Geneva, in western Switzerland, is one of Europe’s busiest cities. Its airport, which is partially in France as well as Switzerland, remains one of Europe’s most used transport hubs. This means that there is plentiful accommodation in the city and surrounding area for travellers. From city centre luxury to mountain ski lodges, the area around Geneva has a lot to offer in terms of accommodation.
Many of the finest hotels in Geneva are close to the lake, offering excellent views. If you are looking for luxury Geneva accommodation then a good place to start would be with the Beau-Rivage, opened in 1865. Glamorous guests have enjoyed stays here over the years, with people like Sarah Bernhardt and Catherine Deneuve epitomising its classic appeal. The restaurant here enjoys an especially fine reputation.
Another luxury option when it comes to finding Geneva accommodation is the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva. This has been standing since 1834, and makes the claim that it is Geneva’s first hotel. Whatever its age, this is the place to head to for a slice of contemporary luxury, with a spa and fitness centre adding to the kind of comfort on offer. That modern day class provides the gloss on the hotel’s real attraction though, which is its old world elegance.
While both those hotels are very expensive, and represent the top end of the kind of accommodation on offer to visitors to Geneva, there are many much more affordable and accessible options for people to use. There are many chalet type hotels offering a good standard of accommodation for a much more affordable price.
Good business accommodation can be found in a ‘mini village’ some 15 minutes drive from the city centre, with the International Centre Cointrin offering hotels and other facilities to travellers. Other similarly medium-priced hotels can be found within a short driving distance from the airport.
Cheaper hotels for budget travellers are plentiful in Geneva, and are usually of a fairly high standard when it comes to facilities. If you are prepared to share washing facilities, then some really good value deals can be found in the city in some great locations.
Many of the best places to find ski accommodation near Geneva are actually in France. Resorts such as Morzine, Les Houches and Samoens are less than two hours drive away and transport links are very good . Swiss resorts such as Nendaz and Zinal are less than three hours drive away, meaning that Geneva can be used as a base to explore ski resorts in both countries.