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About Geneva

Geneva is a global capital, without actually being a capital — it’s not the capital of Switzerland, but it is home to the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation, the World Bank and the Red Cross, among others. So it’s cosmopolitan and wealthy. But for most of us those things come second to Geneva being chocolate-box picturesque, on the shores of beautiful Lake Geneva, across which you can see the Swiss Alps. But it’s the global capital bit that impacts Geneva’s hotel offering most. There’s certainly plenty of hotels, and plenty of rooms, but it is known for being expensive. But the second part of this paragraph, the bit about the views, makes it well worth every franc.

The city of Geneva is beautiful too, and its Old Town is one of the largest in Europe: a national heritage site of cobbled alleys, hidden courtyards and elegant, diminutive squares. This is an amazing place for small cafes, bars and antique shops, quirky museums and wonderful architecture. Spreading out from the Old Town are the luxurious chocolatiers and jewellers, and the high end boutiques and restaurants, but many people are really only passing through, heading for the mountains.

In the summer the lake itself becomes a primary destination, all year it buzzes with yellow taxi boats, but come summer it’s scattered with craft from dawn until dusk.

So there’s not really a low season for Geneva’s hotels, which is partly why this city has a reputation for being expensive. And also why our recommendations for the best places to stay in Geneva could be so useful. If you’re at peace with the idea of paying a bit more then we can recommend some very special hotels in Geneva, but we also know of a few great value places to stay in Geneva too.

But first we have a quick review of which part of town you might like to stay in. If you already know skip to our recommendations for the best places to stay in Geneva below.

Where to Stay? Which neighbourhood?

  • Geneva’s Old Town is large, so there’s an even greater wealth of attractions and sights than you might expect. And plenty of choice when it comes to hotels too. The Old Town is a mesmerising place for a stroll, an alfresco meal or coffee and a bit of casual boutique shopping, but you’ll probably do that whether you stay in the Old Town or not. The architecture and warren of alleyways makes for the sort of city break many of us love. Place du Bourg de Four is the main square, around the corner from the Saint Pierre Cathedral, and these are great landmarks to be close to.
  • We recommend Eaux Vives as one of the best places to stay in Geneva for families. It’s very central, right beside the Old Town and the lake, and it’s got the largest park in Geneva, the Parc de la Grange. We also love it for the eclectic collection of boutiques, including some fantastic 20th century vintage shops, which go really well with the area’s 20th century look.
  • Palais des Nations is another good choice for families, it’s peaceful, close to another large park and the botanical gardens, and the United Nations headquarters. Some of the large international hotel chains have their impressive Geneva outposts here, and you’re only a few tram stops from the Old Town.
  • Plainpalais is the part of town close to the university, so it’s got a lively, young vibe. It’s great if you want to go out of an evening. It’s also got a great flea market: Geneva’s largest. Plainpalais is also a good place to look for accommodation if you’re looking for something a bit more affordable.
  • Geneva isn’t known for being affordable, but if you’re looking for something less pricey the Paquis area, which is close to the main station and Palais des Nations, as well as the lake, is another good option. Paquis is also one of the most multicultural parts of Geneva, and that’s well reflected by the variety of cuisine you can find in the cafes, bars and restaurants here.
  • Carouge started off as a separate town on the outskirts of Geneva, and as the city grew it was engulfed, but despite that it still has its own look and feel. It was designed by Italian architects, which explains the look, but the feel probably comes from the cool crowd who now live here. Carouge is now the sort of place with artisan cafes and cool, new bars popping up all the time, and a number of galleries and artist studios, but it still has a fantastic farmer’s market too, so you can see why it’s a great place to live, and probably one of the best places to stay in Geneva if you want to try and experience the Geneva the locals do.

Don't forget that the city is a busy year-round destination, so if you want to be sure of a bed in one of the best places to stay in Geneva, get organised and book well ahead.

The Best Places to Stay in Geneva

For a Lake View

  • The Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues is a grande dame of Geneva, sitting elegantly against the waterfront. Its 115 rooms and suites range from classically elegant to palatial, decorated in a riot of brocade and toile de jouy in soft blues and greens, and the best of them have private balconies as well as incredible lake views. There’s a rooftop pool too, with a terrace, and another terrace associated with the bar, which is definitely a place to see and be seen.
  • The Grand Hotel Kempinski is a luxurious hotel cut from a more contemporary cloth, with stylish rooms boasting floor to ceiling windows through which you can enjoy a private lake view, with Mont Blanc in the background, and the Jet d’Eau in the foreground, at any time of the day or night. The best rooms have private balconies too. The Kempinski also has the largest hotel pool in Geneva. And a DJ in their hip cocktail bar. And they grow their own herbs on their roof terrace, to serve along with their hand-churned butter.
  • The Hotel Restaurant du Parc des Eaux Vives is an elegant 16th century manor right beside the Parc de la Grange, on the opposite side from the Old Town, and has beautiful lake views you can enjoy through the trees of its beautifully manicured gardens. There are just seven suites, designed like mini-apartments. The hotel’s impressive Swiss restaurant is worth a visit even if you’re not staying here.
  • Le Richemond is one of Geneva’s oldest and most glamorous hotels, though you might not think it from the facade, which is quite simple compared to other local hotels. But that’s the thing about Le Richemond, it’s luxury and grandeur are modern, with an Art Deco style to many of the 109 rooms and suites. The top floors are the best, but most rooms have a view of the lake and Mont Blanc beyond. There’s a spa too, and a very well regarded restaurant.

For a City Break

  • The Hôtel Longemalle is an elegant Belle Epoque building in a beautiful Old Town spot just a few blocks from the lake — the location is really unbeatable, especially when you consider the hotel’s roof terraces and the views from the top floors. There are 58 rooms and suites inside, decorated with a nod to the Baroque, with chandeliers hung from high ceilings, huge mirrors, mahogany woodwork, period furniture and some impressive murals. There’s no restaurant, but they do serve an impressive buffet breakfast on the terrace, or in the dining room.
  • The Hotel D'allèves is a charming, 46 room property close to the basilica, in the heart of Geneva. The building dates from the 18th century, and has plenty of charm and original features, but the decor is contemporary, with rooms in a variety of styles.
  • A hotel inspired by Eastern design isn’t going to suit everyone coming to Geneva, but we’re also recommending the Eastwest Hotel for its size and for its facilities. There’s a small gym and sauna and a fusion restaurant which spills out into a simple courtyard. There are just 41 rooms and suites.
  • The Hotel Tiffany is a chic and luxurious Art Nouveau property in a central spot, with 65 elegant rooms decorated in warm colours and adorned with contemporary art. The restaurant is well known, and well regarded, and the bar is glamorous.
  • 9Hotel Paquis is a smart, three star hotel in the Paquis area, close to the main station and the United Nations buildings, so it’s advertised as a business hotel, and certainly has lots of great facilities, but it’s quite stylish too, with luxurious bathrooms and great views from some of the rooms. The larger suites have their own kitchenettes too. And there’s an indoor pool and small spa.

For a romantic stay

  • The Hotel de la Cigogne is a a beautiful, beautifully appointed, family-owned hotel in the heart of the Old Town. Its 52 spacious rooms and suites are all individually decorated with carefully chosen antiques, and some really beautiful furniture and interesting art. The romantic restaurant is panelled with mahogany, to set the intimate, Belle Epoque tone.
  • Les Armures is better known for its restaurant, the Restaurant Les Armures, which like the hotel, is located in a fantastic Old Town spot right by the cathedral. The restaurant, which predates the hotel, is a local landmark, serving quintessentially Swiss cuisine — think raclettes and fondue galore. Upstairs are 32 rooms and suites, decorated with a mix of traditional and contemporary furnishings and details. They’re not big, but there’s a warm atmosphere and the location is unbeatable.
  • The Hotel D’angleterre is an elegant five-star hotel in an enviable location by the lake, overlooking the Jet d’Eau from the opposite side of the water. From its many-windowed exterior you’d think this was a large hotel, but it has just 45 rooms and suites, individually, and opulently, decorated with all sorts of beautiful, and varied, antiques and interesting treasures. This is the sort of hotel which offers a range of dining choices, including private dining, and there’s a glamorous bar for the evenings, and afternoon tea for the afternoons. Luxurious and very memorable.

Geneva’s Best Family Friendly Hotels

  • Small and private feeling, with just three contemporary rooms, Le Jour et La Nuit B&B is a stylish spot outside the centre of Geneva. This is a good spot for families or groups, what with the communal kitchen, garden, and terrace with a barbecue, that makes it easy to feel at home. Though there are a number of good restaurants nearby so there’s no need to cook unless you want to.
  • The Edelweiss Hotel is a quintessentially Swiss hotel and restaurant, like a Swiss chalet transported to the centre of town, complete with fondue restaurant and nightly yodelling. Think wood-lined rooms, fireplaces, and long, alpine horns mounted to the walls. There are family rooms and babysitting services offered, and let’s be frank, your kids are probably going to love it.
  • Relatively close to the main train station, the Hotel Kipling is a bright, modern, 62 room hotel —with dashes of exotic influences to the decor. Some of the rooms have kitchenettes and Nespresso machines, and kids get breakfast for free. The hotel also arranges free use of public transport for guests, and you’re just eight minutes walk from the lake and the beach. It’s great value too.
  • La Réserve is an ultra-luxurious but family-friendly hotel in a beautiful landscaped park in Bellevue, along the lake from Geneva. There are 102 rooms and suites, with a warm and welcoming style, plus a choice of resort-style pools, a heavenly spa, tennis courts, a kid’s games room and plenty to do.

For great Value

  • Chez Maman Hotel and Restaurant is a 20th century inn in a hip part of town, close to shops and restaurants. There are only 11 rooms, all of them simply styled in a pale grey colour palette, with exposed beams on the ceiling, large windows and wood floors. There’s a garden too, with lovely places to sit and enjoy a tipple and tapas from the trendy bar.
  • The Auberge de Confignon is a gastronomic auberge tucked away in a village just above Geneva. The setting and mountain views are spectacular, but the food has the reputation. There are 14 simple, comfortable rooms.
  • Modern, stylish and affordable, La Cour des Augustins is nestled in between the 19th century architecture of Geneva’s historic centre, but inside it’s minimalist, with pop art adorned walls. There are 40 rooms and suites, family-sized ones too, and a spa.

Some of the Best Hotels Around Geneva

  • Domaine de Chateauvieux is a lovingly restored former winery in amongst the vineyards of the valleys surrounding Geneva. There’s plenty of rustic charm to the 12 rooms, and views of the Rhone River and the Jura Mountains. As well as having an impressive wine list, the restaurant has also been awarded two Michelin stars, and is known for its inventive cuisine.

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Travel Information

  • Geneva Airport is just four kilometres from the centre of town and easily reached by bus, train, taxi or shuttle. And the train transfer is free to air passengers, and only takes about six minutes to the central station. A taxi will take you around 25minutes, depending on which of our recommendations for the best places to stay in Geneva you choose.
  • If you want to hire a car - which we advise if you’re staying in Geneva and you want to see more of the lake and the alps - we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
  • Lots of people travel through Geneva to get to local ski resorts, so winter is almost as busy here as summer, which, as with much of Europe, is the busiest time for visitors. The summers here by the lake are sunny and dry, spring is very pretty, but there are still overnight frosts in April. Autumn cools down quickly, but starts quite comfortably in September, and winter is cold and beautiful, what with the backdrop of snow-covered mountains.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Geneva

  • Auberge de Confignon Geneva (Confignon) 14 rooms from £115

    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.
    Traditional

    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. See More

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  • Edelweiss Hotel Geneva 42 rooms from £142

    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.
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    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. See More

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  • Hotel Kipling Geneva 62 rooms from £142

    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.
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    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. See More

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  • La Cour des Augustins Geneva 40 rooms from £126

    City Style  -  Modern, stylish hotel in the heart of this cosmopolitan city
    Sights nearby  -  Ten minutes walk from St. Pierre Cathedral.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    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. See More

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  • Chez Maman Hotel & Restaurant Geneva (Acacias) 11 rooms from £141

    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.
    Traditional

    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. See More

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  • Eastwest Hotel Geneva 41 rooms from £165

    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.
    Spa
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel

    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. See More

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  • Le Jour et La Nuit B&B Geneva 3 rooms from £174

    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.

    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. See More

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  • Domaine de chateauvieux Geneva (Peney-Dessus 16) 12 rooms from £178

    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

    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! See More

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  • 9Hotel Paquis Geneva 54 rooms from £179

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned in the Paquis district of Geneva with many of the main attractions within walking distance
    Great walks  -  Take a walk along the shores of the famed Lake Geneva
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool

    A smart 3-star property conveniently set in the Paquis district of Geneva (close to the UN buildings). Well-appointed rooms have sink-into beds and luxury bathrooms. Larger suites have kitchenettes. An indoor pool and small spa make this a great city base. See More

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  • Hôtel Longemalle Geneva 58 rooms from £213

    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
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    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. See More

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  • Hotel d'Allèves Geneva 46 rooms from £235

    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 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. See More

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  • Hotel Restaurant du Parc des Eaux Vives Geneva 7 rooms from £240

    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.

    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. See More

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  • Hotel Tiffany Geneva 65 rooms from £265

    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.

    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. See More

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  • Hôtel de la Cigogne Geneva (Genève) 52 rooms from £379

    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

    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. See More

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  • Les Armures Geneva 32 rooms from £339

    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, Michelin Travel, Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva 368 rooms from £348

    Business Centre
    City Style
    Lakeside
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Michelin Travel

    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. See More

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  • Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva 115 rooms from £452

    Spa  -  A range of signature and locally inspired therapies in each of the seven spa treatment rooms. A luxury rooftop retreat.
    Foodies  -  Serving Northern Italian cuisine, using the freshest regional products, Il Lago Restaurant has a Michelin Star
    Suites  -  Nearly a quarter of the rooms are spacious suites, most with step-out balconies and views of Lake Geneva.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool with underwater music and separate vitality pool.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection

    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. See More

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  • Hotel d'Angleterre Geneva 45 rooms from £430

    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 hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    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. See More

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  • La Réserve Geneva (Bellevue) 102 rooms from £497

    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.
    Lakeside  -  In summer La Réserve offers a free private boat shuttle to the centre.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, Michelin Travel, Tablet

    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. See More

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  • Le Richemond Geneva 109 rooms from £516

    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.
    Lakeside
    Opulent
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    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. See More

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