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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

Novotel Geneve Centre
Novotel Geneve Centre
4 out of 5
19 Rue De Zurich, Geneva, GE
Free cancellation
The price is £99 per night from 4 Jun to 4 Jun
This family-friendly Geneva hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Paquis Baths, Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Reformation Wall Monument. ...
4/5Very Good! (969 reviews)
"Short walk from the lakeside with plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants in immediate vicinity."

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020

Novotel Geneve Centre
Warwick Geneva
Warwick Geneva
4 out of 5
14 Rue De Lausanne, Geneva, GE
The price is £96 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in Downtown Geneva, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Notre Dame Basilica, Cité du Temps and Rousseau Island. Paquis Baths is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) ...
4.2/5Very Good! (980 reviews)
"Very clean and helpful stuff"

Reviewed on 7 May 2021

Warwick Geneva
ibis Geneve Centre Nations
ibis Geneve Centre Nations
3 out of 5
Rue De Grand Pre 33-35, Geneva, GE
Free cancellation
The price is £72 per night from 4 Jun to 4 Jun
Located in Petit-Saconnex, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Flower Clock, Palace of Nations and United Nations European Headquarters. Saint-Pierre ...
4.2/5Excellent! (788 reviews)
"Good value for money. Location is excellent. 10 mins walk to Cornavin and 10-12 mins walk to Nations. Grocery stores and eateries are in walking distance. Rooms are big enough for the price."

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2020

ibis Geneve Centre Nations
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.
Aparthotel Adagio Geneve Mont Blanc
Aparthotel Adagio Geneve Mont Blanc
3 out of 5
Rue Thalberg 4, Geneva, GE
The price is £92 per night from 30 May to 30 May
Located in Downtown Geneva, this eco-friendly residence is within a 10-minute walk of Brunswick Monument and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United Nations ...
4/5Very Good! (407 reviews)
"This is a pretty good option for a few days. The staff I dealt with were great. I wish the booking info made it clearer that the room has a pull down bed. It's pretty heavy. The wifi wasn't good enough for work calls, which is a major drawback in these work-from-home days. The kitchen is fairly well ..."

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2020

Aparthotel Adagio Geneve Mont Blanc
The Hamlet
The Hamlet
5 out of 5
12 Rue Etienne-Dumont, Geneva, GE
Located in Geneva Old Town, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Place du Bourg-de-Four and Flower Clock. Jet d'Eau Fountain and United ...
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3 Chemin de la Vieille-Fontaine, code porte en 2021 : 1768, Bernex, Canton of Geneva
Located in the heart of Bernex, this apartment building is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Adventure Park Evaux and within 6 miles (10 km) of Palexpo and Vernets Sports ...
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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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Reviews of Geneva

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
130
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 36.70886075949367%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 7.594936708860759%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Mar 2020

There is plenty of walking to do and restaurants do not open until after 6pm

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Mar 2020

Beautiful city centre - very civilised, fantastic public transport

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Mar 2020

Cute cuty

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

8 Mar 2020

There wasn't much of interest to us there but we did visit the history museum which was quite good. We stopped for a couple of hours at Bern which was a sporadic decision on our travels and wish we had stayed there instead for the night.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Feb 2020

Transport from the airport was free and the hotel provided a free travel card which was great. Food and drink was expensive though Old town was very picturesque especially as the sun was shining on the day we visited !

5/5 - Excellent

Gareth

17 Feb 2020

Incredible food, warm and friendly people and the mountain views are phenomenal.

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