By Oyster.com Staff
Geneva is a picturesque city, divided into 2 banks by Lake Geneva, and surrounded by mountains. During the winters, visitors and locals head to the mountains to ski; ski resorts such as Verbier and Crans-Montana are conveniently only about an hour away. And in the summertime, the lake — and nearby beaches — become popular spots for swimming. But all year long, tourists can enjoy the city’s cafe culture (reminiscent of Paris), beautiful gardens, specialty shops (the city is known for its gorgeous jewelry and watches), fabulous restaurants, and many sights.
The Left Bank is a tourist’s paradise; it’s the more historic part of the city, and boasts beautiful architecture, great shopping, and numerous museums. Hotel Les Armures, in Old Town, is housed in a17th-century mansion that is both charming and high-end. Details such as wood-beamed ceilings, faux-fur throws, and stone walls create a cozy, chalet-like vibe throughout the hotel, where George Clooney has once stayed.
The Right Bank is where the majority of international business takes place. Overlooking Lake Geneva, Hotel President Wilson is a popular choice among business travelers, but all travelers can appreciate its many on-site amenities; there are 6 restaurants and bars, a luxurious spa by La Mer, a 24-hour business center, a seasonal outdoor pool, and a modern fitness center. The nearby Eastwest Hotel, with just 41 rooms, has more of a boutique feel and often offers lower rates since it is not on (but is within walking distance of) the lake. Sexy rooms have wooden floors, beds with bright throws and Frette sheets, and fresh orchids, as well as flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi.