I was confliced as to whether to give this hotel three stars or four. Ultimately I'm giving it four, because I feel like a lot of my issues (internet, parking) were ones that the average traveler won't be bothered by as much as I was.
The boutique hotel is very beautiful, the rooms are large for European rooms, the bathroom area is nice and an expresso machine right in the room. It's also very quiet. There's a bakery right across the street for a cheap, delicious breakfast. The location is solid, you can save some money when compared with the hotels on the waterfront.
The internet was free but TERRIBLE. I can't tell you how many times we had to call the front desk. Given that I was there on business, this was a real issue. While I'd say that the hotel is overall in a positive location, it is about a block or so from the Red Light district. It doesn't feel unsafe at all, but do be prepared to see the ladies selling their wares if you head away from the water. Finally, if you're arriving with a car, it's rather stressful. There's nowhere to pull over, and they don't explain to you that in order to park you just have to block one lane of traffic, hop out with your flashers on, and find a hotel staff member to valet park it. Not ideal.
At the end of the day, it wasn't a bad stay. In fact, the hotel is beautiful and quite luxurious. But would I stay there again? Probably not. If I were to return to Geneva for business, I'd try to find a comparable deal on a larger, perhaps waterfront hotel with easier parking. The price difference wasn't all that exceptional when putting up with all those annoying business inconveniences. I'd say I'd recommend it if you're staying for pleasure, but if I was vacationing (and without a car) I'd probably try to stay across the bridges in the old part of the city, which is just charming.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A few steps from the lake, close to the business and shopping areas, Eastwest Hotel is the ideal home away from home to make the most of your stay in Geneva. The old town and the international organizations are a few minutes away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eastwest Hotel Geneva