Geneva Hostel

Rue Rothschild 28-30 1202GenevaSwitzerland
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About Geneva Hostel

Stay in Geneva on a budget at Geneva Hostel. This former 19th century hospital sits in a leafy area of the central Paquis neighbourhood. The attractive lakefront with views of Mont Blanc is just five minutes’ walk away.

All unfussy rooms feature parquet floors, linens, lockers and either an en suite or shared bathroom. Single sex dorm-style rooms sleeping six to 12 people include bunk beds. Selected smaller rooms enjoy panoramic lake views and balcony terraces.

Amenities comprise a launderette, TV lounge, free Wi-Fi, ironing facilities and limited free parking. Guests also receive free local public transport cards.

A free continental breakfast is included. There’s an affordable canteen-style restaurant offering hot evening meals. Korean, Indian and Swiss restaurants are among further dining options nearby.

Geneva Hostel is ten minutes’ walk from Cornavin train station and about 20 minutes’ walk from beautiful old town plus boutique shops in the city centre.


Rue Rothschild 28-30 , 1202, Geneva, Switzerland
Telephone: +41 227326260 | Fax: +41 227383987 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Business centre
  • Car park
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Lift
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • PC with internet
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Bathroom with shower
  • Central heating
  • Fan
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms


  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible paths / corridors
  • Wheelchair accessible

For children

  • Kids' playground

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 14:00
  • Check-out: 10:00

Positive Reviews

Tranquil but central location

This hostel's location in a peaceful corner of the colourful Paquis neighbourhood appealed to visitors as it offered easy access to transport links with bus and tram stops about three minutes' walk away. Guests also reported they could easily walk to shopping, sightseeing, nightlife and Cornavin station for mainline trains. Another bonus was the proximity of dining options. Reviewers unanimously loved the way they were issued with free citywide public transport cards valid for their entire stay.

Clean and simple rooms at competitive rates

According to many reviewers, the rooms and bathrooms weren't luxurious but were more than adequately clean and comfortable. Guests also appreciated the modern interiors and lockers for securing their belongings. There was particular praise for some of the rooms that boasted balcony terraces offering splendid views towards Lake Geneva. As rates were relatively competitive, many visitors felt it offered decent value for money in an often pricey part of Switzerland.

Pleasant personnel and free breakfast

Guests frequently said this property was well-run by friendly, professional and helpful staff, many of whom were multilingual. Diners appreciated the simple but complimentary continental breakfast.

Negative Reviews

Occasional bathroom grumbles

Some critics commented that the shared bathrooms could do with modernization. There were also occasional claims of hot water supply interruptions.

Hostel format had drawbacks

Fellow guests were reportedly inconsiderate sometimes when it came to keeping noise levels down at night, which annoyed a few light sleepers. Moreover, the number of shared bathrooms and toilets to cater for guests in dormitories during peak periods was sometimes insufficient. Furthermore, the restaurant was sometimes chaotic at busy times, reminding some guests of queuing for school lunches.

Patchy Wi-Fi reported

The free Wi-Fi connection in some parts of the accommodation was reportedly patchy. However, it was stronger in the lobby.

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