With the scenic Rhone River right on the doorstep and the atmospheric cobbled streets of Geneva’s historic Old Town all around, the Mandarin Oriental represents a splash of modern luxury in a charming and traditional setting. The 196 rooms, all renovated in 2013, have a discerningly modern-luxe feel, with earthy, neutral color schemes, an abundance of space, comfort, and amenities—from the espresso machines to the pillow menu—and state-of-the-art in-room entertainment. The marble bathrooms are large enough to host separate rain showers and baths, and if you book a suite you will find plentiful Molton Brown products.
All of the rooms have excellent views, of either the garden or the river, though only the 7th-floor suites have a river-facing terrace. There are several dining options on-site, including a Michelin-starred Indian restaurant, and the spa offers some seriously high-end pampering.
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Overlooking the river and within walking distance of attractions such as the Jet D’eau and St. Peter’s Cathedral, the surrounding area offers a great mix of relaxation and stimulation. Geneva’s chic boutiques and restaurants are scattered all around, while culture mavens can explore the Rath Art Museum, Grand Theatre Opera, Barbier-Mueller Archeology Museum, or the Museum of Art and History, all of which are a short walk away.
Need to Know
Rooms: 196 Rooms. From $1,131. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The Rasoi—a sister to Rasoi in London—was founded by Vineet Bhatia, and is the first Indian restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star in continental Europe. The restaurant is decorated with vibrant reds and purples, with silver leaf set into rich woods, and a large granite tandoor oven. The more informal Café Calla, with its breezy beige and amber decor and shaded terrace, offers modern Swiss and French cuisine courtesy of Chef Nasser Jeffane, as well as an exclusive 10-seat Chef’s Table for the ultimate dining experience. On weekends, the hotel organizes live cooking stands and a seasonal Sunday Brunch. For cocktails, head to the plush MO Bar, a glamorous space of dark wood walls, patterned carpets, and immaculately mixed drinks. Spa and gym details: The beauty treatment room has a lovely view overlooking the Rhone River and offers soothing massages, revitalizing facials, and a signature Oxy-Peel anti-aging treatment for face and body by Geneva-based luxury spa company L.Raphael. There is also a fitness center with steam room and sauna.
Who it's for: Anyone seeking high-end luxury, indulgent pampering, or simply a formidable location in a beautiful city. Our favorite rooms: The 6th-floor Royal Mandarin Suite boasts two bedrooms and can be accessed via a private elevator. Windows soak in plenty of natural light and afford views over the river, city, and mountains. The suite includes a king-size bed with goose-down bedding and pillow menu, a private dressing room, and a white marble bathroom. There’s a fully equipped kitchen and dining area that can host up to six guests. Transportation bonus: Ask for a free “transport card” when you check in. It covers all local travel options including the train back to the airport.