Novotel Geneve Centre
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TravelPod Member ReviewsNovotel Geneve Centre Geneva
The Novotel Geneve Centre Hotel is worth all of its 4 stars. Clean, great service from front desk to the restaurant personnel and the maids. The bed is comfortable and the room is quite pleasant. Only a couple of blocks from Lake Geneva, lots of restaurants nearby with outdoor seating. Be sure to go to Restaurant Edelweiss, an authentic chalet with Swiss cuisine and live alpine music. It is close by. Also we took a boat cruise on the lake and enjoyed it. Great photo ops of the many important structures on the lake as well as the Jet d'Eau. One word of caution however, just 1 block away, behind the hotel, is the red light district with mildly unsavory characters milling about and loud music. This was not actually a problem at all because we walked through there inadvertently and were not hassled in any way.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Novotel Geneve Centre Geneva
The hotel's location is perfect. We walked to the old city, the train station and also the International Area. It's also easy to take public transportation to this hotel. The beds are very comfortable and it was easy to get no feather bedding which isn't always true in Europe. There are no beautiful views from this hotel but it's also not a high rise. The problem with the hotel room was it's bathroom. Everything was so modern you needed an engineering degree to figure out the faucets and the temperatures. The sink area slopes so there is very little room for placing personal cosmetics. The front desk staff had very few tourist brochures but they were willing to phone for information for me.
Pleasant Hotel in Geneva
Very pleasant hotel, close to the train station. Rooms are quite a good size, especially for Europe. The rooms were very clean.
Hotel reception was located down from street level, making it a bit awkward with luggage.
I did not use the restaurant, but it did serve all meals.
When I was there in October, 2005, renovation was underway which provided the only negative. Construction noises were heard before 9:00 am, contrary to the advice.
Many restaurants are close by, although the main shopping district is on the other side of the river (about a 10-15 minute walk).
The weekend special was good value, given that Geneva can be a very expensive destination.
I recently stayed at this Hotel will on a football watching visit to Geneva.
The hotel was everything that I expect from a Novotel, clean efficient, bar, breakfast and there were about 40 channels on the TV.
The reviewer who says it is not close to the railway station must have got lost, it was at the very most a 5 minute walk.
It is in a fairly good area for bars and restaurants and I would certainly stay here again
the room we stayed in was old but spacious. its not near the train station - about 20 mins walk. staff not friendly at all. i wouldnt stay there again.
Carpet in bedroom was SERIOUSLY stained...room very dark and with no view. Staff not helpful at all and quite rude really which is not in Geneva style at all. Room worn out and with just luke warm water if you're lucky (unbelievable for a hotel that rates itself as 4 stars). Appliances old and worn out in bathroom/shower and not working properly. Needs refurbishment. Pure robbery. No breakfast included and they asked for highest fare none the less. For the same price you can stay in the same location in a much more decent hotel with brand new furniture, wooden floors and great (!!) service and staff and royal breakfast included in price!! (=Hotel Auteuil, 3 mins walk down the road from Novotel). In a nutshell= a waste of money. Also no spa/fitness facilities. I do not recommend it.
Stayed here april 28 - may 1, 2005. Very good location between train station and lake. Modern hotel well kept hotel and rooms. I would stay here again if we came to Geneva. Great for runners because the promenade is about three blocks away.
The hotel in Europe that can sleep 4
We have just spent two nights at this hotel and would recommend it to others. The hotel was booked through Internet direct to its web site and it is the only Hotel that can sleep 4. We took our daughters with us and they shared our bedroom for free of charge. The room was very spacious with two king size beds. On the second night we requested another bed for our daughters because they didn't like sharing and there was still space left in the room. Housekeeping was very prompt and efficient; we needed things twice and they came up to the room within 5 mins. The location of the hotle was very good, less than 10 mins walk from the railway station (every train from the airport goes through the central station and it only takes 6 mins) and the lake. If you are a light sleeper, like myself, then this hotel is for you because it's off the main road and the bedroom doors are not sprung so you don't keep hearing people banging the doors, going in and out. It's been a thumbs up from us.
Good value for a 4 star business hotel
We (two female friends) spent 2 nights at the Novotel in Geneva, and found it good value for money. We paid CHF230 per night for two, a week-end deal. The room was spacious and confortable; not luxurious, but renovated within the last 2 years in contemporary colours (clotted cream and blues). We requested twin accomodation, and were pleasantly surprised to find the room had 2 double beds. The bathroom was newly renovated, and had a powerful haidryer. And all the amenities you'd expect from a 4 star business chain- voicemail, pay movies, internet access etc...The restaurant was surprisingly good. Location is very convenient, within walking distance from the business and shopping district and the Old Geneva. Other reviewers mention the proximity of the red light district as a downside, but its so tame and discreet we barely noticed it.
We visited Geneva for my birthday and stayed at the Novotel for 2 nights.
The staff were friendly and helpful. We booked a "City Tour" with them which is worth going on if you are short on time - 2 hour tour - 39SFr.
The room was quite large with two double beds and plenty of space around them. The only thing that wasn't to our satisfaction was the pillows had fresh air instead of filling in them - but lots of hotels are like that!
At breakfast there was plenty of choice. We didn't eat our evening meal in the hotel - there is a bar/restaurant virtually next door - Aleluja! Very friendly people and OK with children - just ask and they will do it!
The bar in the hotel was a bit expensive but this didn't spoil a nice stay!
Convenient, Clean, and Efficient
This hotel was convenient, clean and efficient. It is a business hotel that is centrally located. Staff was friendly, and helpful. Close proximity to Geneva's red light district is downside for those travelling with children (maybe more of an American observation?).
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What a fun day! I had hoped for a small tour group and there are 12 hearty souls here at the Novotel Geneve Centre Hotel. Perfect. Our guide is Olga who is knowledgeable, fun and has a great sense of humor but is serious about her job to inform us and take us to nifty places in Geneva. The 12 of us met in the lobby this morning after a good …
... airport via the train. So easy and handy. And, as today is hot, hot, hot, I'm appreciating the AC. The weather this summer in Geneva has been amazing and the 35+ temperatures should be good prep for what's to come! Sad to leave home (and Craig). When I get back, summer will be ...
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... people here and much more multi cultural than the rest of Switzerland. There is also a wider selection of restaurants/cafes and shops. But of course everything still runs on time and people are polite.
With only an overnight here I had quick wander around the city to see the main sites. I first walked across to see the fountain in Lake Geneva which is really an outlet pressure tap for the water company which has been turned into a ...
... It was free entrance so we felt it was okay.
The botanical gardens were neat, big conservatories with palm tress and such were everywhere but being March I am sure it is much more impressive in the warmer months.
We finally found the UN buildings but, turns out the visitor entrance is another half a kilometer away. We kept walking and walking and eventually we just gave up and laid on the grass. The sun was so warm and we all just lounged and rested ...