Wanting to explore Geneva without paying too much for hotels in downtown? Check out Nyon Hostel! It’s located in 30 minutes from Geneva and doesn’t cost hundreds per night! Nyon Hostel, irrespective of it’s name, is really cozy, offers you your own room if you want and also serves breakfast. I’d rather call this a two to three star hotel located in cute little town called Nyon.
Hostel Review: Nyon Hostel, Nyon, Switzerland
Above: the hostel is that grey building
Nyon hostel is located in Nyon, Switzerland which is around 30 minutes away from Geneva. Nyon itself is a small town where isn’t that much to see. Anyhow, it’s so close to Geneva and other towns in Switzerland that you can easily explore from there.
With a car or taxi it’s 30 minutes from Geneva to Nyon which is not too bad. Anyhow, that taxi drive costs over 90€ ($100) so you probably don’t want to pay that everyday. Instead, rent a car or commute with local trains.
In Nyon hostel the parking is 8€ ($9) per day. And walk to train station is around 15 minutes. The train to Geneva takes around 15 minutes and costs around 8€ ($10).
Hostel and Services
Request Compliance ★★★★★★★★★☆
Welcome Greeting ★★★★★★★★★☆
The hostel has reception from 7am to midnight. The staff was friendly and helpful, so compared to the fact that this isn’t a hotel that’s pretty great.
Irrespective of the fact that this is a hostel they still serve you breakfast. I think the breakfast wasn’t special, just toast, muesli, coffee and juice available but since I didn’t wait for having any free food in hostel this was pretty good. Don’t wait for luxuries but at least you have something to eat and drink.
There is also complimentary WiFi for the guests and breakfast everyday from 7-9am. Nothing special like spa or gym but well, I think most hostels do not offer those luxuries.
Above: Our room
We had a double room with a balcony. Our room was huge. It included two beds, tables, two chairs and a tv. There was also a relatively big balcony, own shower and own bathroom. In the bathroom there were some shower gel and hairdryer available.
From our balcony the view was amazing. It’s crazy to see those snowy mountains from your window every morning. That’s something you never explore in Finland. It was something very beautiful and special for us. Mountains are basically present everywhere you go in Switzerland, it’s such a wonderful country with some stunning nature!
I think this room type offers good value for money. In this hostel there are also shared rooms and bigger own rooms available. We didn’t see those but if the reviews in TripAdvisor are correct those should be nice as well.
Above our separate bathroom and toilet room
Above waiting train to Geneva, the ticket cost 9.00 CHF
There are two grocery stores called Coop nearby. They offer really good quality food and snacks. There are also some restaurants and small stores available in Nyon. In addition to exploring Geneva, take one to two days for exploring Nyon, it’s very cute and beautiful small town.
The train to Geneva or Geneva airport works really well, is clean and safe and operates multiple times every hour. So if you don’t have a huge amount of stuff with you prefer train if you want to save some money for other things.
Above view from the room – those mountains are too beautiful!
The fact I’m usually not a hostel kind of person made reviewing a bit hard for me since I can mostly compare this place to hotels in which I’ve stayed. Anyhow, I really think this place is good value for money. Clean, cozy, great staff and good location. And of course free wi-fi and breakfast are also great. Only thing I would have added would been getting a fridge to the room, however, during wintertime you can store your snacks at the balcony so this wasn’t a big issue for us.
Do you prefer staying in hotels or hostels? Do you prefer hotels in downtown or commuting from somewhere near?