- Reviews: 4149
Ibis Porte de Geneve, Archamps, France: About 20 minutes from city center
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.
- Reviews: 187
Suitehotel: Good price
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
- Reviews: 829
Cité Universitaire: Cheap accodomation for Summertime
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.
- Reviews: 85
General Tip about Accommodation in Geneva: Tips and tricks especially for longterm
This is simply a warning. Accommodation in Geneva is notoriously hard to find. Frequent huge conferences mean that there are periods where a hotel or hostel room are impossible to find for love nor money.
Also, if you are actually thinking of moving here for any length of time, beware! Long term accommodation is both expensive and hard to find. $1000 francs a month might get you a studio apartment if you are really lucky. Dreams of a spare bedroom or study are just that, dreams.
Another warning. Unfurnished apartments are seriously unfurnished. Many will quite possibly have no light fittings, just bare wires hanging from the ceilings. Some may not even have kitchen cupboards, and when I moved into my apartment it also had no oven or stove!
Be prepared to pay upfront a months rent in advance, plus a month or 6 weeks rent as bond.
One positive is that in most furnished apartments, the rent includes electricity & water. In an unfurnished apartment, an amount for water will be included in the regular rent, and if you use excess over the year you will get a bill, or a refund if you use less. Check to see if your rent includes "telereseau" which is a basic package of television channels, including a few english channels.
Oh, and be warned; in Switzerland you must pay a quarterly tax on each radio or television set in your home.
- Reviews: 22
Youth Hostel: Comfortable Youth Hostel, Geneva
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.
- Reviews: 93
Etap Hotel: New Budget Hotel
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.
- Reviews: 93
Hostels and more: Budget accomodation
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
- Reviews: 93
Hotel in France or Switzerland?
For budget hotel accomodation in neighbouring French towns such as Annemasse or Ferney-Voltaire, check my VT-webpages or the internet on these places. But then, you have to take into account the distance to the sightseeing spots of Geneva, less frequent public transport in France (no bus in Annemasse on Sundays and after 8 pm)and higher fares.
Good quality hotels at prices often 50 percent or more below average Geneva rates.
- Reviews: 93
Geneva hotel specials on the web: Weekend Package
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.
- Reviews: 2297
H?TEL PAX **: PAX = PEACE....
The proprietress of this Hotel is Madame Sylvette Muller and a sweet lady she is!
The welcome was a warm one and the room was to my liking!
My experience is that for short stay a ** hotel is really sufficiently well equipped!
Most important for me is WHERE it is situated: I love being right in the city centre and preferably the Old City Centre!
C'est situé au coeur de Genève, which is fantastic: after breakfast you walk out the frontdoor and there you are: in the very city centre where you can start walking.......
Very friendly people and perfect room and breakfast.......
- Reviews: 201
Most hotels are expensive, but...
Most hotels are expensive, but hostels are plenty and affordable. The Youth Hostel charged CHF 42 pp for a twin room with a sink; sheets and breakfast included. City Hostel was among my choices as well but for almost the same price it excludes sheets and breakfast.
- Reviews: 1431
Hotel du Rhone: Loved it!
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!
- Reviews: 70
Hotels in Geneva run a bit expensive...
You can shop around and get cheaper spots near the train station or further off the lake...otherwise the Hosteling International hostel is centrally located , fairly priced and very clean and accomodating.
Kitchen,Laundry,Lounge Room,Internet,Outdoor seating,Large,Nice Cafeteria,Lockers,Clean,Fairly Abundant Showers.
About 20 USdollars a night
- Reviews: 39
Hôtel Le Prince: Hôtel Le Prince
1) It's cheap, by Geneva standards - SF110 for a double with shower, phone, TV,breakfast included. 2) It's in the center of town, walking distance from anything you're likely to visit. 3)It's nearby to my apartment so when you stay there you can easily have a glass of wine with me in the evening.
- Reviews: 161
There are many hotels in...
There are many hotels in Geneva. One of them, which I recommend you, is in the heart of the old town and it's called Hotel les Armures. For more information and reservation go to:
Very qiute place. The street is a part of the pedestrian zone in the old town. Nice architecture all around the hotel and many restaurants.
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