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Review: the new Marriott Geneva hotel

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This is our review of the new Marriott Geneva hotel at the airport.

I was recently on the inaugural Ethiopian Airlines flight from Manchester to Geneva. I needed somewhere to stay for the night and Marriott very kindly put me up in the new Marriott Geneva hotel, which only opened over the summer.

The hotel website is here.

Marriott Geneva hotel review

Where is the Marriott Geneva hotel?

The location of Marriott Geneva worked well for me, sandwiched between the airport and the centre of town:

Marriott Geneva location

It is about 5 minutes from Geneva airport and offers a free shuttle bus every 20 minutes which makes it exceptionally convenient to get to.

Despite being an ‘airport hotel’, Geneva is so small that you can catch a tram into town in about 15 minutes or so. It never feels like you are far away from wherever you need to be. Trams 14 and 18 are just down the road and take you into the city centre (for free!).

Inside the Marriott Geneva hotel

To be perfectly honest, I didn’t have high expectations. Airport hotels are rarely at the forefront of good design, and Marriott can occasionally be a bit of a dull ‘businessy’ brand. It was therefore a pleasant surprise when I walked in and saw this:

Marriott Geneva lobby

and:

Marriott Geneva lobby

There’s a convenient airport arrivals / departure board as well:

Marriott Geneva

The ground floor is almost entirely open-plan, with a 360-degree bar at the centre. Casual lobby seating merges into the restaurant area, which overlooks an entirely open kitchen:

Marriott Geneva Moments

The check-in desks are on the left and well-staffed, which meant I never saw a queue whilst I was there. It was late when I arrived and the staff checked me in very quickly and efficiently, and also provided me with a couple of pointers about how to get into town.

Rooms and suites at the Marriott Geneva hotel

I was upgraded to a Corner Suite. But fear not! I also managed to take a look at the entry level Deluxe Rooms and was impressed by what I saw.

At 65 square meters the Corner Suite is the same size as my two-bedroom flat, but even the Deluxe Rooms were a good size – certainly more spacious than a standard room in London.

The Corner Suite features a small kitchenette:

Marriott Geneva corner suite

…. and a guest toilet, plus a large dining / living room. The guest toilet means you could have business meetings in your room, closing off the bedroom and main bathroom.

Marriott Geneva corner suite

You have a large bedroom:

Marriott Geneva bedroom

There’s a king bed, plus a nice desk and chaise longue:

Marriott Geneva desk

To the right is the bathroom, with twin wash basins:

Plus a big bath tub, separate shower (with view!) and toilet:

and

Toiletries are by thisworks, in big squeezy bottles in the shower:

Strip out the second room and guest toilet from the corner suite and you basically have a Deluxe Room, which is pictured below:

Marriott Geneva deluxe room

The big difference is in the bathroom, which only comes with a shower and a single basin:

Marriott Geneva deluxe room bathroom

Otherwise, the rooms are very similar in style and size – you just get more space with a suite.

Like the lobby, the rooms are stylishly neutral, with dark wood and neutral grey wallpaper. It works well together and isn’t trying to be more luxurious than it is. There is no faux marble tiling in the bathroom, for example – just high quality grey tiles. The addition of a Clusia Rosea growing in water adds a lovely touch:

Breakfast and lunch at Moments restaurant

Marriott Geneva features a restaurant and bar called Moments, which is where I enjoyed breakfast and lunch during my stay.

As mentioned earlier, Moments is incredibly open plan which helps it feel more like an extended lobby that also serves good food.

I like the fact that the kitchen is totally open to the restaurant, so you can see the chefs working. I was worried it would be noisy or fill the entire hotel with cooking smells but I needn’t have worried, as you can barely tell they’re there.

Breakfast is served in a buffet area next to the open kitchen. There is a range of bread and pastries, including a really long loaf of bread:

Juices and coffee / tea are self-service. There’s a range of cut fruit, yoghurt and more, but as this is Switzerland a significant portion of the breakfast is of the savoury sort, with a good selection of cold cuts and cheeses:

If you want something hot there is a small and not particularly impressive selection of sausages, bacon, pancakes etc:

…. so the better option is to get your eggs cooked to order by the chef at the egg station. I asked for eggs royale, which I had to explain, but the chef certainly delivered:

Moments restaurant

Dinner was even more impressive. In general I find that food is generally high quality throughout Switzerland, but I was still impressed by what I had. The food concept is to source everything as locally as possible. The ginger, for example, is grown in Switzerland by the chef’s cousin!

Moments has just launched a new winter menu with a strong focus on vegetable based dishes. In the interest of eating healthily – but not too healthily! – I went for the vegetable tempura, which was delicious:

For mains, I had the chicken supreme:

I was also able to try the Tabbouleh which was phenomenal.

Whilst I like meat, I also love vegetables and the flavours were fantastic – earthy and wintery. For anyone less adventurous, the restaurant also offers a classic Marriott burger and club sandwich, but I really wouldn’t bother.

Everything tasted fresh and was clearly prepared freshly as well – it was almost certainly the best airport hotel restaurant I’ve eaten at.

Conclusion

I was impressed with my stay at the Marriott Geneva. Whilst it will naturally attract business types thanks to its airport location, it isn’t a bad spot to stay on holiday either given its proximity to the city centre and the free trams.

Having opened just three months ago, you can be guaranteed that the entire hotel is brand new and in excellent condition, with enthusiastic staff.

What really impressed me however was the food. The chef team at the Marriott Geneva have created a unique menu that goes beyond your usual burger-and-chips airport food and really delivers on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Whilst I normally dismiss talk of ‘local provenance’ as marketing rubbish, it was evident in the preparation and taste of the food here.

Rooms at the Marriott Geneva start at 219 Swiss Francs (£195) in January 2023. Redemptions start at 63,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night. You can find out more, and book, on the hotel website here.


How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (February 2024)

There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.

You can apply here.

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits each year Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy points

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (50)

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  • Magic Mike says:

    Stayed here last week, thanks for the review.
    1. I walked from the airport, it was about 25 mins brisk walk – head right out of the terminal towards one of the long stay car parks, then there is a pedestrian bridge to cross the motorway and you’re nearly there. All on pavement and easy with Google maps.
    2. the hotel will print you out a free travel pass for the days you are staying with them if you ask. Don’t get on the tram without it!

  • Sam says:

    Thank you for checking out the lead-in room type when you have been upgraded!

  • Michael C says:

    In particular for families, IF price is ok, Hotel Sagitta is v central, by a supermarket, and has that all-important kitchenette for a few pasta meals!

  • Lady London says:

    Nice review Rhys.

    Always worth knowing about airport hotels with better standards / more interesting

  • Nick says:

    Call me old fashioned, and many do, but is it only me that notices the ridiculous, increasing use of furniture in hotel room design that is largely now ‘form over function’! A desk is fine, with a reasonably comfortable chair, but, for goodness sake, please provide a comfortable ‘lounge’ chair, facing the TV, for those that want a quiet night in! I’m not asking for a leather club chair, although it’d be nice, but surely more than a plastic chair, or seating area that faces nowhere near the TV!

    Increasingly, it seems to me, that most of the larger hotel group companies, and others, employ designers that are clueless about what’s best for travelers, in ergonomic terms, often because they haven’t even stayed in hotels themselves, and who are more interested in ‘design’, rather than function!

    Rant over! 😉

    • Lady London says:

      So very well said @Nick

    • Alex Sm says:

      Call me too modern but I think the TVs should be banned from hotels. They just take up valuable space in tiny rooms, and spoil the decor. You are there to explore and rest, not just waste time watching this crap. Or at least you can bring a laptop or tablet / phone with your own content.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        NGL there are many reasons to use a hotel not just go out and explore.

      • Bagoly says:

        I never use them either.
        Although now that they are all flat, and most are on the wall, they are less intrusive than they used to be.

      • riku says:

        >>You are there to explore and rest, not just waste time watching this crap
        Some people might have media players and connect them to the TV to watch their own content, rather than watching Laurence of Arabia on a 5″ phone screen. What’s that pixel on the right? .. oh it’s Omar Sharif on a camel

    • Bagoly says:

      Totally agree, but this hotel looks to be doing this aspect pretty well?
      Or maybe that was your implicit point?

  • BJ says:

    Might be new but there are already 21 reviews on TA alone. Average rating is an excellent 4.5 so very consistent with your own conclusion I guess. Despite this, that was only sufficient to rank it 74 out of 119 hotels in Geneva. Rates are good, particularly considering the rubbish the same money gets us in the UK these days. I’d be happy to stay there, it cost me more for two steaks and two beers last time I was in Geneva than the roons there.

    • YC says:

      From my observations, TA ranking takes into account number of reviews which is why new hotels never get a good rank. Confidence intervals are wider, the lower number of data points. Agree cash rates look good but 60k for airport hotel is steep!

      • Lady London says:

        After a few experiences I am wary of good reviews on Tripadvisor. For many hotels it seems stuffed with paid ones

        • BJ says:

          Agreed but uou can usually spot them a mile away. When I use TA reviews I usually search them for jey words of interest and find that often helps to shake out the serious and tge fake.

          • lumma says:

            Working in hospitality you get some many emails/cold calls offering TripAdvisor reviews for money

        • JDB says:

          @LL agree wholeheartedly! I no longer find TA of any use. The system is wrong so people give 5 stars without any concept of value or somewhere relative to other options; you end up with totally absurd rankings. I find it is useful only to identify real problems with a place. In the 5 point system TA uses and many companies use for staff assessment, most hotels/people should be at 3 and most HR departments will require a bell curve to reflect that. On TA, 5 seems to be the default even if a places just matches expectations which should make it a 3. Just an entry in the Michelin guide (no rosette required) is worth a lot more than 5 stars on TA.

          • BJ says:

            I think most are aware of the issues with TA and consider them accordingly. Despite this most of the reviews for most of the hotels at TA and other sites with reviews are genuine. However being genuine does not in itself render a review good or useful, some are while others are not. I never use such sites and reviews as a basis on which to choose my hotels. Rather, having already selected or created a shortlist of options, I find they can be useful to check on things like directions to airports, parking options, and the nature of the neighbourhood where I am not already familiar with such things. Don’t forget to that reviews in blogs are in many cases essentially sponsored so while not on a par with a fake review in TA where the writer does not set foot in the hotel, questions as to the impartiality and frankness of such reviews are legitimate. For clarity, I am not suggesting that the reviews provided here by Rhys on HfP are questionable, for the most part he sticks to the descriptive factual instead of the subjective, and where hie has issues he has usually highlighted them in a fair and balanced way.

        • Michael C says:

          Take out all those that have given fewer than 10 reviews, and all those that say “Special shout-out for Melinda/José on reception”!!!

      • BJ says:

        Fair point. Agree on Bonvoy points too but this is not just a Marriott thing, Hilton and often IHG have some crazy feward prices too.

        • His Holyness says:

          TA is dead, many hotels don’t even bother replying, Google Reviews is WAY more popular

  • Freddy says:

    63k points seems a bit steep for rooms around the £200 mark

  • Stuart says:

    It’s not a “Day Ticket”, it’s a ticket for the duration of your stay.

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