A Place To Lay Your Head
Once you arrive, check-in at the Grand Hotel Kempinski (Quai du Mont-Blanc 19, 1201 Genève), befitting of the “grand” in its name with a marble lobby so large that I am convinced it could hold the plane that just brought me to Switzerland. When it is quiet, the only thing that can be heard is the sound of my own shoes squeaking as I try to quietly get to the elevator without too much notice. The only one who seems to mind, however, is me, as the staff smile hello, and patrons continue talking without missing a beat while sitting at one of the many lounging areas in this lavish lobby.
Kempinski Hotels is the oldest luxury hotel group in Europe, and this hotel with 412 rooms and suites, is Geneva’s largest five-star property. The hotel is a modern marvel situated on Quai du Mont-Blanc, one of Geneva’s swankiest boulevards, and home to many of the 11 five-star hotels in the city, the best restaurants and numerous trendy bars for all likes and desires. It is also close to the main train station, Old Town and many of Geneva’s other famous sites.
Rooms are contemporary in style, equipped with a tub/shower combo, a seating area, work desk, flat-screen television, in-room iPad and a Nespresso machine. For the best view looking out over Lac Léman and the notable Jet d’eau fountain that is synonymous with Geneva, book room 6617, a Deluxe Lakeview Room that includes a small balcony.
The hotel houses three restaurants, one comfy lounge, two uber-hip bars that are popular with locals, a pool and a world-class spa. Prices at the hotel begin at around CHF 500, but package deals can be found on the hotel’s web site that can lower the price significantly. If money is no object, then live large in (quite literally) the largest suite in Europe. At almost 12,000 square feet (1,115 square meters), the Geneva Suite comes in at a breathtaking CHF 50,000 per night.
Photography: Grand Hotel Kempinski Photography: Janice Tober