Geneva

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Geneva

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.

Where to stay in Geneva

Nash Suites Airport Hotel
Nash Suites Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenue Louis Casai 88, Meyrin, 1216
The price is £100 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Stay at this 4-star hotel in Meyrin. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and free airport pick-up. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (355 reviews)
"Proximity to airport"

Reviewed on 9 May 2022

Nash Suites Airport Hotel
Eastwest Hotel
Eastwest Hotel
4.5 out of 5
6 Rue Des Paquis, Geneva, GE, 1201
The price is £213 per night from 18 Jun to 19 Jun
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Geneva. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (748 reviews)
"Don't sleep on this small boutique hotel! Everything from check in to check out and in between was great! Tarek was so very helpful throughout our stay and Julianne gave us helpful information for sightseeing. One of a few hotels that offers room service and breakfast. Bath water was HOT (LOVED IT)! ..."

Reviewed on 10 May 2022

Eastwest Hotel
citizenM Geneva
citizenM Geneva
4 out of 5
31-33 Rue de la Rotisserie, Geneva, 1204
The price is £154 per night from 26 Jun to 27 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Geneva. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the clean rooms in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (149 reviews)
"The location was spectacular, the staff was superb, very technical focused room. The negative was the room so small our cruise ship cabin seemed big. Hated the shower/toilet area, but it was clean. Bed was large and comfortable."

Reviewed on 9 May 2022

citizenM Geneva
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Appart'City Confort Genève Aéroport Vernier
Appart'City Confort Genève Aéroport Vernier
3 out of 5
Chemin de Mouille-Galand 5, Vernier, 1214
The price is £132 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Vernier. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour fitness centre. Popular attractions CERN and Palexpo are ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (12 reviews)
"Very nice room"

Reviewed on 19 May 2022

Appart'City Confort Genève Aéroport Vernier
The Hamlet
The Hamlet
5 out of 5
12 Rue Etienne-Dumont, Geneva, GE, 1204
Stay at this 5-star luxury apartment in Geneva. Enjoy free WiFi, daily housekeeping and dry cleaning or laundry services. Popular attractions Palexpo and CERN ...
The Hamlet
Aparthotel Adagio Geneve Mont Blanc
Aparthotel Adagio Geneve Mont Blanc
3.5 out of 5
Rue Thalberg 4, Geneva, GE, 1201
The price is £154 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Geneva. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4/5 Very Good! (450 reviews)
"Location is perfect"

Reviewed on 30 Mar 2022

Aparthotel Adagio Geneve Mont Blanc
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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