Geneva's contemporary lakeside spot
As you enter Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva, you are keenly aware of the angled glass façade that makes you conscious not only of your own reflection but that of Lake Geneva behind you.
And this is a metaphor for what this Geneva lakeside hotel offers; what feels imposing at first gives way to a sense of familiarity and comfort. The reception desk glows a deep amber hue reflecting the nearby seven-flamed fireplace. The tones of the lake are seamlessly woven into the visuals of the property, with blues and greens dominating. A square interior courtyard adds a peaceful element.
Kempinski is practically a destination unto itself. It has a coveted location directly in front of Geneva’s iconic Jet d’Eau and the classic Mont-Blanc, and offers underground access to the lake. Inside the Geneva hotel, you’ll find three restaurants, a nightclub, a bevy of shops and stores, 13 formal meetings rooms, a pharmacy and the largest indoor pool in Geneva.
Perhaps its best amenity is the palatial spa sitting on the third floor. The 15,000-square-foot Le Spa Valmont holds 12 treatment rooms, a hammam, a gym and that expansive pool mentioned above. Go there to indulge in treatments that draw components from Ayurveda, Balinese and Thai methods.
The 398 rooms and suites are slightly different from each other in terms of the contemporary décor. The accommodations cater to more of a business clientele rather than leisure. However, they are ample and smartly appointed, providing a business-casual feel without any frilly, over-the-top accouterments.
Obviously, the lake-facing rooms are the prize, but even the interior-fronting courtyard rooms are quite pleasant, as they are spacious and awash in muted gray and blue tones. All have marble bathrooms with bathtubs, and some come with standalone showers.
For longer stays, there are also 14 apartments, the most compelling of which is the Geneva suite. It boasts 11,625 square feet of Brazilian hardwood floors, a private lift with direct access to the parking lot, its own fitness room, Hermès bath products and bullet-proof windows.
The Food and Drink
You’ll have three dining options at the luxury hotel. Try Il Vero for wholesome Italian food; Tse Yang to get authentic Chinese or Le Grill for steak along with large glass windows that bring the lake inside.
For the Geneva hotel’s signature dish, head upstairs to FloorTwo Lounge for a taste that is typical of the region — perch caught from the local waters with shallots, parsley, lemon and butter.
To linger over a cocktail, visit the Floor Two Lounge Bar, a trendy spot with curtains partitioning semi-private booths. There is a second bar inside of the hotel’s energetic Java Club nightclub, where a young crowd takes over the dance floor until the wee hours.
In the morning, partake in the breakfast buffet and grab a seat on the terrace to have views of the sun sparkling on the lake with your coffee.