The 7 Best Hotels in Geneva

5th January 2007 // By Zahra Al-Kateb



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.




  • Square footage: 3,230
  • Nightly rate: $13,000

Dasha Kudryavtseva, Head of the Guest Personal Assistants

+41 22 908 70 00

33, Quai des Bergues, 1201 Geneva