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The Best Hotels To Book In Geneva's Old Town
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The Best Hotels To Book In Geneva's Old Town

Picture of Colette Lewis
Updated: 9 February 2017
Arguably the most historical part of Geneva, the Old Town is full of intriguing museums and monuments, including the magnificent Cathedral St Pierre. It is also one of the main social hubs of the city, boasting a wide array of buzzing cafés and bars. There are therefore few better places to stay in Geneva than in this fascinating district and in this list, we’ve chosen the best hotels to book.
Salle des Artistes
Salle des Artistes | Courtesy of Les Armures
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Les Armures

Just a few paces from the gorgeous cathedral, Les Armures is perfectly located in the very heart of the Old Town. The building itself fits in well with its historic surroundings, with the current structure dating back to the 17th century, although it can trace its origins right back to the 13th. Over the course of the centuries, it has been owned by a number of counts, bishops and aristocratic families of Geneva and is now personally run by the Borgeat-Granges family.

1, Rue du Puits-Saint-Pierre, Geneva, Switzerland +41 22 310 34 42

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Hôtel de la Cigogne

Situated on the lovely Place de Longemalle, on the edge of the Old Town, Hôtel de la Cigogne offers guests a magical experience within an historic setting. With its authentic fire places, 18th century-style furniture and luxurious rugs, it transports visitors to another world. Guests would also do well to sample the gourmet restaurant, in a setting that is no less grand than its beautiful rooms, including an impressive selection of more than three hundred wines.

17, Place de Longemalle, Geneva, Switzerland +41 22 818 40 40

Hôtel de la Cigogne
Hotel de la Cigogne | © Till Westermayer/Flickr
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Hotel Central Genève

True to its name, Hotel Central Genève is indeed extremely central, within walking distance from almost all the main attractions of Geneva, including the striking Jet d’Eau of Lake Geneva itself, situated just a few hundred feet away. This family-owned boutique offers guests a personal, comfortable experience and several rooms include very pleasant balconies overlooking the picturesque streets of the city. The breakfast is also lovely and comes with particularly good coffee.

2, Rue de la Rôtisserie, Geneva, Switzerland +41 22 828 81 00

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Hôtel Bel’Espérance

Just a couple of roads from the buzzing Place du Bourg-de-Four, Hôtel Bel’Espérance offers a modest yet comfortable stay in a charming, simple setting. It has an interesting history, originally being a women’s hostel run by the Salvation Army and although it was renovated in 1996, it still retains much of its historic charm as well as its Christian-inspired, welcoming attitude. It also offers lovely views of the city from its rooms, thanks to its superb location, not to mention a great breakfast spread.

1, Rue la Vallée, Geneva, Switzerland +41 22 818 37 37

The Jet d'eau
The Jet d’eau | © Faustino Garcia/Flickr
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Hôtel Résidence Cité-Verdaine

Aparthotels in Geneva are a good way of avoiding the notorious expenses of going out to eat too often in the city, and give guests the chance to “live like a local,” especially if deciding to take advantage of all the marvelous markets Geneva has to offer. Hôtel Résidence Cité-Verdaine, being just a few feet from the Cathedral St Pierre, is one of the most convenient, most centrally located aparthotels in Geneva, including lovely kitchenettes and even a few large balconies. The tasteful décor and welcoming ambiance makes this a lovely place to enjoy all that Geneva has to offer.

5, Rue du Vieux-Colleège, Geneva, Switzerland +41 22 312 01 20

Cathedral St Pierre
Cathedral St Pierre | © www.david baxendale.com/Flickr