The Best Boutique Hotels in Geneva, Switzerland
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A year-round destination for the simple reason that it’s chocolate-box beautiful in every season, Geneva in Switzerland is centred around the famous, sprawling lake. With views across to the Alps, visitors flock here for the nature, culture, cobbled alleyways and hidden courtyards of one of the largest old towns in Europe. So whether you are planning a family holiday, want to detox and rejuvenate or you’re looking to impress your lover, take your pick from these unique hotels.
Fraser Suites Geneva
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A hidden gem in the heart of the old town, close to the Jet d’Eau fountain and restaurants, Fraser Suites Geneva consists of luxury serviced apartments for the independent traveller. Each suite has a well-equipped kitchenette, bedroom, bathroom – with bathtub, hairdryer and L’Occitane goodies – and a separate living area with a flat-screen TV, so you really feel at home from the minute you check-in.
Hotel d'Angleterre Geneva
Boutique Hotel, Luxury
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A location on Geneva’s ritzy Left Bank, with views of the lake and Mont Blanc, mean Hotel d’Angleterre Geneva sits right in the midst of the action. Built in 1972, the belle époque facade is listed as a historic monument and with it comes five-star treatment, starting the moment you are ushered in by the liveried doorman. The interior could be described as overstated opulence with plenty of marble, brass and sparkly chandeliers, which add a sense of romance to the plush rooms and suites.
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Hotel des Tourelles is located in the St Gervais quarter, sitting directly on the Rhone River. Housed in a stone building dating from 1885, it has been transformed into classy budget accommodation. Its waterside location makes it perfect for adventurers, as long as you don’t mind quirky design or an unusual layout. All rooms come with a television, mini-fridge and free wifi. Ask for a room with a riverside balcony for no extra cost. A continental breakfast is included too.
Beau Rivage Geneva
Boutique Hotel, Luxury
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Indulgence is the name of the game at Beau Rivage Geneva. From the moment you step up to the impeccable galleried atrium, it’s obvious this hotel revels in its history. The corridors are lined with original artwork and antiques whilst the bedrooms follow suit, with dark wood furniture and chandeliers. If you’re celebrating and really want to indulge, the Elizabeth Taylor Suite features a mezzanine bedroom and shower-cum-steam room and spa bath, as well as upgraded room tech, which is bound to impress.
Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel, Luxury
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Built in 1875, Le Richemond takes up a prime position beside Lake Geneva and remains one of the city’s iconic residences. The impressive interior fuses traditional furniture with original wood panelling, modern art exhibitions and intelligent tech. The bedrooms range in size and for a view of the lake, you will need to request one of the superior rooms or suites. However, everyone is welcome to dine at the romantic Le Jardin restaurant or take a day to enjoy the Sisley spa.
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Slap bang in the heart of the city, historic Hotel Bristol has been owned for generations by the Du Boisrouvray family. The five-minute stroll to the train station and Leman Lake will appeal if you want to be at the heart of the action, whilst the whole of the first floor is reserved for solo female travellers. With eclectic decor including red leather armchairs and a turquoise-carpeted spiral staircase taking pride of place in the lobby, you may need sunglasses, but if Louis XV furniture and gold accents are your bag, you will love the convenience and eccentricities.
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Built in 2014, Chez Maman boutique hotel is in an enviable position in the midst of Switzerland’s famous hills. The location means it is 3km (2m) from Cornavin train station and Lake Geneva, but the space and fresh air appeal to many of the guests who take advantage of the homely restaurant and bar. With just 11 rooms, expect friendly service, free wifi and use of the terrace and garden. Bliss for those who like independence.
Domaine de Châteauvieux
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The two Michelin stars awarded to passionate chef Philippe Chevrier at Domaine de Châteauvieux have opened up its charms to foodies all around the world. Off the beaten track, standing above the Geneva countryside and its vineyards, this large traditional house is rustic and homely, centred on the kitchen. Stretching back to the 14th century, the property offers 12 tastefully decorated guest rooms, an inventive wine list, cigar cellar and delightful flower garden. You may not want to leave.
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With a convenient central Geneva location five minutes’ walk from the train station and 150m (500ft) from the lake, the Hotel d’Alleves offers the best of the city in a quiet residential area. The property was built in the 1500s and has retained many original features through its numerous upgrades. Guests are welcomed into a cosy lobby with stone fireplace and original columns whilst the guest rooms are furnished with tasteful mid-century modern furniture and artwork, which combine to complement a peaceful stay.
La Reserve Geneve Hotel and Spa
Spa Hotel, Hotel
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Many guests choose the La Reserve Geneve Hotel and Spa for its spacious lakeside accommodation, which is just far enough outside of the city to make you feel like you’re truly getting away from it all. You may not want to leave the stunning grounds of this alpine lodge-inspired resort, as it boasts four restaurants, two pools and a high-tech spa; but a trip to the city on the vintage boat that leaves from the hotel’s private harbour is a must.
These recommendations were updated on June 10, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.