We list the best hotels, hostels, B&Bs and guesthouses in Geneva as recommended by travel experts from CNN, Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, Fodor’s, New York Times and more. All hotel recommendations have been referenced with customer reviews and we only listed places that have at least a 4 out of 5-star customer review rating.
“The elegant, but pricey, Mandarin Oriental is located in the charming and quiet Saint Gervais neighborhood on the right bank of the River Rhône. It offers luxurious rooms, impeccable service, and three restaurants, including the top-notch contemporary Indian establishment, Rasoi by Vineet Bhatia.”
Shortlisted in New York Times’ 36 Hours in Geneva, Switzerland.
“Nestled on the shores of Lac Léman, this contemporary resort in a residential suburb resembles a grand African lodge. Spacious rooms, most with a balcony or patio, are dressed in warm browns with punches of vibrant reds and purples.”
Featured as Fodor’s Choice in Dubrovnik.
“This intimate, refined 17th-century beauty slumbers against the quiet nocturnal heartbeat of the Old Town. Its 28 rooms and four junior suites are refurbished in a luxe, modern style with downy beds, stone feature walls and exposed wooden beams.”
“The Fraser Suites Geneva located downtown in the city center and offers business-style spacious suites, with living rooms that close off from the bedroom and great urban views. There’s no bar or restaurant, but rooms do have kitchenettes.”
Shortlisted in New York Times’ 36 Hours in Geneva, Switzerland.
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Geneva is a Swiss city that is located at the southern tip of Lac Léman and is surrounded by the Jura Mountains and Alps. It is the headquarters of Red Cross and United Nations and an international center for banking and diplomacy.
Some of the best neighborhoods in Geneva are:
Carouge is a neighborhood in Geneva that was built by Italian architects as a separate town on the outskirts of the city. The area is replete with cafés, hip bars, artisanal shops, boutiques and tailors.
Eaux-vives is a neighborhood in the city that is home to a 140 metre high fountain. The area houses thrift shops, boutiques, old style cinemas that give the neighborhood an old world charm and a distinctly bohemian feel.
Les Pâquis is a diverse and vibrant neighborhood in the city centre. Although it is small in size, it has a plethora of great restaurants, cafés and bars. The restaurants in the area feature cuisines from all corners of the world.
Old Town is a neighborhood that has several landmarks such as Place du Bourg-de-Four, the oldest square in the city, St. Pierre Cathedral, and others. The area has several restaurants, cafés, bars, antique bookshops and art galleries. Shoppers can get various stylish boutiques on Rue de la Croix d’Or and Rue du Rhone shopping streets.
Plainpalais is a neighborhood that is in the vicinity of several of the buildings of University of Geneva. The area is also home to several of restaurants, cafés and bars.
Also check out our guide about the best areas to stay in Geneva.
If you're looking for a cheap hotel in Geneva, then try Starling Residence. It's an excellent budget hotel offering great value for money. It's in a good location, it's been recommended by travel experts and the hotel has excellent customer reviews.
Not a fan of big chain hotels? No problem. If you want to stay in a boutique hotel in Geneva, then you should book La Cour des Augustins. The hotel has been rated highly by previous guests for its boutique style. It has also been recommended by influential travel journalists. Also check out our list of the best boutique hotels in Geneva, it's a manually curated list of the most unique and romantic hotels in the city.
Looking for a good and affordable private room or cozy dorm in Geneva? Check out City Hostel Geneva. The hostel has been highly rated by backpackers. Also check out our list of best hostels in Geneva.
If money isn't a problem and you're looking for a luxury hotel in Geneva, then go for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Geneva. The hotel offers excellent service, it's in a top location, it has been rated very highly by previous guests and renowned travel critics have recommended it. Also check out our list of the best luxury hotels in Geneva, it's a manually curated list of the most exclusive 5-star hotels in the city.
If you're looking to relax in a spa in Geneva, then try La Réserve Hotel & Spa. Customers have given the spa excellent review ratings recently.
Geneva is an expensive city. For a 3-star hotel you have to pay around $210 per night and for a 4-star hotel you would be looking at $270 per night. If you're after a luxury 5-star Geneva hotel then you can expect to pay around $610 per night.
If you're looking for a romantic Geneva hotel for couples then try Hotel d’Angleterre. The hotel has excellent customer review ratings by couples.
Chamonix and Mont Blanc Day Trip from Geneva. Discover the allure of the European Alps on a full-day trip to Chamonix and Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe, from Geneva. With a guide, travel through the splendor of the countryside to Chamonix, a picturesque Alpine town. Price: $123.
Geneva City Tour and Boat Cruise. Explore the old town and international districts of Geneva on a 3-hour sightseeing tour by foot, boat, and tramway. See top attractions, such as the fountain of Jet d’Eau in Lake Geneva, St. Pierre’s Cathedral, the Flower Clock, and more. Price: $84.
Geneva Pass : Discounts and Free Offers at 40 Sights. Make the most of your time in Geneva with the awesome Geneva Pass, and receive free offers, preferential rates, great discounts, and surprise gifts at over 40 of Geneva's favorite attractions, including museums, cruises, and guided city tours. Price: $29.
More things to do in Geneva
Geneva is the second-most populous city in Switzerland and the most populous city of the Romandy region of Switzerland which is the French-speaking part of the country. Geneva is a global city; an important financial center, a worldwide center for diplomacy center as a result of several international organizations located in the city and the headquarters of numerous agencies of the United Nations and the Red Cross.
As such, Geneva is an important center that serves to bring peace to the world. This is why thousands of travelers look for the best hotel deals in Geneva. For those in search of affordable hotels or even top luxury hotels, the city has plenty of choices.
The city of Geneva ranks high on several indexes which makes it attractive to investors such as the fifth most important financial city in Europe by the Global Financial Centres Index. The city is also ranked highly among the cities with the highest quality of life; it is the city with the third-highest quality of life. The city is referred to as the “Peace Capital” of the world and also the world’s most compact metropolis.
The city is seen as an important center for world peace which makes it attractive to visitors coming into the city. The city also has numerous heritage sites of national significance which are famous tourist attractions. It is relatively easy to find affordable top hotels here.
Another popular attraction includes Place du Bourg-de-Four, which is one of the older destinations in the city. The square is peppered with bistros and casual cafes, making it ideal to grab a quick bite to eat or a cup of coffee.
We recommend that you read our guide about where to stay in Geneva. It gives you an excellent overview of the most popular areas, highlighting the main attractions and hotel recommendations for each area. If you like our list of best hotels in Geneva, then you should also check out our selection of recommended hotels in Hamburg or the best hotels in Frankfurt.