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“Le Cenacle : basic (old rooms) vs villa”
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Le Cenacle
Ranked #85 of 105 Hotels in Geneva
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Le Cenacle : basic (old rooms) vs villa”
Reviewed 12 July 2009

I have somewhat special relations with Le Cenacle. I stayed there twice. First, when I came to Geneva to do my Phd and was looking for an apartment. Again, almost five years later, when I left my apartment there and was finishing last formalities with the university. So, Le Cenacle really frames that period of my life.

In 2003 I stayed in the older (and much cheaper part of the hostel). That part does not feel like a hotel, it looks like a very basic dorm, so do not expect much comfort. I stayed there for about 10 days (2 weeks?) and at times it was rather depressing. The doors and walls are not soundproof, so how quiet it is going to be depends solely on your neighbours (but this is not a place for stag parties, so most nights it was quiet, but not all of them). Breakfast was just very basic -- as far as I remember just bread, jam and butter (once jam was with mold though). Different types of people stay there, there are some 'weird' people who are probably there forever, some visiting students, foreign students on group trips, etc. You feel yourself like in a hostel, people are friendly and happy to chat (which is nice if you stay here for a period of time and do not know anyone in town) . It was clean enough, though dust bins and bed sheets were not changed frequently. The park around the place is rather nice and actually I liked the location (it is not very central, but not that far). And it was cheap. Now, in 2008 I stayed in the restored "villa' part (left from reception and upstairs). It was whole different experience. Beautiful building, view to the park, you really feel like you are leaving in a villa. It was quet, comfortable and nice. Even though the breakfast was exactly like before (but no mold this time) I would certainly recommend it. We (that stay was with my spouse) really enjoyed that stay (was it 4 days?). And the price for these villa rooms is also quite reasonable. If I am going to be in Geneva again, I will probably stay here again. My ratings above reflect both stays.

  • Stayed January 2008, travelled on business
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Reviewed 26 February 2009

my parents always stay here when they come to visit me in Geneva. They stay in one of the refurbished rooms in the old Villa, with private bathroom. (Other rooms have shared bathrooms). The price you will pay here is very rare for Geneva and the hotel is very well positioned and has a bus stop in front of the hotel that will take you in 5 minutes to city center!
I think this is a very good option if you are not looking for a fancy hotel, but only a clean room in a very good location!

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 December 2007

The rooms here are moldy. The staff is beyond rude, especially Marie. The breakfast is never kept up. It was always noisy with church people singing and waking everyone up. Yet they had terribly rude signs everywhere telling everyone else to be quiet. SO RUDE! I have never experienced such an awful staff anywhere, and not just hotels. AVOID AT ALL COSTS!!!!!

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled on business
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Property: Le Cenacle
Address: promenade Charles-Martin 17, Geneva 1208, Switzerland
Region: Switzerland > Canton of Geneva > Geneva
Amenities:
Kitchenette Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #85 of 105 Hotels in Geneva
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Le Cenacle 1.5*
Number of rooms: 67
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