Bright, charming 2-room apartment close to the Old Town
- english, french
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Children not allowed
Minimum age of primary renter:18
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
I really enjoyed staying in this apartment for the following reasons.
1. The location was great since it was about a two or three minute walk to the bus stop and about a five minute walk to Migros, a grocery store that had everything I needed (I'm on a restricted diet). And I was always about a 10 minute bus ride from anything major. When I had to travel a couple of times to the United Nations area (in what appears to be one of the most northern areas of the city), it was only about 35 minutes door to door.
2. The apartment was quite large for a studio. My wife and I had ample space for all of our suitcases and belongings, and more than enough space to hang up coats and clothes. And the shelving cases are genius; they allowed my wife to easily organize small items, like makeup, hair brushes, etc.
3. The apartment was updated, like its bathrooms, and I never felt that I was staying somewhere "cheap."
4. The kitchen was adequate for my needs (European kitchens tend to be small), and it was better than staying in a tiny hotel room/kitchenette.
5. The property manager responded to all of my inquiries in a timely manner.
In short, I may have to return to Geneva in several months, and if so, I will inquire into this apartment again.
The apartment was great. A lot of amenities and very nicely kept. The owners were very friendly and forthcoming, willing to help with any small problems. Would definitely stay again if going to Geneva.
This is a quite adequate apartment located very close to public transportation in a safe neighborhood, although walking to many places, including the historic areas of Geneva, is perfectly possible. Two groceries and a wonderful patisserie are only about five minutes walk away if you turn to your right leaving the building. It should be noted that entry is at the back end of the building, a fact not immediately apparent as you approach along the Rue Malagnou.
Information and instructions are always a very good thing to have for visitors to a new apartment, but there were none here. Although we were ultimately able to familiarize ourselves with how things worked both in the apartment and in the building, the advantage of knowing this from the very beginning is obvious.
The door lock can be a bit tricky. First of all, there are three possible places to insert the key, so you have to figure out which one to use. The mechanism itself is a little balky, but if you pull gently towards you when locking or unlocking the door, things are a bit easier. Also be careful to align the key in a perfectly vertical position when removing it from the lock – if it’s even slightly off the vertical, it will not release from the lock mechanism.
Shades can be lowered or raised using the hand cranks in each corner of the room, but on warm nights you’ll have to decide if you want darkness or air since the fully deployed shades make opening the windows useless. There is no fan available, and, as is true in much of Europe at the moment, no air conditioning.
You will, at times, hear the upstairs neighbors. Rue Malagnou is a very busy street. Traffic sounds will decrease for most of the night but pick up again significantly starting around 5 AM.
The furnishings are good, the bed comfortable, and there’s plenty of closet space. Both the kitchen and bathroom are adequately equipped.
We did not receive the Geneva Transport cards which would have allowed free access to public transportation, although it was our understanding that short-term renters are supposed to automatically be provided with them.
Thank you Dennis for this long comment. I am also surprised that you said that I did not give the details for your arrival. The entrance is actually in the front of the building in an alley and the building is perpendicular to the street of Malagnou like all the buildings of this street, I do not understand why you say that it is the back. This is the first time a tenant told me that and he had trouble finding. the n. of the building well is well indicated in my instructions. As for air conditioning in Switzerland it is completely forbidden to have a question of environmental protection. As for the noise, you are practically in the city center and if the windows are closed there is no noise and even if they are open the noise is minimal because the building is on the side a little removed from the street. For the pass and free transport, the possibility of free is only for hotels and it is not possible for apartment rentals. It is a choice that is not my responsibility. I was always available for all information if needed.
Thanks again for staying in my apartment and maybe see you soon
We loved staying in the beautiful apartment. It was perfect for us and we would definitely go back!
Spotless apartment in a great location
Great location with easy access to bus lines and walkable (about one mile) to city center. The apartment was spotless and has a well equipped kitchen. A couple of things to note: the picture on Homeaway shows curtains on the windows - there are none so it is like living in a fish bowl at night as all exterior walls are glass-lined. Also the listing shows a washer/dryer. There may be one in the building but not in the unit. There are no instructions/guidance for guests as we have found in virtually every other Homeaway/Airbnb property we have stayed at. With that said I thank Helena for her willingness to come over on short notice when we had a problem with the door key upon arrival. Fortunately I figured it out in time to call her back before she left her home to assist us.
Helena was very responsive, and I enjoyed her place very much. It was very secure and homey!
Lake Geneva is 10 minutes away on foot as well as the city center. The Old Town is a 5-minute walk away. The Museum is a 4-minute walk away.
All public transport 100 meters.
If you are by car you can go to mountains, countryside etc.
We have a parking lot in front of the building but you have to put a button that we provide and change the car every 3 hours from Monday to Friday during the day. Evening and weekend: free