The grand dame of Geneva, Beau-Rivage is the most historical and important hotel in this part of Switzerland. It’s still owned and managed by the Mayer family, who founded it in 1865. Here, Empress Elisabeth “Sisi” of Austria took her last breath, Czechoslovakia was signed into existence, and Sotheby’s auctioned off the Duchess of Windsor’s jewelry collection.Inside, antiques and paintings line the corridors, and high ceilings and period decor maintain the place’s original grandeur. Outside, the lake glitters and Geneva’s famous water jet spurts high right in front of the hotel.
Geneva Airport is a 15-minute drive away. A ten-minute walk will take you to the train station, and it’s a 15-minute walk to the historic landmarks and fashion shops in the city centre. If you are not in the mood for walking, the hotel gives each guest a free transport card for the city.
We recommend choosing a room — ideally a suite, which is much larger — with a view to the lake. There are also suites with private terraces, and interconnecting options for families.
Who is it for
The Beau-Rivage is great for anyone who likes historical hotels and classic design — and can pay good money for accommodation.
Amenities & Activities
The hotel restaurant Le Chat-Botté has one Michelin star, and serves French cuisine, often with an Asian touch. There’s also a Thai restaurant, and another one serving Swiss dishes.