The hotel is about 5 minutes’ walk from the station and a few minutes to Lake Geneva and the public transport boats (mouettes - seagulls). If arriving by air, you can get a free ticket for the 8 minute train journey from a machine in the baggage reclaim area. When you check in you will get free transport tickets for the whole of your stay! The hotel has two entrances, of which the nearest to the station is on Rue de Neuchatel, which is a reasonably nice street with restaurants and shops. The other (main) entrance is on Rue de Berne, which is one edge of the red light district. The hotel consists of 2 towers, one on each street, with reception in the middle. The gentleman on reception was very nice and made quite some effort to explain to us various aspects of Geneva with the help of a map. There are two lifts which are efficient but tiny – just room for two people and hand luggage!
Apart from a bit of superficial damage to the paintwork, the room was very nice and the bed was huge and firm but comfortable. The bathroom had a shower (plenty of hot water in a morning) and a hairdryer and was just big enough. There was a smallish TV with no English channels. There was a safe, but no kettle or fridge (I believe they are available in the more expensive rooms). There was free Wi-Fi in the room of variable speed. There is air conditioning, but it was set to heat for the winter and the room was quite warm enough. Breakfast was fine. The cold buffet consisted of juices, cereals, yogurts, croissants, meats, cheeses, tea/coffee and hard boiled eggs on request. The quality was quite good. The hotel is well placed for sightseeing, with a lot of bus/tram lines going past the station.
The room window was double glazed, which was just as well since our room faced on to Rue de Berne and there was some noise from time to time during the night, though generally not too bad – we had asked for a quiet room and were given the highest floor possible for the price. The receptionist told us the hotel could be noisy from guests at the weekend.
The main problem with Geneva is the cost of eating. A simple main course (eg burger/pizza/pasta) and a drink is going to cost £20 per person. Two nice places near the hotel are Diner American Dream across the road from the back entrance, which has a good atmosphere, and the more traditional Au Petit Chalet, which is a brief walk along Rue de Berne.