Good hotel, interesting location
This is okay for a short stay. The rooms are fairly small, but this shouldn't be a problem if you are there only to sleep and shower. The room I stayed in wasn't properly cleaned (the bathroom had hair and toenail clippings on the floor). This was quickly remedied by the night staff. The hotel is only a short walk to the lake. It's also very close to the red light district. There were prostitutes hanging around (day and night) but this doesn't have to be an issue. There is a sex shop immediately next door and some sort of porn movie bar. I don't think I would stay here again. I know that hotels are really expensive in Geneva but I will look around before I come back.
Booked into the Admiral on the 25th October for a 3 night stay. Had read the reports on the Internet and decided to give it a try, despite some reporting that it was next to a sex shop and in the 'Red Light' area. The reports were true but did not affect either myself or my wife in the slightest.
We found the check-in staff polite and helpful and could speak english.
There was a lift to our room, small but efficient.
The room on the 2nd floor was clean and neat with good decor. All facilities advertised were correct, including the free use of the Internet in the hotel lobby.
The en-suite shower room and separate toilet were spotlessly clean and my wife loved the shower in particular. One point worth considering is perhaps to provide tea and coffee making facilities in the room.
Breakfasts were spot on. Everything was provided that you could possibly want from a continental style breakfast.
I would recommend the Admiral to anyone wishing to stay in Geneva on a budget. Centrally situated and not far by foot to anywhere in the centre of town. I will certainly re-book on future visits.
Got taxi from airport on way to Admiral as it was dark, for 35CHF and No.10 bus back to airport on way home for 3CHF! Bus stop is right outside the door to the airport and has to be a bargain.
England football trip
On arrival I passed the girls on the street and saw the --- shop and thought 'well this is going to be interesting!'. Actually it wasnt a problem and, depending on your point of view its fascinating. You can easily avoid the girls and you aren't pestered.
On arrival in the room I was disappointed to find only a shower. This seems often the case these days and isn't always clear from hotel descriptions whether a bath is included. Actually though the shower was powerful and brilliantly hot. The room was smallish but easily large enough for two with a nice view over the street.
Breakfast was plentiful with good choice and being small meant that it wasn't full of diners.
Great location, 5 mins walk from the station and 5 mins walk to the Lake Geneva. Another 5/10 mins and you are into the old town. Brilliant value for Geneva.
Also a mild problem with the charge for a taxi was resolved on my return without even a request for a refund. They are pretty efficient and courteous. Also there is wi-fi if you are interested.
We arrived early but no problem at reception,the girl spoke excellent English and all the reception staff were very helpful and courtious.The hotel was very clean,very hot shower,and comfy beds.The breakfast was continental but filling.No complaints from us,will use this hotel again if we go back to geneva.
Jed and Sue
Excellent value for money
Have just returned yesterday from a four day break in Geneva
This was a really nice hotel, well decorated and staff really helpful and all spoke English.Free internet access in the reception area was very useful.
Our room was on the 5th floor, it was a bit on the small side, but with very comfortable king size bed. Small bathroom with shower but no bath but very clean and shower was excellent, hot and powerful.
Very good continental breakfast with lots of choice. Cereals, fruit,yogurts, eggs, cold meat and cheese, even smoked salmon and lovely bread and rolls. Also coffee, tea, hot chocolate.
As previously mentioned, this hotel is in the red light district but did not cause any problems at all. If you turned left out of the hotel, there was nothing of the sort to see. It is only 5 minutes walk one way to the Lake front and large 5 star hotels and 5 minutes walk the other way to the main train station, an excellent position for travelling around.
The only down side is that the street can be very noisy, especially early in the morning when the dust carts, road sweepers etc come along. This was not a problem while we were here as it was very cold, but in the spring and summer you would not be able to have your windows open.
This hotel was real value for money, quite honestly, if it had been in a different area it would probably have cost at least twice as much. Go for it!!
very nice unless the weather is hot
On the whole I was very impressed with the Admiral. The location is not the most attractive, but we felt safe, it's close to the train station, and there are a lot of cheap ethnic restaurants in the area. The hotel itself is very clean and comfortable, the rooms are small but well-designed, and the staff were extremely helpful and spoke good English. My only complaint is that there is no AC. I knew this, but didn't expect it to be 90 degrees in Geneva. This is obviously not the hotel's fault, but it seriously affected our enjoyment, as we had to sleep with the window open to get any air at all (even with the ceiling fan). It was still hot and stuffy and the street noise was incredible, even in the very wee hours. I would still recommend the Admiral highly, but if I go to Switzerland in the summer again, I'll probably make sure to find a hotel with AC, just in case.
Very bad placement in the city and bad atmosphere
The hotel is just in the middle of the red light district of geneva with a sex shop around the corner and a lot of girls... So unless you are interest by such a thing you mustn't stay in this hotel !
Furthermore rooms are not very clean and staff is not very representative of the swiss hospitality
I was very disappointed in this hotel having read the other reviews on this site. The main problem was the terrible soundproofing. We heard everything (and I mean everything!) from the next door room. We had gone to bed when the people next door came in, waking us up because they were talking (not shouting or even being loud). They carried on talking making it difficult for us to get back to sleep.
So the next day, after going out to lunch, we went back to the hotel at about 3pm for an afternoon snooze, only to find the room hadn't been cleaned yet. When we went to ask for it to be cleaned, the receptionist was very off-handed, almost implying it was our own fault for not asking for it to be done sooner.
Pluses include a good breakfast and a good location, very close to the train station. The red light district is right next door, but is amusing rather than threatening.
Great little hotel
This was a great little hotel to use as a base for exploring Geneva. Well placed, only 5 mins to Lake and maybe 5 more to shopping area. Plenty of restaurants nearby. Although just borders the red light district this was not a problem. Hotel is a little on the small side but well laid out and in good decorative order. Staff helpful and speak good English. Rooms are on the small side but for sleeping and showering in they are fine. Best way to get from airport is by train (10chf) per person and only take 5 mins. Hotel only another 10 mins walk from train station. Would definately recommend this to family and friends. Go on give it a try as breakfast is brill.