Hotel Review: Crowne Plaza, Geneva


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Switzerland is expensive. And if you’re in need of a hotel, be prepared to shell out a lot. If an airport hotel is needed, then you’ll be paying even more. One night at the Crowne Plaza Geneva was going for well North of £225 for the night. The nearby Holiday Inn Express was a similar price.

Luckily, the high prices were only reflected in the local currency. Using IHG points, I was able to avoid paying anything at all for the evening, and instead pay 30,000 points for the night instead.

Location

Whilst advertised as the Crowne Plaza Geneva, the hotel is situated around a fifteen minute walk from the airport. There is also a shuttle provided, but if it’s not actually ready and waiting at the airport, then it’s quicker to walk.

Crowne Plaza Geneva

Arrival 

Due to the late arrival of my flight from Lisbon, I didn’t arrive at the hotel until gone midnight. This wasn’t an issue however, and I was welcomed back – despite not staying here for around two years. One minor point however was that like most hotels, they decided to take a pre-authorisation on my card. As some of my more frequent readers will be aware, this is one of my pet hates about hotels. And like most other occasions, no mention was made about how much they were going to take. I was just presented with the card reader. In this case, it was 100CHF, which worked out to around £85.

Crowne Plaza Geneva Lobby
Lobby as seen the following day

The Room

My room was located on the fifth floor. It was pretty much how I remembered it from my previous visit.

lift
Corridor

It was your standard cookie cutter layout. As you enter, the bathroom was on the right hand side.

Crowne Plaza Geneva Bathroom
Amenities
Bathroom amenities
Tap

To the left, was a small closet area complete with and iron and ironing board. Next to this was a safe along with a tea/coffee tray.

Wardrobe
tea

The room itself featured a queen sized bed.

Crowne plaza Geneva bedroom
Crowne plaza Geneva bedroom

On one side there were a selection of power points. To the other, there was a European power point underneath the bed. Ready and waiting on the bed was the standard Crowne Plaza sleep spray.

sleep spray

There was a small chair and footstall.

In the corner of the room, there was a decent sized work space with powerpoints nearby.

Underneath this area was the mini bar.

minibar

There was also a complimentary bottle of water provided.

water

My thoughts

If I had paid over £200 for this place, id be disappointed. Although seeing as that’s how things are in Switzerland, it is what it is.

The proximity of the Crowne Plaza Geneva to the airport is handy, although you won’t be able to reach central Geneva without relying on public transport.

The hotel itself is a good option if you’re able to get it for a good price. It has been refurbished in the last few years and whilst it isn’t exactly brand new, everything is still in good working order and more importantly, clean.

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