“Cool boutique hotel a block back from Lake Geneva, with stylish rooms and a cute courtyard garden”
Rooms have a similar style with dark wood floors, yellow walls and bold colours for curtains and throws. You’ll find Nespresso machines, flat-screen TVs through which you can access the internet and a library of movies. Extremely comfortable beds have Frette linen, smart bathrooms have white robes and fancy oils, and you get cute swivel armchairs too.
Solo Rooms are bigger than you’d expect (20sqm), with oversized single beds plus room for a small table. Their bathrooms come with cool tiles and a tub with a shower attachment. Doors slide open and there’s pretty art and excellent reading lights above your bed. Superior Rooms are similar but a little bigger (23sqm) with a kingsize bed (or twins, on request). Large contemporary lamps hang in the air above brightly coloured armchairs. Deluxe Rooms are noticeably bigger (27sqm). They have better storage, a tub and/or a separate Grohe power shower in the bathroom, and space for an extra bed, so are good for small families.
Junior Suites come with sofa areas, iPod docks on their desks, perhaps 2 flat-screen TVs or a big walk-in wardrobe. Some of these are in the eaves with views of the Jet d’Eau - the famous fountain in the lake. The Duplex Junior Suite is spread over 2 floors (41sqm), with a sofa in the lower sitting room (that can turn into a bed for a child) and a bedroom up above with an enormous bed and a double-ended bath (in addition to the downstairs shower room).
The Duplex Suite is the biggest room in the hotel (53sqm). It has exactly the same fixtures and fittings as the Duplex Junior Suite, plus a TV at the end of its double-ended bath, and a separate shower in the upstairs bathroom.
Breakfast is served from 7.30-10.30am, or as a brunch from 11-2.30pm on Sundays. It is not included in the room rate, but 2 menus are available. The first includes a buffet with hams and cheeses, baskets of croissants and pains au chocolat, fresh fruit salad and yoghurts, then cooked dishes - perhaps a boiled egg or some bacon. The lighter version offers juice, coffee and a croissant.
Room service is available over lunch and dinner, either in your room or in the bar. There are soups and salads, pizzas and burgers or a club sandwich with fries. There’s tapas in the bar at lunch, too.
Dinner in the restaurant is a formal affair, with various menus including one that uses Swiss chocolate in each course. The menu changes with the seasons and you find lovely things like mushroom ravioli with cream of Jerusalem artichoke, hare à la Royale with blueberries, an apple and ginger tart with a Granny Smith sherbet. The à la carte menu offers a more extensive choice, perhaps sweet chestnut soup with parmesan and truffle, prawn risotto with a Thai pesto, and hot chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream.
If you want to eat out, the Bistrot du Boeuf Rouge is across the road, one of the best restaurants in Geneva, serving French food in old-school style. The Entrecote Couronne, 4 doors down, is also lovely (no menu, the clue is in their name!). For something contemporary, Cottage Café offers tartine for breakfast, salads and pasta for lunch, and fantastic tapas for dinner. The chef was born in Morocco, grew up in Israel, then moved to Switzerland, and mixes flavours from all 3; don’t miss the crayfish with lime, ginger and coriander, or the crispy goats' cheese with honey and fruit. If you fancy fondue, try the cafe at Les Bains des Pâquis or spin over to the Old Town for Les Armures, close to the cathedral.
Children are very welcome and baby cots or extra beds can be accommodated in Deluxe Rooms, Junior Suites and the Duplex Suite. Children aged 12 and under stay for free in their parents’ room and there is no charge for breakfast. They also receive small bathrobes, a lovely touch.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available, Family Rooms
High chairs and a kids' menu in the restaurant.