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Hostel for a short time

Hey,

Sorry, but I didn't know where to post this.

I am looking for a hostel for 2 people (Private room) - My girlfriend and I just want a quick break and trying to keep the costs down.

We are coming from Belfast to Geneva, it is out first time in the country.

Thanks for any help
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Re: Hostel for a short time

Geneva Youth Hostel. I have not been to Geneva for several years, but from what I have read the Paquis seems to have become a rather rough (by Swiss standards!!!) area ... comments from more knowledgeable members would be helpful.

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Re: Hostel for a short time

You did not say what month/season is the time of your visit. How are you getting to Geneva?

You also left Geneva out of your heading.

At this time believe the only flight connection from Ireland is from Dublin, not sure believe that is to Zurich.

Food wise, meat is expensive, paricularly beef compared to Ireland. Better to try the local sausages completely different to Ireland or stick to port/chicken or things like Pizza/pasta dishes when eating out, if you are meat eaters. The salads fruit and vegetables are supreme quality in Switzerland and try the different breads, although the fresh bakery breads are not cheap, they are great quality - look out what they contain, nuts/grains.
A cheap local dish to look out for is Rosti Potatoes, kind of like american hash browns. Usually in a restaurant Rosti comes with the local sausages in a kind of onion gravy. - dont know if you will like it, but suggest one of you try it once. I Love Rosti Potatoes, but not so keen on the gravy sauce. Coop supermarkets often have a restaurant that is reasonable for lunch, for me, I am more of an Aunty age to you, so I dont like the salt content of there. You will find eating out expensive, so looks for supermarkets/shopping centres with self service restaurants to eat well at lunch time. No where cheap to eat dinner.
If you drink alcohol, bring beer/wine opener, shop at Denner.
Usually drinking out about 10 times price of what you pay in the shop. suggest you drink draft beer by the bars, there are various brands and something different for you to try. Something special (maybe worth a treat to yourselves) to try in the winter Cafe Lutz, Switzerland kind of like 'Hot Tody'.
The other thing drunk in the wintertime is BlueWine, that is a hot (cheap) wine with herbs/spices, i have no idea of the price out - you need to check it yourself by the pricelist.
If you intend to do some cooking in a hostel or the like, then check another threat what you allowed to bring into Switzerland, I am not sure maybe 1/2 kilo of beef. You definitely want to stay within the limits, as fines very high if you are caught bringing in more than allowed, i cant remember something like double then hundreds in a fine.

sorry cant tell you anything about Geneva, as have not been there yet.
Switzerland is a great country, peaceful with the exception of the church bells if you happen to be in the wrong location, but for me a Londoner I compare to them to sirens from police/ambulance/fire vehicles, as a distraction.

Enjoy your time

Happy Christmas
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Re: Hostel for a short time

Youth hostel info is here:

It's best to email them directly and ask what they have available.
http://www.youthhostel.ch/en

You will find the quality and price generally much higher than what you are used to...

Definitely purchase food, drink etc from supermarkets rather than 'kiosk' or restaurants...the price difference is enormous.

Another suggestion is to google 'b&B Geneva' and see what comes up - little private homes that rent out rooms for couples and provide breakfast, may end up as cheap as a twin room in the youth hostel...
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Hey,

Sorry, but I didn't know where to post this.

I am looking for a hostel for 2 people (Private room) - My girlfriend and I just want a quick break and trying to keep the costs down.

We are coming from Belfast to Geneva, it is out first time in the country.

Thanks for any help

may i know how long you need and which place you are looking
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Re: Hostel for a short time

Thanks for the replies!

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You did not say what month/season is the time of your visit. How are you getting to Geneva?
Sorry, it can be Jan, Feb or March, no time limit really, just going on the cost for flights and accommodation

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You also left Geneva out of your heading.
I just meant to am going to Geneva by flight, I am happy to go anywhere just to see the country, I should have said, I was short for time so did a quick post

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At this time believe the only flight connection from Ireland is from Dublin, not sure believe that is to Zurich.
Easyjet goes to Geneva from Belfast, its a few hours closer so we will be going from there.

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Food wise, meat is expensive, paricularly beef compared to Ireland. Better to try the local sausages completely different to Ireland or stick to port/chicken or things like Pizza/pasta dishes when eating out, if you are meat eaters. The salads fruit and vegetables are supreme quality in Switzerland and try the different breads, although the fresh bakery breads are not cheap, they are great quality - look out what they contain, nuts/grains.
A cheap local dish to look out for is Rosti Potatoes, kind of like american hash browns. Usually in a restaurant Rosti comes with the local sausages in a kind of onion gravy. - dont know if you will like it, but suggest one of you try it once. I Love Rosti Potatoes, but not so keen on the gravy sauce. Coop supermarkets often have a restaurant that is reasonable for lunch, for me, I am more of an Aunty age to you, so I dont like the salt content of there. You will find eating out expensive, so looks for supermarkets/shopping centres with self service restaurants to eat well at lunch time. No where cheap to eat dinner.
If you drink alcohol, bring beer/wine opener, shop at Denner.
Usually drinking out about 10 times price of what you pay in the shop. suggest you drink draft beer by the bars, there are various brands and something different for you to try. Something special (maybe worth a treat to yourselves) to try in the winter Cafe Lutz, Switzerland kind of like 'Hot Tody'.
The other thing drunk in the wintertime is BlueWine, that is a hot (cheap) wine with herbs/spices, i have no idea of the price out - you need to check it yourself by the pricelist.
If you intend to do some cooking in a hostel or the like, then check another threat what you allowed to bring into Switzerland, I am not sure maybe 1/2 kilo of beef. You definitely want to stay within the limits, as fines very high if you are caught bringing in more than allowed, i cant remember something like double then hundreds in a fine.
This is amazing information and I really appreciate you taking the time to write it
We are trying to keep costs down but of course we are on holiday so maybe a few treats


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may i know how long you need and which place you are looking
I honestly don't know any areas, I will be doing research online but we are landing in Geneva.
I am looking for around 1 week, we want to have a look and maybe come back for a longer term stay if we like it (This is a holiday but thinking of moving to Switzerland so that's part of the reason for going).

Thanks again for the replies and Happy Christmas everyone!
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