Cornavin Hotel Geneva
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We had a good trip; transfer in Paris (CDG for Charles de Gaulle Airport) included a long walk between terminals, but overall it was a good European airport to go through. We also figured out that Air France does not have "boarding zones", so it's sort of a mad rush to board when they open the gate. Once we landed in Geneva, we were surprised not …
... we started getting glimpses of the mountain through the clouds, but it was not the one we had gone to see. Perhaps we will see it on our ride. On our return to Geneva, we have started our preparations for the next ride. Doing our homework on the night before. That's generally how we do things. For the first time we are not following signs and we don't have a little map pack with relatively detailed maps to follow. So we are ...
... their heads underwater and fish that you can easily see through the clear water. But how is the water so clear? I know the Rhone isn't the only source of the lake, but where did the gunk go? On returning from CERN our theories of our less than appealing aromas had been confirmed. The hotel cleaners had come through and to quell the strong scent of of our room, had gone overboard with the bleach through the bathroom. When we opened ...
... to our lives! We arrived in Geneva just after the tourist information centre closed, but were saved by some mobile 'travel angels' - tourist information people dressed in orange at the train station. They gave us a map with a list of hotels and prices, but we still spent some time hunting down something not too expensive! Relieved to have finally completed the Rhone route, and to have a couple of rest days, we relaxed with some cheap, greasy pizza... ...
A cycle free day today as we took a road trip to Geneva. With overcast stormy weather we backed our trusty SatNav to get us there whilst avoiding the car tax entry. Advice from our host in Annecy put us on the right track and we made our way into the lake city without a hassle.
Aboard the Petit train for a quick tour then we footed it to the sights around the lake.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Cornavin Hotel Geneva
Clean, Modern, Quiet, & Well-located
This was our second stay at the Cornavin in Geneva in a year. It is clean, modern, quiet, & well-located across from the main train station Gare Cornavin. On both visits, our bright & basic rooms faced the train station, but we never heard any noise as the windows are double paned & block all sound from outside. The reception desk was helpful. We'd stay again in a heartbeat for the convenience alone. In July 2005, we paid $152 for a standard double including continental breakfast.
Hotel Cornavin-clean and convenient
The Hotel Cornavin is across the street from the train station which is within walking distance of everything and next to the transportation hub. Its location is great. The place was clean and there is a complimentary breakfast every morning in their panoramic room on the 8th floor. The one downside is that the rooms are small - maybe half of what a US hotel room would be, but for a single person, it is fine. Best thing is wireless internet on the lobby floor for 20 CHF a stay.
I stayed in a triple room for only one night. The hotel is literally across the street from the train station, which is extremely convenient.
Very central location (right next to the train station), decent size room, comfy beds with down comforters, and an ok breakfast. I found the hotel staff to be unprofessional. I suggest that you confirm your room reservation at least 2-3 days before going.
It was different
We stayed hered 27 April 2004, for 2 nights. It was very hot in Geneva, the hotel was still on heating not air conditioning until May 1, so had to have windows propped open by curtains to get fresh air in. The door handle kept falling off the door as we opened to leave the room. Bed was different, reading lights not worth using, on the whole, hotel was clean, linen was fresh everyday, bathroom good, we had a bath with a shower in it. Breakfast was not bad, otherwise it was very hard to get a good meal in Geneva, did find a place, the proprietor spoke english as her brother lived in Sydney Australia, so she made us something that was not too bad
Check other options before booking
Requested a non smoking room but was given a rather small room that had a very strong smell of tobaco smoke. We approached reception and was told, that because they were full (questionable), there was no other rooms available but they would spray the room with a chemical. This worked for a short period but soon wore off and we were resigned to opening the window to get some sort of fresh air. Unfortunately the railway station is along side the hotel and the rather loud noise from trains etc made this not a good option. The bathrooms are tiny with a shower cubicle and no bath tub. Only a very small amount of shampoo is supplied which would hardly be enough to wash a babies hair. Overall not really recommended.
I just finished a 10 night stay at the Cornavin - not a choice I made.
I stayed at the Cornavin hotel for a week in July 2003. There are many nice things about the hotel. First of all, the price is very reasonable compared to the level of service. The rooms are spacious and if you got a room on the 7, 8 or 9th floor, you will get a room with a huge window and balcony giving you a nice view over the busy street and walking people around the railway station and you can also see the upper part of the lake fountain. The décor and furniture is new and stylish. Comfy beds and nice toilets.I plan to stay there in my next trip to Geneva.
Not quite what we expected
We had heard impressive things about the cornavin hotel and arrived to find ourselves somewhat disappointed. The hotel is located adjacent to the railway station- a good location but be aware it is noisy. Also the staff were not always that helpful...we had specifically requested non smoking rooms but were given smoking rooms. They told us the hotel was full so would not move us. The room smelt and although the decor was ok.. it is not what i would normally expect from a 4 star hotel at 100 pounds per night. Overall we were rather disappointed. I think it is fair to say that Geneva is an expensive city and it would be helpful to be able to compare Cornavin with other hotels in the area