"Beautiful hotel in a great location"
We visited Geneva on a short break in December for my husbands birthday as he had one a free nights stay at this hotel. The hotel was really lovely we had what I think was a junior suite which was really lovely and felt very royal. The hotel staff were all really helpful and nothing was too much trouble. The room was stylish, very clean and we had lovely toiletries which we used as we were travelling hand luggage only so we didn't take much in the way of toiletries. The location is good only a few minutes walk from the main station. Also on check in the hotel gave us a card that entitled us to travel but tram, bus or the yellow boats across the lake for free, so this a great bonus for getting around and seeing the city. The only reason I haven't given the full 5 stars is because I felt the breakfast let the hotel down, there was nothing royal about it. Virtually no hot food other than toast and hot drinks. Although the Swiss hot chocolate was fantastic. There was a limited choice of hams, cheese and breads. A few pastries, cereals, boiled eggs juice and fruit. If I had been paying for breakfast I would have felt I had been ripped off as it wasn't what I would expect of a good hotel breakfast, it was at best adequate. We sat next to some American travellers who also weren't impressed! Such a shame because the hotel itself was lovely.
"excellent pre new year break"
We stayed for 1 night only between christmas and new year. We did a very late booking on hotel`s own website. On arrival at the airport you can collect a free travel ticket which provides travel to the centre. We took the train which takes about 6 minutes and the hotel was a 5 minute walk or 1 tram stop. The check in was excellent. The reception guy explained alot about Geneva and what to see in our short stay there. He was very pleasant and helpful. The room was fine but extremely hot. The thermostat was set to 25 degrees and despite turning it to 5 degrees and opening a window it took a considerable time to cool down. It was like a sauna and very uncomfortable. The only other issue was tea bags. We like our tea. There were 4 tea bags and only 1 was black tea. There were other types such as green and camomile. There was only dried creamer and no milk. Having used the 1 tea bag between us on arrival there were no more tea bags for the evening or following morning. We phoned reception and were told that we had to pay for more tea bags! We were told that a member of staff woud bring them to our room. This never happened. My husband went to the bar and the young man gave him 4 breakfast tea bags and a jug of fresh milk which we could keep in the fridge. Despite these 2 small issues, we would highly recommend this hotelfor cleanliness, location, price and the excellent staff. A free travel card is given on arrival at reception which is useful and we enjoyed walking around the old town. We would highly recommend although we did not eat at the hotel.
"Comfortable & Friendly"
I have to say I enjoyed my stay. When I entered the staff were really friendly, greeted me and helpful. They told them I'm exploring Geneva and really took a keen interest to help me and left the desk with all the maps under the moon and local attraction points. The room was comfortable, clean and pratical. Maybe a little small, however, no issue for a couple. I liked the link of the hotels giving you discounts to their network or places to eat which was really handy. Would consider here again 100% or a hotel of the same network.
"Luxurious and elegant rooms"
We booked a suite and it was beautifully decorated and quite large. The staff were all very friendly and professional. The hotel was also in a great location which made getting around very easy. I don't know what standard the regular rooms are not their price but the suites are a good value for an expensive city like Geneva.
"Business or Leisure"
I stayed here for four nights in December with my husband and 6 year old daughter. I booked this hotel because it was reasonably priced (by Geneva standards) and near to the train station. Check in was fast and efficient and we were given maps and the man checking us in was able to answer all my questions about places to visit and how we would get there, which buses to take etc. We had an executive room on the 4th floor at the back of the hotel (not over the street). This room was spacious and comfortable with plenty of storage space, a safe, a TV with English channels including BBC1 and BBC2, a big comfy bed and a sofa bed. Very clean of course, maybe a little dark but not as bad as some hotel rooms I have stayed in. Wifi was good. Our room was very quiet. We didn't eat in the hotel so I can't comment on the food, the restaurant attached has very high TripAdvisor rankings and is probably excellent. There is a Lidl supermarket next door and a Coop opposite and there are plenty of places to eat nearby. We had a drink in the Lord Jim pub, the owner is very friendly, and we ate in Les Brasseurs opposite the train station which serves good food and beer and isn't too wildly expensive (again, by Geneva standards). This hotel is in a very convenient location. 5 minutes walk from the main Gare Cornavin train station, 10 minutes down to the lake, 15 minutes across to the main shopping street. There is a tram stop right outside the front door which can take you in to town or up to Nations and the UN and the Red Cross museum in a couple of minutes. The hotel gave us tourist transport cards which allow you to use all the local trams and buses free of charge. This includes taking the train to the airport (a journey of just 6 minutes) from Gare Cornavin. If you arrive in Geneva by plane, you can get a ticket from the machine located by the exit doors in baggage reclaim which entitles you to use the bus free of charge to get to your final destination. We took bus 10 which dropped off just the other side of the station. If you have children with you (or even if you haven't) the Natural History Museum (free entry) is well worth a visit, they have a good dinosaur exhibition on the top floor with several complete skeletons, similar to the NHM in London, but without the crowds. Also, in Parc du Bastions there is an ice rink which costs just 2 Swiss Francs including skate hire, we took our daughter three times, she loved it! We also took a trip on the cable car up Mont Saleve (13 CHF, cheaper if you pay in euros, family ticket available) which gives fantastic views of Geneva (on a clear day) and has waymarked walking trails. Take bus number 8 Veyrier Douane to the end of the line (free with your transport card) and your passport as Mont Saleve is over the French border. We also went to Montreux Christmas market (there doesn't appear to be much of a Christmas market in Geneva itself), on the other side of the lake about an hour away on the train. It's a lovely market and Santa takes his sleigh out for a test drive every day at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm (our daughter was unimpressed - "it's on a wire" she said!). However, a small bag of pick and mix sweets cost 10 CHF! If you intend to go it might be better to book your train tickets online in advance, I paid on the day and it cost me an absolute fortune, over £100 return for the three of us. Overall we had a very relaxing stay at the Hotel Royal, Geneva is a very pleasant city, clean and safe with excellent co-ordinated public transport. I would recommend this hotel, it suits people on business as well as on holiday, and I would stay there again if I returned to Geneva.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM