This is a small boutique hotel located near, but not on, the lake. It is about 10-15 minutes from the train station. A lot of effort has gone into the interior design, and lobby, dinning room, lounge, and small out door courtyard are very pretty.
Entering the property is quite challenging due to poorly thought-out design of steps and doors. There is one step at the main entrance, and the second door (ie the one that enters onto the lobby after a very short hallway from the street) does not stay open automatically. If you’re in luck, you can play with a rubber door stopper, if there is one around. This makes bringing your luggage into the hotel somewhat challenging. Although I did see some sort of support staff aside from the people at the front desk, they were absent for the most part, and the check-in clerk did not offer any help. After checking in, there are another six or seven steep stairs to climb from the lobby to the elevators. In all, bringing luggage from street to room is not an easy task.
The rooms are small to medium size, well proportioned, and contain water, tea, and coffee. Bathrooms suffer from two defects: Anne Simonin amenities which I detest (chalk it up to personal taste), and a shower/tub area without a curtain, meaning water sprays all over the floor when washing. (Such open baths with just a small pane of protective glass can be found all over Europe, and I have no idea of the logic behind this poor design.). In past stays, a special herbal scent was provided to spray on bed pillows to induce a good night’s sleep, but this was missing on my most recent visit.
Free WiFi has a strong signal, and could handle some heavy email action. In addition, the hotel provides a free public transport ticket for the duration of your stay, but I’ve never had the chance to use it. Breakfast is a limited affair, with food scattered around the bar area, and costs CHF34.
In all, the hotel is pleasant even when accounting for the negatives mentioned above. But unless interior design is the main goal of you trip, there is nothing extremely special about the place. EastWest has lower prices than the lake front luxury manors that dominate the hotel market in Geneva, and appreciation of that value keeps me coming back.
- 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