Just outside of the windows of the Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva is the Jet d’ Eau fountain, one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Positioned directly across Lake Geneva, a perfectly unobstructed view can be found from a step through the balcony doors of Kempinski’s Lake View room. Within, the decor is clean and modern, varying in colour and style.
The Grand Hotel is only a short stroll from the middle of Geneva’s bustling shopping area, Rue Du Rhone Street and Market Street Confederation. However, within the property’s grounds of this five-star hotel is its own lively complex of upscale shops, boutiques and exclusive restaurants. Among these are gourmet restaurants Il Vero, Le Grill and Tsé Yang. With cuisine ranging from Italian to Chinese, these restaurants offer a dining experience with a backdrop over the magical French Alps.
Grand Hotel is on a mission to create its own culinary trademark – to perfect their signature dish, which is a twist on a Geneva classic: Perch fillets Meunière style. In the mornings, there is a very expansive international buffet breakfast with à la carte options available – our tip is to get there early as it can get busy later in the morning.
For those who want the fun to continue even after dinner is over and the sun has set, there are several options on the grounds of the hotel without the need to leave the property. Home to two of the city’s most popular venues, FloorTwo Bar and Java Club, Geneva nightlife shows up on the front doorstep of the Grand Hotel as locals converge for the DJs, dance floor, lounges and, of course, the drinks.
For the daytime, there is Le Spa by Resense and fitness centre. The spa offers services such as the steam and soap massage, manicures and pedicures, facials and wraps. For those who don’t want to fall behind in their fitness while on holiday, the fitness centre, managed by Olympian Cédric Grand, offers the latest models of gym equipment and the largest private indoor pool in Geneva.
Since 2010, there has been an environmental-themed offer at Grand Hotel Geneva called the GREEN Package which allows guests to choose a luxury room while simultaneously helping to protect the environment. For each package booked, one Kempinski tree is planted in the Amazonas area in Brazil, by the hotel’s partner, Association Aquaverde, to help counteract the guest’s carbon footprint.