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Geneva Holiday Guide

Lying on the southwestern shore of Lake Geneva with views towards Mont Blanc, sophisticated Geneva combines old-world charm with an international flavor. On your holiday in Geneva, you’ll enjoy absorbing attractions, pavement cafes, lakeside promenades and grand old hotels.

Polished and pretty, Geneva is one of Switzerland’s most attractive holiday destinations. Its getaway appeal is in its leafy squares, elegant architecture and cosmopolitan dining scene. It’s also in its role as a global peace capital, with humanitarian organisations like the Red Cross, the World Health Organization and the UN calling it home.

Spend some time discovering Geneva’s many cultural institutions, which include museums on watchmaking, ethnography, marionette construction and particle physics. Or visit more mainstream Geneva highlights like the Mailbuisson Passage, with its mechanical clock and bells; the delightful botanical gardens and conservatory near the Palais des Nations, or the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices, a theatre housed in a striking former hydroelectric-power station near the point where the River Rhône flows westwards out of the lake towards Lyon.

If people-watching and exploring different neighbourhoods is more your style, spend some time in laid-back Carouge across the River Arve. Technically a separate city, this Mediterranean-influenced district expresses its Sardinian heritage, and it is often referred to as the ‘Greenwich Village of Geneva’ for its Bohemian atmosphere and fashionable nightlife scene.

Geneva is a fabulous holiday spot if you’re into sport and nature, whatever the season. The mountains are easily accessible by both car and public transport, so take a trip to the high-altitude village of Chamonix in France for the cable-car ride to the summit of Aiguille du Midi, or hire a bicycle and tour around the lake, where marked trails lead through five different regions across two countries. Alternatively, take a relaxing cruise to the Medieval lakeside settlement of Yvoire, said to be one of the most beautiful villages in France.

Many people choose to holiday in Geneva’s lakeside towns of Vevey, Montreaux and Lausanne, but you might prefer to stay in the city and visit them on day trips. Use Expedia to search for holiday hotels beside the lake or in the city centre.


Guide to Exploring Geneva


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Nash Airport Hotel

Nash Airport Hotel

Chemin de la Violette 11, Meyrin
3.7
of 5, from 259 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Cointrin, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Balexert and within 3 mi (5 km) of Palexpo and Ariana Ceramics and Glass Museum. United Nations European Headquarters and Saint-Pierre Cathedral are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£129
Hotel N'vY

Hotel N'vY

Rue de Richemont 18, Geneva
4.5
of 5, from 239 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Geneva City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Park Mon Repos and Ariana Ceramics and Glass Museum. Bourg-de-Four Square and Saint-Pierre Cathedral are also within 2 mi (3 km).

£127
Hôtel International & Terminus

Hôtel International & Terminus

Rue des Alpes 20, Geneva
3.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Geneva, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Notre Dame Basilica, Bourg-de-Four Square, and Reformation Wall Monument. Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Jet d'Eau Fountain are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£115
Movenpick Hotel & Casino Geneva

Movenpick Hotel & Casino Geneva

20, route de Pré-Bois, Meyrin
4.2
of 5, from 225 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This hotel is in Cointrin, 1 kilometer from Geneva International Airport and within 3 kilometers of Geneva Palexpo and the Ariana Museum.

£81
NH Geneva City

NH Geneva City

Avenue Wendt 42 - 44, Geneva
4.0
of 5, from 143 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Geneva City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Franchises Park and Ariana Ceramics and Glass Museum. United Nations European Headquarters and Saint-Pierre Cathedral are also within 2 mi (3 km).

£56
NH Geneva Airport

NH Geneva Airport

Avenue De Mategnin 21, Meyrin
4.0
of 5, from 257 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Alpine Garden and within 3 mi (5 km) of Palexpo and Ariana Ceramics and Glass Museum. Forum Meyrin Theatre and Meyrin Commercial Centre are also within 10 minutes.

Hotel & Residence St-James

Hotel & Residence St-James

Rue François Versonnex 3, Geneva
2.2
of 5, from 4 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Geneva City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Anglais Garden, Jet d'Eau Fountain, and Bourg-de-Four Square. Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Reformation Wall Monument are also within 15 minutes.

£106
Hotel Cornavin

Hotel Cornavin

Gare de Cornavin, 23 Bd James-Fazy, Geneva
4.0
of 5, from 153 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Geneva City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Notre Dame Basilica, Saint-Pierre Cathedral, and Reformation Wall Monument. Bourg-de-Four Square and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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