Hotel Review: Hotel Pax, Geneva

Previous parts of this trip:

The first non IHG property of the trip!

Despite there being three IHG properties in Geneva, two of them were at the airport and the Intercontinental was not only way out of my price range but also a little way out of town.

By pure luck, as I was looking for the final few hotels for this trip around a month or so prior to departure, I had an offer from my bank saying that if I booked through Agoda, I would gain 10% off at certain properties. As I had no loyalty with Agoda, and you don’t generally get any loyalty perks when booking through a third party, it really didn’t matter where I stayed.

One of the better options in Geneva itself was the Hotel Pax. Not quite in the centre, but near enough. It received good enough reviews and (for Geneva at least) wasn’t too badly priced with the 10% discount.

Hotel Pax

Check In

I arrived at the hotel at around 19:30. There wasn’t actually anyone on reception, but there was a doorbell. I was checked in pretty quickly, and this being an independent place, no second swipe of the card was needed due to having already pre-paid. Which was lucky as my card that was reserved for the pre-authorisations was still maxed out due to none of them coming back from the USA yet. All that was left to pay was the city tax of 3CHF – which hardly broke the bank.

Hotel Pax reception

I must confess that the first impressions of the place weren’t brilliant. The lift was the real old fashioned type where you have to open and close the door yourself.

Hotel Pax corridor

The Room

My concerns were short lived however. Upon getting to my room, I was greeted with a decent sized room, that was clean and tidy.

Hotel Pax bedroom

Like the Holiday Inn in Miami previously on this trip, there were no hallways here. The front door opened straight on to the bedroom.


Along the wall opposite the bed was a fireplace with a good sized TV above it. First time I’ve had a fireplace in a hotel room!

Hotel Px fireplace

Along the other wall was a closet area, complete with fridge and tea/coffee making facilities. The tea and coffee was supplied at the front desk. I was given two for free. Any more would cost me 2CHF each. In the fridge was two free bottles of water.


Next to this was a balcony type area. It was a little on the small side to sit out on, but good enough for some fresh air.

Hotel Pax balcony

Also present was a desk area with a Nespresso machine.


In the far corner, there was an armchair.


Moving on to the bathroom. There was a decent sized shower which was very clean, along with the usual sink and toilet.

Hotel Pax bathroom

There weren’t any single use amenities present. Instead, there were large pump bottles.

Hotel Pax bathroom

My Thoughts.

The Hotel Pax is a very good independent hotel. Sure, it was a little on the pricey side, but this is Switzerland. Therfore everything is higher than the usual. The location is a little out of town. It took me around 30 minutes to walk from the main station. However there is a tram stop right outside, meaning that I was able to head back into town in a matter of minutes. With the free tourist travel card provided by the hotel, the cost of this isn’t an issue.

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