A whole different Geneva experience can be yours once you take a Rhône meander out here and wind up in the heart of the Geneva wine country. Surrounded by vineyards and rolling green hills, this sturdy stone manor offers interesting bike-riding countryside right outside the gates (reserve bicyles in advance). Inside, delicate stenciling, marble sinks, and bright calico reflect a happy marriage of good taste and warm country spirit—the decor is as relaxing as the chambre
romantique's hot tub. Most guest rooms are nicely spacious, often dramatically accented with rough-hewn stone walls. The breakfast includes homemade bread and pastries, local honey, and jams made in-house from local fruit—only fitting thanks to the famed stone-and-wood-beam restaurant on-site.
Jun 1, 2008
Domaine de Chateauvieux is one of those places that people dream about finding. It is located approximately 15 minutes from Downtown Geneva, yet situated on a hill top in the Swiss countryside in the middle of a vineyard. The Chateau also happens to boast one of the best restaurants in Geneva - which is run by the #3 Chef in all of Switzerland - Phillipe Chevrier. The staff makes you feel like you are the Chateau owner and will accommdate any
need (Front Desk Staff researched outlet shopping in Milan for me and sent me the results on my cell phone while I was in Milan). The restaurant is closed on Sunday and Monday and Chateau guest really get the feeling like they are in a private residence. From the bar, to the restaurant, to the cigar lounge, nothing is off limits to guests. Access to Geneva from the Chateau is equally as convenient and adds to the feeling of being a local. The front desk will arrange a proxibus daily (about $3 each) to take you to Satigny train station and will provide you will a complimentary metro pass to use the Geneval rail/bus lines to get into town. In Satigny, it is two stops to Geneva Cornavin Train station in Central Geneva by the lake (10 minutes train ride from Satigny). This proxibus - train transfer is so easy even beginner travellers can do it and feel like local Genevese. What I appreciated most about Domaine de Chateauvieux - beside the owner and staff - was the ability of the locale to allow me to escape the business setting of Geneva in the evening (felt like I was going home each evening) and arrive at a beautiful quiet location where I could ponder my day over a dinner from heaven while gazing out at the Rhone river, the vineyards, the horses, etc... The place is etherial.
Dec 20, 2003
Wonderful restored building (still under renovation when we stayed there March 2003, lovely rooms, nice setting, excellent food, and unfortunate views of the power grid across the valley. Very expensive relative to the total experience, but worth the detour if you are a real foodie and combine with dinner at the hotel's restaurant.