Mandarin Oriental Geneva – Luxury and river views included

By Kim Dearsley

When it comes to luxury – and luxury with great views, for that matter – it’s hard to beat the Mandarin Oriental, Geneva.

Located on the northern bank of the majestic River Rhône within the very heart of one of Switzerland’s most beautiful cities, the Mandarin Oriental, Geneva, is just minutes away from superlative shopping, entertainment and attractions in the city’s business and historic districts. Featuring 189 luxuriously appointed and spacious rooms and suites – each with a commanding view over the city, as well as some with views over the Rhône – the hotel has since its complete renovation in 2013 become one of Geneva’s top places to stay. As good as the views from the rooms are those from the private terraces attached to all accommodations on the building’s seventh floor, which overlook the river, the Old Town and the spectacular snow-capped mountains that surround the city.

Interior highlights include warm, earth-toned décor – picture pleasing shades of beige, chocolate, brown and plum – with accents including modern artworks and the latest in hi-tech gadgetry. A real bonus are the oversized bathrooms (a very real treat for visitors from North America in particular), each with walk-in rain-showers and separate bathtub.

Of the hotel’s suites, some of the best are the newer Mandarin Rooms and Junior Suites. If you can swing it, shoot for the spectacular 210 square meter Royal Mandarin Suite, which even comes with its own private elevator. Whether you book this suite or any of the others on the hotel’s sixth floor, you’re guaranteed an abundance of elegance and sophistication, from the rich contemporary designs with their inviting palettes of fuchsia and silver or gold and burgundy, along with bathrooms containing the most exquisite Italian marble.

World-class dining

Although there’s no shortage of excellent dining within an easy walk of the hotel, the Mandarin Oriental, Geneva, boasts a first-rate fine dining restaurant of its own. Rasoi by Vineet features a menu created by renowned chef Vineet Bhatia whose Indian-inspired dishes have drawn much acclaim. Sumptuously decorated throughout with the rich purple and red tones reminiscent of India, the restaurant also has a delightful terrace that’s open during the warmer months. Part of the fun is watching staff use the large open tandoori oven situated at the restaurant’s entrance.

Another great place to grab a bite on-site is Café Calla, a distinctly European casual eatery that offers lunches, savoury and sweet treats and, of course, great coffee. Come nightfall, this too becomes a must-try dining place, popular for its extensive wine cellar.

The hotel is also home to the trendy MO Bar. Here guests can enjoy a classic cocktail or a bite from the tapas-inspired menu, or grab a Japanese style bento box, a special treat for those wanting to enjoy a meal al fresco in one of the city’s many beautiful parks.

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Kim Dearsley is a Luxury Globe Media lifestyles contributor and travel writer.