Oh, Geneva… a breath of old-time elegance and sophistication unlike any other. With the picturesque Lake Geneva at the very heart of it and snow-capped Mont Blanc in the distance, this beautiful Swiss city embodies everything that you could ever wish for. A stunning setting is complete with Swiss quality through and through – from the service industry to the world-renowned Swiss watches. A stay in Geneva is all about embracing that old-time charm that you’d think you can only see in old movies – marble lobbies, dazzling chandeliers, champagne coupes, and the most remarkable Art Deco interiors. Here in Geneva it all not only comes to life but has stood here since the mid-to-late 19th century. While most of the 5-star luxury hotels in Geneva embrace the opulent local history, you’ll also find contemporary gems that, while still true to the past, embrace a more forward-thinking look. Either way, the result is pure excellence and we’re here to tell you about it with our top hotel picks in Geneva.
Le Richemond has stood at the shores of Lake Geneva for well over a century. Since opening in 1875, the majestic hotel has attracted guests with the finest taste from across the world. Now more than ever, with an acclaimed restaurant and a sensual Sisley Spa, Le Richemond has stood the test of time and improved upon itself in excellence. The marble-floored lobby welcomes you in style and well-trained attentive staff quickly adapt to your every need.
Keeping with its signature Art Deco theme throughout, the hotel also knows how to remain current in modern times with contemporary art alongside classic fittings. All of the hotel’s 109 rooms feel rich and perfectly furnished with a well-balanced blend of modern and timeless pieces. The beds are beyond amazing – sumptuous and impressive, and even the smallest rooms are perfectly equipped, complete with full-size tubs in the luxurious bathrooms. The color scheme in all rooms stays true to an Art Deco aesthetic – rich, warm orange and wooden tones are dominant with refreshing touches of lavish jewel tones that are not only very Art Deco but also an interior trend for 2020.
Another great dame of the splendid Geneva hospitality scene is the legendary Hotel d’Angleterre on the buzzing shores of Lake Geneva. Welcoming crème de la crème from the highest society ranks since the late 19th century, it’s impossible to deny the obvious grandeur of this fine hotel. And it is not just the history of this remarkable hotel that makes it so well-loved – with unmatched views of the snow-capped Mont Blanc, five-star service and appearance through and through, you will not find a fault even if you tried. Wake up to the views of Jet d’Eau fountain, and step directly onto the promenade to find yourself directly at the very heart of Geneva.
The hotel has impeccably stood the test of time and its grand interiors perfectly reflect that. In a time of beautiful, yet often impersonal modernity, Hotel d’Angleterre celebrates its century-old magnificence through classic interiors complete with marble, chandeliers, and polished brass. Don’t expect a hint of minimalism as you will find true opulence here present in textured fabrics, rich tones, and perfectly-crafted elegant furnishings. Since the hotel only has 39 guest rooms and 6 suites, it is clear why each room has been uniquely designed. 12 lake-view rooms are on high demand and you will certainly want to find yourself in one of those as it delivers the full experience that d’Angleterre offers.
La Réserve Genève Hotel, Spa and Villas
La Réserve Genève Hotel, Spa and Villas offers a refreshing take on Geneva luxury. The well-appointed hotel sits on the shores of Lake Geneva further away from the buzz of the city and offers a more private and secluded getaway where refined simplicity shines through unpretentious and uncluttered luxury, and it’s all about the ultimate relaxing experience. The refined Swiss tradition of luxury health retreats is definitely present here and you couldn’t wish for more perfectly executed high-expectation quality than you will find here.
The lakeside retreat charm is instant and it continues throughout this beautiful estate, which has certain African safari-style elements present too. A color theme of deep red, purple, ochre and green with dark-wood flooring dominates the interiors. The slight feel of the colonial theme feels odd at first but remarkably refreshing in the classic old-world European interiors of most hotels in Geneva. This will be an obvious pick for anyone wishing to blend their stay in Geneva with outdoor relaxation as most rooms feature outdoor terraces complete with comfortable loungers. A gorgeous, large indoor pool is the ideal place for a refreshing morning swim, and the in-house spa will soothe the senses at the end of the day.
Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva
If there is one place where the celebrated excellence of the Four Seasons fits right in, without question, it is Geneva. No detail can be too grand and no aspect of the faultless service too perfected – in Geneva, it’s all about the splendor and Hotel des Bergues Geneva embraces it fully. While the Four Seasons embraces the celebrated timelessness of Swiss hospitality, it couldn’t be more forward-thinking at the same time. Located conveniently right at the Point du Mont-Blanc, the hotel is complete with lavish décor, marble floors, and a 19th-century aristocrat’s drawing room-style salon.
The rooms are classically decorated with a pale blue and cream color palette, marble bathrooms and antique furnishings. Rooms located on the higher floors feel more contemporary while still staying true to the hotel’s original character, with cream and mocha-colored furnishings. One of the hotel’s main features is the rooftop Mont Blanc spa complete with a pool, sauna, hammam and extensive treatment options. Furthermore, the hotel boasts one of the finest restaurants in Geneva – the Michelin-starred Il Lago is not only magnificently splendid with its frescoed rooms, but their dining experience is unlike any other.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel de la Paix
Last but certainly not least among 5-star grand players in Geneva hotel scene is The Ritz-Carlton Hotel de la Paix. Right off the bat, we should mention that while still beautifully luxurious, this is one of the hotels that actually exudes more of a modern and contemporary feel than some of its nearby neighbors. It’s worth mentioning that Hotel de la Paix is all about blending contemporary aesthetic with classic elements but it does it so seamlessly that the transition is almost too subtle to notice yet the overall look is perfectly flawless.
The mid-19th century building still features the grand marble lobby with pillars and checkered floor, yet each of the 75 rooms – the majority of which are lakeview – is designed to fit a modern pastel color palette with warm grey tones, pale blues and mocha. Furthermore, Hotel de la Paix almost has that boutique hotel feel, where each space is so well-designed, it could easily fill the pages of an in-trend interior magazine. But it’s not just about the looks – the service is flawless, friendly and helpful staff are there for your every need. While the hotel doesn’t have a spa or a pool, there is a very sought-after Scandi-style restaurant Fiskebar. Its casual yet trendy atmosphere is topped off with a menu full of Nordic fusion dishes.