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Auteuil Manotel Geneva (Switzerland)

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The Hotel Auteuil Manotel Geneve is centrally located, just a few minutes from the bustling downtown Geneva, it is highly appreciated for its convenient location. The hotel takes pride in its friendly, personalized service.
102 rooms

Address: 33 Rue De Lausanne
Genf / 1201

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      12.04.2010 21:24
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      A fantastic hotel in a great location, a wonderful place to stay.

      I have just returned from a glorious long weekend in Geneva and this was one of the hotels we stayed in on our mini-tour of the region. We paid £101 for a standard double room via Hotels.com who seemed to be able to offer the best rates on this accommodation. Officially it is a 4 star but I would say its not very far off a 5 star at all.

      Very close to the main train station, literally a two minute walk down the same street the station is on, this hotel is signposted from right outside the station anyway. It looks quite grand from the outside and has a large flag flying with the hotel name on it so its pretty hard to miss.

      Inside the lobby everything is very swanky and modern feeling. To the left is a large, curved and contemporary reception desk, above which hang a number of black and white shots of various hollywood legends in and around Geneva. This is a nice, interesting touch and the theme continues on every available wall on the ground floor.

      We were checked in quickly and very efficiently by the lovely reception staff who all spoke fluent English. They also gave us our free 'Geneva Cards' which are the travel passes all tourists receive on checking into a Swiss hotel. This card is fantastic because it covers you for all public transport during your stay, up to and including the train back to the airport. This will save you a small fortune in this notoriously expensive city.

      Up the stairs from the lobby area is a small bar to the right and some lifts to the left. The lifts are absolutely tiny (seriously, two people and a suitcase is about the limit) and they seemed to be very slow when we were using them. As our room was only on the second floor we tended to just use the stairs as it was quicker.

      Once in our room it was patently obvious what you are paying for. Dark wooden floors in the highly stylish bathroom, massive sepia photographs of Geneva's architecture framed on the walls, a huge, high bed with masses of sumptuous cushions and a flat screen TV in the corner.

      Although the room looked out on to the main road the traffic noise was not too bad, it seemed that the glazing is thick enough to keep out the worst and I can honestly say I had one of the best nights sleep I have had in ages. Climate control in the room makes it very easy to achieve a temperature which suits.

      A mini bar contains all the usual suspects, but it is pretty expensive. A bottle of wine was 10 CHF and a beer was 8 CHF (current exchange rate is around 1.5 CHF to the £).

      The bathroom is spacious and contains lovely, spa quality miniatures, including a seaweed soap and rich body lotion. The shower is powerful and stays where it is angled which makes all the difference in hotel rooms, the only slight qualm I had with it is that its set pretty low so whilst it was fine for me (being pretty short) my other half had to physically hold it above his head to do his hair. There is an integral hairdryer, a godsend for me as I never carry one with me and generally have to let it dry naturally.

      All the staff we encountered were very courteous and friendly, provided tons of information on the local area and gave us discount vouchers for the attached restaurant. The atmosphere was blissfully peaceful and conducive to a good night's rest, we did not see or hear other guests late at night when we returned, neither did we hear any noise from the corridor during the night.

      We did not use the restaurant attached to this hotel as we considered it a little on the pricey side and breakfast was not included in our room rate. It looked very nice though and seemed popular with guests in the morning. There is also a fitness suite, free wi-fi and a car park with valet service.

      Generally we would never stay in a hotel this expensive, preferring to get by in hostels and spend our cash on other things, but we were at a loss on this particular night as Geneva is pretty short on options for those on a budget (although we did manage to get into the City Hostel for our final night - review to follow).

      We decided to splash out for once and felt that actually this place was worth the price tag. Yes, £101 is a lot of money for one night, but in context (especially against other Geneva options) it actually represents very good value for money. I felt like it really was a full on 4 star experience and was a luxury option with a boutique style and fantastic service.

      The location is also key for this hotel, you can't be better placed for downtown Geneva and proximity to the station. If you need somewhere convenient and thoroughly enjoyable to stay in Geneva then I would highly recommend this place (if your budget allows it).

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