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Where to stay in Geneva

Along Lake Geneva's west bank, the five-star hotels sit like shiny pearls on a string. For more budget-friendly alternatives, stay closer to the station or try the former monastery.

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Les Bergues

Hotel Les Bergues is said to be the world's first hotel built for its view. It opened in 1834 with not just any old view - right in front of the hotel the River Rhône meets Lake Geneva and in the distance are the Alps, framed by the vertical rock faces of the Grande and Petit Salève. This very view is pictured in what is actually reputed to be the first real landscape painting in European art history, The Miraculous Draft of Fishes, by Konrad Witz in 1444. Yes, Witz used the actual Lake Geneva landscape, snow-capped Mont Blanc and other mountains as a backdrop to the Jesus fishing story.

Les Bergues

Quai des Bergues 33, Genève

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Hôtel N'vY

N'vY, a four-star hotel with 153 rooms and suites, calls itself the "trendy" hotel of the Manotel group - which boasts 600 three- and four-star rooms, all within walking distance of the station. At the N'vY the French heritage of Geneva clearly shows itself in the design - if a Scandinavian says "trendy design," it mostly refers to sober minimalism with somber colors. In Geneva the same words often mean bold, colorful, leopard spotted and, in this case, also inviting a street artist in to decorate some of the walls in the lobby.

Hôtel N'vY

Rue de Richemont 18, Genève

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Le Cénacle

Do you want to get away from it all and still have downtown within 20 minutes walking distance? If so Le Cénacle in the Malagnou neighborhood might be for you. This former monastery, set in a huge garden, features simple minimalism and a hushed atmosphere. Fortunately, this is in a welcoming and meditative, rather than restraining mood, which makes this one of Geneva's best-kept secrets if you're looking for a room for less than $100 per night.

Le Cénacle

Prom. Charles-Martin 17, Genève

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Metropole

Metropole, the only five-star hotel on the east side of Geneva, has rooms facing towards the shopping street Rue du Rhône or Lake Geneva. The classic building, which dates back to 1854, is a short walk from the Jet D'Eau, the fountain which started its vertical squirt back in 1891.

Metropole

Quai General Guisan 34, Genève

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Parc des Eaux-Vives

If you are with a group and want something special, book the old-charm hotel in one of Geneva's biggest parks. At the moment, the accommodation only hosts groups and events, but the legendary Sunday Brunch is open to the public with a huge buffet, including cooked and cold delicacies ranging from crêpes or eggs any style, to hearty soups, salads and plenty of patisserie. This venue is family friendly with a separate playroom.Quai Gustave-Ador 82

Parc des Eaux-Vives

Quai Gustave-Ador 82, Genève

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