The Rex Hotel. I booked this through Last minute.com online with a Special Deal, be aware it was not what was really advertised and I thought I was going to get.
The price was 40% discounted from the usual advertised rate which is not surprising as the hotel is in the middle of high rise apartments/housing estates and not really a clean area.
The room for a 4* was quite small, it had a very uncomfortable bed with 2 small pillows. Nice bathroom but the bath but too small to relax in. Dirty carpet and the view from my window was of a flat/corrugated roofs and a motorbike garage. It did have a safe which was a good point.
I am not sure if the grading of the hotel is correct, maybe a 3*.
The staff were very helpful during my stay.
I did not eat in the hotel so I cannot comment on the food.
To get to the main part of town for bars etc. is a good 15 minute walk down a main road which is not very pleasant in the evening. Get a cab or use the free bus/tram card they give you at the hotel.
I will add, take plenty of money. Get Swiss Francs not everywhere took Euros.
Airport to the hotel approx. 40 Swiss Francs (£27), hotel to the airport 30 Swiss Francs (£20). Maximum 10 minute drive.
Found a couple of bars near the lake The Grand Duke and The Clubhouse. Both serve an excellent pint of Guinness and Boddingtons. Well worth a look. Both have Sky sports and a game on Saturday afternoons. Beer averaged out at between £6-7 per pint.
I had an Indian for myself one evening (starter, curry, rice, nan & a drink) was approx. 50 Swiss Francs (£34).
Plenty of pizza, kebab and McDonalds in the city.
Once you have walked around the lake in Genève not much else to see. 2 days was more than enough for me. Some great views of the mountains by the lake.
Check that if you do book a room it comes with breakfast and the city tax is paid (approx. 10 Swiss Francs). Brush up on your French as well.
I took a chance on a Secret Escaped and it backfired on me, others may have had better luck.
I won't be chancing a Secret Escape again.
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