The Beau-Rivage Hotel, in the heart of downtown Geneva, Switzerland is elegant and intimate with grand style and service. This beautiful hotel is located across from Lake Geneva with a stunning view of Salève mountain and the Alps. Walking across the lobby with its marble floor, columns and center fountain you get the sense of being in an Italian courtyard. This is further enhanced by the stain glass ceiling. As you speak with the hotel staff team, you feel the personal service and care given to each guest. This is probably due to the fact that the Beau-Rivage hotel is still family owned. It has been in the Mayer family since it was founded in 1865 by the great-grandfather of the current owners.
I love that each room is unique in design and layout but all are beautifully appointed with intricate molding and elegant bedding and drapes. Many of the rooms facing the lake have fireplaces and a number of the rooms have seen famous and historical figures.
Patara and Le Chat Botté are the two restaurants in the hotel. Both restaurants are worth a visit in their own right. Patara is an elegant Thai restaurant with amazing food (I recommend the chicken curry and the mango with sticky rice is an amazing dessert not to be missed). Le Chat Botté is a Michelin-starred restaurant…need I say more? Everything is a gastronomical delight (you can arrange to have a tour of the wine cellar or sit at the Chef’s Table).
Other restaurants to visit: I love Les Amours (which is across from the Armory) because they have the best fondue in Geneva. Entrecôte (in the Sofitel) is a great place for steak and fries.
What to do in Geneva:
Places I like to visit: Jet d’eau, Flower Clock, Reformer’s Wall, Contemporary Art Museum (Centre d’Art Contemporain), St. Peter’s Cathedral in the Old Town, Place des Nations
Other fun activities: Rent a bike or just jog along the lake and through the parks.
Tip: If you visit in the summer, the hotel has a lovely hidden terrace where you can sip champagne while you look out at the Jet d’eau, the Salève mountain and the Alps.