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Switzerland is the home of the hotelier profession and the best places to stay in Geneva provide a rich variety of proof of this, from the grandest lakeside ‘palaces’ to the (relatively) modestly priced.
Don’t expect to find many bargains, as hotels in Geneva tend to be full throughout the year, but discounts are to be had on occasion and it is worth doing a bit of research.
Our recommendations for the best places to stay in Geneva range from the eye-wateringly expensive (but fabulously luxurious) Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues to the gastronomic, but excellent value, Auberge de Confignon, just out of town.
Geneva is not an obvious destination for a lot of people, but it has quite a lot going for it and plenty to see and do for a long weekend, quite apart from its value as a stopover on the way to the Alps. The city is compact and easy to walk around, and the lake and mountains provide a beautiful setting and are easily accessed.
There are boats along the lake to suit all tastes and there are some lovely walks within a short distance of the centre if you want some exercise. Then, of course, there is the shopping - never cheap but always classy. If you're looking for lake frontage, the best places to stay in Geneva are:
- La Reserve - family friendly luxury hotel on the banks of the lake, with a regular boat service from the private quary to the centre of town.
- Grand Hotel Kempinski - luxury hotel in the heart of Geneva, with superb lake views. Great food, top notch spa and hip cocktail bar with resident DJ.
- Of of course the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues, Geneva's Grand Dame of lakeside palaces.
In the city centre the two parallel streets of Rue de Rhone and Rue de Marche are the most popular in the city, housing lush names like Gucci and Valentino. Big Swiss department stores can also be found here such as Bon Génie, Globus and Manor.
If you're looking for the best places to stay in Geneva close to the Rue de Rhone and shopping district, then we'd recommend:
- Hotel de la Cigogne - Family owned luxury property in the heart of the shopping districty and the only Relais et Chateaux in town.
- Hotel Longemalle - The "little sister" of the Cigogne, above, but with the same philosophy and standards
If you walk down Rue de la Confederation, one of the best pedestrian-only streets for shopping, you'll be sure to see shops and boutiques offering watches, wine (don't forget that the Swiss make delicious wine, but don't export any of it so make sure to do a little tasting) and the latest fashion trends. Plus every variation of Swiss army knife and, of course, the famous, mouth-watering Swiss chocolate.
Geneva old town is for art and antique lovers. With so many galleries and shops, you can discover the history of Geneva by digging through the treasures and trinkets of the old antique boutiques and find some relics that date back as far as medieval times.
The cobblestone paths and old buildings of the area are an architectural delight, and getting lost in the many winding alleys only promise to bring you new surprises and fabulous, one of a kind items, plus some of the best places to stay in Geneva. Our pick would have to be Les Armures, a historic property in the heart of the old town which is now a classic family run hotel.
Browse our pick of the best places to stay in Geneva and start to plan your trip.
Best Hotels in Geneva
Auberge de Confignon 14 rooms from $139Geneva (Confignon)
A gastronomic auberge tucked away in a village just outside Geneva. The locally renowned restaurant and its secluded setting are its main attractions, not to mention the wonderful mountain views from the terrace. Tranquility and local gourmet treats with easy access to Geneva.Restaurant - The hotel bistro and restaurant are locally-renowned and serve traditional dishes, using fresh local products.Sights nearby - Conveniently close to Geneva and the Selève mountain.Secluded setting - Located in a small village on the outskirts of Geneva.
Edelweiss Hotel 42 rooms from $185Geneva
A quintessentially Swiss hotel and restaurant with authentic mountain chalet décor. Wood-lined rooms with cosy furnishings and fireplaces. The restaurant offers traditional cuisine and live folk music. A great place for families with children.Families - A charming chalet with family rooms, babysitting and cose proximity to both the lake and the city centre.Great walks - Great walks around the stunning lake, followed by Fondue and Raclette by the fire!Sights nearby - Just a few steps from the city centre, within easy access of all the sights.Full of character - Swiss chalet setting, with traditional décor.
Hotel Kipling 62 rooms from $185Geneva
A pleasure to walk into - a bright, modern and airy hotel with exotic influences. Impeccable rooms, decorated in warm saffron and pepper colours. Some hotel suites have fully fitted kitchenettes and Nespresso machines - perfect for groups or families.Families - Free kids breakfast, family rooms, fully-fitted kitchenettes, babysitting and video games to your room- an ideal family break.City Style - Indies-inspired furniture, with rooms decorated in warm saffron and pepper colours.Sights nearby - The hotel will provide you with a card for free use of public transport, the perfect way to get around.Great walks - The hotel is just an eight minute walk from the beach of Lake Geneva.
La Cour des Augustins 40 rooms from $166Geneva
Modern, stylish hotel, nestled between 19th century architecture in the centre of Geneva. With pop art decorated walls and minimalist rooms it oozes a cool, contemporary look. Its spa will provide you with a relaxing break from the city and it is ideally located for exploring the Old Town on foot.City Style - Modern, stylish hotel in the heart of this cosmopolitan citySights nearby - Ten minutes walk from St. Pierre Cathedral.Recommended by - Tablet
Chez Maman Hotel & Restaurant 11 rooms from $186Geneva (Acacias)
A luxury inn, dating back to the 20th century, in a hip part of town. Contemporary rooms with light parquet flooring, large windows and sink-into beds. A pretty garden to relax with a tipple and a trendy tapas bar for evening entertainment. Minutes from the shops and restaurants. Very chic.Short fly break - A chic boutique hotel conveniently situated just 15 mins from both airport and train station.Sights nearby - Visit the imposing 12th-century St. Pierre Cathedral.
Eastwest Hotel 41 rooms from $215Geneva
A little oasis of tranquil chic close to Lake Geneva. Elegant contemporary rooms with rich colours, dark wood floors, mood lighting, and all the high-techery. Delicious fusion cuisine and a small gym and sauna. A charming city destination.City Style - Contemporary décor, influenced by eastern and western traditions within the heart of Geneva.Sights nearby - Located in the heart of the city, close to Lake Geneva.SpaRecommended by - Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels
Le Jour et La Nuit B&B 3 rooms from $227Geneva
Stylish B&B located just off the centre of Geneva. Le Jour et La Nuit's rooms are sleek and contemporary with comfortable, minimalist furnishings. There is a kitchen where you can cook or alternatively head to a selection of nearby restaurants. Perfect for those in Geneva on business.Groups - A perfect spot for families or groups, with a communal kitchen, garden and terrace with bbq facilities.Sights nearby - St. Pierre Cathedral is two miles away.
Domaine de chateauvieux 12 rooms from $234Geneva (Peney-Dessus 16)
A lovingly restored former winery nestled in the heart of the Geneva Vineyards. The beautifully decorated and comfortable rooms offer excellent views of the Rhone river and the Jura mountains. The restaurant has earned two Michelin stars for its unique inventive dishes. Well worth checking out!Total relaxation - Superb food, great wines and luxurious rooms with wonderful views, the perfect spot to get away from it all.Foodies - Foodie heaven, the on site restaurant is renowned for its excellent food and has won two michelin-stars.Sights nearby - Culture vultures must see St. Pierre Cathedral, famed for its lovely architecture.Great walks - Wander through the vineyards, or head off on a longer trek along the river.Recommended by - Relais & Chateaux
Hôtel Longemalle 58 rooms from $277Geneva
Comfort and peace in this beautiful Belle Epoque inspired building. Baroque interiors - high ceilings, chandeliers, private lounges, huge mirrors, beautifully painted bedrooms. The triplex suite is outstanding with its private roof top terrace. Elegant and charming.City Style - A charming and refined hotel, decked out with mahogany woodwork, period furniture, high ceilings and chandeliers.Great walks - Only a few minutes walk to the English Garden and Lake Geneva's shores.Sights nearby - Under five minutes walking will lead you to St. Pierre Cathedral.Views - Great views from hotel
Hotel d'Allèves 46 rooms from $310Geneva
Hotel D'allèves is a charming 18th century property in the heart of Geneva, only a short distance from the sights. The contemporary chic rooms and suites all come with their own TV and en suite bathroom. A wonderful breakfast is served in the dining area. Perfect for a city break.Local exploring - The perfect spot to explore Geneva, just a short walk from the main sights and ten minutes from the beach!Local markets - Plainpalais flea market is just a short walk away across the river.Sights nearby - Go visit the United Nations, Jet d'Eau or CERN!
Hotel Restaurant du Parc des Eaux Vives 7 rooms from $317Geneva
An elegant 16th century manor situated in manicured gardens by Lake Geneva. A handful of rooms occupy the upper section of the building and boast stunning lake views. A truly indulgent, property suites are designed as mini apartments. The exemplary Swiss restaurant alone is worthy of a visit.Local exploring - Overlooking the lake and less than two km from the centre of Geneva, it's ideal for exploring both city and country.Foodies - Dine in elegant surrounds and sample exquisite creative Swiss cuisine cooked by Chef Julien Schillaci.Great walks - Take a scenic walk through the garden, Parc des Eaux-Vives, or around the lake.Sights nearby - Visit the imposing 12th century St Pierre Cathedral.
Hotel Tiffany 65 rooms from $349Geneva
A chic luxury property well located in the heart of Geneva. Elegant rooms benefit from king-sized beds, contemporary artworks and warm hues. A well-renowned restaurant serves exemplary cuisine using market-fresh produce. Enjoy an evening drink in the glamorous bar. Highly recommended.Local exploring - A chic Art Nouveau hotel, well located in Geneva's bohemian district, and within walking distance of the lake.Sights nearby - The famous flower clock is just a ten minute walk from the property.Great walks - Take a relaxing stroll along the shores of Lake Geneva.
Hôtel de la Cigogne 52 rooms from $494Geneva (Genève)
Family-owned and beautifully appointed hotel in Geneva's heart. Spacious rooms with carefully-chosen antiques, fireplaces, four poster beds, killim rugs, paintings, and soft colour schemes. A romantic mahogany panelled restaurant with exquisite cuisine. Understated elegance and supreme comfort.City Style - An elegant hotel located on Longemalle square next to the Old Town and the lake.Sights nearby - Visit the impressive Saint Pierre Cathedral, a must for any visit to the city.Sailing - For a memorable and romantic day trip take a cruise on Geneva Lake.Lively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Frommers, Relais & Chateaux
Les Armures 32 rooms from $447Geneva
Housed in a 17th-century building in the heart of the old town. The restaurant is a local landmark serving quintessentially Swiss cuisine - raclettes and fondues galore. Traditional rooms with oak beams and stone floors. Small and discreet - a really lovely, homely setting.Foodies - The hotels restaurant, Vieille Ville, has become a buzzing Genevan institution, famed for its fondue, raclette and Schübling.City Style - Luxurorious furnishings, within a refined 17th century setting, all right in the centre of the old town.Great walks - Just down the road is the lovely lake-front promenade, perfect for an afternoon stroll.Sights nearby - Across the road from the iconic St. Pierre Cathedral.Recommended by - Frommers, Fodors
Grand Hotel Kempinski 368 rooms from $458Geneva
Kempinski hotels deliver and this one is no exception. No fuss, top quality, stylish and supremely comfortable. Curtain glass walls, stunning views of the lake, minimalist-chic interiors. Fantastic business facilities and indulgent pleasures - hip cocktail bar, delicious cuisine, and fab spa.Business CentreCity StyleLakesideSwimming Pool - Indoor PoolRecommended by - Frommers, Kiwi Collection
Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues 115 rooms from $589Geneva
The grande dame of the Geneva lakeside palaces. Unrivalled views of the lake from private balconies and the roof-top pool. Exquisitely decorated rooms: brocade, toile de jouy in soft blues and greens, and marble bathrooms. Stunning spa, including a double suite with private hammam. Truly luxurious.Spa - A range of signature and locally inspired therapies in each of the seven spa treatment rooms. A luxury rooftop retreat.Suites - Nearly a quarter of the rooms are spacious suites, most with step-out balconies and views of Lake Geneva.Restaurant - Serving Northern Italian cuisine, using the freshest regional products.Sauna/Steam - Seven spa treatment rooms, including a sauna and private hammam.Recommended by - Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
Hotel d'Angleterre 45 rooms from $567Geneva
An elegant 5 star hotel with enviable lake views. Individually styled rooms exude pure opulence; warm hues, antique furniture, heavy drapes and gorgeous marble bathrooms. Numerous dining options from high-tea, to private dining, and a glamorous bar for evening entertainment. Luxury at its best.City Style - A gloriously elegant hotel; think glamorous evenings over a cocktail and fine-dining restaurants.Sights nearby - Wander through the pretty Old Town with it's quaint squares and churches.Romantic - Good for couples.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Tablet
La Réserve 102 rooms from $647Geneva (Bellevue)
An ultra-luxurious but family-friendly hotel in a beautifully landscaped park. Rooms and suites in African safari style - rich terracotta colours, dark wooden flooring, and imaginative touches. Plenty of activities - a heavenly spa, great pools, tennis courts and a kids games lodge.City Style - Luxurious and stylish resort hotel, with decadent interiors and lively atmosphere, only three miles from Geneva.Spa breaks - One of the best spas in Europe, with cutting-edge medical treatments, a hammam, saunas and steam baths.Great walks - Set on ten stunning acres fronting Lake Geneva, there are plenty of walks through the grounds.Swimming Pool - Outdoor and indoor pools.Recommended by - Kiwi Collection, Tablet
Le Richemond 109 rooms from $680Geneva
Another fantastic hotel from the Dorchester Collection. The rooms exude opulence and grandeur, affording stunning views out over Lake Geneva and to the Alps beyond. Relax in the hotel's spa or enjoy a meal on the lake facing terrace. A lakeside wonder.City Style - One of Geneva's oldest and most glamourous hotels, where old world charm meets modern style.Sights nearby - St. Pierre Cathedral is ten minutes walk away.OpulentSpaRecommended by - Tablet