Stay here: Swissotel Métropole, Geneva

From its stunning Rive Gauche outlook over Lake Geneva, to its modest “tradies” entrance right on rue du Rhône (Geneva’s famous luxury retail boulevard), Swissotel Métropole offers a quintessential Helvetian luxury experience to the discerning traveller.

Located right in the town centre, within easy reach of Geneva’s central business district and fascinating Old Town, Swissotel Métropole occupies a beautiful heritage neo-classical building built in 1854. Historically one of city’s original Grand Hotels, the Swissotel Métropole exudes an old-world warmth and charm, and delights with its grand lobby, high ceilings, intricate staircases, wood-panelled hallways, and sumptuous rooms and suites.

We enjoyed our stay in a Signature Room Lakeside, which features views that can also be had from the 280-square-metre Presidential Suite over Lake Geneva and the Jardin Anglais (English Garden). The recently refurbished rooms are comfortable and have been upgraded with modern technology. Bathrooms are enclosed in glass, lending an open-air feel. Doors lead out to small balconies to let in the views and fresh lakeside air.

Breakfast buffet-style is offered with à la carte options, warm fresh bread, a great selection of cheeses and aged meats and one of the best hot chocolates in a town that has raised the beverage into an artform. Indeed, one is never far from a chocolate fix throughout the Swissotel Métropole, including access to irresistible Swiss chocolate fountains. The hotel is also an avid participant at the annual Christmas challenge where Geneva’s local five-star hotels show off their best chocolate creations.

The hotel’s Gusto restaurant has also recently benefited from a revamp and serves modern Italian cuisine, offering dishes like Italian red chicory and foie gras risotto, with wonderful patisseries such as the Limoncello cream profiteroles. In warmer months, dine alfresco on the restaurant’s terrace or head to the rooftop 5 Lounge to taste the tapas-style menu, or chill out with cocktails into the evening with views out over the Lac Leman (Lake Geneva), Jardin Anglais (English Garden) and the iconic Jet d’Eau fountain.

Swissotel Métropole doesn’t have a dedicated spa facility, however, in-room massage treatments can be arranged on request using Swissotel’s Purovel amenities brand. Service at Swissotel Métropole is meticulous and attentive and be sure to make use of the concierge staff’s impressive local knowledge, they are always eager to assist in any way they can.


Outdoor dining at the Swissotel Metropole, Geneva


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