We(2)are travelling to Switzerland for 3 days in early February. Can anyone please suggest reasonably priced and central hotel or self contained accommodation in Geneva and Zurich. We have tried several web sites but hotels are fairly pricey and have not been able to find suitable self contained 1 bedroom apartments
Wow, you picked the two most expensive areas in Switzerland. Maybe you want to widen your search into the surrounding areas and get a train into Zurich or Geneva? The distances in Switzerland are not that big (eg. Berne to Zurich can be done in 1 -1.5 hours) and the trains system is very good.
Unfortunately I am not too familiar with the area or Hotels, but if you check the towns/villages around them you could get away cheaper.
Just a thought.
In Zurich, I would recommend Martahaus. It is a 5 minute walk from the Bahnhofstrasse train station.
Hope this helps.
For Geneva I know those two options:
Home St.Pierre, situated just in the heart of the old-town across the cathedral, costs ca. 40 CHF per person, bunk beds but might have private rooms as well
Hotel Bernina, just accross the train station, av. costs CHF 120 per double room incl. breakfast.
Those are the two places I stayed in, and both were ok, depends on you what you prefer...