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“Quirky and wonderful”
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Hotel Carmen
Ranked #66 of 105 Hotels in Geneva
Certificate of Excellence
Oxford, United Kingdom
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143 reviews
110 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Quirky and wonderful”
Reviewed 14 August 2013

I stay at the Carmen virtually every time I visit Geneva. You could end up with an enormous room, or quite a small one. Sometimes there'll be a separate bathroom; other times there will be a strange little pod attached to the room. The decor is basic; the beds firm; the towels a little worn. But the welcome is always effusive and the price is excellent in what is a very, very overpriced market.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Campo Mourão, Parana, Brazil
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 July 2013

When arriving in Geneve I discovered Carmen Hotel by chance. It is a small hotel, but with the friendly, helpfull and trustfull staff. The rooms are big, comfortable and very clean. Besides, the hotel is very well located, next to everything a tourist and a student needs to. Ah, the last, but not the least, it is cheap, considering the prices of hotels in Geneve. Whenever I need to, that's the place I expect to stay.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
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Princeton, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2013

Getting a room for 4 people is so difficult and expensive in Geneva and thanks to TripAdvisor we tried this hotel. Very central location with Trams just across the street. Basic but clean room, good breakfast, friendly staff, Free Wifi.What else can you ask for at the budget price? Street noise from near by Bars till late at night is a botheration if you are a light sleeper.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank SriGa
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Bucharest
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2013

I have to travel very often to Geneva and I stayed in plenty hotels in that city. Still, I always try booking a room in Hotel Carmen, due to its excellent emplacement, friendly staff and very important, priced paid.
In general, for hotels less than 160 CHF/day you can have no pretention, almost all being very expensive and with rooms below those of hotels from other cities. This is pretty normal while Geneva is a quite small city but headquarters of many UN and other key international entities, also hosting major international events, request for hotels being very high and often hard to find free rooms.
Hotel Carmen, a budgt hotel is extremely well set, in Plainpalais, at walking distance to cathedral and old city, commercial street, Carrouge, university etc. Nevertheless, it is more useful to use the tram and bus stations which are at 1 minute distance. A great facility of all hotels in Geneva is providing a free public transport card for the entire period of stay in the hotel.
Obviously, Hotel Carmen gives this card, so in less than 10 minutes you can be by tram to Cornavin Railwaystation and in 15 minutes to UN Plaza.
Likewise, Hotel Carmen provides different types of rooms, with prices between 68 to 156 CHF, and during the years I have stayed in all those types. No matter the price paid, all are very clean and the towels are daily changed. In addition, some rooms have balconies, so there you can smoke, another option for smokers being the lounge located near reception.
With the 68 CHF room, Hotel Carmen is the cheapest I found in Geneva and certainly the priced paid is more than friendly, particularly being in mind its great emplacement. Even in neigbouring France is hard to find hotels at the same price and the draw-back of staying in France while visiting Geneva is the lack of the free transport card supplied by the hotels in Geneva.
If you plan a visit in Geneva and you look for a budget but clean and well located hotel, then Hotel Carmen is the perfect choice.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled on business
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New Delhi
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105 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2012

I have stayed in this hotel many many times since 2008 and have seen the remarkable improvement in the facilities. The owners and staff are wonderful - friendly, polite and helpful. It has wifi connection for the last few years and the speed is good. The rooms are neat and clean. The breakfast is basic. The hotel is in a location that is well connected (but you could say that of most hotels and places in Geneva with its excellent public transport system).

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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Athens, Greece
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195 reviews
61 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2011

Polite staff; good central location near the university and the old city. A 20-minute walk to the principal museums and the cathedral of the city, this hotel may suit the budget conscious. Breakfast is fine, but rooms cramped and antiseptic. In-room toilet more resembles a porta-potty than a real bathroom. No charm, but not pretentious. It is what it is!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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London, UK
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15 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2010

A little basic but got everything you need. Competent, courteous staff. I had a clean spacious room. Hair dryer provided and a good sized shower, although it was a little awkwardly build into the room. It's a bit of a walk to the city centre but good transport links with the trams. Breakfast is not a buffet but is perfectly adequate.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled solo
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Property: Hotel Carmen
Address: rue Dancet 5 | 1205 Geneve, Geneva 1205, Switzerland
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Region: Switzerland > Canton of Geneva > Geneva
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #66 of 105 Hotels in Geneva
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Carmen 2*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is located in the neighbourhood of Plainpalais where are the principal Faculties of the University of Geneva, the Hospital, the Sport Center of Vernets and the Grand Theatre of Geneva. The hotel Carmen welcomes you and offers you rooms for any budget. Thanks to the proximity with the public transports and their free access for our guests, you will be able to reach the Leman Lake or the city center in 10 minutes and the international organizations in 20 minutes. ... more   less 
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