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Nothing can beat the warm hospitality that Geneva offers to cater every style of discerning tourists. There is an innumerable choice of accommodation in Geneva that suits the highest of the taste to the lowest of the budget. From hostels to B&B and plush 5-star hotels to self-catering apartments, the every type of accommodation in the city boasts a distinct charm and is well-facilitated with amenities to offer a relaxing stay. Finding your choice of Geneva hotel is very simple as the city is dotted with many great options to fit in your requirement. Whether you’re looking for a stay near the glamorous Swiss lake, in the Old Town or in the heart of city center, you’ll find it all in your budget if planned in advance. Those who are looking for more flexibility, space and some homey feel can book their stay in any of the Geneva apartments, which are beautifully decorated and fully-furnished. Despite having the largest hotel capacity in Switzerland, it is recommended that you book you stay in advance during summers and holiday as last minutes deals can be very expensive.
Nestled at the southern tip of expansive Lac Léman, Geneva is a prominent city in Switzerland, surrounded by Alps and Jura mountains. The city is home to a number of international institutions such as the World Trade Organization, many beautiful parks, museums, luxury brand stores and sites of interests. So visitors come here both for businesses and to enjoy a relaxing holiday.
The city also hosts a number of events year-round and one of the most famous one being- Geneva Motor Show that takes place annually in March, driving an influx of tourists. Geneva has relatively a pleasant climate during most of the year due to its international profile, but summer months are the busiest here. Switzerland’s second most populous city, the city has a widespread French influence, which is reflected in its language, food and fashion and a large part of the city’s budget is invested in its cultural affairs. You can make this city a perfect home base for exploring other Swiss towns nearby. Finding cheap flight and hotels in Geneva can be difficult if you don’t plan your tour ahead.
Where to stay
Being one of the most influential cities in Europe; visitors from across the globe often come to the Geneva for business, relaxation and sightseeing. So, you’ll find amazing selection of restaurants to luxury brand stores and plush hotels in Geneva, which are well-suited to meet the specific demands of the tourists. In terms of stay, there are very few reasonably priced or cheap hotels in Geneva but still you can find them in the City Centre like Hotel Les Arcades and Hotel International and Terminus.
For those who has a taste for premium services and lavish space can stay in Hotel Beau Rivage Geneva that overlooks the Lake or at Hotel d’Angleterre, featuring plush amenities. History and architecture enthusiasts can choose to stay in the Old Town in any of the lavish or low cost apartments in Geneva, which are furnished with modern comforts like a hotel. In whichever district you stay, you’ll never be far from the major attractions as the public transportation in the city is quite easily accessible. During the summer months and holidays, Geneva apartments and hotels do fill up quickly, so plan your trip ahead and do the reservation in advance.
Attractions to explore
The gorgeous city attracts huge influx of tourists every year for its incredible history, natural splendor and cultural attractions. Begin your adventure in Switzerland by exploring some of the beautiful places in Geneva including museums to galleries, lush green parks to lakes and rivers to Cathedrals, offering recreation and relaxation opportunities throughout the year. The city boasts more than 30 different museums that very well capture the city’s major cultural influences and its history. Natural History Museum, International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and Art and History Museum are some popular picks for you. Jet d’Eau Fountain is the tallest in the world and now is a popular attraction for many. Do not miss a visit the European Headquarters of the United Nations, which is accessible only by guided tour, so you must go for this. Visit the oldest and most impressive architectural treasure of Geneva, the Saint Peter’s Cathedral. It houses an Archaeological museum and offers breath-taking panoramic views of the city.
Geneva is known for its dazzling nightlife. From a range of cinemas, theatres, clubs, bars and casinos, you’ll find everything to enjoy after dark. Music scene in the city is also very lively. The wine bars are excellent place to go after work and enjoy your drink in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Le Rouge et Le Blanc and Soleil Rouge are some best places to unwind. If lavish and ultra-modern club is what you like then there is no better place than Java Club where Geneva’s privileged class comes for party. Though Geneva is a small city still there is no shortage of entertainment venues and the nightlife here is surely colorful. Locals in Geneva enjoy some time-off starting with unwinding at one of the hundreds of bars and then head to some hot nightspot to dance the night away, so you can also party like them. Some cool hot spots to enjoy a nightout in the town include Leopard Room Bar, Le Chat Noir, Le Baroque, Zoe Live Bar and more.
Where to eat
Geneva enjoys a vibrant food scene, offering delectable local specialties to diverse international cuisines. Around 1,000 different restaurants are dotted across the city, making it an undisputed cuisine capital of Switzerland. If you’re looking for some of the best places to eat in the city, visit the restaurants and eateries located around the lake, offering some unmatched views with delicious food. The international district of Geneva, The Paquis is another great place to eat special food as the area is filled with best dining restaurants, where you can relish food from around the world, like Thai, Turkish, African, Mexican, Indian and South American.
To relish delicious authentic dishes like fondue, raclette, lake fish dishes and smoked sausages eat at some of the authentic Swiss restaurants and cozy French cafes, which are nestled in the lively Old Town district. You’ll enjoy the romantic ambiance, mouth-watering food and a unique medieval setting in this region. If you want to try something new, try in Carouge neighbourhood, which is home to scores of trendy and experimental restaurants. Overall, most of the restaurants offer refined gourmet but are bit pricey, so you can dine at any of Geneva’s more relaxed café for reasonable price.
Geneva is a major shopping destination since it is home to many famous designer flagship boutiques, independent stores and malls. Enjoy a stroll along rue du Rhône, which is the city’s most glamorous shopping street and browse through the luxury fashion clothes, accessories and fine jewellery. Designers including Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Salvatore Ferragamo, Prada, Gucci and more are all available here. If you’re looking for smaller boutiques, then Max Mara, Hermès, and Moncler are great options to explore. For fine intricate jewellery and watches, rue du Rhône is the best destination where you’ll be spoilt for choices. You’ll find shops throughout the city and supermarkets in almost all neighborhoods, big shopping malls in the city centre and smaller specialist shops in the older parts of town to cater to every need. Some of the best popular shopping centres in the city include Centre Balexert (FR), La Praille (FR) and Les Centres (FR).
- Nearest airports: Geneva Airport
- Flight time from UK: 1 hour 30 minutes
- Language: French
- Currency: Swiss Franc
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16 March 2012
Just here for motor show
Not a lot to do or see in Geneva - might be better as a day trip. No pubs/clubs playing music to be found. Everything is very expensive. Warm in the sun but can quickly become cold when sun goes down.
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23 March 2012
Kate and Zandra, Portlaoise, Ireland
The people are friendly. Food is very expensive and a bit of a deterrant in visiting the city again, it is a really expensive city to visit. Public transport is free though and a visit to the United Nations building is worth a visit.
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