If you asked for an introduction to Geneva anyone who has been there would attest to the superb quality of its establishments. With that being said the quality comes cost, those planning a trip to Geneva must accept the price tag that comes along with it. Seeing the city by hired car is recommended to make the most rich culture and landscapes. The Alps are but a drive away whilst museums and monuments draw people during various times of the year. The River Rhône runs through the centre of Geneva joining Lake Leman (otherwise known as Lake Geneva) towards the south-western. As a result many of the most cherished hotels have found their homes close to the water. You’ll find this is the case with each hotel in this list. With so much to see (including a mandatory visit to the United Nations) you have to decide on a place that will allow you to rest easy after a day of jam packed adventures.
No.1 – Swiss Luxury Apartments
Where: Rue Philippe-Plantamour 6, 1201 Genève, Switzerland
Why: As one of the centres for European finance, Geneva attracts business individuals from all over the world. It’s no wonder why luxury serviced apartments would take the no1 spot in this list. The greatest quality is their sleek interior which is kept immaculately clean. Choose between spacious one or two bedroom apartments, each equipped with kitchen area, refrigerator, coffee machine and other home making amenities. To add to your privacy, you get your own phone with voicemail. If you’re too busy to go food shopping or do laundry one of the staff can take care of this for you!
Price per night: CHF540 – 600
Special Features: Ideal for group/family holidays. Plus, close to restaurants, business district and nightlife
Where: Quai des Bergues 33, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland
Why: A waterfront location is not all this hotel has to shout about add in the 4.km distance from the airport and the 2min walk to Geneva’s ‘old town’ and you can already how it has earned it spot at number 2. Make no mistake its luxury price tag is justified by attention to detail. Apart from incredibly elegant interior design, rooms feature an elegant lighting system that changes tone as the day. You’ll definitely enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep here. Plus there is plenty of parking for your car hire!
Price per night: CHF690
Special Features: II Lago restaurant – food by Chef Saverio Sbaragli
No.3 – Hotel d’Angleterre
Where: Quai du Mont-Blanc 17, 1201 Genève, Switzerland
Why: Experience a snippet of monarch style living in sumptuous suites where tasteful art finds its place amongst opulent fabrics and wallpapers. Add in a 5-star restaurant and sophisticated bar and you can see why it’s recognised as one of Europe’s top 5 start boutique hotels. You don’t have to lift a finger as the staff wait on you hand and foot as soon as you arrive. The same level of hospitality extends to the kitchen where you can more or less order what you’re in the mood for during breakfast.
Price per night: CHF490
Special Features: Exclusive cigar lounge – oh and Michael Jackson once stayed there!
No.4 – Mandarin Oriental, Geneva
Where: Quai Turrettini 1, 1201 Genève, Switzerland
Why: If you know anything about hotels you know luxury is involved whenever you see the words Mandarin Oriental mentioned. This particular one rests on an unbeatable location. The River Rhone is so close you could jump into it with the help of a quick run up! If you did this you’d miss out on the champagne reception. The hotel is renowned for its helpful staff and highly regarded by business professionals for its spa and fitness facilities. Staff have been known to restock water bottles for your rental car!
Price per night: CHF495
Special Features: You must try the Turkish bath and spa
No.5 – Hotel Beau-Rivage Geneva
Where: Quai du Mont-Blanc 13, 1201 Genève, Switzerland
Why: The hotel has been under the care of the Mayer family for 5 generations and continues to thrive as the years go by. Suites are named after kings and empresses plus characterised to fit their tastes. It’s a good idea to opt for breakfast as the hotel features several restaurants. Michelin-starred chef Dominque Gauthier creates imaginative cuisine at Le Chat Botté, one of the city’s most loved restaurants. You have the option of dining outside on the terrace overlooking the Jet d’ Eau.
Price per night: CHF520
Special Features: Schedule a private dinner at the ‘chef’s table’ for up to 8 people, he will produce a tailor made menu just for you!