Sunday, June 19, 2011

Rating Hotel de France, Ferney-Voltaire

I had high hopes for my stay at Hotel de France. I dare say that I was quite disappointed. It felt budget and was overpriced compared to what you paid.

Rating Hotel de France, Ferney Voltaire: BBB+ (3, 44 points)
  • Location: BBBB+
  • Service: BBB+
  • Room: BBB-
  • Breakfast (Not included): BBB
  • Facilities: BBB
  • Price: BBBB
Facade - Hotel de France
Location: Hotel de France is a hotel located in the community of Ferney-Voltaire, bordering Switzerland. Ferney-Voltaire is a charming village with quaint houses, restaurants and bars in abundance just a half-hour drive away from Geneva. The hotel is in an early 17th century listed building that once belonged to Monsieur Wagnière, secretary of the famous philosopher Voltaire that resided here from 1758 to 1778.
The F-bus from the City Hall will take you to Geneva’s main railway station in around 30 minutes, whereas bus Y will take you to the airport.
Ground floor interior
Service: The staff at the hotel did a decent job, but we had a few objections to the general service level. Our major concern was the fact that the hotel literally closed from 11AM to 5 PM, leaving guests arriving at that time to fend for themselves.
Guests were give access to the premises through a pin code that opened a door to the stair case. This arrangement has its security concerns as well, as it may give access to petty criminals while the hotel is left unguarded during the day. The last day we could not leave our luggage in a safe luggage room, but in the hotel corridor, as there was no one there during day.
Bed and bedside table
I also experienced that my bed was not properly made twice during our stay, and towels were not changed when left on the floor, as instructed. On our first morning we were left with very little bread when arriving at the end of the breakfast time. These small things affect the service score.
Room: Room number 26 was small, and the bathroom was even tinier. In the middle there is a large, comfortable bed, a smaller, less practical desk, a huge armoire, and a refrigerator. A flat screen TV showed only two channels, CNN International and a French speaking channel. Security was definitely increased by the presence of a hotel safe found in the armoire.
View from room 26
Rooms facing the street were subjected to considerable noise during night, and noise from aircrafts as the airport runway was not far away.
The bathroom had a shower cabinet, a sink with no place for toiletries, and a toilet, all cramped into a very little space. Decor was neutral but rather dated with no period features visible, and floor had wall to wall carpets. The bathroom was in need of maintenance, as tiles were cracked in the corner and part of the wall close to the floor needed paint. Shower cabinet looked rather distressed.
Dust was found on surfaces as top of TV, picture frames, and armoires. Shower cabinet looked dirty as well. 
Breakfast: Served from 7.30 AM to 11AM Monday-Friday and 8.30 AM to 11AM during weekends and cost 8 Euros. Low priced, but you had a decent selection of products. Breads were generally fine white bread and croissants, with no fibre alternatives. If you wanted a warm start of the day, you had to boil your own egg, a strange arrangement in my mind. A small selection of cheese, cold cuts as well as healthy options.
Staircase with 17th century features
Facilities: Hotel de France has few facilities for guests. It has a small bar, and an excellent restaurant, the latter will be rated later but is highly recommended. There are no fitness or wellness facilities available. The hotel offers a wi-fi throughout the hotel at a rate of 3 Euros per day, but I did not manage to access the network during my stay.
Price: At 100 Euros per night, and an additional 8 Euros for breakfast, I find Hotel de France overpriced compared to what you pay. Hotel de France is a low-priced alternative to hotels in neighbouring Geneva, and offers budget lodging for those visiting the border area.


Hotel de France
1 Rue de Geneve
1210 Ferney-VoltaireFrance

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