When we visited Geneva, Switzerland back in August for Nathan’s 30th birthday we stayed at the fantastic ibis Styles Geneve Mont Blanc hotel. I chose the hotel for its great city-centre location and modern looking rooms and we weren’t disappointed.
When we arrived we were warmly greeted by the staff at reception who checked us in and told us a little bit about the hotel and local hotspots in Geneva. We had been delayed overnight when flying from Bristol and so annoyingly had missed a night at the hotel. Unfortunately, the hotel was unable to reimburse the money spent for the night we missed or add a day onto the end of our stay, as I had brought a non-changeable or refundable rate on booking.com. Whilst this was a shame and felt a little frustrating at the time, I guess this is what happens when things like delays occur that are out of your control and you book the cheapest rate possible for a room online! Luckily, we did get compensation from Easyjet for our cancelled flight and this covered my losses so it all worked out in the end!
Our room was a few floors up in the lift and was bright and modern. Nathan was excited to find a mini bottle of prosecco, chocolate and special birthday note on the bed – this was such a lovely touch and made the stay extra special given we ended up actually arriving in Geneva on Nathan’s 30th birthday. The Ovaltine chocolate, by the way, was super scrummy and I ended up buying a bigger bar to take home!
We liked the modern yet simple design to the room and of course the huge TV! The theme of the cogs and wheels followed throughout the whole hotel, including the bathroom where the cog pattern was etched into the shower door.
The bathroom was clean, modern and the shower had plenty of hot water. There wasn’t anything to dislike about this room to be honest – it suited our needs and was ideal for our little mini-break.
The hotel’s location is fab! Right in the streets of the city and a short walk from the main train station and tourist information office. It is also within a 10-minute walk of the lakefront making it the perfect location to reach either the city’s shops or Lake Geneva on foot. It was also next door to an ice cream shop so we made the most of this by having late-night ice cream!
Free wifi is available and actually works which was good and helped us plan our itinerary for the short trip. We had a late evening flight back to Bristol on the day we left and the hotel kept our bags for us after we had checked out so we didn’t need to lug them around whilst sightseeing – always very helpful and much appreciated!
The hotel offers a buffet-style breakfast which was really good actually. Available was fruit, yoghurt, cereals, meat, cheeses and pastries. There was a small selection of hot foods and pancakes too!
We liked the little dining area too with its modern and chic feel. There seemed to be travellers from all over Europe when we visited so there was a really nice friendly, multi-cultural feel at breakfast.
Probably the best bit about this area was the drinks machine – free hot drinks of all varieties offered 24/7 for you to help yourself too and take away aswell. The hot chocolate was divine!
Overall, the ibis Styles Geneve Mont Blanc Hotel was the perfect place to stay for a busy and fun trip in Geneva – I can see why it has such good reviews on Tripadvisor now! A great mix of comfort, modern amenities, cleanliness and a good breakfast. The special touch of the birthday greeting was extra special too – thank you ibis!