A Place To Lay Your Head

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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

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