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Civilization in Geneva was established around 1000 BC in the area of Old Town. In 58 BCE the area became a Roman settlement, and during the Middle Ages it grew as an important centre of trade. Coveted for its strategic location for commerce, Geneva changed hands many times throughout the centuries, and finally became an independent republic in 1535.

This independence coincided with the Protestant Reformation, as in 1532 the Roman Catholic bishop was forced out and protestant figurehead John Calvin helped Geneva become a leading Protestant city of Europe.

During this time, Protestants escaping persecution as well as artisans such as watchmakers and jewellers flocked to the town, laying the foundations for two of the city’s most historically famous industries. In 1798, Geneva was annexed by the French during the French Revolution and was a destination for rich aristocrats and intellectuals like Voltaire and Rousseau.

Geneva finally became part of the Swiss Confederation in 1814. The city gained a reputation as a centre for human rights work after Henry Dunant founded the Red Cross there in 1864.

Geneva gained prominence in the 20th century as the city where the League of Nations was born in 1919 after the First World War, and then as head office of the European United Nations after the Second World War.

Geneva is perhaps most known for playing host to the signing of the Geneva Conventions, the monumental international treaties designed to protect prisoners and civilians in situations of war and foreign occupation.

Whether visiting for business or pleasure, you’ll love a weekend in Geneva, a pristinely gorgeous town where the worlds of finance and diplomacy converge.

Settled along Lake Geneva and nestled in the mountains of Switzerland’s French-speaking Romandie region, it has a strong French influence with iron balconies and sidewalk cafés. Full of fine jewellery and chocolate shops, Geneva is also home to international non-profits and the site where the Geneva Conventions were signed in 1949.

So book a flight to Geneva today and escape to this picturesque city.

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Hotel Cornavin

4 stars
3.9 / 5 92 reviews
Central Geneva hotel with unique swinging appealHotel Cornavin offers an idyllic location in central Geneva, just a few steps away from the train station. This chic hotel offers 164 comfortable rooms furnished with modern design. With its convenient location in the city, guests can easily reach banks, commercial establishments not to mention the scenic lake nearby. The hotel also features a large pendulum hanging from the ninth floor and swings right at the ground floor of the property. Guests enjoy a panoramic view of Geneva while enjoying breakfast on site. Highlights Central location within 15 minutes of most top attractionsFour panoramic rooms and breakfast room offer views of Geneva and Jet d'EauOne of the world's largest pendulums Rooms All 162 rooms include a safe, mini-bar, television, Wi-Fi (fees apply) and large closets. Rooms were renovated in 2006 in streamlined minimalist style fitting the smaller spaces. Curved mirrors and a glass partition around the bathroom add fun and funky design elements. Rooms facing the train station have soundproof windows but guests still might want to request a room on the other side of the hotel. Four panoramic rooms provide views of the city and Jet d'Eau. FeaturesFloor-to-ceiling windows flood the eighth-floor breakfast room with sunlight. Guests can work out in the small fitness room in the basement. Other features include bar/lounge, business center, concierge desk, and laundry facilities. Public parking is available 50 metres away from the property. Transportation Geneva International Airport (2.9 mi/4.7 km)Gare de Cornavin (0.3 mi/0.5 km)Free Geneva Transport Card for use on public transportation
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Hotel Warwick Geneva

4 stars
4.1 / 5 54 reviews
Located opposite the Gare Cornavin, Geneva's main train station, the Hotel Warwick Geneva is just steps away from the Lake Geneva and a 6-minutes train ride from the international airport. A business centre as well as free WiFi in all areas are available for all our guests. Our modern on-site Teseo Restaurant serves seasonal Swiss and international cuisine. Other dining options include Chinese, Indian, American, Thai or Swiss restaurants in the neighbourhood. Continental breakfast is served at the bar, while a buffet breakfast can be arranged upon request and for an additional surcharge. Shopping is possible in a department store found within a 5-minute walking distance or in an adjacent shopping mall. Our guests enjoy complimentary access to the Silhouette fitness centre, which is only a 2-minute walk away. They may also park their car at reduced rates in the underground parking next door. The Palexpo International Conference Centre is reachable by public transport from the Hotel Warwick. The Old Town, the museums and the main bank and shopping districts are located within easy walking distance.
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Royal Manotel

4 stars
3.8 / 5 18 reviews
4-star luxury in Geneva city center near Cornavin station This 202-room property near Cornavin train station is part of the Manotel chain of boutique hotels. Neoclassical decor lends atmosphere to the lobby and rooms. A tram stop in front of the hotel, along with the free Geneva public transport card, makes it easy to reach Old Town attractions, which guests can also reach via 15-minute walk. Geneva's red-light district also lies nearby, so guests should plan walking routes accordingly. Highlights Stylish neoclassical decorLocation near Cornavin train stationOld Town attractions accessible by direct tram line or 15-minute walk Rooms Neoclassical decor in the lobby extends to the 202 rooms, which are furnished with ornately framed artwork and plush bed curtains and linens help. Rooms include safe, mini-bar, free Wi-Fi, and an interactive flat-screen television with on-demand programs, web radio, and video games. Some rooms come with kitchenettes. Standard rooms are on the small side, ranging from 215 to 269 square feet. Superior rooms, executive rooms, and junior suites include a living room with sofa bed. For travelers with children the family suite a large dining table and full kitchen.  Features Restaurant Le Duo is actually two venues, both open for lunch and dinner. Cote Resto emphasizes more upscale creative cuisine. Cote Bistro serves traditional and seasonal dishes in a more relaxed setting. A lounge bar also offers food service from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Guests can start their day with breakfast buffet and wrap it up fireside with a drink in Bogie's Bar. A fitness center, sauna, and Turkish bath serve guests who want to get a workout or just relax.   Transportation Geneva International Airport (2.4 mi/4 km)Gare de Cornavin train station (0.3 mi/0.6 km)Free Geneva Transport Card for use on public transportationCar service available for airport transfers  On-site parking Nearby attractions Palais des Nations (1.2 mi/2 km)Jardin Anglais (1.3 mi/2.2 km)Jet d'Eau (1.3 mi/2.2 km)Musee d'Art et d'Histoire (1.6 mi/2.6 km) Business Four function rooms, for 20-350 peopleTwo business centers with free use of three computers, high-speed Internet, and printerFree Wi-Fi throughout hotel
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Auteuil Manotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 14 reviews
Style, substance and service at smaller hotel in central Geneva This eight-story hotel prizes both style and substance while providing services that travelers expect. Sleek art deco design and a black, white, and gray color scheme extend from the lobby to the 104 comfortable rooms. Relatively small size enables staff at this four-star property to provide attentive service. Guests can reach both the Cornavin train station and Lake Geneva within a 10-minute walk. Highlights Stylish art deco decor Central location 10 minutes from Cornavin train station and Lake GenevaPersonalized service Rooms The 104 rooms continue the lobby's stylish black, white and gray color palette, with gold highlights in the linens and chairs. Rooms include a safe, mini-bar, free Wi-Fi (high-speed wired Internet access may be available on request), and an interactive flat-screen television with on-demand programs, web radio, and video games. Standard rooms measure 236 to 269 square feet. Executive rooms range from 269 to 376 square feet and include such upgrades as Etro bath products and a furnished terrace. A few rooms with kitchenettes are available. Features Enjoy the morning buffet in the sunlit breakfast room. Sit by the vibrant red fireplace in the bar and sip an evening cocktail. Work out in the small fitness center. The hotel permits dogs to stay in the rooms. Transportation Geneva International Airport (4.1 mi/6.7 km)Gare de Cornavin (0.3 mi/0.5 km)Free Geneva Transport Card for use on public transportation Nearby attractions Palais des Nations (1.1 mi/1.9 km)Jardin Anglais (1.3 mi/2.1 km)Jet d'Eau (1.4 mi/2.3 km)Musee d'Art et d'Histoire (1.5 mi/2.5 km) Business Conference roomBusiness center Policies and fees City tax 3.60 CHF per person/night payable at checkout.
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Kipling Manotel

3 stars
4.4 / 5 14 reviews
Passage to India in stylish three-star boutique hotel in central Geneva This six-story hotel in central Geneva takes its design aesthetic from the exotic travels of its namesake. Photos of writer Rudyard Kipling adorn the walls in the colonial-styled lobby. Indian statues stand guard. This 62-room property is part of the Manotel chain, which runs stylish boutique properties throughout Geneva. Both the Gare de Cornavin train station and Lake Geneva are within a 10-minute walk. Highlights Indian- and Asian-style decorCentral location 10 minutes from Cornavin train station and Lake GenevaExecutive rooms with terrace and kitchenette Rooms The dark wood furniture and fabrics in deep red and olive create a masculine feel in the 62 rooms. Rooms include a safe, mini bar, high-speed Internet, free Wi-Fi, and an interactive flat-screen television with on-demand programs, web radio, and video games. Standard rooms are on the small side at 215 square feet. Executive rooms, at 322 square feet, include such upgrades as a sofa bed, bathrobe, furnished terrace, and kitchenette. Features The hotel serves a breakfast buffet and offers room service at lunch and dinner. The property refers guests to its nearby sister hotel, the Royal Hotel, for its Rive Droite restaurant and to another sister property, Hotel Auteuil, for its fitness center. Transportation Geneva International Airport (4.4 mi/7.1 km)Gare de Cornavin (0.9 mi/1.5 km)Free Geneva Transport Card, for use on public transportationOn-site parking garage Nearby attractions Jardin Anglais (1 mi/1.6 km)Palais des Nations (1.3 mi/2 km)Jet d'Eau (1.4 mi/2.3 km)Musee d'Art et d'Histoire (1.5 mi/2.5 km) Business Business center with two computers, high-speed Internet, and printerMeeting roomFree Wi-Fi in public areas Policies and fees Nightly per person city tax of 2.95 CHF payable at checkout.
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Hotel N'vY Manotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 14 reviews
Four-star hotel near Lake Geneva offers many conveniences This four-star hotel lies within a five-minute walk of Lake Geneva and offers lake views from its top-floor rooms. The 153-room property is part of the Manotel chain, which emphasizes style but not at the expense of substance or service. Portobello & Co. rises far above the usual hotel restaurant fare by pairing premium olive oils with creative seasonal cuisine. Highlights Lac suite and Superior rooms offer views of Lake GenevaFive-minute walk to Lake Geneva, 10 minutes to Cornavin train stationFree Wi-Fi accessPortobello and Co. restaurant pairs creative seasonal fare with premium olive oils Rooms The 153 rooms and suites include a safe, mini-bar, high-speed Internet (fees apply), free Wi-Fi, and an interactive flat-screen television with on-demand programs, web radio, and video games. Standard rooms are on the smaller side, ranging from 215 to 269 square feet. Superior rooms are the same size but feature views of Lake Geneva. Executive rooms (322 to 376 square feet) include upgrades like a living room with sofa bed, Etro bath products, bathrobe, and furnished terrace. The panoramic top-floor Lac suite (591 square feet) has a kitchenette, living room, dining corner, and two furnished terraces with stunning views of Lake Geneva. Features The sunlit Portobello and Co. restaurant pairs premium olive oils with creative seasonal cuisine at lunch and dinner. A typical menu might match olive oil Arizzi from Italy with stewed lamb with curry. Breakfast buffet is served daily. Eight'in Bar serves light fare and cocktails from lunchtime through late evening. An onsite fitness center allows guests to get active when they need. Transportation Geneva International Airport (5 mi/8.2 km)Gare de Cornavin (0.6 mi/1 km)Free Geneva Transport Card for use on public transportationCar service available for airport transfers Nearby attractions Palais des Nations (0.9 mi/1.5 km)Jardin Anglais (1.4 mi/2.3 km)Jet d'Eau (1.5 mi/2.4 km)Musee d'Art et d'Histoire (1.7 mi/2.8 km) Business Two function rooms accommodating 15 to 200 peopleBusiness center with free use of three computers, high-speed Internet, and printer Policies and Fees City tax 3.60 CHF per person/night payable at checkout.
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Hotel Cristal Design

3 stars
3.7 / 5 14 reviews
Geneva budget hotel near Cornavin train station sticks to the basics This basic hotel in the Delices-Grottes neighborhood of Geneva offers convenience for budget-minded travelers. Top-floor rooms in this seven-story building feature balconies and offer partial views of Jet d'Eau. Guests can reach Lake Geneva and most attractions within a 20-minute walk. Nearby Cornavin train station serves RailEurope destinations and provides quick access to the airport. Highlights Quieter top-floor rooms offer balconies and partial views of Jet d'Eau20-minute Walk to Lake Geneva and most attractionsNearby Cornavin train station serves airport and RailEurope destinations Rooms Simple furnishing and room decor contrasts with the bright blue accents of the lobby. The 79 compact rooms are stocked with white linens, low beds, a built-in wooden desk, and nightstand and include a safe, mini-bar, television, and Wi-Fi (fees apply). Quieter top-floor rooms feature balconies with partial views of Jet d'Eau.  Features Cristal serves a breakfast buffet but has no on-site restaurant. Guests have access to Hotel Cornavin (a sister property just 500 feet from Cristal) for use of a fitness center. Transportation Gare de Cornavin railway station (0.2 mi/0.4 km)Geneva International Airport (2.7 mi/4.4 km)Free Geneva Transport Card for use on public transportation Nearby attractions Jardin Anglais (1.3 mi/2.2 km)Jet d'Eau (1.3 mi/2.2 km)Palais des Nations (1.4 mi/2.3 km)Musee d'Art et d'Histoire (1.6 mi/2.6 km) Business Business center
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Hotel Tiffany

4 stars
4.5 / 5 4 reviews
A glass act at beautiful Belle Epoque hotel in Geneva’s Left Bank This charming, century-old Belle Epoque property takes its name from the beautiful Tiffany-style glass found throughout the hotel. Masterful design details throughout the lobby and rooms create a delightful and comfortable atmosphere. The 46-room hotel stands in the heart of Geneva's arts scene, near the Grand Theater and Museum of Contemporary Art. Guests can walk from this Left Bank property to the Cornavin train station and most Old Town attractions within 15 minutes. Highlights Charming century-old Belle Epoque property with masterful design detailsLocated in the heart of Geneva's arts scene15-minute walk to most Old Town attractions Rooms Jewel-tone fabrics, fresh flowers, daintily embroidered curtains, and eye-catching candles create a comfortable and delightful atmosphere. The 46 rooms -- two of them Jacuzzi suites -- feature a mini-bar, safe, free Wi-Fi, bathrobes, and interactive flat-screen television with movies on demand. Bathrooms have nice extras such as a double sink and heated towel rack. The exposed beams and larger windows in top-floor junior suites make the rooms seem like secret attic hideaways. Features Guests enjoy artfully presented risottos and other Mediterranean fare amid the beautiful Art Nouveau decor of the restaurant. Fans of al fresco dining can take their meals outside on the quaint terrace during warmer months. Room service is available year-round. The low-lit cozy bar invites patrons to sink into a leather armchair and select from a wide range of cognacs and whiskeys. Fitness buffs can work out in the stylish but small fitness center. Transportation Geneva International Airport (5.1 mi/8.3 km)Gare de Cornavin (1 mi/1.6 km)Free Geneva Transport Card for use on public transportation Nearby attractions Musee d'Art et d'Histoire (1.2 mi/2 km)Jardin Anglais (1.3 mi/2.1 km)Jet d'Eau (1.6 mi/2.6 km)Palais des Nations (1.9 mi/3.1 km) Business Business center
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Eastwest Hotel

4 stars
4.7 / 5 3 reviews
Small central Geneva hotel offers spacious rooms with charm and styleThe 41 spacious rooms in this small, stylish luxury hotel in the Right Bank section of Geneva provide a refined, soothing retreat, with feather beds, Frette linens, rainforest showers, and espresso machines. Attentive staff -- including 24-hour concierge -- provides friendly and knowledgeable assistance. Warm cookies are delivered nightly to each room. The hotel is one block from Lake Geneva and within a 10- to 20-minute walk of many top tourist attractions. HighlightsRooms include feather beds, Frette linens, and other luxury touchesAttentive, knowledgeable serviceOne block from Lake Geneva and 10 to 20 minutes from top Geneva attractions Rooms Dark wood furniture, parquet floors, and shimmering fabrics create a warm, luxurious atmosphere in the 41 spacious modern-styled rooms. All rooms, including four suites, feature Frette linens and bathrobes, a premium featherbed, mini-bar, safe, 32-inch flat-screen television, espresso machine, free Wi-Fi access, high-speed Internet (fees apply), and rainforest shower. Thoughtful extra touches include warm cookies delivered to rooms each night. Dining Eastwest restaurant combines traditional European flavors with Asian accents. Typical menu items might include lobster with soy and wasabi vinaigrette, and filet of duck with black Chinese mushrooms. The elegant setting features details like gold silk wallpaper and. Italian-style blown glass globes. Eastwest also serves a breakfast buffet and popular Sunday brunch. Accompanying bar serves lunch and dinner as well as cocktails, coffee, and sweets in a charming courtyard setting. Recreation The small fitness center features Technogym machines as well as a sauna. A tranquil library offers a selection of books, magazines, and DVDs for guests to choose from. On-site parking is available for guests with a car. TransportationGeneva International Airport (4.5 mi/7.3 km)Gare de Cornavin train station (0.3 mi/0.6 km)Free Geneva Transport Card for use on public transportation Nearby attractionsJardin Anglais (0.6 mi/1 km)Jet d'Eau (0.9 mi/1.5 km)Palais des Nations (1.2 mi/1.9 km)Musee d'Art et d'Histoire (1.2 mi/1.9 km) BusinessConference roomSecretarial servicesFree Wi-Fi throughout hotel
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Hotel Windsor

3 stars
3.5 / 5 8 reviews
Hotel with 64 rooms, contemporary style, fully air conditioned and renovated in 2009. Located in downtown, Geneva right bank, 300 m. from the railway station or bus station "Cornavin" and 500 m. from Lake Geneva, the Hotel Windsor is a 3 star superior hotel. It offers quiet rooms overlooking a courtyard, 8 superior rooms as well as communicating rooms for 3 people. Property ideal for business travelers or convention, which will find them with a complimentary meeting room, a fitness room and a sauna. Internet connection (WiFi) is also freely available throughout the hotel. Welcome to the Hotel Windsor in Geneva. ***Please note that WIFI is currently only available at the reception***
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Hotel Cornavin

4 stars
3.9 / 5 92 reviews
Central Geneva hotel with unique swinging appealHotel Cornavin offers an idyllic location in central Geneva, just a few steps away from the train station. This chic hotel offers 164 comfortable rooms furnished with modern design. With its convenient location in the city, guests can easily reach banks, commercial establishments not to mention the scenic lake nearby. The hotel also features a large pendulum hanging from the ninth floor and swings right at the ground floor of the property. Guests enjoy a panoramic view of Geneva while enjoying breakfast on site. Highlights Central location within 15 minutes of most top attractionsFour panoramic rooms and breakfast room offer views of Geneva and Jet d'EauOne of the world's largest pendulums Rooms All 162 rooms include a safe, mini-bar, television, Wi-Fi (fees apply) and large closets. Rooms were renovated in 2006 in streamlined minimalist style fitting the smaller spaces. Curved mirrors and a glass partition around the bathroom add fun and funky design elements. Rooms facing the train station have soundproof windows but guests still might want to request a room on the other side of the hotel. Four panoramic rooms provide views of the city and Jet d'Eau. FeaturesFloor-to-ceiling windows flood the eighth-floor breakfast room with sunlight. Guests can work out in the small fitness room in the basement. Other features include bar/lounge, business center, concierge desk, and laundry facilities. Public parking is available 50 metres away from the property. Transportation Geneva International Airport (2.9 mi/4.7 km)Gare de Cornavin (0.3 mi/0.5 km)Free Geneva Transport Card for use on public transportation
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Hotel Warwick Geneva

4 stars
4.1 / 5 54 reviews
Located opposite the Gare Cornavin, Geneva's main train station, the Hotel Warwick Geneva is just steps away from the Lake Geneva and a 6-minutes train ride from the international airport. A business centre as well as free WiFi in all areas are available for all our guests. Our modern on-site Teseo Restaurant serves seasonal Swiss and international cuisine. Other dining options include Chinese, Indian, American, Thai or Swiss restaurants in the neighbourhood. Continental breakfast is served at the bar, while a buffet breakfast can be arranged upon request and for an additional surcharge. Shopping is possible in a department store found within a 5-minute walking distance or in an adjacent shopping mall. Our guests enjoy complimentary access to the Silhouette fitness centre, which is only a 2-minute walk away. They may also park their car at reduced rates in the underground parking next door. The Palexpo International Conference Centre is reachable by public transport from the Hotel Warwick. The Old Town, the museums and the main bank and shopping districts are located within easy walking distance.
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Royal Manotel

4 stars
3.8 / 5 18 reviews
4-star luxury in Geneva city center near Cornavin station This 202-room property near Cornavin train station is part of the Manotel chain of boutique hotels. Neoclassical decor lends atmosphere to the lobby and rooms. A tram stop in front of the hotel, along with the free Geneva public transport card, makes it easy to reach Old Town attractions, which guests can also reach via 15-minute walk. Geneva's red-light district also lies nearby, so guests should plan walking routes accordingly. Highlights Stylish neoclassical decorLocation near Cornavin train stationOld Town attractions accessible by direct tram line or 15-minute walk Rooms Neoclassical decor in the lobby extends to the 202 rooms, which are furnished with ornately framed artwork and plush bed curtains and linens help. Rooms include safe, mini-bar, free Wi-Fi, and an interactive flat-screen television with on-demand programs, web radio, and video games. Some rooms come with kitchenettes. Standard rooms are on the small side, ranging from 215 to 269 square feet. Superior rooms, executive rooms, and junior suites include a living room with sofa bed. For travelers with children the family suite a large dining table and full kitchen.  Features Restaurant Le Duo is actually two venues, both open for lunch and dinner. Cote Resto emphasizes more upscale creative cuisine. Cote Bistro serves traditional and seasonal dishes in a more relaxed setting. A lounge bar also offers food service from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Guests can start their day with breakfast buffet and wrap it up fireside with a drink in Bogie's Bar. A fitness center, sauna, and Turkish bath serve guests who want to get a workout or just relax.   Transportation Geneva International Airport (2.4 mi/4 km)Gare de Cornavin train station (0.3 mi/0.6 km)Free Geneva Transport Card for use on public transportationCar service available for airport transfers  On-site parking Nearby attractions Palais des Nations (1.2 mi/2 km)Jardin Anglais (1.3 mi/2.2 km)Jet d'Eau (1.3 mi/2.2 km)Musee d'Art et d'Histoire (1.6 mi/2.6 km) Business Four function rooms, for 20-350 peopleTwo business centers with free use of three computers, high-speed Internet, and printerFree Wi-Fi throughout hotel
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Auteuil Manotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 14 reviews
Style, substance and service at smaller hotel in central Geneva This eight-story hotel prizes both style and substance while providing services that travelers expect. Sleek art deco design and a black, white, and gray color scheme extend from the lobby to the 104 comfortable rooms. Relatively small size enables staff at this four-star property to provide attentive service. Guests can reach both the Cornavin train station and Lake Geneva within a 10-minute walk. Highlights Stylish art deco decor Central location 10 minutes from Cornavin train station and Lake GenevaPersonalized service Rooms The 104 rooms continue the lobby's stylish black, white and gray color palette, with gold highlights in the linens and chairs. Rooms include a safe, mini-bar, free Wi-Fi (high-speed wired Internet access may be available on request), and an interactive flat-screen television with on-demand programs, web radio, and video games. Standard rooms measure 236 to 269 square feet. Executive rooms range from 269 to 376 square feet and include such upgrades as Etro bath products and a furnished terrace. A few rooms with kitchenettes are available. Features Enjoy the morning buffet in the sunlit breakfast room. Sit by the vibrant red fireplace in the bar and sip an evening cocktail. Work out in the small fitness center. The hotel permits dogs to stay in the rooms. Transportation Geneva International Airport (4.1 mi/6.7 km)Gare de Cornavin (0.3 mi/0.5 km)Free Geneva Transport Card for use on public transportation Nearby attractions Palais des Nations (1.1 mi/1.9 km)Jardin Anglais (1.3 mi/2.1 km)Jet d'Eau (1.4 mi/2.3 km)Musee d'Art et d'Histoire (1.5 mi/2.5 km) Business Conference roomBusiness center Policies and fees City tax 3.60 CHF per person/night payable at checkout.
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Kipling Manotel

3 stars
4.4 / 5 14 reviews
Passage to India in stylish three-star boutique hotel in central Geneva This six-story hotel in central Geneva takes its design aesthetic from the exotic travels of its namesake. Photos of writer Rudyard Kipling adorn the walls in the colonial-styled lobby. Indian statues stand guard. This 62-room property is part of the Manotel chain, which runs stylish boutique properties throughout Geneva. Both the Gare de Cornavin train station and Lake Geneva are within a 10-minute walk. Highlights Indian- and Asian-style decorCentral location 10 minutes from Cornavin train station and Lake GenevaExecutive rooms with terrace and kitchenette Rooms The dark wood furniture and fabrics in deep red and olive create a masculine feel in the 62 rooms. Rooms include a safe, mini bar, high-speed Internet, free Wi-Fi, and an interactive flat-screen television with on-demand programs, web radio, and video games. Standard rooms are on the small side at 215 square feet. Executive rooms, at 322 square feet, include such upgrades as a sofa bed, bathrobe, furnished terrace, and kitchenette. Features The hotel serves a breakfast buffet and offers room service at lunch and dinner. The property refers guests to its nearby sister hotel, the Royal Hotel, for its Rive Droite restaurant and to another sister property, Hotel Auteuil, for its fitness center. Transportation Geneva International Airport (4.4 mi/7.1 km)Gare de Cornavin (0.9 mi/1.5 km)Free Geneva Transport Card, for use on public transportationOn-site parking garage Nearby attractions Jardin Anglais (1 mi/1.6 km)Palais des Nations (1.3 mi/2 km)Jet d'Eau (1.4 mi/2.3 km)Musee d'Art et d'Histoire (1.5 mi/2.5 km) Business Business center with two computers, high-speed Internet, and printerMeeting roomFree Wi-Fi in public areas Policies and fees Nightly per person city tax of 2.95 CHF payable at checkout.
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Flights to Geneva

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip fares
London Geneva Wed, 14 May - Fri, 16 May £61
Manchester Geneva Wed, 14 May - Thu, 15 May £61
Birmingham Geneva Wed, 14 May - Mon, 19 May £161
Amsterdam Geneva Tue, 27 May - Fri, 30 May £64
Liverpool Geneva Wed, 14 May - Sun, 18 May £65
Brussels Geneva Tue, 29 Apr - Wed, 30 Apr £67
Barcelona Geneva Mon, 12 May - Thu, 15 May £119
Prague Geneva Wed, 21 May - Sun, 25 May £61
Helsinki Geneva Wed, 21 May - Tue, 27 May £144
Moscow Geneva Fri, 23 May - Thu, 29 May £198
Budapest Geneva Mon, 19 May - Sun, 25 May £183
Frankfurt Geneva Mon, 19 May - Sat, 24 May £136
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Geneva highlights

  • Take a Lakeside Walk

    Stroll along the promenades of Lake Geneva and take in the fresh Alpine air and gorgeous city views. Pop into a café, browse a street market, take a boat ride onto the lake, and even water ski. Along the left bank is the English Garden, Geneva’s green getaway that features a bronze fountain a various busts by renowned European sculptors such as Alex André of Paris.

    In the middle of the garden is its main attraction: an enormous clock adorned with thousands of flowers, showing off the natural beauty and watch industry of the city.

    Wander the Old Town

    Wander the tranquil cobblestone streets lined with quaint shuttered homes in charming Old Town, located on the left bank, along Rue St-Léger and Rue de Granges. Full of cafes, boutiques, bistros, and bars, Old Town is also surrounded by a handful of excellent museums like the Musée Barbier-Müller featuring artwork and sculpture from Africa and Asia.

    Stop by the Place du Bourg-de-Four, a historic square and marketplace during Roman times. Also check out the Auditoire de Calvin, a 13th century chapel, and the Maison Tavel museum that depicts the history of urban life in Geneva.

    Relax at the Bains des Pâquis

    Rest your bones in the sauna and steam room of the Bains des Pâquis, a hedonistic refuge located pier SFr2 on the right bank of Lake Geneva. The pier itself, marked by a lighthouse, is a popular destination to soak in sun, swim in the lake, or just hang out and relax.

    The Bains des Pâquis is complete with two (one mixed and one female-only) Turkish baths or hammams, a sauna, solarium, and professional massage treatment. Bring lunch or dine at the Bains des Pâquis restaurant that serves great Swiss specialties.

    Watch a Film Under the Stars

    Catch free screenings of blockbusters, cult classics, and independent films at dawn during the summer months. Held at the water’s edge on the right bank of Lake Geneva and put together by CinéTransat, the screenings invite you to enjoy the city’s sunsets in good company. Snacks, drinks, and lawn chairs are available, but everyone is invited to bring their own picnics and blankets.

Top Geneva attractions

  • Jet d’Eau

    A hallmark image of Geneva, the Jet d’Eau is an impressive fountain located in Lake Geneva that shoots a stream of water 140 metres high into the air. The falling water billowing in the wind against a backdrop of the town and the snow-capped Mont Blanc is what makes the landmark so stunning.

    Created by accident in 1886 when an engineer simply wanted to release excessive water pressure during the construction of a reservoir system, the fountain quickly became a tourist attraction and was moved and made taller.

    Palais des Nations

    Built in the 1930s, this impressive classical compound was home to the League of Nations until it became the office of the United Nations at Geneva after the organization was established in 1945 to promote and international cooperation and diplomacy.

    Located in the public Ariana Park, the Palais des Nations has 34 conference rooms and 2,800 offices for programmes such as the UN Conference on Trade and Development and the Economic Commission for Europe. Included in admission is an hour-long tour of Assembly Hall, the golden-muraled Council Chamber, historic exhibitions, and the surrounding gardens.

    Museum of Natural History

    With 8,000 square metres full of regional fauna, mammals, amphibians, insects, invertebrates, birds, and minerals, the Museum of Natural History is a sensory and intellectually stimulating stop on your Geneva trip.

    The largest natural history museum in Switzerland, it is complete with dinosaur fossils, a re-creation of the hominid Lucy, and exhibits on current environmental issues facing the planet.

    Cathédrale de St Pierre

    This Romanesque-Gothic and Neoclassical cathedral in the middle of Geneva is where protestant reformer John Calvin gave his sermons in the 16th century. Beneath the cathedral are the archaeological remains of former sanctuaries and churches of the Roman Empire, while inside the church itself are 4th century murals and stained glass, as well as 14th and 15th century chapels.

    Tip * Booking your Tours, Transfers & Airport Parking before you go will save your money & time and ensure a stress free start to your holiday

Geneva holiday travel tips

  • Public Transport

    Geneva has an extensive and dependable public transport system that spans the entire city. The same company, TPG, runs all trams, trolleys, and buses, making tickets purchased for one conveniently valid for all forms of travel. Prices are according to distance travelled and tickets should be bought at coin-only machines next to each stop.

    To get from one bank to another, ferries and boats that cross the water leave approximately every 15 minutes and are a pleasant and affordable way to travel. Because these networks are so efficient, taxi travel is not necessary unless you are in a particular hurry and do not mind their high fees.

    Gare Routière is the central bus station with buses leaving to and coming from cities in Switzerland and Europe. If you book a guided tour, it will also most likely depart from Gare Routière. Gare Cornavin is the central train station with trains running from Geneva to all over Europe.

    Prefer to see Geneva by bike? The city offers free bicycles near the Gare Cornavin station as well as near the Bains des Pâquis. Though parking in the city centre is difficult, you may wish to opt for car hire in Geneva to guarantee maximum mobility.

    Thankfully, the Geneva Contrin Airport is only a few kilometres from the city centre. Taxis and limousines are available for hire, however there is also a train station within steps of the terminal. Alternatively, the number 10 bus stops directly outside of the terminal and serves the city centre, while other buses serve the Palais de Nations building and other neighbourhoods. Many hotels also offer free airport shuttle transportation.

Where to stay in Geneva

  • A short ten minutes from the airport is the newly-renovated Warwick Hotel. Each elegant room features modern amenities such as a flat screen TV, high-speed Internet access, a desk, and tea and coffee-making facilities. The local and international cuisine of the hotel’s restaurant Tso is sure to please any discerning traveller.

    With dazzling views of Mont Blanc and Jet d’Eau fountain, the Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva is a convenient 5-minute walk from the city centre. Each room in this 5-star hotel is equipped with large windows, high speed Internet access, a plasma TV, and lakeside views. Also featuring three restaurants and a nightclub, the hotel offers great cuisine and entertainment right on the premises.

    Superbly located minutes from the Geneva Airport and the United Nations Building, the NH Geneva Airport Hotel offers a convenient and comfortable stay. Enjoy a meal at the hotel’s Pavillon restaurant or a drink at the B4 bar. The hotel also provides guests with free shuttle transportation to and from the airport.

    Check out the Moevenpick Casino and Hotel for a host of fine dining and entertainment options with various restaurants, cafes, and a piano bar. Each spacious room comes with air-conditioning, a wireless Internet connection, and a minibar, while the hotel has an airport shuttle, business centre, and parking.

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Geneva restaurants

  • Intimate and friendly, L’Entrecôte Couronnée (5 rue des Pâquis) boasts delicious Swiss dishes for either lunch or dinner. Start with a smoked beef carpaccio or marinated duckling, followed by one of the restaurant’s tender steaks or the monkfish fillet. With a personal greeting from the chef before ordering, L’Entrecôte Couronnée welcomes all travellers as if they were well-loved locals.

    Simple, delicious, and reasonably priced Italian food is served up at La Trattoria restaurant (1 rue de la Servette), located near the railway station Gare Cornavin. Pizzas are oven-baked to perfection, while the Sicilian penne pasta and rich lasagne are also favourites. Though it tends to be crowded, the family-run La Trattoria is a sure bet for authentic Italian cuisine.

    Located in Hotel President Wilson is Spice’s (47 Quai Wilson), a restaurant with incredible Asian fusion cuisine, accented by a few international dishes. Entrees include sweet-and-sour crayfish and lobster, sea bass with Sicilian artichokes, or duck foie gras ravioli. Though the restaurant a bit pricey, the delicious and varied menu and warm and attentive service make Spices worth the splurge.

    Eat in elegance at Le Chat Botté (13 quai du Mont-Blanc) inside the luxurious lakeside Beau-Rivage Hôtel. Enjoy incredible views of the harbour and the mountains from your table, and sit on the restaurant’s flower-covered terrace during summer months. With an innovative and gourmet menu by chef Dominique Gauthier, dishes at Le Chat Botté include fried spicy salmon, venison with quince and cinnamon, roasted scampis, and French favourites like foie gras.

Health & Safety

  • Health

    The health system in Geneva is excellent and can be compared with that of France. Before leaving, ask your local Social Security centre for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Though there are no required vaccinations to enter Switzerland, those recommended include tetanus, polio, diphtheria, pertussis, and measles. The water is potable and there is a variety of bottled water as well.

    Some helpful numbers include:

    Emergency room at Hospital de la Tour: (022)78 780 01 11

    Dial 144 for an ambulance.
    Dial 117 for Police.
    Dial 118 for the Fire department.
    Dial 140 for road rescue.

    General doctor: Dr. Dieter Kraft; Gilbert Trolliet 1209; 022 740 11 111

    Some pharmacies include the Grand Casino at 10 Quai du Mont-Blanc and Pharmacie Principale at 8 Confédération Street.

    Safety

    Geneva is a very safe city, and crime and assaults are infrequent. Still, do not walk alone at night or in poorly lit areas, and make sure to keep expensive items that may attract attention hidden. Do not accept food or drink from strangers. If renting a car, do not leave your belongings visible in them while it is parked.

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