The hustle and bustle of people enjoying Geneva’s luxurious hotels, feasting on an array of international cuisine and unwinding in the neighbourhood jazz bars sums up the character of Switzerland’s second-largest city wonderfully.
Located alongside the stunning River Rhone, and in the centre of Geneva’s shopping, historic and business districts, stands the Mandarin Oriental Geneva. Within seconds of leaving the hotel you’re greeted with views across the lake, as well as an abundance of museums and cultural institutions. This five-star hotel, with its Swiss charm, is a gem worth discovering in the heart of this cosmopolitan hub.
Working on the lifestyle team at YOU Magazine, the first thing that grabbed my attention was the décor; stylish, contemporary and sophisticated. On entering the lobby after a long day, the extensive marble, cherry wood, velvet and silk-material furnishings provide the perfect welcome. Along with the flawless service, this made for a fantastic first impression.
The Mandarin Oriental offers an impressive 189 rooms, all with the option of a river or garden view. We were taken up to the sixth floor and shown where we would be staying for the next few days. Based on what I had seen already, I was intrigued to find out what was awaiting us behind the door. In 2013, interior designer Sybille de Margerie refurbished the bedrooms and suites, with an emphasis on ‘comfortable luxury’ – and it certainly embodied her vision. Magnificent Italian marble bathrooms, including a walk-in rain shower and a huge marble bathtub are just some of the spectacular features which provide an element of luxury to your stay. The room itself consisted of gold, silver and fuchsia tones which were incorporated tastefully with small touches in the wallpaper, curtains and soft furnishings throughout.
Something that caught my eye on arrival was MO Bar, its stylish interior takes your breath away, providing the hotel with a modern, luxury bar experience that draws you in (not just by the extensive cocktail menu). The contemporary yet timeless look they’ve used throughout coincides harmoniously with the hotel’s overall look and feel. Designed by Adam Tihany, MO Bar’s multilevel, fashionable and classic space is the perfect surrounding for a breakfast meeting, lunch date or evening drink. A favourite feature of mine was the art deco style carpet. The mix of colours and intricate patterns create a dramatic contrast with the wooden bar, leather seats and open fire, a definite standout feature of this luxurious space.
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The hotel offers a 24 hour fitness centre, beauty studio and salon. Why not make full use of these services and indulge in a soothing massage, or if you’re feeling more upbeat, a serious workout followed by a warm sauna, it’s all there to hand.
Outside the hotel, you are also spoilt for choice. Explore the old town, with numerous cafes and independent boutiques, not to mention to stunning architecture that is peppered throughout the city. If you prefer greener space however, escape the city for a hike on Geneva’s local mountain, Saleve Mountai, stunning panoramic views of Geneva and breath-taking scenery. All of the main attractions are within easy distance from the Mandarin Oriental Geneva.
A double room on a weekend costs from £427, and during the week £585. Rates are based on two people sharing a double room and include breakfast; http://www.mandarinoriental.com/ +41 (22) 909 00 00.
British Airways, a full service global airline, offering year-round low fares with an extensive global route network flying to and from centrally-located airports. Flights from London Heathrow to Geneva from £137 one way (£534 return). For further information or to book British Airways flights, www.britishairways.com
By Charlotte Page