To enjoy city retreat in Geneva with a breath-taking mountain backdrop, look no further than the Mandarin Oriental.
This was the first hotel to be built in Europe after the Second World War, and has views across to the snow-capped mountains beyond the city. Much of i ts early modernist, Art Deco style was preserved when it was renovated by the Mandarin Oriental group under Adam D Tihany, creating an elegant hotel fit for the 21st century. Just a 15-minute drive from the airport, the hotel borders the banks of the River Rhône, with a footbridge a few steps away leading into the Old Town and the elegant designer boutiques which line the streets of Geneva.
Originally built in 1950 as the Hotel du Rhône, in early modernist, Art Deco style, the public areas were completely renovated in 2008 by New York-based designer Adam D Tihany using materials of cherry wood, silk, mirrors, and bold colours, creating an opulent feel. Bedrooms and suites were refurbished in 2013 by Sybille de Margerie with her trademark warmth and an emphasis on comfortable luxury.
The 189 rooms and suites feel effortlessly elegant, with warm earth tones, soft wool carpets and spacious Greek marble bathrooms, with walk-in rain showers and tubs. On the sixth floor, the Mandarin rooms come in palettes of fuchsia and silver, with tones of gold, and have two separate Italian marble bathrooms with Shanghai Tang amenities. The spacious Junior Terrace Suites and the ultra-luxurious Mandarin, Oriental and Presidential Suites are designed by Buz Design from Hong Kong, and all have terraces overlooking the river.
Food & Drink
The hotel’s signature restaurant is ‘Rasoi by Vineet’. Its vivid red and purple décor is a background for sensational Indian dishes from Chef Vineet Bhatia, and in the summer it spills out on to a street-side terrace. The less formal Café Calla serves modern French and health-conscious cuisine, with an emphasis on regional products.
Escape: Mandarin Oriental, London