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LIFESTYLE: Travel: DESTINATION GENEVA

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Ideally located three minutes from the centre of town and ten minutes from Geneva International airport, the Intercontinental Genève is true to its reputation as the most international hotel in Geneva

Cosmopolitan, cultured and immaculate, Geneva is among Europe’s most interesting cities, offering a wide variety of exceptional activities and places to discover. It is home to the most enchanting backdrops, boasting views of the Swiss Alps including Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps and the highest in Europe after the Caucasus peaks.

Geneva is a global hub of diplomacy and banking with the headquarters of the United Nations in Europe and the Red Cross situated here. The French influence is widespread, right from the language to gastronomy and bohemian districts like Carouge. Not to mention that this competitive and busy business hub is popular for its fine watch-making and Swiss chocolate.

EFFORTLESS LIVING IN GENÈVE

The Intercontinental Genève is a stately 18-storey tower building right in the heart of the diplomatic district of Geneva. It is located in lush parkland with Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc visible in the distance.

The very entrance of the hotel sweeps you into a majestic experience. Greeted by warm, beautiful décor, you will enter the elegant lobby that flows seamlessly to the bars, restaurants and public areas and be escorted to your spacious and luxurious suite. The stately lobby boasts 7,5-metre-high ceilings and large fluted columns. It is flanked by grand staircases and distinguished by two-storey fireplaces and multiple works of art.

Over the years, no fewer than 400 stays by heads of states, including four US presidents and several kings and queens, have taken place within the walls of the hotel. It has hosted the most famous of world leaders and attracted a number of celebrities who re-visit in full confidence that their privacy will be respected.

BREATHTAKING VIEWS

This five-star hotel boasts unrivalled views of Lake Geneva, Mont Blanc, and the Jura Mountains. It is within a five-minute drive of Lake Geneva, the United Nations, the Palexpo exhibition centre, the International Conference Centre of Geneva, a luxury shopping area, and the Old Town.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME

The luxury hotel offers all deluxe facilities required by the most demanding traveller: big suites and spacious rooms, the popular Woods restaurant, two bars, a cigar lounge, a business centre, a luxury spa by Clarins, a 25-metre heated swimming pool and a fitness centre.

GUEST PRIVILEGES

The rooms are spacious with magnificent and panoramic views that are guaranteed if you stay in one of their executive luxury suites.

For both a luxury business and leisure stay, the Intercontinental Geneva has it all. The suites are the epitome of excellence and sophistication, offering a lounge and separate dining room as well as a spacious and stylish marble bathroom.

There is easy access to public transport, with a dedicated bus stop located across the road from the hotel. The hotel offers guests a 3–5-day free bus and train pass, which comes in handy if you are trying to find your way around Geneva.

THE WOODS RESTAURANT AND WINE LOUNGE

Reflecting the harmony of nature and with a terrace surrounded by lush bamboo beside a small Zen-inspired pool, the Woods becomes the perfect, soothing setting for dining throughout the day.

Chef Guillaume Bourdillon puts all his talent into offering a contemporary cuisine prepared fresh from seasonal products. Thanks to the variety and quality of its buffet, the Woods is renowned in Geneva for its Sunday champagne brunch.

The quaint wine lounge is ideal for relaxing at the end of the day and taking the time to savour a prestigious selection of regional and international vintages. In this quiet and relaxing atmosphere, wine can be tasted alone or with a seasonal dish: a plate of charcuterie during winter, or some lighter accompaniment with the first fine days of spring.

POOLSIDE RESTAURANT

Enjoy the atmosphere at the poolside from May to September. The blue water of the swimming pool set in a lush garden – so unexpected in the hills above the city – invites relaxation on warm summer and spring days. The poolside restaurant welcomes guests in a chic and relaxed atmosphere for meals by the pool. The furniture’s wood and white finishes evoke the décor of a yacht while the sleek dressing of the tables and umbrellas makes it perfect for sharing friendly meals.

Concierge service

The excellent concierge service is bound to be most helpful in suggesting some great sightseeing tours and things to do in Geneva. The friendly staff will also arrange all airport transfers on your behalf.