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This is my second TripAdvisor review. Last time I wrote because a facility in Panama about which my expectations were high failed to satisfy. This time I write because the world should experience Hotel de la Paix. This is a charming, old but renewed hotel in the heart of Geneva, overlooking the lake and with easy access to everything. The rooms are reasonably spacious for European hotels, spotless and a cozy place to spend time if the weather isn't cooperating. For those seeking a view of the lake you would do best to pick a room on each floor in the number range of 103-106 (202-206, etc.). I was in 403 and you could step onto the tiny balcony to take in a view of the lake, the fountain, . . . . The restaurant in the hotel is very good -- they serve a risotto the final step of which is to infuse Gruyere (') cheese by mixing the hot risotto in a bowl carved out in a round of cheese. This is what risotto should taste like. The warm, luxurious feel of the hotel itself is only exceeded by the staff who, to a person (as far as I met), are charming, warm, helpful in every way possible and knowledgeable. The general manager, Guillaume, exudes a spirit of friendly, sophisticated service and management that seems infectious. The staff with whom I interacted most frequently included Cheikh, Irina, Pierre, Michael, Bharar (I hope I didn't misspell it) and Heni and I would happily go to any place where they worked. One experience to share: I was looking for activities when I wasn't working and Pierre, the restaurant and bar manager, recommended La Pinte des Mossettes, a restaurant where he'd worked previously. It is roughly 1.5 - 2 hours from the hotel but the drive along the lake and then into the mountains is beautiful (except for the traffic). Pierre made it difficult to reject his suggestion -- including calling the chef to assure my reservation -- so I went. La Pinte des Mossettes (about which I will write separately) is a 2017 Michelin star restaurant that is more culinary experience than mere restaurant set in the "hills" from which you can view the Alps, including Mont Blanc in the distance. If there was a single highlight of my stay, this was it.
"Will impress even jaded travelers"
It's hard to impress me these days, I travel a lot for work which has had a negative impact on my sense of travel wonder. I'm already 95 nights deep in hotels for the year and even the luxury hotels leave me wishing to be home. I can't say the same of Hotel De La Paix and am already wanting to return. The hotel not only has a great location, it IS a great location. The food is amazing, the renovations are gorgeous but the people are even better. It is hard to describe exactly what makes the staff so exceptional but I'll try...friendly staff is great, but not particularly unexpected. Imagine instead a staff that seems to really like their jobs, enjoy working with each other and wants to make your stay great. However, they're not catering TO you which can be uncomfortable and awkward, they're conspiring WITH you to make your stay perfect. Everyone we met was absolutely lovely but special thanks to our biggest co-conspirators: Antonin, Clement, and Yulia. Each of them added something special to our stay and it wouldn't have been the same without them. Can't wait to return.
The only bad thing I can say about our stay was that it was too short! The hotel was beautiful and the staff were so welcoming and helpful. We were upgraded to a beautiful suite which was perfect for our family. The views from our room were spectacular! We had dinner there and it was delicious. Every employee we encountered was so friendly and helpful -- even to the chocolatier in the lobby of the hotel. Highly recommend it!!
"Nice view of the lake "
Spent one night in room 102. This room is recently renovated and quite stylish. Enjoyed the high-end bath products and Italian coffee. The hotel is located on the lake and many rooms offer a lovely view. Be prepared that the very short walk to the train station is not very appealing but the station offers 8 minute connection to the airport.
The view from my room ,of lake Geneva,was really wonderful.The bed was very comfortable,the room service was very good.I ate at the restaurant and the food preparation was extremely appetizing.The hotel is undergoing renovation but there was no noise.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM