It has a no-thrills modern exterior, but one step inside and you'll be seduced by wafting scents from perfumed candles and the high-glitter-cum-slice-of-nature lobby and public salons. Swarovski crystals pressed into marble flooring, onyx, cut glass, platinum mosaics, and gold leaf are all mixed in with artist Jae-Ho Lee's nature statements. The striking results—stay here only if you like minimalism done with a sumptuous Baroque touch—suggest the water and mountains
of which the hotel has fabulous views. Top Lebanese eating at Arabesque, contemporary French cuisine at Bayview, and sophisticated lounging at Glow add to the appeal. There's also a spa and outdoor pool with restaurant (dig the sexy night-lighting).
Jul 11, 2002
I was quite pleased with this hotel. I had a handsome room on the 4th floor, overlooking the pool and with a view of the lake. I could not see Mont Blanc from my room, but I'm quite sure the rooms in the other section of the hotel would provide that view. I was very pleased with everything regarding the room, though I did find (probably due to the outdoor lighting) that if I opened the window I ended up with quite a few insects inside. The service
was excellent. What I found disappointing was the clientele -- too many self-important men bellowing loudly into cell phones in the hallway, people going in and out and in and out of the rooms at all hours of the night, kids running through the halls with their mothers following behind yelling at them. Some cultures don't have an appreciation for quiet and restraint, and their behavior was an odd contrast to the hotel's handsome decor and the elegance of Geneva in general. (If I'd come a different time -- I was there at the end of June -- would I have been happier ?) It's a long-ish walk from the hotel to the city center, but the location is good nonetheless, directly across the street from the lake and very near a beautiful park, both great for daytime and evening strolls.