Swissotel Metropole Geneva
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... the canal is built the old jail, now a restaurant, and this is the most photographed building in the town. Not that beautiful, but its location makes it very special. Following the path from here along the side of the lake, we made our trip in 4 hours but I had got a bit cold so a late afternoon nap wrapped in a doona was needed to warm me up. For dinner we headed out on the local bus to a renowned Fondue restaurant where we had a Rachellette. This is a wedge of cheese ...
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 ...
... s obviously a for bit of poverty but its also full of interesting little nooks. Anyway, out the other side of the city and heading for the mountains. It wasn't that far so we googled 'things to do on the way' and found a beautiful little medieval town to stop off at. Perouges was built as a replica of Perugia in Italy by some French nobleman returning from the city. On a smaller scale, it had lots of similarities. Spelt differently, they are said the same. There were a couple ...
... and gave us an opportunity to meet the new people that had arrived today. There are 12 new ones so we are now 18 as we head out on the final leg. James (yellowshoes), who I met on last years L2P, has now joined us so it will be nice to ride with him in the forthcoming days. Tomorrows ride contains 2 mountains to climb so it was a teetotal evening and early to bed in ...
After a good nights sleep we emerged from our room for an earlier breakfast. The weather was cold, wet and dark ! We set off just before 8 and within 1 mile we hit the first climb of the day, a long 14% climb that came as a shock to us without any warm up. The water stop was at 15 miles and then the climbing began proper. 10 miles of climbing led us to lunch and the hot soup was a grateful ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Swissotel Metropole Geneva
Lovely place to stay
Fantastic hotel. Had all the nice little touches such as decent toiletries, largish TV and even a TV in the bathroom!!
Staff were helpful, and the mirror cocktail lounge is amazing. It is quite expensive, but worth the few extra euros for some quite stunning cocktails (even the non-alcoholic ones which made a pleasant change!).
Would highly recommend this as a base to start or end a short trip to Geneva.
Make sure you check out the fountain opposite.
Swiss Obstacle Course
Stayed three nights at the Metropole in November 2005. The modestly sized room would have been fine, but for the fact that it was absurdly over-populated with furniture that was only really suitable for a space twice the size - don't try to navigate with the lights off, for sure. On the positive side, the staff were helpful and it's true that the hotel's location is superb. My wife was also very keen on the "mature" bar, which I guess means that she could drink champagne without being chatted up by teenagers. My real beef was, however, with the hotel breakfast which, as well as being predictably over-priced, was of utterly woeful quality. Better off with Starbucks down the road, methinks.
Stayed in this hotel for a weekend break and found everything about our stay excellent. Our room was a standard double room at the back of the building and was clean and comfortable. We had the breakfast both mornings and was very tasty with a great choice and fantastic service. My wife did complain about noise from a nightclub on the Saturday night and had problems sleeping, but I must confess I didn't hear a thing!! If I was going back to Geneva I would stay here again.
Comfortable and First Rate
I highly recommend this hotel. My husband and I spent four nights there last week with our college-age daughter, who is studying in Geneva this semester and was on spring break. Although booked into a lakeside executive room, we were upgraded to a junior suite, which was luxurious and provided plenty of space for the three of us. The bathroom was also spacious, with both a shower and a tub. The morning and evening concierges were extremely helpful in recommending restaurants and tours, and booking them for us. Location was ideal for us, on the lake, at a bus stop, near shopping and parks, and within easy walking distance to the train station. Although pricey, I felt it was well worth it for the location, space, amenities and service, and would stay there again.
We stayed in Metropole for 2 nights in Feb. after reading the reviews here and booked via expedia. I am glad to report the good comments here are generally true. The room faced the lake but not before the trees and the road. We did not see much of the lake because we were on the 1st floor and the view was blocked by the trees. Although the road was in front, we did not hear any noise as it was winter and there were double glazing windows.
In planning several trips in Europe, I always included a Swissotel property because of the consistent excellence of the product. It's a hit or miss proposition when booking numerous hotels sight unseen in unfamiliar countries, so its good to know you're guaranteed a quality experience.
I stayed at the swissotel for 1 night.Was lucky enough to get a lake view room, which was lovely and had a tv in the bathroom!
breakfast was lovely and all the staff were very helpful.
Would definatley stay again, excellent location as well.
I have just got back from a weekend away to Geneva. This was my first visit to this city and I have come back being very impressed, not only by the beautiful scenery, but also by the hotel.
December 2003: Decent service, but shabby rooms - my lakeview room had hosted a cigar-a-thon the night before and the one I was moved to was very shabby in a worn-out way. While the other reviewer had a better experience, I think a luxury traveler gets much better value at the Hotel du Rhone or Hotel des Bergues. I'd recommend this hotel only if the northern exposure was critical. Having said that, the front desk was enthusiastic, positive and effective. The concierge was so-so and the room service works. Crappy rooms, though...
A little switzerland in Geneva
We were in Geneva in the middle of a 100 degree heat wave. Everyone was grumpy. Windows smashed in the G-8 riots were unrepaired. Rude graffiti was everywhere. Streets were dirty. My husband's luggage was lost. We were not happy campers. The Hotel Metropole was just what we needed.
From the fluffy robe to the cosy slippers to the air conditioning to the concierge who seemed to be able to do everything a tired traveller would want, this hotel was just the ticket. The view was wonderful, but the service and luxury were superb --- all of which are generally lacking in Geneva. Les Armures had a great location. But sometimes a traveller needs total cossetting and this hotel did it better than anywhere we have ever stayed.