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“Fabulous Mountain Views!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Central Residence
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Leysin
Atlanta, Georgia
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100 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Fabulous Mountain Views!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

This hotel is exactly what we wanted for our Switzerland snow ski vacation. Fabulous mountain views, clean room for 2 parents and 2 kids, pool, friendly staff, bar and restaurant. All at a low price....Loved it! The village was marvelous also...

Room Tip: We were on the top floor, (7th) and had superb views of the beautiful alps. This hotel does require...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank HTBMartin
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

Ok, so reviews are mixed on this hotel. We went as a family for a skiing holiday and had a great time. If you're expecting 5 Star luxury, don't come here. If you want a friendly, relaxed, reasonably priced, unpretentious hotel with good facilities for the kids, then seriously consider this as an option.

Food: Yes, the food is sometimes a little plain and it can get busy at mealtimes. Generally, we felt that the food was of a good standard.

Staff: We found the staff to be very helpful, very polite and, if we needed something done, it was taken care of quickly.

Facilities: Good. Schools use this hotel for group holidays. It can get a little noisy, the pool and leisure facilities can get crowded.

Distance from the slopes: Not too bad. A shortish uphill walk to a nice nursery slope or down to the main lifts. Just tolerable if you're carrying a lot of kit.

The room: Spacious, if a little basic. No tea and coffee facilities so you may wish to pack a small kettle. There's a flat screen TV with a good range of channels and plenty of sockets. Lots of hot water; except when things get busy, then it's not so hot! We slept well, (probably because we were so knackered from teaching the kids)!

Overall: We'd certainly come here again. Watch the exchange rates. Switzerland is getting a tad pricey for us Brits!

Room Tip: The lifts aren't great. Try and get a room on the lower floors, say 2 or 3. We were on level...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Findmeacheapdeal
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Bsildon,Essex
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2013

We stayed here early Feb. the week before UK half term. 3 adults and 2 children.
OK, the highlights, the hotel is in a good position for getting on the slopes (nursery) or lifts each day. Parking good. Locality to restaurants, shops, cafes etc good.
Hotel restaurant had an eclectic choice for dinner, depending on which way you look at it....no chips all week (good), veal featured (not good when you have to explain it's origins to young ones). Quality of cooking ok in general though. Breakfast very 'samey' as per previous reviews but this is typical when not staying at a top hotel.
Reception staff (also bar staff, one in the same...) were lovely although overworked! Room cleaning lady was brill.
Bad stuff. Hotel has a lot of school groups. The hotel is not responsible for the kids, the school staff are..but they seem to spend alot of time in the bar and not supervising their charges. This needs improvement as other guests can find the noise, size of the groups and general rowdiness challenging (and we had a teenager with us!). The swimming pool and sauna/jacuzzi area need more attention with regard to this, maybe no unaccompanied under 16's??
Resort is great though and would go again.

Room Tip: Our room at the front was spacious with a good view.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank HelloHoliday67
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Fribourg, Switzerland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

Excellent restaurant with local and international plates, friendly reception (they speak french -obv-, german and english) and good spa (but open only after 4pm!!). Wonderful view on the surrounding mountains.
We were able to access the room only at 4pm and it was quite dirty (but acceptable for one night).

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Jack M
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Leysin, Vaud, Switzerland
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16 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

If your not in the mood for B&Bs or chalets this is by far one of the best choices in winter. The dinning room is a great feature if your too lazy after a day of skiing. I have stayed at the Central 6 times, and found the rooms ranging from mediocre to great. I have never tried the pool but I do know it exists. The balconies are nice, but a prepare for a chill as it is winter. It's a good hotel overall. Nice location for skiers/boarders, mostly beginners as it's right next to the bunny slope. I would highly recommend this hotel if your not in the mood for a hotel stay in Leysin.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank KennyClark
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Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

We stayed in a 2 bed apartment for 6 which are a minute's walk from the hotel (called Les Chamoissaire) and a ten minute downhill walk from Leysin Feyday station. We were on the 6th floor which had great views. Apartment was fairly basic but well equipped and clean and warm, it had a a twin bed with a sauna, a lounge/kitchen area with dining table, 6 chairs, 2 comfortable chairs, sofabed and TV (note apartments only get BBC news, although we found another channel that sometimes had UK films, another large twin bed, and bathroom with bath, shower and a balcony (with table and chairs). Apartment was serviced daily with towels and toilet paper/cleaning (lovely staff). Had use of hotel facilities including free wifi, swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna/steamroom, plus various other facilities (table tennis, pool table, a few game machines and toybox for kids. 5-10 min walk down to main lifts/ski hire, but they run a free bus in the morning (we didn't use this) no bus back but you can ski into baby slope above resort and walk down within 5 minutes down steepish hill. Staff in hotel friendly, speak english and helpful We went off season so hotel quiet and apartment good value (about £100 per night - it is more expensive if you just turn up) hotel does have school groups out of season (wasn't an issue for us). Our apartment had fantastic views.. Pros: Leisure facilities good but can get crowded once skiers return, pool also deep throughout if you have non-swimmers. I think location was good for non-drivers - you can get a train from geneva airport to Leysin Feyday in 2 hours changing at Aigle for cog train, then walk down from Feyday in 10 mins. Good free wifi in hotel, but in apartment block you pay 5 CHF per 2 days and wifi reception still variable. Leysin is very hilly and the navette only runs round the village every hour, so you need to get used to walking uphill in altitude if you are going out to restaurants etc. Sauna in apartment was really nice. Cons: None really, we only had one key for apartment between 6 of us (that is all they will do), so had to plan logistics quite carefully. Sofa bed fine for young kids, but less so for adults - so would recommend apartments for 4 adults or two adults plus kids. Apartment is not "rustic" nor building picturesque if this is what you are into, but if you want to be on the slopes via public transport within a few hours of landing in geneva, you cannot go wrong with Leysin provided you are prepared for the prices of everything.

Room Tip: I emailed them in advance to get an apartment with a sauna (no extra charge was made). We also had...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Michelle P
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Ecuador
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72 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

I came here me and my 2 young girls and they gave me a smoking room even though their policy says otherwise. When I complained they said "Sorry, we can't do anything, we'll spray it. Just keep the windows open" - uhh, it's cold outside! This was at 11am but by 2:30pm nothing had happened until I went to the reception again...then they told me to wait. I went to the apartment to drop the groceries and when I opened the freezer, all this water came gushing out... All I wanted to do by 3:30pm is to set my things somewhere. My girls were tired of waiting. The reception of apartments is closed on Sundays, and the main hotel doesn't know the wifi system...REALLY? It's your same hotel and they had no idea. "You'll have to wait until Monday, we are closed" It's a hotel closed to clients on Sunday?!?!?!!!!! Of course through booking.com, i get NO reimboursement. NEVER AGAIN!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Andrea S
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Property: Hotel Central Residence
Address: Belvedere, route du 20, Leysin 1854, Switzerland
Location: Switzerland > Canton of Vaud > Leysin
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Leysin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Central Residence 3*
Number of rooms: 83
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