Geneve, or Geneva on some maps, is a cosmopolitan city that draws hundreds of thousands of tourists a year due to its natural beauty and sophisticated, globally-aware community. Located on the shores of Lake Geneva, it offers plenty of options for those that like outdoor activity.
Because it is so popular, it is a good idea to plan ahead. Here are some tips on booking your hotel in Geneva:
Think ahead: Researching hotels online gives you freedom of choice and sometimes a surplus of choice when it comes to hotels. So while you are planning, finding an expert travel site like Hipmunk.com can save you time because it brings all the hotel and bed and breakfast options together and aggregates them by budget type. You can also have the opposite problem in Geneva, with a major conference or convention severely limiting the number of rooms available. Using the same type of site to find hotels in Geneva in advance will help you to instantly see when the busy times are without having to find each individual event and cross-reference it to the dates that you plan to travel.
Think outside the box: Whether you have a family or are traveling as a couple, or with friends, looking at lodging options that include bed and breakfasts, apartments, rental homes, and hotels will allow you to enjoy your vacation the way that you want to. The key is to use a site that vets each entry and has feedback available so that you can feel comfortable about the places that you want to stay before you contact them.
The city is walkable!: Many European cities still have so much air pollution that it is difficult to walk around all day without having to cough a few times. This is not true in Geneva. If you find yourself in a hotel like the Hotel Royal, you’ll soon see that the Palais de Nations is a short walk in clean air, as is the rest of the downtown area around the lake. And as long as you plan accordingly for the weather, you should be able to enjoy the contrast between snow in the Winter and balmy days in the Summertime. With a large variety of things going on downtown and on the lake, booking a hotel near the city core should allow you to see more when you want to go out.
Be certain to inquire about the Free Transport Card: Many Geneva hotels provide a Free Transport Card that allows you to use public transportation anywhere in the city. The nice thing is this also includes the boats that shuttle people back and forth between destinations on the lake. With a combination of walking and free, ubiquitous public transportation, you won’t need to rent a car unless you plan to go out into the countryside on your own excursion. Be sure to inquire before you book your rooms!
The salons and restaurants of Geneva host some of the most intellectual conversation found anywhere on a daily basis. Shopping is also a lot of fun for tourists because there are so many diplomats there that you can find goods from every country in the world. If you are planning a trip to Geneva, remember to plan ahead when it comes to choosing your lodging and take advantage of the location of the hotel that you do choose.
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