Hotels in the Old Town in Geneva

by Joanne Thomas
The snow-covered Alps are a stunning backdrop to Lake Geneva.

The snow-covered Alps are a stunning backdrop to Lake Geneva.

Yachting in Geneva lake image by Andrei Kazarov from Fotolia.com

As a major world city and cosmopolitan tourist destination, Geneva, Switzerland, offers a comprehensive range of lodging options to suit all budgets and desires. While the most luxurious hotels in the city are generally found along the banks of Lake Geneva, the Old Town hosts a number of hotels that offer old world charm along with a central location. These historic properties in the Old Town have largely been refurbished to include contemporary facilities alongside original features.

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Hotel Les Armures

Hotel Les Armures offers a location in the heart of Old Town Geneva and historic charm as a former residence dating back to the 17th century. The property consists of four stone buildings that retain original details including beams, hearths, decorated ceilings and frescoes. Works of art are on display throughout the hotel. All 32 guest rooms and suites feature contemporary furnishings alongside original architectural details. They include modern amenities such as Wi-Fi and wired Internet access and flat-screen cable televisions. The on-site restaurant offers a cozy atmosphere and specializes in traditional Swiss and French cuisine. Guest services include a multilingual concierge, limousine service, tourist information and laundry services.

Hotel Longemalle

The 58-room Hotel Longemalle occupies a historic manor house with an ornate facade dating back to 1905. Its guest rooms are located over six floors, each with its own color theme. The most spacious accommodation option is the triplex apartment on the top floor, which boasts a private, 300-square-foot rooftop terrace with views across the Old Town to Lake Geneva. Every room features an LCD-screen television and complimentary Internet access; upgraded superior rooms are more spacious and include a four-poster, wrought-iron or sleigh bed. All rates include a daily buffet breakfast, which you can enjoy in the dining room, on the hotel's flower-draped balcony or in your room.

Hotel Central

Hotel Central offers a convenient location at the foot of Old Town and minutes from Lake Geneva. Room options range from small budget rooms with bunk beds, a private shower and shared toilet, to junior suites with a four-poster bed and a spacious living room. The hotel also offers eight apartments and studios with up to three bedrooms and a full kitchen or kitchenette. The largest apartment features laundry facilities, a grand entrance hall and both living and dining rooms. All guests are provided with a continental breakfast and complimentary Internet access.

Tiffany Hotel

Tiffany Hotel sits within Geneva's art district, which is bordered by the Old Town and main shopping areas of the city. The Grand Theatre and Museum of Contemporary Art are within steps from the historic hotel, which occupies a restored 19th-century building in the Belle Epoque style. The 47 guest rooms have warm decor accented with rich jewel tones, and some boast fireplaces and decorative wood beams. They have double-glazed windows to ensure a quiet and cozy atmosphere, as well as modern amenities such as interactive flat-screen televisions, wireless Internet access and eco-friendly bath products. Tiffany Hotel hosts a bar inspired by an old English gentleman's club, and the Belle Epoque restaurant, which has contemporary decor and a menu showcasing locally sourced produce. Guests have access to an underground fitness room with state-of-the-art equipment, and a quiet reading room with a computer nook.

About the Author

A writer of diverse interests, Joanne Thomas has penned pieces about road trips for Hyundai, children's craft projects for Disney and wine cocktails for Robert Mondavi. She has lived on three continents and currently resides in Los Angeles, where she is co-owner and editor of a weekly newspaper. Thomas holds a BSc in politics from the University of Bristol, England.

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