on a student budget. My two-star bed and breakfasts in Provence and my student hostel in Paris (all around 60-70 euros per night) were all superior to this poor excuse for a four-star hotel that costs close to 200 CHF per night for a basic room. The only positive factor was that we had low expectations to begin with after reading the reviews.
Here's what irked me the most:
-The idea of two twin beds pushed together to make a King sized bed is just plain idiotic. My boyfriend and I essentially had to sleep in separate beds or else one of us would fall through the crack.
-The bedding was not comfortable, though the pillows were nice and fluffy.
-The bathroom, though newly renovated, was tiny. The shower curtain didn't have a liner would get in the way and stick to your back in the shower. The shower head was oddly positioned.
-Some of the front desk attendants were just useless. One night we asked the "conciege" if there was a good Japanese restaurant nearby. His response? "I don't know. Sorry."
-They didn't inform us that the air conditioning was broken until we inquired. It was deathly hot in the room (and it wasn't very hot outside...), only made bearable by cranking open the window - which was not ideal as I had terrible spring allergies. Also the window faced out onto a very busy street where trams go by. I am a very deep sleeper but I was still woken up every morning around 5 am.
-One night we brought home some champagne and deserts. We called the front desk to ask for a couple of glasses, plates, forks etc; but they replied saying that the dining room was locked and they didn't have a key. Ridiculous.
The only saving grace was that it was clean and in a good location. Hopefully next time we can stay across the border in Yvoire and my boyfriend can just drive into Geneva for his meetings.
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Diplomate
- Geneva Best Western
- Best Western Geneva