Geneva is home to the European headquarters of the United Nations as well as many international luxury brands, watch companies and global banks. Yet, it is much more than a cosmopolis for the luxury traveler. It’s also home to those who love nature, sports and fine food. Swiss hotels take all of this into account by offering memorable views—of the lake and mountains—and the highest standards of service for their guests. These hotels show just how seriously the Swiss take the art of hospitality, wellness and sophistication.
Here are the best luxury hotels in Geneva:
Geneva’s Four Seasons Hôtel des Bergues dates back to 1834 and continues to welcome diplomats, business clients and vacationers to its glamorous lakeside location. Many of the classic yet contemporary rooms have views of the lake and its mountain backdrop. For a 360-degree view and cool vibes, head to the Japanese restaurant Izumi on the rooftop. To cool down, unwind in the spa facilities, which offer the most customized facials by Dr. Pauline Burgener. Treat yourself to holistic aromatherapy treatments and a range of massages that help those coping with jet lag or in need of winding down after extensive business meetings.
The The Hotel President Wilson looks over Lake Geneva and beyond to the grandeur of Mont Blanc and the Alps. Whatever the season, it is a view to savor especially from the garden terrace with its swimming pool and al fresco dining. The Royal Penthouse Suite has hosted many prominent guests over the years and is one of the most expensive suites in the world. For a Swiss healing or pampering experience, the La Mer Spa offers serious relaxation with products coming direct from the sea to your skin.
With its parkland grounds blending light and shade, La Réserve makes the most of being situated beside the lake and within walking distance of the center of Geneva. It offers its own boat for guests to enjoy the full extent of life on Lake Geneva, along with an impressive array of water sports activities. The sleek, contemporary interior design puts guests at their ease. Time out in the pool or spa provides guests an opportunity to ponder which of the five fine dining options to select.
For a luxury retreat in the center of Geneva, it is hard to see beyond the Mandarin Oriental. It is situated on the banks of the River Rhône just where it flows into Lake Geneva. The river and city views draw the eye and are a welcome and cheering distraction for the many international business guests who opt to stay here. The quality of the accommodation from the new Royal Penthouse to the guest bedrooms is exemplary and the service is everything that guests can expect—and often quite a bit more.
Since 1865, the charming Beau Rivage has been delivering an excellent and authentic grand-hotel service to its guests. Surrounded by the city, Lake Geneva and the Alpine peaks, it is only footsteps away from Geneva’s shopping district, Rue du Rhone. Facing Geneva’s Jet d’Eau, guests can enjoy fantastic views (and rainbows) of the grand fountain right from the hotel’s 80 rooms and 15 suites. A legendary wine cellar, filled with the rarest and most prestigious vintages, will leave even the most passionate oenophiles in awe. You can book a private Michelin-starred fine dining evening accompanied by an unforgettable wine-tasting experience.
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