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.
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