Geneva’s riverside retreat
Mandarin Oriental, Geneva is listed as one of the Swiss city’s Historical Heritage landmarks — it was originally the Hotel du Rhône, the first luxury hotel built after World War II. During a 2008 renovation, designer Adam Tihany combined bold Art Deco features with Asian accents to create an elegant and modern feel in the public spaces, which include a sleek marble lobby, a trendy bar and a fine-dining Indian restaurant. Located on the right bank of Rhône River, it is ideally located within easy reach of Geneva’s shopping, cultural and business districts.
All of the hotel’s rooms and suites underwent a renovation in 2013. In the guest rooms, designer Sybille de Margerie used sophisticated earth tones, parquet flooring and wool carpets to create an elegant, clean design. Bold modern art sits alongside Swiss-made furniture and ultra-plush beds; the oversized bathrooms feature Greek marble, rain showers, separate tubs and bidets.
The Mandarin Rooms located on the sixth floor offer views of the Rhône River, mountains and charming Old Town. These large rooms have either a palette of silvers and fuchsias or one of gold tones and come with two bathrooms.
From the private terraces overlooking Geneva, the river and city, the spacious Junior Terrace Suites are dressed in soft creams and greens. Many of these suites are interconnected, making them ideal for families.
On the top floor is the Presidential Suite. From its terrace and ample windows, you can take in a 360-degree view of Geneva and, on a clear day, even Mont Blanc. A private elevator, massage room, hammam and staircase that leads to the Royale Mandarin Suite below make this plush suite discreet and serene.
All rooms have flat-screen televisions, audio systems and Nespresso coffee machines. Sliding cabinets accessible by staff from the outside hallway mean mini-bars are refilled without disturbing you.
Open 24 hours, the fitness center has equipment by Technogym and a weightlifting area. It also features a separate hammam and sauna for men and ladies. The Beauty Studio, the hotel’s spa, has partnered with the renowned Swiss brand L. Raphael. With views over the Rhône River, the spa lets you choose from a variety of body treatments, facials and massages.
Coiffeur du Rhône is a full-service beauty salon on the first floor of the Geneva hotel; it offers services ranging from hair styling to pedicures.
Rasoi by Vineet is the hotel’s acclaimed signature restaurant. It serves upscale Indian fare by chef Vineet Bhatia in a room decorated in rich reds, purples and silver-leaf accents. Open Tuesday through Saturday, Rasoi by Vineet serves lunch and dinner — expect modern dishes inspired by age-old Indian cooking such as tandoori chili scallops served with idli pine nut upma and sambhar sauce, and lamb seekh kebabs served with pine nut lamb jus.
Casual, yet sophisticated, Café Calla is under the direction of chef Nasser Jeffane, a protégé of acclaimed French chef Thierry Marx of Mandarin Oriental, Paris. Using local ingredients, the menu is a mix of modern French dishes and healthy fare. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Café Calla’s chic design features a circular, glass wine cellar filled with more than 1,500 local and international wines.
A gathering place for locals and visitors alike, MO Bar features an extensive drink menu with classics (French 75, Pisco Sour), innovative cocktails (a Don Draper Spritz is made with Martini Bianco, prosecco, St-Germain and lime), and afternoon tea and small bites in a contemporary setting.