Geneva - which area to stay with kids
Replies: 1 - Last Post: Nov 22, 2012 5:50 AM Last Post By: eclipsepearl
Nov 21, 2012 11:25 AM
Geneva - which area to stay with kidsWe will be in Geneva for 2 days at the end of December and wondering what the best area of the city is best to stay in. i.e. Left Bank vs Right Bank?
It will be myself, husband and two kids ages 6 and 8. We are looking for somewhere central that is accessible to sites and restaurants on foot or by public transport.
Any specific recommendations for hotels would be welcome as well. We are hoping to keep it under $250/night for the 4 of us. A couple options that look good are the Hotel Auteuil, Hotel Kipling, EastWest Hotel and Hotel Jade. Any thoughts on these or other hotels would be great!
Nov 22, 2012 5:50 AM
1Do they refer to a "left" and "right" bank in Geneva? In any case, it doesn't matter. You want as central as reasonably possible. Use these parameters; no further out than the train station or the Hotel Wilson. Four Seasons and Hotel de la Paix are not in your budget but those are ideally located so look around those two.
On the south side of the river, there are a few very reasonably priced hotels but they involve somewhat of a walk or tram ride (Pax).
Our son's Bar Mitzvah was held in Geneva so we stayed in a number of hotels during our many visits, as well as got reports from the guests. The Hotel Auteuil had really small rooms. I went to visit a girlfriend and her family there and they complained about the staff. But it looked clean and nice. Not sure how much better it would have been if they spoke French. It is on a busy street and doesn't have a view.
No one I knew of stayed in the Jade but my husband's cousin stayed in the Edelweiss, another Manotel like the Kipling, and they liked it very much. They were a family with two small children. EastWest gets good reviews but again, no one from our party stayed there.
A bunch of us stayed at the Warwick, which I can recommend. The higher floors sort of have a view and it's in a convenient location. The rooms were bigger than those in a lot of other hotels.
Be aware that very few hotel rooms can hold a foldaway bed. You may also look into apartment/hotels. My in-laws stayed in one, it was okay but well located but I can't remember the name. Alternate accommodation might suit a family better.
I trust Tripadvisor but unless you can find a review from a family, it's difficult to tell which hotels are best for families with young children.
(5 star Hotel)
From US$607.26 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$172.48 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$229.96 per night