Hotel Royal - Manotel Geneva
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The 5 hour drive to Geneva was just as picturesque as the drive from Innsbruck to Venice. The scenery was so beautiful. It was a mix of mountains, lush greens and even snow at the top of the peaks! My favorite part of a lot of these drives has been the old castles that are built into the cliffs of the mountains. I want to tour one eventually. We …
Our first day of real rain and it doesn't look like its going to go away. Well, we just had to gear up and get on with the plans - a 42km bike ride around the lake. My run in Lyon had started my cough up again and I was sure it was the polluted air so I was keen to get out and exercise in this beautiful clear mountain air and suck it in, so we set off at noon to 'do the loop'. It wasn't cold and only a fine rain so we were able to shelter easily, keeping dry until we got ...
Got up and had breakfast in hotel. Bread toast orange coffee. Lovely breakfast. Drove through beautiful mountains to Grenoble and then onto Annecy. Got hotel Best Western. Lovely room. Bought milk in Spar and food in garage. . Went for walk to old town. Had creeps. Cold Walked and sat by lake. Back to hotel. Lovely ...
Packed up and ready to move on, we got reception to ring and book us in for lunch at Le Musee, voted no 1 restaurant in Lyon by Trip Advisor. While the food has earned it michellin star rating, its the unique approach of the owner that gets it its rave reviews. When we rocked up at 12 noon, they were not ready so Luc took us out the back for a tour of his own troboule and in only 2-3 words of English explained its use in the resistance, the work of various tenants now, mainly ...
After our leisurely breakfast we had to wash our damp and smelly cycle kit from the last 4 days. We headed off in search of a launderette and were lucky enough to find one 5 minutes from the hotel. We agreed on £20 and left our six bags full and were told to return at 4:30. Lets hope they get it right. The weather was beautiful and warm for our walk around Geneva. One ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Royal - Manotel Geneva
We spent two nights at the Royal Manotel and found the service, accommodation and location to be superb. On check-in, we were upgraded to a junior suite as two conferences were being held in the hotel. The suite was very spacious with a lounge area, dining room table and a small kitchenette. The hotel was also within walking distance to the lake and Old Town. More importantly it was less than 5 minutes from the main train station allowing for easy access to the airport and other areas of the city and Switzerland.
I had somewhat unusual experience so let me start with the basics. the hotel is perfectly nice. Clean, well-cared for property that has been renovated in the last few years. There is a nice restaurant. The location is on a main street near the train station. Very good if you are in town to do business with one of the many international organizations (the Place des Nations is a 10-15 minute walk.
The Royal Manotel is a couple of minutes' walk from the train station and about 10 minutes walk from the lake and the Jet d'Eau. It's clean but the regular rooms aren't anything special for a European hotel and certainly you wouldn't pay this price for this level of room in London or Paris, but that seems to be the general situation in Geneva. The twin beds in the standard rooms were not very comfortable, and they were short! I'm only 5 foot 3 and the bed was barely long enough for me; a colleague staying in the same hotel who was 6 foot 2 had to sleep with his legs on top of the covers. If you're tall, try to get a room with a bigger bed than the standard twins. But if you go up a level or two, some of the rooms in the hotel are top-quality: another colleague had a suite which was big, comfortable, beautifully decorated, equipped with a kitchenette etc. The buffet breakfast was good with a variety of choices and the staff was pleasant, and they speak good English, which you can't take for granted in Geneva.
Comfortable transit hotel - excellent free WiFi Internet
Stayed at this hotel overnight on transit in Geneva. Great spot - about 100 metres from the train station, and 10 minutes walk from the Lake (downhill).
Nothing spectacular about the rooms, which are clean and comfortable.
Reception and other staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. Breakfast (included) exceeded expectations, with a separate buffet table for low-fat diners.
Best feature - free WiFi Internet access, accessible from the rooms.
I stayed at the Manhotel Royal at the end of May, 2005. I had a junior suite. Staff were helpful, the room was clean and decent and the decor was new. My junior suite had a separate kitchen with pots and pans, which I thought was a nice option. This is a centrally located, mid-range business hotel for people who want to be close to the train station and not spend as much as you need to spend for the hotels in higher categories. It has good facilities for the business traveler. It is not a luxury hotel: the food was mediocre, the views are poor, the decor in the rooms and in the restaurant is a little tacky, the hallways are a little depressing, the staff (except for the OUTSTANDING porter I had) lacks the demeanor of those at better quality hotels, and the clientele is a little downmarket, it appeared to me. This is a good place to stay if you want to make clear to a client, the government, a boss or junior employee that you care just about functionality and are not pretentious. For a nicer experience in Geneva at a similar price, book a small room at a luxury hotel.
A wonderful hotel!
Great hotel. Good restaurant, service, rooms etc. Also nice fitness centre and very handy for the lake, station, airport & town. Also liked the free internet access and WiFi in this hotel. FANTASTIC!
Top class hotel.........
Cannot fault this hotel. Fabulous. Everything you need. Good location - handy to the main train station where it takes 4 minutes on a train to the airport. Easy walk to the lake. Buffet breakfast was so good that we didn't need to eat all day. The staff couldn't do enough and all spoke very good English. Good value for money. Quite a large lift for a european hotel and large rooms with huge beds! Would gladly stay at this hotel again. Most floors are non-smoking which is a good thing as most people smoke in Europe.