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Where to stay in Geneva, Switzerland

Top view of Geneva old town and Lake Geneva with Jet d'eau fountain as symbol of Geneva city, Switzerland, Europe.

Geneva is Switzerland’s second largest city, and the largest city in the French-speaking region of Switzerland. Situated along the southern shore of Lac Leman, also called Lake Geneva, Geneva is also home to the United Nations and the Red Cross. With easy access to the Swiss Alps, Southern France and Italy, Geneva is a multicultural city sure to wow any visitors.

Whether you are deciding where to stay in Geneva for two nights or a week, determining what neighborhood to stay in Geneva is the first step in planning your Geneva vacation. With a breakdown of the most popular neighborhoods in Geneva, and suggestions of the best Geneva hotels, we’ll help you find the best place to stay in Geneva. And while Switzerland is notoriously expensive, with a little bit of research and planning, it is possible to find a few cheap hotels in Geneva.

We will cover off all types of Geneva accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Geneva hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Geneva, the best Geneva hotels, best places in Geneva to visit, the best places to stay in Geneva, hotels near Geneva attractions, Geneva neighborhood guide and many more.

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Quartier des Eaux-Vives – Where to stay in Geneva for families

Eaux-Vives is easy to spot, thanks to the 140-meter Jet d’Eau along the water’s edge. Not far from Old Town, Eaux-Vives is Geneva’s Bohemian neighborhood, but is also home to Geneva’s largest park, the Parc de la Grange. This is a great neighborhood for families visiting Geneva, as it’s close to the main area of town, yet just on the fringe to be a bit quieter and calmer. There is a cinema, dozens of restaurants, and vintage shopping boutiques in this area. If you prefer an apartment rental for your Geneva accommodation, Eaux-Vives is a great place to find it!

Best places to stay in Eaux-Vives

Budget Hotels in Eaux-Vives:
Hotel St-Gervais
Hotel LePrince
Hotel Moderne
Hotel Lido

Mid range Hotels in Eaux-Vives:
Hotel Central
Bel’Esperance
Hotel Ambassador
Comedie

Family Friendly Hotels in Eaux-Vives:
Fraser Suites Geneva
Tiffany Hotel
Hotel Rotary Geneva – MGallery by Sofitel
Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Eaux-Vives:
Hotel Les Armures
Mandarin Oriental, Geneva
Hotel Metropole Geneve
Hotel de la Cigogne

Geneva Geneve lake water Jet D'eau Switzerland Swiss Leman

Plainpalais – Where to stay in Geneva on a budget

If you’re wondering where to stay in Geneva on a budget, Plainpalais is a good option.
Plainpalais is the Geneva neighborhood closest to the University, so in addition to finding affordable Geneva accommodation, there are also cheap places to eat and drink. It’s also a popular neighborhood for expats, so you’ll find great diversity in Plainpalais. This neighborhood is home to Geneva’s largest flea market, so bargain hunters will love staying in this area of Geneva. The central hub of Plainpalais is the Plaine de Plainpalais, which hosts outdoor events in the summer, including the circus.

Best places to stay in Plainpalais

Budget Hotels in Plainpalais:
Hotel St-Gervais
Hotel Moderne
Hotel Admiral Geneva
Hotel Carmen

Mid range Hotels in Plainpalais:
Hotel Ambassador
The New Midi Hotel
Hotel Rousseau
Tiffany Hotel

Family Friendly Hotels in Plainpalais:
Fraser Suites Geneva
Le Richemond, Geneve
Hotel de Geneve
La Reserve Geneve Hotel & Spa

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Plainpalais:
Hotel de la Cigogne
Mandarin Oriental, Geneva
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel de la Paix, Geneva.
Hotel Beau-Rivage Geneva

Plain of Plainpalais by sunset in Geneva, Switzerland,

Carouge – Where to stay in Geneva for shopping

Carouge was once a separate town, built by Italians, so it retains a Mediterranean feel that you won’t find elsewhere in Geneva. Sometimes called Little Italy and other times referred to as the Greenwich Village of Geneva, Carouge is a fun alternative when choosing your Geneva accommodation. Carouge has a vibrant cafe culture, and is also home to several galleries, artist studios and museums.

Shoppers will love the Carouge shopping centre, where you can find the largest selection of toys and games in Geneva. If this is not your first visit to Geneva, you may prefer to stay outside of the main tourist activities and live more like a local by staying in Carouge.

Best places to stay in Carouge

Budget Hotels in Carouge:
9Hotel Geneve Paquis
Hotel Pax
Hotel Lido
Atel – Calvy

Mid range Hotels in Carouge:
Chez Maman
Appart’Hotel Residence Dizerens
La Cour des Augustins – Boutique Gallery Design Hotel
Hotel Adriatica

Family Friendly Hotels in Carouge:
Starling Residence Geneve
Home Swiss Hotel
Hotel Des Horlogers
ibis Geneve Centre Gare

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Carouge:
Hotel Les Armures
Mandarin Oriental, Geneva
Hotel de la Cigogne

GENEVA - SWITZERLAND, : Pont de Carouge , landmark of Geneva, Switzerland, Europe

Palais Des Nations – Where to stay in Geneva for relaxtion

The Palais des Nations refers to the United Nations headquarters and park, located along the Western shore of Lac Leman. It’s also where you’ll find the botanical garden and the International Museum of the Red Cross. As the home of United Nations, this area has some impressive international hotels such as the Intercontinental Geneva. It’s only a few tram stops from Old Town, but is much quieter, so it’s a convenient neighborhood of Geneva.

Best places to stay in Palais Des Nations

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Palais Des Nations:
City Hostel Geneva

Budget Hotels in Palais Des Nations:
Residence Studio Geneve Centre
9Hotel Geneve Paquis
Hotel Lido
Ibis Budget Geneve Palexpo Aeroport

Mid range Hotels in Palais Des Nations:
Eden Hotel Geneva
Design Hotel F6
Hotel Jade – Manotel Geneva

Family Friendly Hotels in Palais Des Nations:
Hotel InterContinental Geneve
Drake Longchamp
ibis Geneve Centre Nations
Hotel Royal

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Palais Des Nations:
Hotel President Wilson
Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva
Swiss Luxury Apartments
Hotel d’Angleterre

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - : National flags at the entrance in UN office at Geneva, Switzerland . The United Nations was established in Geneva in 1947 and is the second largest UN office.

Paquis – Where to stay in Geneva for backpackers

Budget travelers to Geneva who also want to be near the center of town might consider staying in Paquis. It is located between Old Town and the Palais des Nations, and is adjacent to the main train station. This is where you’ll find the largest concentration of Geneva hostels, but it also happens to be the “red light” district of Geneva. Close to the lake, the Paquis neighborhood is quite nice, but use caution when veering away from the lakefront in this area. (Overall, Switzerland is a considerably safe place to visit, so use the normal precautions of traveling at night)

Best places to stay in Paquis

Budget Hotels in Paquis:
Atel – Calvy
Hotel Pax
9Hotel Geneve Paquis
Residence Studio Geneve Centre

Mid range Hotels in Paquis:
Hotel Edelweiss – Manotel Geneva
Eastwest Hotel
Novotel Geneve Centre
Hotel Residence CityZen

Family Friendly Hotels in Paquis:
Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva
Drake Longchamp
International et Terminus
Adagio Geneve Mont Blanc

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Paquis:
Hotel Bristol
Hotel Metropole Geneve
Hotel Beau-Rivage Geneva
Le Richemond, Geneve

Bains des Paquis during summertime at the lake of Geneva, Geneva city

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Where to stay in Geneva, Switzerland

Where to stay in Geneva, Switzerland

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Hi, my name is Samantha, Finance Managing Guru by day, Travel Blogging Enthusiast by... well... day too! Haha! Travelling King is the destination hotspot for the wannabe traveller! Showcasing affordable, luxurious getaways for the budget conscious!With the combination of my financial knowledge and travelling experiences I aim to show you, with a little planning, the right budget and a realistic goal you can fulfil your travel fantasies and explore the world whatever your budget or desires may be!