Swissotel Metropole Geneva
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... signing...no shoes on sale. I was amazed I gave a young girl some career advice and shortly afterwards she was singing my praise in some graffiti...see photo. The shop owners name was also Gary but I am sure the artist was thinking of me when she was painting.
It was also great to meet Catherine and Thierry's daughter Marion, and her boyfriend Julian. We will see them in oz in August / ...
... Ahhhh all of a sudden I can read the signs again.
A quick walk around Geneva and then we headed out for dinner. Thierry, our new neighbour in Melbourne, comes from a small village just outside Geneva. His wife Catherine is still living here until their youngest son finishes school. So it was great that Thierry was here on a weeks leave and we were all able to go out for dinner. We went to a great restaurant on the top of a mountain overlooking Geneva...see the photo ...
... giving one another creams to try and advice on outfits. They seem so comfortable, so close. Lots of joking and teasing. One of the joys of our time in Geneva was getting to know Ana. She is such a gem. So sweet, caring, intuitive, genuine. But relaxed as well. Just so easy to be around. When Kiyana was sick, I could not have asked for a better person to support me through it. I felt completely secure in the knowledge that whatever I decided was best for ...
... when we got off the Eurostar in Paris and it was bothering her. Didn't work, so we stopped on a little island in the middle of the river, and she laid down and rested her head in my lap. She seemed a bit better, so we started to walk again, but we didn't even make it to the other side of the bridge. We looked for a taxi and headed straight back to Jorge and Ana's in the hope that a ...
... take us to the museum the afternoon before. Nice guy. We communicated very well.
Got us to the train station by 7:00 am, but since departure was at 7:40 and they don't post the train departure track until about 20 minutes before...waited in the lounge. Interestingly enough, the departure track was right outside our door. Lucky. Found the first class cabin and got into it without breaking the handle on my new suitcase!!!
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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.