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Hotel & Residence La Villa du Lac
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Divonne-les-Bains
Reviewed 28 July 2011

The hotel is 20min drive from Geneva airport and is priced much better than any hotels nearby Geneva. Located just across the lake on the outskirts of Divonne a lovely small little French village full of tourists on the weekends. One could stay in apartments with kitchenette or in a standard hotel room. I stayed in both on two separate ocassions. Apartments were very basic, however clean. There were lots of families with many kids. You need to pay extra for breakfast and spa if you stay in apartments. Second time I booked standard room as the apartments were not available. To my surprise the room turned out to be much nicer than the apartment, everything looked more new, nicer towels, nicer bedsheets, enough space in the bathroom. No complaints really about the room, which was cleaned very well daily and towels changed any day we wanted. Free internet cable connection in the room, free parking. Breakfast is ok, nothing fancy, however nothing to complain about either. Reception staff was helpful even though I had absolutely no French. I used spa once, which I found a bit too small and not worth paying extra if you're staying in the apartment. I did not use the restaurant for evening meals or lunches so I cannot comment on this. I would recommend as a good alternative for staying in much more expensive Geneva. Divonne has its undisputable charm with its lake and streams going through the village.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

Kid friendly apartment style hotel outside of Geneva/Nyon. La Villa du Lac is located across the street from Lac Divonne, and next door to a very huge kid park called Forestland, and within walking distance of beautiful Divonne, France (which by the way, has the best farmers market around on Sundays). The hotel has studio, one and two bedroom bare bones apartment style rooms.
Our one bedroom had a small mini kitchen w/ fridge, a kitchen table for 4, a double pull out couch, coffee table. ancient tv, two single beds in the bedroom and a small patio with a plastic table and 2 chairs. The hotel provides you with bare necessities such as 4 towels and bed linens, which are changed one a week along with a quick sweep of the apartment. Washer and dryers are provided near the entrance to the building. Vacum cleaners and a broom/dust pan are provided in the room.
They also have a continental breakfast each morning in the restaurant which has pancakes, sausages, yummy baguettes and croissants.
The hotel does have a small pool, but children are only allowed in after 7:30 at nite as to not disturb the spa guests.

Room Tip: I had to call to get the dates I needed, as the website said the dates were unavailable.
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 May 2011

La Villa du Lac is located in a sleepy French town just across the border from Geneva, Switzerland. It makes a good and much cheaper alternative to staying in Geneva, being only 15 minutes to Geneva airport and ten minutes by taxi to Nyon for the railway line into Geneva. Reception was attentive and welcoming; the restaurant meals were much better than I have had at Geneva hotels, and they have a large airy conference room for meetings. Yes, the bedroom corridors and even the rooms themselves look and feel a bit like a barrack block. But everything worked, was clean, and the beds were comfortable. You can get BBC World on the TV and I was supplied with free internet access (but I don't know if everyone would get that). The main lunches adn one evening meal I had were excellent, including carpachio and what I was told was kangaroo. There is a spa but I was too busy to try it. For the money and location the hotel is good value - and I had no complaints whatsoever. The local taxi service, Monsieur Lion, to Geneva Airport was very efficient.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 14 April 2011

We stayed two nights in the Villa du Lac hotel in Divonne Les Bains. Being so close to the Alps, we were expecting something more picturesque and less usual. The hotel is okay-ish, close to the Lac, having combined weirdly concrete to nature, not taking advantage to its location and closeness to the lake. The spa is low class. Hotel is used by cabin crews for the Geneva airport. Basically, it does not have charm and looks a bit like a pension house. Hence, my comment, that it does the job, but that's it. Bed is good.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank philippeenrique
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Reviewed 3 April 2011

OK 3 star hotel, nothing really wrong about it. The electric air heater in bathroom was weird, and no manual available how to operate it. Breakfast more towards 2-star hotel.
Nothing special...

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled on business
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Thank Kasparainens
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Reviewed 16 September 2010

The hotel is very modern and has a great location at a beautiful lake. The driving time from Geneva airport is about 20-45 minutes depending on traffic. The rooms are well equipped and offer elegant comfort. MIne had a balcony which was quite nice. The Spa is small and the gymn is also very tiny. People were very nice there and tried to fullfil any of our requests. You can walk to several other restaurants and attractions in the small town of Divonne.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 18 August 2010

The hotel is absolutely lovely. Thanks to our navigation system we had no trouble finding it. It is nicely located near the centre of the gorgeous village of Divonne-Les-Bains (10 mins. walk) and just a short stroll from Lac Divonne, a beautiful small lake.

The reception area is modern and welcoming. The staff at reception were very friendly and professional they answered all our questions in a friendly manner. But for some reasons they all were not wearing name badges. A pity if you want to compliment a certain member of staff.

The rooms are nice, modern and well equipped with a TV, phone, minibar and free Internet access. Our room was fairly spacious with a nice, clean and big bathroom as well as a small balcony facing the front of the hotel (rooms facing the back even have lake-view) every thing was nice and clean except for some small stains on the wall.

The spa is nice but small but it was lovely to relax and you get free bathrobes just bring your own slippers or you have to buy them there. We did not use any of the treatments though.

Now the only downside.

DO NOT HAVE BREAKFAST!

It is absolutely not recommendable. We arrived at 9.30 and breakfast was advertised till 10 but all the hot food was gone already when we asked we were told that hot food is finished already. So we had a bit of bread and coffee but both had no taste what so ever. We had to ask for cutlery and juice glasses. The cutlery arrived after 5 minutes but we never got any glasses even after asking all three members of staff. I think they were completely understaffed and the staff that was there was extremely unprofessional.

After complaining at reception we were not charged for breakfast. Which was very nice of them.

In general it can be said the hotel is great value for money and it's nicely located. Very nice for a weekend getaway.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: 93 Chemin du Chatelard, 01220 Divonne-les-Bains, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Ain > Divonne-les-Bains
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Divonne-les-Bains
Price Range: £80 - £138 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel & Residence La Villa du Lac 3*
Number of rooms: 88
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Villa du Lac is a unique and residential complex in a green environment and nearest Divonne lake. An ideal place to relax and host private dinners, business meetings and banquets. ... more   less 
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