What’s Doing in Geneva

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Le Mirador Kempinski

Le Mirador Kempinski

WHERE TO STAY

Geneva is home to many high-quality hotels, ranging from splendidly luxurious to small, quaint, and cozy.

The Hotel Les Armures, site of the Les Armures fondue restaurant, is a beautiful historic hotel in the heart of Geneva’s Old Town that was built in the 13th century. The family-run hotel has the feel of a cozy private residence, with 32 rooms and suites decorated with dark oak beams, wood floors, and fireplaces. Enjoy complimentary buffet breakfast and close proximity to many Old Town attractions, including St. Pierre Cathedral.

The luxurious Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues, located on the lakefront just steps from the Jet d’Eau, is unrivaled for its spectacular views of the lake. The hotel has a rooftop pool, spa, and ornately decorated guest rooms with marble bathrooms and private balconies overlooking the lake.

If you’re seeking a more modern or hip residence with an urban feel, look no further than the Eastwest Hotel, also located close to Lake Geneva. The townhouse-style hotel has a fully equipped fitness center, conference facilities, and 41 rooms styled with dark wood floors, mood lighting, and high-tech amenities. The Eastwest is a great location for business travelers who prefer city environments.

Outside the city and directly on Lake Geneva is Le Mirador Kempinski, delivering some of the best views of Montreux-Vivey. Recently renovated, the hotel has three restaurants and 61 rooms and suites, many with terraces.

A Swiss jet in Geneva

A Swiss jet in Geneva

GETTING THERE

Geneva International Airport offers visitors a variety of options for air travel. The airport serves more than 110 destinations worldwide, and is a major hub for Swiss International Air Lines, which connects Geneva to popular destinations including New York and London.  Over 60 airlines including Air Canada, British Airways, KLM, and United provide service from Geneva to major cities in Europe and North America.

Geneva Airport, which has the distinction of being located in two countries at the same time, boasts one of the best public transit systems connecting an airport to a city.  It is accessible in only six minutes by train from Gare Cornavin, the city’s central train station. All local trains that pass through Cornavin also serve the airport, which is the very next stop on the line. Trains between the airport and Cornavin run on average every 12 minutes, and seven city bus lines also connect the airport to downtown Geneva. Since 2008, passengers arriving at the airport may pick up a free public transit pass from a machine in the baggage claim area. The multi-purpose pass is valid for 80 minutes and allows for train travel from the airport to downtown Geneva, as well as travel on all trams, buses, and water taxis in the city.

Gare Cornavin also provides visitors quick and convenient rail access to Geneva from all major cities in Switzerland via the local InterCity and InterRegional rail lines. The station is also serviced by Rail Europe, which connects Geneva to various European destinations, and by the high-speed TGV Lyria network that offers direct service to Paris and Nice. Night train service to Barcelona, Florence, and Rome is also available.

BOTTOM LINE

Belying its relatively small size, Geneva has much to offer the adventurous visitor. Whether it’s strolling through Old Town’s charming cobblestone streets, catching an opera at the majestic Grand Theater, or enjoying hand-dipped chocolate and tea at one of the city’s charming eateries, visitors will discover countless possibilities for spending the day in this multicultural, and yet quintessentially Swiss, city.

(Photos: Accura Media Group)

 

 

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