Stepping inside the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Geneva is like opening the door to a secret world. A world of glistening gold and five star service conducted in the most tasteful way possible. Would you like to join us for a weekend at The Mandarin? Then keep reading.
Experience a piece of paradise
Last time I checked in at a Mandarin Oriental Hotel, I was in San Francisco. It was the mothership of all Mandarin Oriental hotels, which unfortunately had to close down around 6 months ago. But while the San Francisco-based Mandarin property no longer exists, the one in Geneva has been up and running with success for several years.
Geneva is home to hundreds of hotels - especially the ones containing the word ‘luxury’ - so there is no better fit for Mandarin Oriental than here. Nestling in a quiet end of a buzzing street by the lake and just a stone’s throw from the city center, the hotel stands tall presenting more than 170 rooms. And yes, it really is like stepping into a secret world when entering the golden doors managed by the friendly hotel porters. A seductive scent of magnolias and cedar wood dissipates and you are no longer in doubt; this is what it means to experience a piece of paradise - if only for a weekend.
Mandarin Oriental is famous for its impeccable service appreciated by the jet set and elite of Hollywood. However, it is clear that also business people and regular people are fond of the chain, simply because of its authenticity and warm-hearted atmosphere, which is a rarity these days. There is no judging by the door or fake smiles in the reception; everyone who appreciates the art of luxury are welcome here.
The famous views
Mandarin Oriental in Geneva offers 189 rooms with views of either the garden or the river. Guests can select from a number of various room categories, but if you - like me - are a fan of comfortable luxury, a little extra space and beautiful sunset views, I highly recommend booking a Premier River View Room. Go to Instagram and search for #MoView - you will find a large selection of photos from Mandarin properties all over the world. Whether you are checking in at Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong, New York or - in this case - Geneva, the hotel chain offers breathtaking views.
Some say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, if you are staying at Mandarin Oriental Geneva, it is nothing but the truth! While I am generally not a big fan of breakfast, I would gladly indulge in this lavish breakfast buffet everyday, if I had the chance. The simplicity and perfection, which seems to imbue the rest of the hotel, is also highly present at breakfast. To put it briefly; if it is not on the menu, the chef will make it for you. Small, delicate bowls of fresh fruit, sinful pastries, special cold cuts, freshly baked bread, homemade jam and a wide range of smoothies, juices and yoghurts. It is all here. For dinner, I would recommend exploring Geneva’s growing dining scene, however, Mandarin’s contribution is worth experiencing as well. The in-house restaurant Rasoi by Vineet creates modern Indian cuisine while Café Calla tempts your taste buds with all-day modern cooking ranging from healthy sandwiches to local fish and meat dishes.
Mandarin Oriental in Geneva is a perfect refuge for couples, business people and solo travelers. This is the place to be if you wish to experience true luxury, a high level of comfort and of course, impeccable service (prices start from €455 per night). Did we mention that the hotel houses a spa as well? No pool, but a steam bath, sauna and fitness area. If you want to pamper yourself with a world class facial or massage, go to L.Raphael on the other side of the river.
The location, which is very central, offers walking distance to the exclusive shopping street of Rue du Rhône as well as the old city and the Main Central Station, Gare Cornavin.
Let the journey begin on www.mandarinoriental.com/geneva.