The Kipling Hotel (part of the Manotel chain) is in the Paquis district of Geneva. An extremely helpful, friendly and multi-lingual staff, tastefully-appointed rooms and great location (a few blocks from Cornavin, the principal train station and literally down the street from the main EuropCar office) make The Kipling a real find. While it is not cheap, it is nowhere near the price of other Geneva hotels and the whole vibe is younger and more welcoming. Plus, as the name implies, it is a shrine to all things Rudyard-esque, but without being at all kitschy.
Rue de la Navigation 27, 1201 Geneve, 41 22 544 4040, www.manotel.com/kipling
Altho' it is expensive (around £100/night for the room) the hotel is actually pretty cheap for Geneva. This is because it is in a dodgy area (the Paquis), but only by Swiss standards - it felt remarkably safe to me by day or by night. Rooms are spacious, there is a fitness room (basic weights and CV) and it's down a quiet side street so you can sleep peacefully but it is literally a minute or two to the tram or to the lake. Plus reception are super friendly and helpful (and don't laugh at your French!). All hotels in Geneva give you a free travelcard and a good map so you are free to wander around on the airconditioned trams marvelling at a country where everything works!
18, rue Richemont
Tel.+41 22/ 544 66 66
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