TRAVEL | MANDARIN ORIENTAL GENEVA
I’m back from Switzerland, already arrived in the next city and now ready to share my impressions of my short but adorable stay at the Mandarin Oriental Geneva with you..
My stay has been an incredible experience. I’ve only spent one night in Geneva at the Mandarin Oriental hotel but it was truly like a holiday after the long train travel from Zurich. First of I was warmly welcomed at the front desk. I was extremely early but the team prepared everything in time and guided me to my suite in the seventh floor. The hotel has a total amount of seven floors, so I was located on the top.
The Mandarin Oriental Geneva combines luxury and Swiss tradition and culture. Within a superb location, the hotel is nearby all essential sightseeing sports and meeting for business. With its location on the River Rhône, located within the heart of Geneva’s shopping, historic and business districts. Following an extensive refurbishment completed in March 2013, the hotel features 189 spacious rooms and suites, with many suites enjoying private terraces and views of the River Rhône, Old Town and surrounding snow-capped mountains. The guestrooms feature warm earth tones of beige, brown and plum, with modern art accents and state-of-the-art technology. Fine dining and unparalleled service make it the ideal choice for discerning travelers.
With its opening in 1950 it was the first luxury hotel being built in Europe after World War II. Since then the hotel is a glory example for hospitality.
The hotel’s signature fan dates back to 1889 and has a storied history. It was found in an antique shop in Geneva and then lovingly restored by a local artist. It is believed the fan originally belonged to a high society gentleman, Edmond Taillard, who gave it to his fiancé during a romantic Swiss holiday.
My suite was featured with a huge private balcony, a bathroom all covered in marble with shower and bathtub, so as an open wardrobe. The center of the suite was the living room with a huge entertainment system, a king-size bed and an own fireplace, a working desk and a huge selection of tea and coffee.
These suites have been designed by Buz Design of Hong Kong who has created a contemporary urban retreat concept. All of the suites have private terraces which allow guests to enjoy panoramic views of the Rhône River, Geneva’s historic Old Town and the surrounding snow-capped mountains. Perfect for families, most are inter-connecting and can be converted into one oversized luxury apartment. Each suite features Mandarin Oriental’s sophisticated guest technology which includes wireless broadband and B&O televisions with a highly-sophisticated entertainment system.
The Junior Terrace Suites offer beautifully spacious rooms with high ceilings and are decorated in warm earth-coloured tones creating a calming effect. The furnishings are contemporary with a touch of modern art which links back to the original design of the hotel. All suites have luxurious, spacious bathrooms and a glass wall that allows natural light from the living room to filter in.
Every room features a desk, two telephone lines; four telephone handsets, including one in the bathroom; a LCD flat-screen television, a laser printer and an electronic safe. Each of the spacious bathrooms is decorated in fine Greek St. Helena marble and features separate baths and rain-showers, bidets and towel heaters.
I’ve been surprised with a lovey Swiss dessert which was already prepared and set at my room. It was a red chocolate ball with pralines inside, all made with Swiss chocolate, which is known as an index of quality.
After spending some time at the balcony and on the couch, enjoying my lovely welcome letter, enjoying the smell of the flower bouquet in my room and watching some television, I was happy to have dinner in the restaurant which is named Café Calla. I spend the evening with a friend of mine for a lovely farewell dinner. As I’m vegan I was excited about the chef being so well prepared for my special diet restrictions. He even prepared some special courses for me. However, the menu also included vegan and vegetarian options, beside the probably best meat and fish which is possibly available within Switzerland.
Beside the Café Calla, I also spotted the Le Chalet by Mandarin Oriental, which opened for a second season. Located within the hotel’s Café Calla restaurant, the specially designed, wooden chalet-style pop-up serves authentic Swiss cuisine in a warm and friendly atmosphere from 14 November 2016 to 10 March 2017. Café Calla’s first chalet pop-up opened in winter 2015/16. With richly decorated wooden interiors and waiters dressed in traditional Swiss outfits, the chalet will be the perfect venue for unforgettable Christmas parties and other year-end events.
After my dinner, I went back to the room. Something special was the fireplace, that I was thrilled about to see on fire. I asked the housekeeping to come up and set the fire. It was truly an experience for me as I mostly know fireplaces with too much smoke and burning woods. The experience at the Mandarin Oriental was so different. A stay with the Mandarin Oriental hotels is always a "one in a lifetime experience" and each house has its personal signature. It’s more than a night in a hotel.
It might appear like I won’t be able to tell you guys that much about my sleeping experience, but I do. Within the last weeks, I had a very bad sleep. I was very nervous and stressed and for some reason I slept like a baby in my extremely huge bed. A true signature of the hotel is also the pillow menu which offers a wide overview of pillows to select of, which is interesting for people with allergies.
After this superb sleep, I’ve been ready for a great start into the day with a huge breakfast. The selection of the breakfast buffet was just enormously and was only topped by the a la cart menu for the breakfast.
One can be ensured that nothing is impossible within the Mandarin Oriental Geneva. With a wide selection of fresh fruits, breads and warm dishes I’ve been properly spoiled and prepared for a walk through the area before heading back to the airport for my next flight.
The Mandarin Oriental Geneva is great for people who want to explore the city. The concierge will let one know about the best places and the hotel even provides a power bank to make sure one will be able to stay online and share one’s beautiful memories with friends and family. Also, the hotel itself has an Instagram account and the general hashtag for experiences at the Mandarin Oriental hotel is "FanOfMO”.
For guests who want to work out the Mandarin Oriental Geneva provides a huge fitness room with the latest devices for cardio and weight lifting. Working out at the hotel was a great idea of mine to calm down after a stressful week of appointments. Also, a separated spa area is given at the fitness room, offering free access to a sauna and hammam.
Again, thanks for the lovely invitation and for hosting me. It was a true pleasure to explore Geneva with the best hotel of the city. It was an unforgettable trip.
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