I had two weeks here. Overall, I found this hotel to be pretty good - for Geneva.
The room: well presented with eastern themed decor. It was reasonably spacious, but not large enough to easily live in for 2 weeks. The floors were wood; the windows opened (but out on to an ugly carpark); there was central heating/airconditioning. There was a minibar fridge (not always guaranteed in Geneva) and a flatscreen tv that received a few English language channels.
The bed: really quite firm, and was two largish singles pushed together (pretty much the norm for Europe, although I have no idea why they do this).
The bathroom: quite spacious and attractive, with a limited supply of toiletries. Shower over the bath. Actually this turned out to be a bit of a nightmare, as the drain was very slow. The bath filled up quickly, and could easily overflow. I could see evidence of previous floods. This was exacerbated by the angle of the shower head, and the inadequacy of the screen. When I mentioned this to the front desk, they agreed this was a problem, but no solution was offered.
The kitchen: yes, really there was one. I was surprised as I had been hunting for a place where I could self cater. (Having spent rather a lot of time in Geneva, I've been unimpressed by the restaurant food, service and prices.) The kitchen was behind a locked door, and consisted of a microwave, sink, tiny counter and fridge and what was the seriously the most impoverished set of kitchen utensils ever offered. And for this they were charging CHF46 per day. Needless to say, I found it easy to reject the offer of the 'kitchen', so they locked it up again.
The service: pleasant. However, the maid service varied tremendously, some were much more helpful than others.
Eating at the hotel: there seemed to be a bit of 'thing' about the special breakfast, so in the interest of providing a full review, I checked it out. Seriously, for CHF18, this was no bargain. I wouldn't recommend it. I could get wonderful Portuguese pastries and coffee for under CHF6 on rue de Lausanne (only a minute's walk away) at Sol Mel, or across the road from there, delicious tartine and freshly pressed juice for CHF9.
I'd say this place was pretty good for a short stay, not so great for anything longer. It fares well compared to other places I've stayed at in this city. Some reviewers comment on the neighbourhood. There is nothing to be concerned about. It is safe and a little colorful. It's not far from the lake, and there are some fairly good places to eat on rue des Paquis, a couple of blocks towards the lake. There are plenty of little supermarkets around, it's close to public transport and the train station (some okay spots for a snack there, now it has been refurbished). Others comment on the free public transport pass the hotel gives you. This is standard for Geneva, and you will get it at any hotel for the length of your stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A journey of discovery. India, the Orient and beyond. With its furbishings inspired by exotic lands, the Hotel Kipling takes you to another world, a profusion of fragrances, colours and sensuality. Located in the city-center, close to the train station and the lake. You can discover several category of rooms and our complimentary services (business center, wifi). We give you also a free public transportation card during all your stay. A bar, a meeting room and a parking lot are available on site and the restaurant Le Duo, 16/20 at Gault&Millau at the hotel Royal is very close to the hotel. ... more less
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