Hotel Kipling - Manotel Geneva
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We have our last day with the little Peugeot today. The deal is to drive the four and half hours to Geneva and give the car back. We follow the sat nav and stop each hour or so and change drivers. The scenery was rather nice, mountainous and not boring. Liz made Michael laugh when she breathed in going down steep hills and over very high bridges: …
... off the route descriptions from our e-guidebook (we have the hard copy of the book but left it at home to save weight), finding out how it differs from the GPS tracks, which unfortunately is significantly. So we have a highlighter to colour in the areas to look out for on our 1:200,000 map (1cm=2km). Oh yeah, this is going to be fun... Our laundry has finished drying, so at least for this next stage, we will start off fresh and ...
... the room had a completely new aroma, that of strong cleaning products. That evening, inspired by the cleaners less than subtle hint that we smell bad, we found a nearby coin laundry. We were looking for a place for dinner and it just so happened to be near a Thai place. I'd been day dreaming of pad Thai for a while now, but we haven't come across any Thai places. But not only did we find one, but it was called "Pad Thai". Dinner was ...
... some main roads near Ouchy, but there was almost always a cycle path or cycle lane - definitely better than yesterday! We discovered a patisserie in the medieval town of St Prex, where we had yummy chocolate croissants! The rain came and went throughout the day, just enough to make sure that we were completely soaked before it cleared up. And every so often, our shadows would return as the sun caressed our dripping clothes, and returned a little bit ...
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 Hotel Kipling - Manotel Geneva
Great Hotel very close to the train station
Great hotel near to the train station. Area is OK but prefered to approach from main road area at night.
All of the hotel is finished off in fantastic decor. All the staff were very helpful. Our room, though quite small, was beautiful - amazing bathroom! Small point but we missed not having tea/coffee making facilities in the room.
Geneva as a city was a bit of a disappointment, though we made up for this with a fantastic day trip by train up into the Alps. You must go on the 'Panoramic Train'.
Also, you must have a steak at the Cafe De Paris in Geneva - only a few minutes from the hotel - steak to die for.....
We would recommend this hotel to everyone.
A great value hotel
We stayed at the Kipling for 2 nights in January on our first trip to Geneva and were extremely impressed! It is located a couple of blocks from the lake and in walking distance to the city centre. The room decor was of a standard of many 5 star hotels. I would definitely recommend.
Couldn't fault this hotel, try as I might. Reception staff were pleasant, courteous and efficient, rooms extremely comfortable, well appointed, cosy and as luxurious as some 5 stars I've stayed in. Great bathrooms too. Loved the colonial styling - elegant and tastefully done. Breakfast was top notch with some of the best pastries on offer anywhere in the city, tiny mini danish and croissants to whet your appetite. Plus cereals, swiss mueslis, lots of types of bread, cheese, yoghurts, cold meats, juices, etc. Tea & coffee brought to your table in a delightful breakfast room. Free broadband internet access just topped everything off to a complete success. Well done Kipling and Manotel.
Being in Geneva for business in the past few weeks, the Kipling was a gem of a find, well located close to the U.N., the Lake, not far from the railway station and a myriad of interesting eateries.
Would go back
Stayed in Geneva two nights at the beginning of July2005. We picked a hotel with secure parking (there are few in Geneva) and it was worth the 7 euros (or something) a night. The room was very nice, clean & well furnished. Bathroom lovely. The reception staff & breakfast staff were really pollite and helped us with our french! Ideal location within walking distance but in a quite area. Would definatly recommend this hotel (as a past air hostess - I know a good hotel) Excellent value for money.
After reading the other reviews for the Manotel Kipling, we decided to stay there for two nights and were thoroughly impressed. The staff were friendly, the room had lovely decor, and was spacious plus most importantly it was clean. Liked the little added touch of a chocolate on our pillow when we arrived!
Hotel recently renovated with excellent taste. Nice decoration, very clean and quite. Located in center town, 15m away of rue de Lausanne with small shops open all day. The hotel offers free internet for its clients. The hotel stuff is very polite. Perhaps the breakfast should have a bigger selection. DEFINETELY will stay again next time.
Nice Hotel .. Dodgy Location
The hotel, as described in other reviews, has been recently renovated in a very effective Ralph Lauren colonial style. The rooms are of a decent size and comfortably equipped. In fact I cannot fault the interior of the hotel at all, especially considering the rate we paid.
The problems arise from the appalling 'back alley' location. To walk to the lake requires a 10-15 minute stroll through a less than appealing maze of back roads. If you scare easily then DON'T walk back at night, if this were any other country than Switzerland I would not have even considered it. The area could be classed as 'red light' with a strip club 2 doors from the hotel.
To sum up our experience, the Kipling is a good 3 star hotel in a very poor location.
Pleasant warm and modern atmosphere
Quite new hotel in a quiet side street of Rue Lausanne. Theme: modern/colonial. Rooms are excellent for Geneva-standards. Bathroom is big! Free internet access in the lobby.
Geneva can be an expensive city so we were delighted to find the not unreasonable Manotel Kipling. Located within walking distance of the train station, it is in an ethnically diverse neighborhood full of Arab bookstores, black students, Spanish restaurants and French bakeries. The hotel appears to have been recently renovated and is furnished in a Ralph Lauren type of plantation/colonial style with dark woods, red walls, and photos of Rudyard Kipling and his explorations in the 19th C. Our room was brand new with a plush bathroom, furnished with Roger Gallet shampoo and shower gels. The bathtub has those strange European glass dividers that do not prevent water from splashing on the floor or keep it in the tub. One day when I return to Europe I'll ask them what these glass screens (measuring about 18 inches) are supposed to do.