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Reviews of Youth Hostel Geneva

Hostel | Rue Rothschild 30, Geneva, Switzerland 1202

80.3% Overall Rating

73 out of 81 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (11/07/2014)

"Dorms were spacious and very clean and you got your own large locker in the dorm to store your belongings. Location was excellent, 2 minute walk from the edge of the lake, and they also gave us a free public transport…"

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Facilities

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • No curfew
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour reception
  • Restaurant
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Washing machines
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Fax
  • Laundry service
  • Café
  • Elevator / lift(s)
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Outside area
  • Television room

Purchasable Extras

  • Towel USD 2.23

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen

Important Information

Prices correspond to guests with membercard. Member card for one day CHF 6.- per pers./night or CHF 12.- per family/night. Important information and conditions: * The prices are for HI-Members incl.city tax. Non-members are paying additional CHF 6.00/person+night, payable on arrival. * The cancellation cost is within 48hours before arrival free of charge. * Rooms will be ready for check-in at 2pm!

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80.3%

Overall Rating

73 out of 81 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Youth Hostel Geneva'

Atmosphere
68.8%
Location
87.2%
Facilities
76.0%
Cleanliness
87.2%
Staff
79.2%
Value
71.2%
Safety
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91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

11 July 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Dorms were spacious and very clean and you got your own large locker in the dorm to store your belongings. Location was excellent, 2 minute walk from the edge of the lake, and they also gave us a free public transport travel card when we arrived which was good - although everywhere is within walking distance. Breakfast in the morning is good! Would easily return to stay again.

Disliked: Little bit pricey compared to other places, but as expected when staying in Geneva.

65.7%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 40% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Carla Fedi

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

01 July 2014

Liked: It's very safe, and location was not too bad.

Disliked: Feels a bit like a psychiatric hospital. It's very big. Not much atmosphere at all. Staff are busy so they don't have time to help you. It's a hostel in the truest sense of the world, people that are just stopping over or on business trips etc. You can only get wifi in the lobby.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

23 June 2014

Liked: Fairly easy to get to. Good free breakfast. Free public transport pass. Very good if you are just wanting pass through or don't mind a flat atmosphere. Rooms okay.

Disliked: Very flat atmosphere, wifi only available downstairs in the foyer, so when you go down there everyone is just on their devices, no interaction with others. The hostel itself feels like a hospital, very cold and concrete feel to it. It was loud at night and a bit of a dodgy area. The staff at the front desk aren't as welcoming and polite as many other hostels. Wifi in the foyer only is its biggest downfall, and the light in the bathroom went off whilst i was in the shower, but that was just scary, considering the already eery feel to the building.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Hyesun Han

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

20 June 2014 Hyesun would recommend this property

Liked: breakfast

Disliked: wifi in the room

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

16 June 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Felt very safe! Everything was clean! Lockers were included in the price as well as breakfast! You also receive a free transport card! (Free public transit for the duration of your stay!)

Disliked: n/a

71.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 40% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

08 June 2014

Liked: Good location, free breakfast, clean.

Disliked: Youth Hostel Geneva does not advertise "honestly". Looks cheaper online but the additional fee for being a non-member makes it about the same as other hostels. There are fees for storing luggage on checkout. Kitchen is very bare and is open at inconvenient hours. I booked 2 beds in a 6 female dorm on Hostelbookers. Checked in and received my key card, not a word was said about room change. Went into the room and it was a 12 bed dorm. Went to reception to correct this error and was told that a 6 bed dorm was the same as a 12 bed dorm…I'm not sure how they count but 12 is not the same as 6. Everywhere else I've stayed in Europe charges less the more people there are in the room. The man at reception was very surprised and said "I can't believe you are complaining about this, no one else complains. This is not a hotel, it's a hostel." I found this very rude, I'm not a picky person but it's very frustrating when you as a customer pay for something and you don't get what you paid for. Just because it's a hostel does not mean I should be treated like I'm nobody. The man then said that on their website it clearly states when you book a 6 bed dorm it can be 6-12. I checked the website, does not say anywhere the number of beds but in the photo for the room description it only shows 6 beds. This is very misleading as you think you are getting one thing but they give you something else. In the end I let it go because we were tired but never again!

88.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Joel Best

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

08 June 2014 Joel would recommend this property

Liked: Great hostel lots of friendly people and staff, secure lockers, nice beds and a giant free breakfast! Loved my stay

Disliked: Joel left no negative feedback.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

kathryn ezra

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

04 June 2014 kathryn would recommend this property

Liked: Expensive but that's Geneva. Includes breakfast. Not many toilets (1 on the women's floor) but surprisingly wasn't an issue). Decent mattress, 6 bed dorm was spacious enough. Free lockers in the halls. Free Wifi in common area. 2CHF for luggage storage after checkout, free before check in.

Disliked: kathryn left no negative feedback.

77.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Rosemary S. Siluvai Anthony

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

12 May 2014 Rosemary would recommend this property

Liked: Spacious room, clean bed and bathrooms, sink in the room, not too far from the train station, very near to Lac Leman, wonderful breakfasts and free Geneva card - includes a free train ride to the airport!

Disliked: I booked a 6 bed female only dorm but there was a man staying in our dorm the first night I was there. I was too exhausted to complain. Totally unacceptable! The shower stops every one minute and gets cold after a while. It was so irritating. Lights in the shower room turn on only when motion is detected in the main area. So if you are in one of the stalls, the lights go off. I ended up showering in the dark 2 of the nights. Luggage locker costs 2CHF.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

abdeltif bouirmane

Alone

City break

07 May 2014 abdeltif would recommend this property

Liked: clean and close to city center

Disliked: slamming doors, noises at night

60.0%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 80% Facilities - 40% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Ryan Dale

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

15 April 2014 Ryan would recommend this property

Liked: The staff on the check in desk were very friendly and spoke perfect English. Parking outside was super easy and the electronic lockers were nice and safe!

Disliked: Overall poor value for money - around 40 euros a night for the most basic facilities - wifi did not reach rooms, entertainment room was closed, no choice at restaraunt. Have stayed at much better hostels for a fraction of the cost - having said that Geneva is expensive and hard to find anywhere as cheap as this.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 40%

Gianluca Medaglia

Alone

City break
Events / festivals

30 March 2014 Gianluca would recommend this property

Liked: Close to the lake. Safety (Same card for room bathroom and locker)

Disliked: Breakfast

82.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 40%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

24 March 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: friendly staff, met lots of good people

Disliked: no kitchen to cook in, very expensive but that it just Geneva/Switzerland in general

65.7%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Paula Brotherton

With friends / other travellers

City break
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

10 March 2014 Paula would recommend this property

Liked: It was very clean and the lockers were spacious and it is useful to have them outside so you don't disturb others. Location was pretty good. The free breakfast was pretty good too.

Disliked: The hostel was excessively big and as a result completely lacked character or charm. It was not welcoming and it would not be suitable for lone travellers or those in pairs wanting to meet people. There was no Wifi in the rooms which was a hassle as you had to go down to the uncomfortable and unwelcoming and cold lobby to use it. There were problems with the vending machines which were working perfectly but we were told we couldn't use. Excessive charges for not being a member struck us when we got there.

34.3%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 20% Facilities - 40% Safety - 40%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 20%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

04 March 2014

Liked: Not really anything.

Disliked: Terrible smell in lobby. $50 charge for "not being a member". Do not get your money's worth at all.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Hannah Todd

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

24 February 2014 Hannah would recommend this property

Liked: The location was perfect, right next to the lake! Super clean, the Breakfast was decent, at least there was coffee :) The staff was really helpful too, they pretty much knew everything about the area and how to get there!

Disliked: The wifi was sometimes slow and spotty, but sometimes really good. Also not having wifi in your room was annoying, but if you just stepped outside your door you could usually access it! Make SURE you bring your own towels- they will charge you to use theirs.

62.9%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 60% Facilities - 40% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 40%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Work / volunteering

15 February 2014

Liked: Clean

Disliked: No atmosphere at all. Wifi only in communal area which is pretty much just a big foyer and its freezing cold.

62.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 20% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 20%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

13 January 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very central, short walk to lake, free public transport a perk but this applies to almost all Geneva accommodation. Breakfast ok. 24 hour check in useful.

Disliked: Excessively large, unfriendly and sterile. While you can meet a variety of people the communal areas are unwelcoming and often lacking the essentials. While modelling itself as a youth hostel the kitchen is lacking an oven and stove, and while there is a microwave the kitchen inexplicably opens late afternoon and closes early evening. The hostel will try and charge toy a large fee for any extra service, including towels and laundry. Paying a lot of money for wifi to not even reach the room you are staying.

77.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 20% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

07 January 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: i liked the breakfast it was really good and the transportation card

Disliked: only one bathroom on each floor and the floor has manyy rooms !!! the stuff was not friendly except for only one old man who was super friendly but unfortunatly i didnt see him except for one day

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

02 January 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location, modern elevators, large lockers, secure key-card access for bathrooms, lockers, rooms

Disliked: Limited breakfast hours, wifi in public area only

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 40%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

05 December 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Instalaciones modernas.

Disliked: Nada.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 60% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

tiffany go

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

03 December 2013 tiffany would recommend this property

Liked: I really liked this hostel because it was 24 hours. Also because of the location and good breakfast. The place was really clean as well. However, i found the staff not as helpful as they could be. However, its still a good place to stay!!! Would definitely come back here :) cheers!

Disliked: tiffany left no negative feedback.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Family Holiday

01 December 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great lockers

Disliked: Hostels need to start having rooms for snorers and non-snorers, I could hardly sleep because of a competition between two snorers.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 60% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

CELSO ULISES JUAREZ RAMIREZ

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

01 December 2013 CELSO ULISES would recommend this property

Liked: It's close to the train station. They have lockers outside the room, which I prefer (less noise inside the room when people open and close their locker in the morning to pack/unpack). The internet connection is good, but only works in the common areas. Breakfast includes ham, cheese, bread, cereal, and juice.

Disliked: There was something in my room which made a annoying sound of running water all day long. Probably a pipe or the heating system. It's massive so you don't get a good atmosphere to know people (important if you travel alone). Also it hosts big school groups. The floor where my room was became a club with loud music coming out of a room late at night. At least they put the school groups together (I suppose) so the noise didn't get to my room.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

14 November 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Clean, big lockers at the entrance to the room, short walk from main train station. Few meters to the Geneva lake. Shop with food is close. 230V socket and small light by every bed. There is enough place in the room because people have their things in lockers. Comfortable beds. Friendly and helpful personal. Good price, can pay by card in local or your currency.

Disliked: entrance door to room and lockers door can't be closed from outside by door handle so it makes some noise mainly at later evening and night. One of the accommodated man was very loudly snoring... but it's not the fault of the hostel. If you are not a member of Youth Hostel Association you must pay additional CHF6 for every night. It's written only in description of the hostel but if you read informations of accommodation you know it.


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