Formerly known as Hotel de la Paix, Geneva and housed within a stunning heritage building the 152-year-old hotel recently underwent a multi-million dollar extensive renovation, emerging as one of Switzerland’s finest luxury hotels. The hotel is located in the very heart of the city directly overlooking Lake Geneva and steps from all major attractions of the city.
The re-design and refurbishment has been made by making use of the highest quality furnishings and finishes. Thanks to the sensible mix of light brown, grey, cream and pastel turquoise and the materials used, predominantly wood, copper and leather, there is a genuine sense of a residential feel.
Most of the rooms, which boast floor-to-ceiling windows, thus allowing for generous daylight. The majority face spectacular direct views of Lake Geneva and the MontBlanc, inducing a WOW factor. Rooms are also equipped with the latest technologies, from the SmartTv, high speed internet and an sophisticated lighting system which makes the room very bright. The marble bathrooms are generously, many them with natural light. There is a separate bathtub and a separate walk-in shower.
The stunning Grace Kelly Suite, named after the Princess of Monaco who was a regular guest at the hotel, is the hotel’s Presidential Suite, offering sophisticated art deco design and gold leaf gilding, creating a truly luxurious and prestigious residential environment.
My suite, a Corner Suite which covers 60 sqm featured a balconies with a 260° panoramic view of the city, Lake and Mont Blanc. There is also a generous seating area with a sofa, a business desk and club chairs. The bed, like in all Ritz-Carlton properties is heavenly comfortable.
The newly restored public areas reflect a design concept created around art, time and nature, representing the hotel’s lakeside setting and the city of Geneva. Probably one of the most impressive architectural feature is the large atrium of the hotel, which lends an aristocratic feel. In the hallways of the hotel’s atrium, you cannot miss the exhibition of large hand-made tapestries which feature historical figures who played a role in attaining peace, from Giuseppe Garibaldi to Victor Hugo.
In Geneva’s vibrant gastronomic scene The Ritz-Carlton Hotel de la Paix, Geneva has once again succeeded in implementing what turned out to be a success from day one – Fiskerbar – a new Nordic-fusion cuisine, the first-of-its-kind in Geneva. Executive Chef Alessio Corda focuses on organic, regional dishes, constantly innovating yet boasting more traditional dishes too.
Spread across four interconnecting spaces, including a fresh fish counter with communal seating, the restaurant’s styling is reminiscent of a traditional Scandinavian fish market, where minimalist interiors are set off by natural materials such as wood and leather to create a Nordic ambience. I enjoyed a fantastic dinner with a Arctic char as a main dish with the perfect wine pairing.
The other dining venue of the hotel is the Living Room Bar & Kitchen which offers all-day dining menu. The sleek lounge-style setting is enhanced with elements of the building’s historic details and original features, such as the 150-year old parquet and walnut floor. The lavish breakfast is one of the finest in the city. I loved the ‘living room’ style corner of the restaurant which features a fireplace and which has great views of the Lake.
There is also the Philippe Pascoët, a chocolate shop offers authentic sweet confections, handmade by the Swiss Master Chocolatier, Philippe Pascoët. Guests can savor a complimentary chocolate upon arrival, indulge in the menu of uniquely-blended hot drinks or pick up a box of artisanal chocolate.
Another highlight of the hotel is its unique exhibition space which currently hosts an Audemars Piguet exhibition which presents artist Alexandre Joly’s new sound work. Produced by the artist for Audemars Piguet, Twenty-One Simultaneous Spacetimes & A Hundred Simultaneous Spacetimes are an invitation to discover the origins of the Vallée de Joux-based manufacturing company. The exhibition runs until September 2018 which another one will take its space.
Thanks to its relatively small number of rooms, service is exceptionally personalised. Most of the staff would recognise you by name. Although open less than a year, the service standards are truly impressive throughout all departments – individualised, intuitive, attentive and efficient. Staff would go out of their way to fulfil the most discerning wishes.
Oliver Petcu in Geneva
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