A bit of a Geneva institution, De La Paix has occupied its prestigious Geneva city-centre location, on quai du Mont-Blanc, since 1865. Today it provides five-star boutique accommodation that continues to wow travellers from across the globe, thanks to its Italian architecture, top-class facilities and proximity to the city’s attractions and the business district. Geneva International Airport is 5km away and you can reach the hotel in 20 minutes by taxi, or take a train to Gare de Cornavin – 10 minutes’ walk from the hotel – in 6 minutes. A tip worth knowing: from the airport, and while you’re at the hotel, you can request a TPG travel pass that will get you around the city for free.
The hotel sits on the beautiful banks of Lake Geneva, and many of the 86 rooms and suites have superb views over the water (or of Mont-Blanc Square and gardens). The décor, by acclaimed interior designer Sybille de Margerie, reflects either a water or a garden theme accordingly. You can choose a superior or deluxe room or a junior suite. For the height of elegance, opt for the Grace Kelly or Mont Blanc suite. Amenities include free wifi, air-conditioning, Nespresso machine, minibar, flatscreen TV and Annick Goutal toiletries. The Grace Kelly suite is so called in honour of the Monaco royal family, who have stayed at the hotel, while the name of the Mont Blanc suite reflects the wonderful Alpine views.
The hotel is a gorgeous place to laze around, whether in your room or indulging in a spot of people-watching in the wonderfully swish hotel lobby area. If you’d rather be active, there’s a well-equipped fitness centre. Geneva itself is awash with things to do, everything from a cruise or a bike ride round (at least part of) Lake Geneva (aka Lac Léman), looking out for the botanic gardens and the famous fountain. Also nearby is Place Neuve, with the Rath Museum of Beaux-Arts, Geneva Conservatory of Music and the Grand Theatre. You can also arrange a tour of St Pierre Cathedral and its underground museum, or visit the UN building, the Palais des Nations Unies. And of course, you’re in Switzerland – so look out for the famous chocolate shops.
Michelin-starred chef Jérôme Manifacier is the man behind Vertig’O, the hotel’s stylish restaurant, which offers a menu of traditional French cuisine with a Mediterranean touch. Before (or after) dining you may like to pop into the richly furnished, Baroque-inspired Nobel Bar. Here you can enjoy a range of cocktails, ports, whiskies, cognacs and fine wines.
11 Quai Du Mont BlancCh-1201GenevaSwitzerland