Very good in many ways but no airconditioning
29/08/2018 Larry J, Little Rock, Arkansas
Positives: Less than 100m from train station (only the Hotel Bernina is closer on that side of the station). Rooms are small but very clean; extra pillows; friendly and helpful desk staff. Free bus... more
Positives: Less than 100m from train station (only the Hotel Bernina is closer on that side of the station). Rooms are small but very clean; extra pillows; friendly and helpful desk staff. Free bus/tram passes (we went to UN and Red Cross HQs by tram). Ten minutes to walk to the lake. Nearby middle eastern/Morrocan restaurants; we also enjoyed Bombay restaurant, but none are inexpensive. There are more snack options and a small grocery store in the train station. Completely acceptable simple cold breakfast buffet. There is a "free" cell phone to use in the room--we did not know what that meant but you can try it out and see.
Negatives: This echos some of the previous reviews but provides more perspective. We stayed on two separate nights about a week apart. Yes, the elevator is tiny and only holds one person and luggage, but operates quickly and the stairs are next to it (so use the stairs and do not complain). What does no air conditioning mean?: It is over 80 degrees Fahrenheit in Geneva in the summer. The rooms have windows that tilt open (no screens but we had no insects). When you close the curtains at night there is, then, no fresh air circulating. Using the shower makes the room warmer still. Are you miserable= no; are you moderately uncomfortable= yes; do you survive the night= of course. The fan in each room helps quite a bit (and can mask some street noise). The cost of 133CHF is really quite inexpensive, so you can decide. Room 309 faces the street so noisier; on our second stay we asked for a room facing the quieter parking lot (402) and it had a bigger room and bigger shower and two windows (but no circulation when the curtains are closed at night). We also received a fruit plate on our second visit for unknown reasons, but it was good. As usual in Europe, no wash cloth, only liquid shower soap, no lotion (so bring your own). less