Hotel Auteuil - Manotel Geneva
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We ended up getting to the hotel at about 8 PM, so didn't have time to go back into town for dinner and to see the city. It was a bit of a bugger considering we won't have time tomorrow as we are at CERN all day. Instead, we went next door to a nice Italian place. I had an awesome risotto, and many of the others got other fantastic looking pasta dishes and pizzas.
... and then decided that what we most wanted to do was to take the "teleferique" (gondola) to the top of the nearby mountain in France. Put those together and you have a picnic in an alpine meadow, on top of a mountain with a view of the French Alps and Mont Blanc. A "Super Non-Sucky" experience.
Delicious dinner at a nice restaurant with good reviews. Very early flight out of Geneva the next morning and home well before lunch. Guinevere was very happy to see ...
... the nerves, but as it turned out, pretty effective - we got there in the end. Lost or not: the route was spectacular. Beautiful (thin) winding mountain roads with Jo gasping for air as she looked out over the drop just centimetres from her car window. Water falls, rustic tunnels hacked out of the rock, the occasional lycra clad cyclist slogging their way up. As we got towards the top and the country opened up a bit to alpine meadows, ...
After a 9.5 hour flight to Frankfurt, a long bus ride at the airport to the next plane, and a short 50 minute flight, we are in Geneva. Figured out how to take a bus to the hotel, overpaid, arrived and finally got our room. Slight problem with our reservation - they had us down for 2 people only. Kids will have to sleep outside in the rain ;-) --- Went downtown and joined a festival... Walked around, ate drank, got wet, and enjoyed the fireworks... Everyone is beat... Off to ...
... at the same time? He only has 10 fingers!'. I really like listening to the piano. Some piece can really tell a story and take you on a journey across mountains and dessert, through happiness and hardship.
Tonight, we listened to a contemporary piece, Musica Nara, written by Minako Tokuyama (very jazzy and fresh, perfect to start and get people in the mood), then two pieces by Chopin (Fantaisie-improptu op. 66 and Ballade n°1 in sol minor ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Auteuil - Manotel Geneva
Great Hotel! OK Location
This hotel has recently gone through a great renovation. The lobby and guest rooms are very well decorated with a contemporary touch. Our two night stay was in a spacious room with a very nice clean bathroom. Free internet is offered and the breakfast is pretty good.
The location is VERY convenient to the main train/bus station but the street where it is located is not the nicest (busy with few restaurants). The hotel is about four blocks away from the nicer areas closer to the lake, a very manageable walk.
I would recommend this hotel and if you take away the location factor, it is a 4 star hotel.
Nothing to complain about
I have just returned from Switzerland.
We stayed at Hotel Aueteil for one night at the beginning and another at the end of our trip.
We (2 women) were slightly apprehensive about our stay after reading some negative comment about the hotel. However, we had no complaints at all.
The reception and dining area are smart , modern and comfortable. Our room on the 4th floor was clean and neat.
Beds were very comfortable with luxurious pillows and duvets.
Our room was on the street side but with windows closed you didn't hear anything other than loud sirens.
Air Con kept the room cool.
Bathroom and seperate WC were spotless with heaps of hot water.
Breakfast was excellent with plenty of choice of bread, cheese fruit and included hot bacon ,sausage and scrambled eggs.
Staff were always very courteous and helpful.
The hotel is easily accessible from the station and because of this some of the surrounding streets were a little shabby and I wouldn't want to walk them alone late at night. However that didn't stop us going out to the Edleweiss for an en evening meal.
We just had to plan our return route sticking to the busier streets.
Very nice city; ok hotel
I bought a TV and won a weekend trip to Geneva: I didn't had an option to choose the hotel, so it was kind of an "adventure" trip.
Since I've read some other reviews before I left Lisbon, my expectations were already set: the hotel is really under maintenance until August, so you'll hear some noise from 8:00 to 18 on the weekdays. The best option is to wake up early, take the breakfast (good quality, in a very nice room), and go to explore Geneva.
If you prefer to stay in town, you can loan a bike (there are some official "loan" spots around the lake), go on a boat trip in the lake or just walk around to see the parks, the monuments or just the streets.
If you choose to explore the nearby areas, I think the best option is to take a train. I recommend taking a train to Montreaux (a 30 minute trip), since it is a very (very) nice place, with excelent quality restaurants, and a "promenade" around the lake with a spectacular view.
A last note: the hotel is close to the train station (really close), so if you have light sleep, you will listen to the trains passing by all night (I did...).
As a conclusion, altough I recommend taking a trip to Geneva, I would suggest to choose your hotel wisely...
My wife and I stayed two nights at the Auteuil in mid July. We arrrived to find the whole building covered in scaffolding but on entering the building the decor seemed new and in generally good shape.
We were informed by the receptionist that there was a "problem" with our room. We had been upgraded to a Junior Suite however the windows had been replaced that day and there was no curtain in the room. The window replacement was the reason for the scaffoldin throughout the hotel! We were offered the chance to move to a sister hotel 50m down the same road or to stick with our current room. The receptionist was very helpful and offered us a discounted meal at any of the Manotel hotel restaurants.
The room was on the 8th floor and had a balcony and a view across the city to the lake so we decided to stay and just live with the early wake up call from the sun. The room had great air-con which was needed as the temp was 33 degrees both days.
Breakfast was pretty good but this hotel seems to have large coach partief of Japanese tourists so you need to time it right. One pleasant surprise was the option to have breakfast in your room at no extra cost.
The hotel has free wifi and they also allowed us to check out at 5pm rather than noon so they definitely tried hard to make up for the difficulties with the scaffolding.
In summary I think the Manotel will be a good hotel from Aug onwards, once the window replacement is complete. Until then I would suggest that if you are worried about noise and disturbance then look elsewhere. The service was excellent, location ok but it wasn't the ideal relaxed stay we would have liked.
Overall a good experience
Stayed at this hotel for two nights in late June 2006. First impressions were not great, as it bills itself as a four star hotel so we were expecting something a bit special, but we didn't get it. It's a good three star hotel. Receptionists were courteous and efficient, although there was no offer of help with luggage when we arrived which was a touch disappointing (we had a lot), but then nothing to get too bothered about. The lifts are small and cranky, and really need replacing with proper doors that open automatically. Anyway, the room was okay - very clean, although definitely on the small side, oh and the fridge didn't work. Unfortunately it was set up for one person (only one bath/hand towel in the bathroom; one glass; pillow for one; etc) but this was rectified when we mentioned it to reception. Our bathroom was tiny. Breakfast in the hotel is fine - better than any we've experienced in comparable (3 star) hotels in Europe.
You'll experience a downside if you visit this hotel over the next couple of months, as they are changing all the outside windows in the hotel. The work is noisy and the workmen start early - not long after 7am, so if you're there on holiday then be prepared for early starts!
The hotel's location in the city is fine, although not in the old town where some of the main attractions are - it's about a half-hour walk to the cathedral, for example. The area it's in could be best described as a bit 'edgy' (typically true for any city district around it's main railway station), but we didn't feel threatened at all.
If you do choose to get a taxi from the hotel to the airport then flag one down on the street, but don't use the hotel's preferred service - it's terrible: arrived very late (with no apology), was over-priced and our driver was rude. He wouldn't even put the aircon on and it was 32 degrees C outside!
So overall we'd recommend this place as the basic offer is good, but don't expect any fancy extras or 'urban chic' as some of the pictures on their website might suggest, as you won't get this. Hope this helps.
My wife and I decided to go for a long weekend and chose this hotel having reviewed reports from previous guests. Our flight meant us arriving quite late and, on arriving at reception, I tried to book us in, in my appalling schoolboy French. The receptionist asked for my name in perfect English and had us booked in and in our room in record time.
We went to the bar and decided to buy a bottle of wine, only to be profusely apologised to, as they did not have a full bottle chilled, they then gave us a glass of fine Swiss white, which they did not charge us for as they did not have a full bottle we requested.
The entire stay was a continual encounter with superb staff, who could not do enough for us. From directing us to various trips, to providing facilities to change, some 12 hours after checking out, their polite friendly manner has left us on a high ever since.
The room was of a more than adequate size, while the comfort and cleanliness was beyond reproach. Breakfast, which was greeted by the friendliest "Bonjour" I have ever received, had a good selection and only the grumpiest, fussiest eaters could not find something delicious to eat.
If you're travelling in from the airport, don't waste your money on a taxi, take the train, get a ticket from the machine for CHF3 (c. £1.50) and you'll be in Geneva central in 10 minutes. Come out of the front door and turn left, the hotel is a couple of hundred yards on the left.
If you're out for the day, get a 0900 to 2100 ticket from any ticket machine and jaunt around the city on bus, train, tram and water taxi for CHF7. For the really adventurous, take a number 8 bus to the very end of the route. Walk the short distance to the cable car (which is in France, but takes major credit cards - if you don't have Euro's) to the top of Mt Saleve, from where you can get a fantastic panoramic view over Lac Leman and Geneva! While you're waiting for the bus back, if you've time/ inclination, wander up the street opposite and you'll find a real live country bar/ restaurant which serves the finest coffee ever!
Love this hotel
I've stayed at this hotel numerous times and was particularly impressed during the last visit. It has been completely updated and looks fantastic. The rooms are large and tastefully decorated. The self-serve breakfast is great with a wide variety of choices. Wireless internet was available free of charge. The staff are always friendly and helpful and the location is great. I highly recommend it.
Staff extremely helpful and friendly. Huge breakfast included in room price. Room very modern and stylish with dark wooden floors, mirrors, huge bed and very spacious (also a reasonable storage space). Great lighting. Reastaurants near by ( 200 metres walk from hotel). Veeeery fast internet connection in business room (only one PC but hey it works and is on 24 hrs a day). 2 minutes walk from central station, supermarkets etc... 10 mins walk from lake Leman. Very good rate for Geneva standards and I was there in high season. I highly recommend it.
Nice but small rooms
Just a quick note. Nicely appointed hotel but the bedrooms seem rather small. The bathrooms are of the new 'modern' minimalist (but totally impractical) type with no shelves or other storage areas. Room and bathroom were very clean (but that is what you expect in Switzerland!)
No restaurant but there is a very nice breakfast room - again very modern and well appointed.
Location is very good as it is near the lake and centre of town.
We stayed in the Auteuil in October 04 for five nights. It was a base while travelling in Switzerland. It's location is great. Do not waste taxi money from Geneva airport, the hotel is less than five minutes walk from Geneva train station and the train service is fantastic in Switzerland. We paid for a taxi and it was equivalant to €30.00 where as a train journey was CHF 260 one way. The hotel is also just near Mont Blanc quay and the main shopping streets. The hotel itself is not like a 4 star and more like a 3 star. The Royal is two doors down. The Auteuil has no restaurant for evenings or lunches, it just serves breakfast which is great (excellent value). It has a very small bar with just a few stools in it. We ate in the Royal twice and the food is lovely. For the difference in the hotel rate, the Auteuil is fine. I would not justify paying the price of the rooms in the Royal. The bedrooms are a nice size and a good bathroom. The bathrooms have a shower over the bath and the door of the shower does not open, so getting in and out of the shower is a little dangerous. If you are getting on in years, I would specify a different bathroom.
The reception staff were ok, not over friendly and did not help too much with information etc. We had to find everything out ourselves. Luckily the tourist office is very near again. Over all I would stay here again but not if I was looking for a top class hotel. The location is great and there are plenty of restaurants in Geneva.