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Catering to UN diplomats and bankers, Geneva hotels are elegant, exclusive and, often, famously pricey. Play savvy, however, and cheaper options are available.

The swanky northern side of Lake Geneva is known as the Right Bank. It is characterised by luxurious, palace-like residences along Quai Wilson and Quai du Mont-Blanc. Their names stencilled in large letters on each respective rooftop, most combine marbled lobbies and destination restaurants with spas and money-can-buy views over the Jet d’Eau towards Mont Blanc. Suites occupy higher floors, and battalions of well-dressed staff stand ready.

Lake Geneva

Among the most famous and iconic of these Geneva hotels is Le Richemond, which has operated since 1875 and is now run by The Dorchester Collection. Everyone from Sophia Loren to Louis Armstrong has admired its gold-filigree finery over the years, although only recent visitors have been able to sample the basement’s Sisley Spa.

Alternatively, the suburbs allow for extra space. Witness the Intercontinental Geneva, near the airport and 10 minutes from the UN headquarters. Three miles outside of the city is the refurbished La Reserve, the grandest address of them all. Its gated estate is home to a health spa, pool and tennis courts, and complimentary boat shuttles into town are laid on during summer.

Travel Information

Language

German, French, Italian and Romansh

Currency

Swiss franc (CHF)

Average flight time(from London)

1 hr 34 mins

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