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“What the hell is this place????” 2 of 5 stars
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L'Hotel de France
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Ferney-Voltaire
Geneva, Switzerland
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60 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
“What the hell is this place????”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Hotel de France looks like the only game in town....or rather in the village. You do not have too many options in Ferney, a comatous suburb of Geneva on the other side of the French border. If you do not crave the charmless chains of hotels designed to welcome herds of international organizations' delegates, you may yield to the temptation of the Hotel de France classic style and facade. Next time, I'll think twice and run to the local mercure or novotel. The service is, well, there is no service. Top floor room is acrid with food smells so strong that you cannot sleep through the night. Everything is dusty and sort of musty, faded and in need of renovation. Owners really sweet and nice, but that does not make it for the price of this place.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

This is a lovely family run hotel on the edge of Switzerland - yet the hotel could be nothing else but French. It is small, homely, friendly and comfortable. Not luxurious - our room was small and furnished with old style wardrobe and dressing table... a comfortable double bed and a pristine shower room. We had a window over the town square - a typically French scene, shady trees, an elegant fountain, local cafe with tables outside, and a quirky statue of Voltaire - the pedestrian shopping streets are nearby and we loved the Saturday market. Our only criticism was that the room was very warm and we didn't seem able to turn off the radiator, which meant open windows and a noisy early morning. We walked to the Chateau Voltaire where we had an informative tour and a stroll through beautiful gardens - a massive magnolia tree was in full pink bloom. Breakfast was Ok and and dinner was very good.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

If you want to stay close to Geneva airport in a hotel which gives you a taste of France rather than a taste of airport this is the hotel for you. We arrived late in the evening before an early morning flight and wanted something not overly expensive but not too boxy. My husband told me to check for a room while he looked after the car. There was only one room available on third floor and since there was no lift i declined it even though the room was large and atmospheric.However my husband had driven as far as he was going to and had already unpacked our excessive luggage from the car. The waitress/receptionist was very polite but the manager rather rude, telling us their carpark was full and implying that the hotel was also full. Perhaps after out 10 hour drive he thought we were not suitable for his exclusive boutique hotel. But we found a free carpark very close by and booked in with the nice waitress. We did not eat in hotel as it looked rather expensive and we wanted fast and cheapish. On returning we spotted the Red Michelin award for the restaurant on the door and were glad we had booked breakfast which was inexpensive and was much appreciated. The three flights of stairs to our room were not really that bad in the end and the room was quiet, spacious with a big shower room and, being in a listed building (we discovered later) felt atmospheric. A good night's sleep!

Room Tip: We got the last room and it was fine.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Passepartoute
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Belfast, N Ireland
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22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Attractive historic building right in the heart of the village. Stayed in good-sized doulbe room on top floor (99 euro) - necessitating 3 flights of steep stairs (which are no big deal). Shower could do with upgrading, but adequate. Tea/coffee making facilities in room. Breakfast is extra (9 euro) and OK; you can even boil your own egg!
Overlooks village fountain. Public car park a minute's walk away. Michelin-star restaurant adjoins hotel - mouth-watering menu, but eye-watering prices. Would recommend L'Azzurra (pizzeria) for eating - at the far end of the pedestrian precinct, about 2 mins walk away.
Very handy for returning a hire car to French sector of Geneva airport - about 5 mins away.
Pity there was no bus transfer as would be hard to get to late at night without a car. Would definitely return if ever in area and had an early morning flight the next day. Much more characterful than the hotels on the Swiss side of the airport.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Afula, Israel
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65 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Its quiet location and accessibility to Geneva by bus and car make this hotel a great asset. But do not expect much help at the front desk. Staff is overwhelmed and devote more time and attention to the hotel's restaurant bussiness than to hotel patrons. Charging extra for breakfast is unfair. Be aware: there are no airconditioner or heating facilities in the rooms. In the summer I managed but this can be potentially problematic. You are beating however, the rip-off hotel prices of Geneva. Check out the open-air fruit and vegetable market (on Wednesdays, possibly other days ) for stocking up on provisions.

Room Tip: Rooms on the 3rd floor (and higher) hover less over the busy restaurant.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Thank davidtova
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Geneva, Switzerland
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26 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

Close to Geneva, in Ferney Voltaire, there is a house , from 18 th century, which had been built by voltaire himself for his "ideal City", and which is now a great hotel and an excellent restaurant.
The rooms have kept the charm of the ancient time, with beams and chimneys, whereas the food is very " modern cuisine", served by a charming staff.
The couple owning l' Hotel de France is sharing the work, him leading the kitchen, and her taking care of the customers ( with excellent guidance on wines!)
During summer time, one can have the dinner outside in a very cosy and romantic garden. a great experience at 5 mn form the Geneva Airport!

Room Tip: ask for the biggest room on top of the house with chimney and a lot of charm; value for money!!!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank CATHERIN G
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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

This place sums up France for me, good and bad.

Good in that everything was of a good quality, including the room (given the price I paid relative to other accom near Geneva airport during a major conference) and the splendid breakfast. Located on a quiet street in the middle of what looked like a very nice little town, I had no time to explore as I was there for work.

The bad is the standard of customer service - I got down for breakfast at 830 and there was no-one around, so I sat where I thought appropriate and started eating a delicious pain au chocolat. A few minutes later a waitress came in and look mightily cheesed off, I had apparently sat in the wrong table (it had been laid out for lunch), and this necessitated her removing various bits from the table as I ate. I felt like pointing out that I wouldn't have been sat in the wrong place if there had been someone there to ask! I then went and paid my bill, and then afterwards asked whether I could access wifi to check my emails while my cab arrived. The receptionist said this would cost an extra €3 - on top of the €125 I had just given her! Unbelievable!

I got there late in the evening and had to let myself in, find my own key etc. It felt like there was noone else staying there but me, and as I let myself into my room, it felt a bit like a scene from The Shining. But I'd probably stay again if in the area.

Room Tip: Check on arrival whether or not you have a room where the blinds are long enough to reach the bottom...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Thank Tom R
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Property: L'Hotel de France
Address: 1 rue de Geneve, 01210 Ferney-Voltaire, France
Location: France > Rhone-Alpes > Ain > Ferney-Voltaire
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Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Ferney-Voltaire
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — L'Hotel de France 2.5*
Number of rooms: 14
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