I had been to the Etap hotel in geneva last summer and it was a perfect place for me as my intrest was to visit the city and enjoy the beauty of geneva lake and the surroundings.
The hotel offers bed & breakfast and is very economical to stay for as much as three people in the same room for the price of one.
economical accomodation with bed and breakfast.
I would probably never have stayed in this hotel if I had had the choice. It's located close to the airport, quite far from the city center and from anything else. There are however several bus lines that would get you there relatively quickly...
As for the location, nothing really exciting about the architecture. This is just a big concrete block also sheltering a casino, hospital and some kind of business center.
The room was relatively small and weirdly shaped but quite comfortable and pretty well conceived. Not so common, there was for example an infra-red light in the bathroom !! That's quite nice to keep you warm when getting out of the shower.
Wireless connectivity to the Internet is provided and works with iPass.
Even if my room was overlooking the airport and a busy street, it looks like they have done a good insulation work, the noise was not really disturbing.
There are three restaurants available!! I have not tried the Japanese one but the regular restaurant is reasonably priced and the food is quite good! The staff was simply professional.
The breakfast buffet was quite interesting, instead of the usual 'English breakfast', they had adapted the warm options to the local cuisine. For example, they were proposing some roesti.
For breakfast, another alternative, cheaper than the buffet, is also available. This is indeed located in the 3d restaurant, same building but 'outside' the hotel, in the business center. You could simply order there coffee, fresh juice and a few croissants for about 10CHF.
I came to Geneva to work for the WHO for a 6 week internship. This was perfect and recommended lodgings for being in this part of the city. Easy walking distance to shops and the bus stop (you pay a tourist tax and get an unlimited bus pass). The rooms seem simplea nd you have some choices on the level of room (with full bath, just a sink, or shared facilities with the hall). It has friendly staff, who can speak English, and there seem to be students around constantly to talk travel with.
Breakfast is included, but lunch and dinner can be paid for (decent pricing for Geneva, but going to the market is better)
Internet access is available for a fee, but they have un advertised wireless tath you can pick up in some rooms and in the common area downstairs.
The auberge port gitana is an inn plus restaurant near Lake Lehman. It has its own port called port gitana. its good, and nice view especially in spring and summer
I booked all of our hotels for this trip through Ibis, it was easy and we've stayed at Ibis hotels before and know exactly what to expect. But I had one of those "oh crap" moments as I was reviewing our bookings, this hotel was not only NOT in Switzerland but it was listed "in the mountains".
Not to worry, it was very easy to get to from the highway by following the directions on the website and not on some steep mountain pass, only about a 20 minute drive from the center of Geneva. I booked it for 3 nights, 1 of which we ended up cancelling, and it was a good location for us, between Geneva where we spent Tuesday and Annecy, France where we spent Wednesday.
Hotel rooms in central Geneva are expensive which is why I avoided the city center, the special summer rate was 50E ($68US) per night. This would not be a good option if you don't have a car.
Ibis hotels are pretty standard regardless of where you are, the room is pretty basic with a reasonably comfortable bed, a decent shower, small TV. Toiletries are limited to bar soap and a liquid soap dispenser in the bathroom. That's it, no hair dryer, no iron, no safe. Breakfast was an extra 7E charge so we passed on it. Parking was free at this Ibis, we had to pay for parking at 3 out of the 6 Ibis hotels we stayed at on this trip.
The desk staff here was very helpful, she helped us change our reservation to a different Ibis for the 3rd night and gave us useful information on travel in the area.
Luxury. Part of Mandarin Oriental group. Everything else was full due to big expo!
Highly recommended. Surprisingly child friendly towards a 9 year old!
Right beside river as it leaves lake, heading for Med!
Went to the youth hostel a few years ago, in 2000. A few facts about the hostel:
- it is clean
- it is expensive compared to other youth hostel worldwide (around 35FS)
- it is 30-40 minutes walking from the city center
Good option since hotel must be expensive in Switzerland.
The Cité Universitaire is mainly reserved for the housing of students of all nationalities, aged between 18 to 35 maximum.
Short-term guests accomodation in Summertime:
The Cité organises an hotel season during the summer months - July to October - during which we accommodate short-term guests, especially students who are in the Summer Courses to learn French, groups of students and tourists, as well as sport teams and those who attend congresses.
Price for dormitory Frs 22.- /night
Frs 46.- single (student rate) Frs 55.- single (non student)
Frs 84. - studio (2 beds)
Frs 17. - extra bed.
This newly hotel, open in june 2005, offer compact suite, around 30sqm. It's situaded in front of the largest dpt store of Geneva, Balexert.
Good price, near airpor, 3 km to the center
New modern budget hotel next to the Balexert Shopping Cener, with a basic room rate of CHF 89 for 1, 2 or 3 persons, with restaurant. Large array of shops, stores, post office, cinemas, retaurants, McDonalds etc in the shopping centre across the road.
The location: frequent trolleybus 10 takes 5 mins to the airport and 10 mins to the city centre.
A very outdated hotel. Was clearly built in the 70's with trendy design cues for the time (like integrated radio on the nightstand!). Orange carpet/draperies/bed with polished wood cabinetry. Dark shower stall with pseudo-futuristic controls and green tile throughout the bathroom. My room had an awkward layout that was difficult to maneuver ergonomically around.
Great views of Lake Geneva and that big ass fountain they're got (I forget the name). Easy walking distance to everything: trains, old town, that park on the East end of town (I forget again).
Geneva is the European UN home with conferences and diplomatic meetings around the year. So hotel accomodation tends to be fairly expensive. Here are some alternatives to get some sleep at reasonable cost.
Places are clean and centrally located:
1 Auberge de jeuness (Youth Hostel)
Rue Rothschil 30 (10 mins walk from main station), tel.: 022 732 62 60, dorms CHF 32.00
2 Cite universitaire (summer)
Av. Miremont 46 (bus 3 from station)
CHF 55/single, CHF 74/double
Tel: 022 839 22 23
3 City Hostel Geneva, rue Ferroer 2 (next to
main station)CHF 58/single/85.00 double,
dorms 35.00, www.cityhostel.ch
It is a known fact: Geneva is not the cheapest place for hotel accomodation. And frequent international conferences and trade fairs make it often difficult to find a night's sleep anywhre in Geneva. The Geneva Tourist Office weekend specials might be a solution at acceptable cost to the casual visitor.
Easy proce reference, hotels mostly at a good discount over the standard room raes. Still, early booking is a must.
I stayed in the Youth Hostel in the Rue Rothschild which is about a 20 minute walk along the Rue de Lausenne from the main station. It is ideally placed to get to the lake and shopping, and another 20 minutes walking away from the centre of the city will take you to the UN and the Red Cross.
The accommodation is comfortable, secure and modern. You can go from two person to six person rooms, and the larger rooms are usually single sex. Bathrooms are shared, single sex, and although the main door and toilet doors do lock, the individual showers just have a curtain. I had no trouble, though.
There is a canteen which you can get two meal choices from - either main course only, or main course, dessert and a drink. You can still get water free if you go for the cheaper option. You must buy a token from reception which you hand over in exchange for your meal. Breakfast is included in the booking price, and you will be given tokens for it.
Towels you either take with you or buy. There is a laundry, kitchen and TV&Games room, although if you don't get there first or take over the control of the TV, it is likely you will be watching television in French. It also has Internet access (3 stations).
You are allocated a locker when you move in, which sits outside your room. They are big enough to hold a large rucksack or case comfortably. If you arrive before the reception is open for checking in, there are lockers in the main hall area, the passcards for which can be hired for 2 francs, and come out of a vending machine in the middle of the hall. The lockers are all emptied at 11.30pm, but you should have your own locker by that time.
Your room, locker and bathroom are all operated by your passcard. Your passcard is specific to your room and your own locker.
You can buy reduced rate Swiss Army knifes at reception, and there is often a deal on - when I was there, if you spent over 100 francs, you got a free rucksack. If you spent over 200, you got a free rucksack worth about 40 francs, which is a good deal.
There is a giant chessboard outside, which was used a lot when I was there. It has a small area to sit in outside, with trees and benches, and is quite nice to go to in the evening if you want a bit of peace.
The hostel is happy to cater for families, and has a children's play area next to the canteen. There are high seats for babies in the canteen. I saw quite a few families there with babies and small children.
There is a guided tour which runs every evening from the hostel. Apparently it is the "cheapest tour in town" and includes a free drink (coke, water or beer, yes, beer!) and boat trip. I went on it, and it was worth it. 16 francs or 10 Euros.
I would certainly stay here again and would recommend it to anyone. It is paired with the City Hostel in Geneva, which is similar.
Downtown just 2 minutes accross the lake, this is a 5 star hotel designed nicely with wood staircases and luxury shops.
Since you'll only be staying in the rooms to sleep, because Geneva is bustling and fun to go out in, it's not really worth the money- there are plenty of secure, comfy and clean hotels also walking distance from the Lake- the advantage the Noga Hilton has is that it's one of the few right by the Lake.
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