Best hotels & accommodations in Geneva

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.

 

Best cheap hotel in Geneva: Hôtel Les Arcades

Best boutique hotel in Geneva: La Cour des Augustins

Best luxury hotel in Geneva: Mandarin Oriental Hotel Geneva

Best hostel in Geneva: City Hostel Geneva

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Hotel d’Angleterre, Geneva

Reccomended by:

Fodors, CNN, Frommers, Telegraph

4.7
386 euro 343 gbp 477 usd 50562 jpy 372 cad 372 aud 3734 hkd 629 sgd 448 chf 3028 cny 3935 sek 2881 dkk 3715 nok

Fraser Suites Serviced Apartments, Geneva

Reccomended by:

New York Times

4.6
182 euro 162 gbp 225 usd 23850 jpy 175 cad 175 aud 1761 hkd 297 sgd 211 chf 1428 cny 1856 sek 1359 dkk 1752 nok

Hotel Beau-Rivage, Geneva

Reccomended by:

Lonely Planet

4.5
283 euro 252 gbp 350 usd 37100 jpy 273 cad 273 aud 2740 hkd 462 sgd 329 chf 2222 cny 2887 sek 2114 dkk 2726 nok

La Réserve Hotel & Spa, Geneva

Reccomended by:

Fodors, Frommers, Telegraph

4.5
405 euro 360 gbp 500 usd 53000 jpy 390 cad 390 aud 3915 hkd 660 sgd 470 chf 3175 cny 4125 sek 3020 dkk 3895 nok

La Cour Des Augustins Boutique Hotel, Geneva

Reccomended by:

Lonely Planet

4.4
139 euro 123 gbp 172 usd 18232 jpy 134 cad 134 aud 1346 hkd 227 sgd 161 chf 1092 cny 1419 sek 1038 dkk 1339 nok

Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Geneva

Reccomended by:

New York Times, Lonely Planet, Telegraph

4.4
283 euro 252 gbp 350 usd 37100 jpy 273 cad 273 aud 2740 hkd 462 sgd 329 chf 2222 cny 2887 sek 2114 dkk 2726 nok

Hotel Les Armures, Geneva

Reccomended by:

Lonely Planet, Frommers

4.3
282 euro 251 gbp 349 usd 36994 jpy 272 cad 272 aud 2732 hkd 460 sgd 328 chf 2216 cny 2879 sek 2107 dkk 2718 nok

InterContinental Hotel, Geneva

Reccomended by:

New York Times

4.3
242 euro 215 gbp 299 usd 31694 jpy 233 cad 233 aud 2341 hkd 394 sgd 281 chf 1898 cny 2466 sek 1805 dkk 2329 nok

Starling Residence, Geneva

Reccomended by:

Lonely Planet

4.2
129 euro 115 gbp 160 usd 16960 jpy 124 cad 124 aud 1252 hkd 211 sgd 150 chf 1016 cny 1320 sek 966 dkk 1246 nok

FAQ

What are the best neighborhoods to stay in Geneva?

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
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
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
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
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
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.

What is the best budget hotel in Geneva?

If you're looking for a cheap hotel in Geneva, then try Hôtel Les Arcades. 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. Also check out our list of the best cheap hotels in Geneva.

What is the best boutique hotel in Geneva?

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.

What is the best hostel in Geneva?

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.

What is the best luxury hotel 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.

Which Geneva hotel offers a great spa?

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.

How much does it cost to stay in a Geneva hotel?

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.

Which Geneva hotels are the best for families?

If you're looking to stay in Geneva with your family, then try Hotel d’Angleterre or Hotel Beau-Rivage. Both hotels have excellent review ratings by families.

Which Geneva hotel is the best for a romantic getaway?

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.

What are the best things to do in Geneva?

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

About Geneva

When you think of Switzerland, the first things that probably come to mind are mountains and cheese. But there is so much more to this country than that! It’s one of the most beautiful places on earth, with lush green valleys stretching high into the Alps, quaint villages and charming cities that are almost too picture-perfect to be real. And when it comes to Swiss cities, no place stands out quite like Geneva. With a population of nearly 200,000 people, it is the second-largest city in the country after Zurich. Its Old Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it’s home to numerous museums and other attractions. In short, if you’re planning a trip to Switzerland anytime soon then you should definitely put Geneva at the top of your list. Here’s why…

There are many reasons why you should visit Geneva, but here are a few of the most important ones. First of all, it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world. With gorgeous views of the Alps and a bustling, charming old town, it’s easy to see why. Second, it’s a great place for history lovers. Not only is it home to the Red Cross, but it was also the home of many famous writers and philosophers such as Voltaire and Rousseau. Last but not least, the food scene in Geneva is absolutely incredible. You can’t go to Switzerland without trying their chocolate, cheese and fondue, but you should also try some local specialties like Carp and Fondue.

Geneva is one of Switzerland’s oldest cities. It was first established by the Romans in the 1st century AD and was then known as “Riomagus”. It remained a settlement of some significance until the medieval period when the nearby city of Bern became the country’s new capital. Because it no longer held strategic or economic importance, Geneva’s population dwindled and its importance as a city was virtually forgotten. And while it was certainly a beautiful place to live, it was pretty much a backwater for the next few centuries. That all changed in the 18th century when the city’s fortunes were suddenly revived thanks to a small group of French Protestants fleeing persecution. This group settled in Geneva, bringing with them a spirit of innovation and creativity that transformed the city.

There are many things to see in Geneva, but these are the ones that you shouldn’t miss. First of all, you must visit the Jet d’Eau. This is the tallest fountain in Europe, and it shoots water up to 140 meters into the air. It’s one of Geneva’s most iconic landmarks and it’s well worth a visit. Next, you should spend some time exploring the Old Town. Stretching along the banks of the Rhone River, this area is known for its medieval architecture and cobblestone streets. You’ll find plenty of shops, cafes and other attractions here, and it’s a great place to go on a warm day. Next, you should visit the Red Cross Museum. This is where the organization was founded, and it’s still home to the original International Red Cross. Finally, you should visit the Swiss Federal Library. It is home to more than 10 million books and documents, making it the largest library in all of Europe.

There are plenty of walking tours in Geneva, but this is one of the best. First of all, you should walk along the Rhone River, admiring the Jet d’Eau and the views of the Alps beyond. You might want to stop at the Cornavin Railway Station and the Botanical Gardens on your way. From here, you can take a funicular up to the Parc des Eaux Vives, which is home to a beautiful water feature. Next, you should walk through the Old Town, stopping at the Cathedral of St. Pierre, the Maison Tavel and the Place de Charles-Dullin. You can also visit the Universal Postal Union and the International Museum of Red Cross and Red Crescent. Finally, you should walk through the Parc de la Paix and the Rue de la Paix before heading back to the Rhone River.

If you have a few days to spare, you should definitely visit the Jardin Botanique. This is Geneva’s famous botanical garden and it’s one of the most beautiful places in the city. You should also climb the nearby Salève, which is Geneva’s highest mountain. It’s not very high (it only rises to 1134 meters), but the views are stunning. You could also visit the nearby Lac Léman and its islands. One of these, the Île Rousseau, is home to a museum dedicated to the poet. Next, you could visit the Parc des Bains-douches in neighboring French town of Colombier. This park is famous for its steam baths, which are open all year round. Finally, you should visit the nearby city of Lausanne, which is home to the International Olympic Committee.

Geneva is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it’s well worth a visit. The best time to go is in spring, when the weather is perfect. You can explore the city on foot or by boat, and you can also go hiking in the nearby mountains. There are plenty of things to do and see, from the Jet d’Eau and the Cornavin Railway Station to the Jardin Botanique and the Swiss Federal Library. You can also visit nearby cities like Lausanne and Colombier if you have a few days to spare. Overall, there is plenty to do and see in Geneva, so make sure you don’t miss out on this Swiss gem!

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 the best hotels in Geneva, then you should also check out our selection of recommended hotels in Hamburg or the best hotels in Frankfurt.