I hate to beat up on this hotel so badly, because the front desk staff were rather pleasant, but it just put a bad taste in my mouth. Walking from the main train station should have been easy, but I messed it up. I knew it was next to the Mandarin Oriental but didn't realize it was up some stairs at the end of a bridge.
Upon entering, the place reminded me of a Bronx housing project. There is a number pad at entry, because, after 7pm, there may or may not be anyone at reception (they said they definitely close by 10pm). Check-in was easy and I went to my room. My housing project image continued as I walked up some tired looking stairs into a bank of rooms. I opened my room and was a bit further let down. The room just seemed barren. It wasn't small, but the walls were old looking and basically empty. There was a card table along one wall with a few brochures. The sink looked newer, but the mirror area also looked old and crackling. I almost didn't notice the bathroom, which is a roughly 5x5 room hidden away by a wooden board that you roll back and forth, open and close. Nothing wrong with the bathroom, and they do provide separate soap and shampoo.
I felt a bit odd there at night. The rooms are kind of like rooms in an old house (which is kind of the vibe you get in your bank of rooms) and noise travels. A few people were coming or going late at night, and one night I was woken up and a bit freaked out. I just felt a bit unsecure. I don't think that was a legitimate concern, but the whole place gave me an odd feeling.
My advice is, if you're going to Geneva, spend the extra money and do it right. I would not recommend someone stay at this hotel. Considering the Four Seasons was going for CHF1000 the nights of my stay, maybe I got a good deal, but I would have rather paid a bit extra somewhere else. The location is halfway decent, although there's only one direction to walk, really (towards town; the other direction seems dead and a bit seedy). The neighborhood felt safe at night as there is a luxury hotel just next door.
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