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: …
... of previously. They cross the lake at various points so that people would not have to go all the way around the lake. And it was pretty fun, I guess. But less than 2 minutes later, I was back on dry land. :(
And so, I went back to the Cathedral to see if it was finally open. And it was. About 150 odd-steps up the stair case or so, I was finally at the top of the North tower. The view was certainly pretty but not breathtaking. It would have been ...
... it was yesterday (although, to be fair, it was much earlier in the morning) so I'm almost glad that I should be spending most of my time indoors today.
First stop was CERN - The European Organisation for Nuclear Research, also the home to the largest digicam in the world, the Large Hadron Collider. Getting there was pretty easy, takes less than half hour from the central train station, Gare Cornavin. First thing I saw was the Globe of Science ...
... all over it, and a few lighthouse-looking structures here and there. Swans and ducks swim all over too~
But, the superstar of the lake is this... Jet d'Eau - Water Jet. It's considered now to be a symbol of Geneva. If I remember correctly, it can reach up to 145 m high, depending on the wind. And the water travels at some 200 km/h out of the spout. That's one super soaker I do not want to ...
... mountains of the Alps. It’s a little like a combination of San Antonio’s river walk with the canals and vintage of Venice (in fact, Annecy is nicknamed “the Venice of France”). Worth mentioning is the fact that the water that flows through all the rivers and canals is pristine – very clear, and very colourful. The girls were so tempted to jump in!
We walked around the town and along the canal walkways for a while, then we ...
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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.