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By Zahra Al-Kateb | January 5 2007
Geneva is synonymous with luxury and elegance. Expect a world with quality of service beyond compare
Le Richemond has a fascinating history and has hosted many distinguished guests since it opened in 1875 as Geneva’s palace and to this day this glamorous, five-star establishment welcomes guests ‘in-the-know’.
Le Richemond personifies the refined sophistication of modern, contemporary luxury with 109 guest rooms and suites which provide guests with unrivalled comfort and panoramic views of Lake Geneva, Jet d’Eau, Mont Blanc, Salève mountains and Old Town. The hotel is within walking distance of the center of the financial district and key shopping areas such as Rue du Rhône and Rive in addition to the Patek Phillipe watch museum, art museums and all key central landmarks of Geneva. Each room and suite is individually decorated and many feature antiques and contemporary artworks, creating an elegant and fashionable air. Le Jardin celebrates Italian art and cuisine, Le Bar is the place to meet for afterwork cocktails and The Lounge offers a delightful Afternoon Tea experience. A luxurious spa and state-of-the-art Techno Gym fitness center offers a discreet sanctuary within this vibrant city.
Why we love it: This sumptuous penthouse suite is a combination of a Deluxe Room, Junior Deluxe Suite and Presidential Suite complete with rain forest showers and hammam, a spacious living room with fireplace and a dining room for private entertaining.
Located on the 7th floor, with a surface of 820 square feet and accented by two inviting, beautifully furnished terraces, the Royal Armleder Suite offers a 360° panoramic view of Lake Geneva, Old Town and its famous cathedral, as well as the snow-capped Mont Blanc.
The luminous rooms are spacious, welcoming and provide limitless comfort and a stylish contemporary décor, accented with works of art and an eclectic selection of antiques and modern furniture, including a few elements designed by John Stefanidis himself.
With a total surface of 330 square feet, the large and peaceful terraces are furnished with total relaxation in mind. The lounge chairs, furnishings and gardens were designed with care and are perfect for evening entertaining under the stars.
Patrick Mossu, General Manager
+41 22 715 77 77
At the edge of Lake Geneva, the city’s very first hotel has been a beloved landmark since its opening in 1834.
Reborn for the 21st century as Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva, the seven-storey neoclassical building was transformed through two years of refurbishments. Interior architect Pierre-Yves Rochon focused the renovations on recapturing the hotel’s historic spirit – creating interiors that ‘could have been’ in 1834. Classic French furnishings blend Directoire, Louis XVI and Louis-Philippe styles to bring a fresh, bright and airy ambiance. The color palette of greens and blues – inspired by the waters of Lake Geneva – is reflected throughout the public spaces, 65 guest rooms and across all 35 premier suites, offering guests an unrivalled and opulent experience.
Why we love it: With palatial grandeur, the five-bedroom Royal Suite soars with high ceilings, tall windows and a private terrace overlooking the city and Lake Geneva. A superb suite in which to entertain; furnishings are impeccable French reproductions, echoing the style of Versailles. Lavish silks, velvets and jacquards have been sourced from the finest Parisian fabric houses. The most complex detailing includes the plasterwork for the decorative mouldings, friezes and cartouches – cast on site and hand painted to achieve the patina of history. The suite offers a spacious marble foyer, living room with formal dining room for eight and adjacent pantry, parlor with double sofa bed, and a high-tech office designed as a library. The marble master bathroom features a double vanity, window-side designer bathtub offering lake views, separate rain shower, LCD flat-screen television, steam-resistant mirrors and heated towel racks. A guest powder room adjoins the living area.
Dasha Kudryavtseva, Head of the Guest Personal Assistants
+41 22 908 70 00
33, Quai des Bergues, 1201 Geneva
Consistently featured in the top five most expensive hotels in the world, the Hotel President Wilson is the crown jewel on the tiara that is Geneva; a luxury collection hotel located on the lakeshore with spectacular panoramic views of Lake Geneva and the famous Jet d’Eau.
Its reputation of having the most spacious and luxurious hotel suite has attracted many well-known public figures to its state-of-the-art Royal Penthouse. The Wilson has been beautifully renovated and is one of Geneva’s most contemporary five-star hotels. Its 180 rooms and 48 suites are equipped with the latest Bang & Olufsen LCD screens with 120 digital TV channels in HD and free internet access. Guests can also enjoy the hotel’s superb leisure facilities and spa. With an exceptional view of the lake, the hotel’s outdoor pool or Geneva downtown, the living areas cocoon guests in pure luxury and refinement. The President Wilson’s pursuit of excellence and delivery of superior guest experiences is fundamental to the success of its brand. Heads of State and celebrities who have stayed here include: Bill Clinton, King and Queen Mohammed VI, Tony Blair, Michael Douglas, Rihanna and Matt Damon.
Why we love it: The Royal Penthouse is one of the most expensive hotel suites in Europe. This opulent living space occupies the entire eighth floor of the President Wilson and offers maximum security, ensuring total privacy and protection from the public eye. Featuring 12 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, a 1930’s billiard table, a Steinway grand piano for the musically minded, a fitness center, private elevator, private terrace, and a cinema / entertainment room with an impressive Bang & Olufsen 103-inch LCD screen. An additional benefit of the Royal Penthouse is its unparalleled view of the city, Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc, which can be especially enjoyed from the glass bay windows of the Jacuzzi or hammam.
Fabienne Newhart, Director of Sales & Marketing, Room Division and Spa
47 Quai Wilson, 1211 Geneva
+41 22 906 66 66
Enter a captivating world of timeless yet modern elegance. Dating back to 1872, the Hotel d’Angleterre has been beautifully restored with a passion for perfection that extends to every level of service and amenity.
With majestic views of the Jet d’Eau, Mont Blanc and surrounding mountains, the hotel is a short walk or boat ride to Geneva’s elite shopping on Rue du Rhône and the banking district. Located only 15 minutes from the airport and an hour from the finest Alpine skiing, Hotel d’Angleterre has often been regarded as one of Geneva’s finest hotels. With just 45 rooms and nestled between two imposing luxury hotels on the Quay du Mont- Blanc, the Hotel d’Angleterre stands its ground and offers the five-star grandeur and European style and comfort for which Geneva is famous.
Why we love it: The crowning glory of Hotel d’Angleterre is its legendary Presidential Suite. Celebrities, diplomats and heads of state choose it for its space, privacy, security and for the ever-attentive butler service. Others appreciate the feeling of quiet confidence that comes from living with antiques and fine furnishings. The marble and mirrored bathrooms – one adjoining the living room area – feature a large vanity with two basins, bathtubs, separate shower, hammam, heated towel racks and a TV to allow you to indulge in the most relaxing moment of your day. For the security conscious, all windows in the Presidential Suite are bullet proof.
Gilles Oggier, Head of Guest Services
+41 22 906 85 08
17 Quai du Mont-Blanc, 1201 Geneva
Hotel Les Armures is a unique hotel located in the heart of Old Town Geneva, offering a breathtaking view of this historic part of the city, while only a stone’s throw from Lac Leman and the business and shopping centers.
This magnificent 17th century residence has been recently renovated to create a unique environment combining luxury and refinement with elegantly decorated rooms and suites. Les Armures also has one of the oldest restaurants in Geneva, offering traditional Swiss dishes such as raclette and fondue, as well as gourmet French cuisine. Fully air-conditioned, Restaurant Les Armures is open the whole year, seven days a week. Well-known guests include Bill Clinton, Paul McCartney, Sophia Loren and George Clooney.
Why we love it: The Hotel Les Armures exudes character as only a 17th century building can. The Prestige Junior Suite has immaculate wooden floors and beamed ceilings, while blending modern furniture with historic hearths, wrought iron and dressed stone walls. More compact in size, yet big on comfort, the hotel makes its mark with understated simplicity. Incorporating warm, neutral colors, the suite is a beautiful blend of comfort and luxury. The room comes with a double bed, a bathroom with separate shower and toilet, a mini-bar and a work station.
Michel Paternotte, General Manager
+41 22 310 91 72
1, Rue Puits-St-Pierre, 1204 Geneva
Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva enjoys a stunning location on the shores of Lake Geneva, facing the Jet D’Eau and close to the city’s commercial and shopping center and Old Town.
Providing guests with exceptional views over the lake, the Cathedral, Mont Blanc and the Alps, the Kempinski offers both business and leisure facilities. Choose from one of 410 rooms and suites and make the most of four restaurants, two bars, 24-hour room service, a business center, car park, large shopping arcade, a heated indoor saltwater swimming pool and a fitness club. Guests seeking relaxation will enjoy ‘Le Spa’ center – a 4,600 square foot haven dedicated to health and wellness. For a more intimate experience, book the entire SPA Suite and after some heavenly pampering, enjoy brunch or dinner on its private terrace.
Why we love it: The Geneva Suite rightfully boasts one of the most spectacular views over Lake Geneva and the Old Town. Consisting of two very large dining and living rooms, and spacious enough to offer three master bedrooms – all with en-suite facilities – the suite takes up residence on the two top floors of this grand hotel. The duplex living space harbors its own kitchen and pantry with food lift, a private gym room, private lounge, and a room for games and entertainment with its own pool table. Guests can unwind on the terrace facing Lake Geneva, or in the spa / hammam with rain shower, and enjoy the services of a private butler and personal chef who will tend to your every need.
Thierry Lavalley, General Manager
+41 22 908 90 81
19 Quai du Mont-Blanc, 1201 Geneva
A divine Swiss Alps retreat created by Sir Richard Branson, The Lodge is the perfect place to holiday with friends and family.
This idyllic traditional chalet sleeps up to 18 adults in seven beautifully decorated luxury bedrooms and two stunning Master Suites, all enjoying fabulous Alpine views to the valley below. An additional six children can be accommodated in the kid’s bunkroom. Large picture windows frame spectacular views of the Alps, while allowing light to flood the elegant and spacious living space. A modern fireplace divides sleeping and seating areas in the wooden-beamed Master Suites, while simple dividers in the form of pillars and function walls create a Zen-like vibe and bring the outside in. Apart from its Wellness center, The Lodge also has a hot tub, Jacuzzi and pool.
We love the SPA: Guests can choose from an array of body treatments at The Lodge after consultation with the resident beauty therapist. Try the Intensive Nourishment treatment, an exfoliating ‘scrub and wrap’ service leaving dry, devitalised skin well hydrated and moisturized.
Price: Ranging from $81,320 to $163,950, based on exclusive use for 18 guests, including meals and drinks, local taxes and 24-hour driver service within Verbier for seven nights.
Location: You can opt to travel on a two-hour drive to The Lodge from Geneva International Airport, or make use of the helicopter facilities at Geneva, Zurich and Sion airports to Le Chable, only 20 minutes from The Lodge.
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+44 (0)208 600 04 30
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+1 877 577 8777
Chemin de Plénadzeu 3, 1936 Verbier