Private room in a large apartment: Beautifully decorated, and fully appointed with everything you would need. Located in the area called the Paquis, central to all major transport and close to the UN.
This apartment is perfect for the short term business traveller or tourists who want the quality of a top hotel but the comfort of a "home away from home", without having to pay extra for all the amenities like wifi and the ability to cook at home!
The apartment is located across the road from the Palais Wilson (the home of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights), and close to the number 1 bus stop, and the tram stop "Butini", for the number 15 tram to the Palais des Nations (main United Nations plaza). Most UN offices are within walking distance or a short public transport ride. The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, the Geneva Academy, and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, are all a short walk away, and the University of Geneva is one tram ride away.
The apartment is a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom, large attic apartment on the top floor, with views over rooftops and around Geneva. The jet d'eau is visible from some windows. There is a large open-plan kitchen (fully equipped with all the cooking equipment you could want, plus dishwasher), large dining table (seats 10), and large lounge area with digital cable TV (over 250 channels in almost every language). Books and magazines available for you to peruse during your stay.
The room has a new bed, and all linen and towels are new and professionally laundered. Guests in each of the four bedrooms share one of the two bathrooms each - so you may have a bathroom to yourself, or at most, you would be sharing with one other person (depending on how many other guests are staying at the time of your booking).
Hi-speed wifi is available free throughout the apartment (optical fibre network coming to the apartment in early 2013!).
The apartment is regularly cleaned, and this is already included in the cost (no additional cleaning fees for this apartment!).
Iron and ironing board, and all other usual amenities and facilities also available.
The apartment is non smoking and no pets, sorry.
I have lots of maps and tourist information also available to give to those who are visiting Geneva for the first time. As a long term Geneva resident (10 years), I love telling people about my home town, and am always available to help with any questions.
Two other furnished rooms in the same apartment are also available, you can have a look at my other listings on Airbnb for more information.
Guests have access to two shared bathrooms (one with full size bath tub and shower over bath, the other with shower and toilet), separate toilet, kitchen and kitchen appliances including Nespresso coffee machine and dishwasher, space in fridge, lounge with cable TV, hi-speed wifi.
Either I or my friendly live-in housekeepers (Meredith and Henry) welcome guests to the apartment upon arrival and show them around the living space, and provide maps, directions to where they need to go, and advice on tourist destinations or best ways to get to their conference venue, etc, if needed. (Our language skills are as follows, and we try to make sure to match the person who greets guests with the languages spoken: Claire: English, French; Meredith: English, Italian, Tagalog; Henry: Italian, Tagalog.)
We find then that most guests are happy being relatively self-sufficient. If guests ever need or want to ask questions, one of us is usually around and available, and always happy to help out. We are always happy to chat to guests, and sometimes share a glass of wine or a meal. We often end up having chats in the hallway or kitchen, at the end of the day, and if there are multiple guests, sometimes the guests get to know each other.
In general, however, most guests coming are here for work or to visit family that already live here, so are happy to have a bit of happy company, but be left to do their own thing most of the time. I provide advice often on life in Geneva, and the ins and outs of various aspects of life here, and get on well with all the guests I've had so far!
Essentially, the level of interaction is really up to each guest - I've been known to race to the airport to deliver a forgotten passport to a guest, to book appointments for guests at my favourite hair salon, and on more than one occasion to invite guests to celebrate Christmas dinner with my friends and I. More than one AirBnB guest and I have ended up collaborating on work projects together! At the other extreme, I've had a guest stay for a week and never see them after the initial greeting as our schedules meant we worked and slept to different rhythms and this guest wanted and needed nothing from me - I won't bother you if you don't want me to, but if you need anything, I'm here for you :)
The apartment is in the quiet end of the Paquis (central-most inner-city suburb between the main train station and the lake), close to the Botanic Gardens and the Lake Leman. When you leave the apartment, you can walk in one direction and be in the heart of the city, a short walk from the lake and the Old Town. Or walk in the other direction, and you are in parkland, by beautiful restored villas, along the lakeside, watching the boats and the ducks.
The vibrant Paquis area is full of restaurants and shops - it is one of the most interesting areas to stay in Geneva (and don't worry, yes, it is safe and the apartment is located well away from the red light district!). The lake is only one block away, so morning or evening jogs or walks along the quai are delightful, and in summertime you are close to one of the best lake swimming places (Bains des Paquis), which also serves in winter time as the best venue for going for a sauna and/or having a typical Swiss meal of fondue with the locals!
There is limited street parking available, and limited metered parking, and it is not always easy to find a park in this area. However, I have a secure carpark in a garage next to my apartment that I rent to AirBnB guests, so please let me know if you need parking. There are also large parking garages nearby at the main train station and other areas within walking distance or a short tram ride, where cars can be parked, for a price!
Public transport is easily accessible from this apartment, including the small or large boats that you can take for trips across the lake!
The apartment is just around the corner from the bus stop "Gautier" on the numbers 1 and 25 bus lines (a short bus ride from the main train station), and just a short walk from the tram stop "Butini" on on the number 15 main tram line to the Palais des Nations (only 2 stops away from the main train station). Most UN offices are within walking distance or a short public transport ride. The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, the Geneva Academy, and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, are all a short walk away, and the University of Geneva is one tram ride away.
So it is very central to everything you could need, including shops, restaurants and the lively heart of Geneva, and main tourist attractions. It is about 10-15 minutes walk from the main train station, and easy to get to from the airport.
This AirBnB listing is for a room in a shared apartment. The occupants of the apartment are the listed host's wonderful housekeepers (a married couple, Meredith & Henry, who keep the apartment spotless and who live-in full time), and possibly 1-2 other sets of AirBnB guests (i.e. there are two other guest rooms, and each is available for single or couple occupants - it is a four bedroom apartment). Your host (i.e. our amazing housekeepers) live permanently in this apartment, it is their home. If you want to rent multiple rooms at this same time, it may be possible to rent two or three guest rooms (depending on availability), but it is not possible to rent the entire apartment.
Please note that while I do occasionally accept longer term guests (up to 3 months duration), and there can be some flexibility in pricing depending on availability and busy periods, my prices are set out clearly on this page and large discounts cannot be offered for long-term stays given the high demand from regularly returning guests for short term visits.
How does your stay in this apartment help a young student learn about human rights?
The reason I rent my spare rooms through AirBnB is very simple - I do so in order to fund an internship program for students and young practitioners in human rights to come to Geneva and learn about the United Nations and human rights advocacy. The cost of living in Geneva is very high, and while it is the centre of the world for learning about human rights, it is prohibitively expensive for the vast majority of young people to come here to gain practical experience in learning how to be human rights advocates. But by using the (very little bit of) profit I make from AirBnB to provide free accommodation for young interns in a student residence, I am able to offer a rolling 3-month internship program (mentoring 3-4 interns at a time), to help train the next generation of human rights practitioners.
Since late 2012, thanks to our AirBnB guests doing nothing more than selecting this place to stay out from amongst the myriad of other options in Geneva, we've managed to offer funded internships to 16 young people. Many of our intern alumni are already back in their home countries, making and changing policies and laws, as they progress in world-changing careers! If you want more information about how renting out rooms through AirBnB to support human rights interns is part of my social entrepreneurship endeavours - search online for more info about my organisation, Te Atawhai Nation.
Clean and comfortable. Great stay!
The apartment was beautiful, comfortable, warm and conveniently located--a perfect room to return to during a busy work week in Geneva!
Great location. A block from the lake and 5 minutes from tram. Very clean and well appointed.
I stayed with Claire last week in a really lovely top floor apartment in Geneva. There had been problems with a bathroom so Claire found me another space at the last minute. Claire is a wonderful host; she had thought of all the small things. The apartment was located very close to the tramlines and I was about to walk to UNHCR where I was working. I will definitely be staying with Claire again.
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My stay at Claire's apartment was very nice. I envoyed very much. The room is very confortable and clean, the location is perfect and the people I met there were very friendly. I shoul recommend it to my friends.
I stayed for two nights in Geneva at Claire's beautiful, clean and quiet apartment. It's a very nice penthouse with a huge common area. A fantastic part of town by the posh hotels close to the water, though a bit inconvenient for public transit. I would definitely stay here again!
Very clean. Lots of light. Great location. Good amenities.
We loved staying in Claire's flat. High up, beautiful, light and airy, it's steps away from the lake and an easy walk from the old centre. There's a spacious stylish living area to hang out in, and Claire was a responsive, flexible host. It rained while we were in Geneva but somehow our stay at Claire's flat was luminous.
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