Luxury hotel holiday Hotel Beau-Rivage Geneva Geneva

A luxurious and unique property on the banks of Lake Geneva, the five star Hotel Beau Rivage Geneva offers clients a Michelin star restaurant, an authentic Thai restaurant, beautifully appointed regal bedrooms, and excellent access to the city of Geneva and the villages surrounding the lake. Include the Hotel Beau Rivage Geneva as the base for the first or last few nights of your Swiss rail journey to add an extra dose of exclusivity to the overall experience.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Fly-rail with scheduled flights and rail tickets
  • Rail travel from London back to London as option
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, rail and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Beau-Rivage, Geneva

The Hotel Beau Rivage Geneva is a sumptuous 5-star hotel, made for those with refined tastes. Exquisite cuisine at the 2 Michelin-starred restaurant, excellent spa facilities and opulent accommodation afford guests a truly relaxing and luxurious experience.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5

Location The hotel is located on the waterfront in Geneva

Closest airport Geneva International Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is about 20-minutes' drive from Geneva International Airport

Closest railway station Cornavin Geneva

Distance from railway station The hotel is about 5-minutes' drive from Cornavin Geneva

Hotel facilities and services

Le Chat-Botte Michelin-starred Restaurant, Patara Fine Thai Cuisine Restaurant, Beau Rivage Terraces, Atrium, and the Atrium Bar.

Out and about nearby

Geneva is a haven for cultural exploration, as well as retail therapy and culinary delights. Workshops, boutiques, and museums all provide an insight into Geneva's cultural history and the watch-making that it is so well-known for. The Jet d'Eau fountain, as well as being a key landmark, once provided the workshops throughout Geneva with power. For a further taste of cultural history, take a guided tour of the Palais des Nations, the European Headquarters of the UN, or admire the architecture of the Vieille-Villa. The St Pierre Cathedral has 157 steps leading up to the top of its tower. Many contemporary art museums are situated in the Quartier des Bains, and, dotted across the city, are four world-exclusive museums: the Red Cross and Red Crescent, Le Musee International de la Reforme, the Patek Philippe Museum, and the Bodmer Foundation Library and Museum.

Sports nearby

Water Sports and Boat Trips on Lake Geneva. Hiking, Walking, and Cycling in the nearby mountains.

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1948

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Beau-Rivage, Geneva

In the heart of Geneva, the five star Hotel Beau Rivage possesses an enviable waterside position and offers a slice of luxury in this world-renowned city. The grand palatial exterior is coloured a sophisticated combination of soft grey and white. Boxes of blue flowers sit beneath the windows on French balconies, and clusters of trees on either side add to the beauty of the property. Enter the hotel and take in the glory of the Atrium. Heavily inspired by Roman design, marble pillars support the ceiling, which is left open in the middle to let light pour down past the bannisters of the several landings from the top square window. Satin armchairs in a luxurious purple define this comfortable and elegant place to relax in the morning, accompanied by the trickling of the central water fountain. Ascend the grand staircases to the first landing, trailed by purple carpets all around, with the additions of ornate side-tables lit by gold lamps and antique cabinets which establish the welcoming feel of a charming stately home. The guestrooms continue this feel, with an abundance of comfortable soft furnishings, as well as rich, thick curtains, and bed throws, all of which are designed in light, fresh colours, such as duck egg blue, light fuchsia, and lilac. The high ceilings carry delicate chandeliers of glass or gold, and artistically arranged vases of flowers decorate the corners of the rooms, complimenting the simple wall panelling, the frescoes, and the artwork. Guests spend their nights here basking in the exclusive, captivating elegance of these private spaces. Through the windows, guests can admire views across the rooftops of the city itself, the relaxed flow of the streets, or Geneva's most iconic monument: the Jet d'Eau. In the evenings, dine in one of the hotel's culinary options. The most prestigious of the Hotel Beau Rivage's restaurants is Le Chat-Botte, managed by Michelin-starred Chef Dominique Gauthier. Housed within the hotel's wine cellar, the restaurant follows a Mediterranean colour scheme that is as lively, yet refined, as the flavours of the food. This is the ideal venue in which to spend your final night in Geneva, perhaps on the exclusive Chef's table. Alternatively, the Patara Fine Thai Cuisine Restaurant offers an eclectic, vibrant palate of Thai food, served in an equally exotic dining room. Guests here can enjoy a varied and authentic range of dishes, with captivating spices, aromas, and combinations. After dinner, take a digestif on the terrace, or in the Atrium Bar. The Hotel Beau Rivage is a grand and enchanting palace hotel that provides five star luxury to those looking to spend a few nights in Geneva as part of a tailor-made touring holiday around Switzerland. We would highly recommend it to clients putting together a tour comprising four and five star properties.

Room descriptions

Hotel Beau-Rivage Geneva has 90 rooms with air-conditioning, wifi, safe, minibar, down duvet and pillows, Clarins beauty products, and hairdryer.

Prestige Room
Deluxe Room
Executive Room
Executive Luxe Room
Sissi Suite
Wagner Suite
Maharajah of Patiala Suite
Damerong of Siam Suite
Ludwig II of Bavaria Suite
Imperial Suite

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1948

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Beau-Rivage, Geneva

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Hotel Beau Rivage Geneva, our clients usually either fly to Geneva airport or arrive by train at Genève-Cornavin railway station. From the airport there is a regular train service to Genève-Cornavin railway station and the journey takes 6 minutes. The hotel is a short taxi ride from the station.

Additional information

Children: Children are welcome, and interconnecting rooms are available.

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1948

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Beau-Rivage, Geneva

About Lake Geneva

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to Lake Geneva is an ideal way to experience the beauty and serenity of this Swiss region. Marking a crescent-shaped segment of the France-Switzerland border, Lake Geneva is named after diplomatic, historic Geneva. French spa towns on the southern shore look across to the Swiss Riviera on the northern side, characterised by grand palatial buildings and hotels, promenades lined with trees, and tumbling fountains. Lake Geneva is popular for water sports and hiking holidays, as well as relaxing lakeside spa breaks; and, in the winter, it is close enough to the ski slopes to make a very laid-back skiing destination. Chic towns and villages sit behind rows of palm trees, basking in the Mediterranean climate, sheltering gourmet restaurants, luxury boutique shops, and a range of stunning Swiss hotels. Prestigious buildings, at the seat of European politics, call these idyllic towns home, adding a sense of importance to the atmosphere of the peaceful streets. There is perhaps nowhere more glamorous in Switzerland than Lake Geneva, and nowhere where the history and culture is so grand and visually captured in the buildings, parks, and gardens. With such close proximity to Geneva airport and the major railway lines, Lake Geneva is an excellent first or last stop on a touring holiday.

Highlights of Lake Geneva

Montreux, on the most eastern point of the lake is most famous for the Montreux Jazz Festival, which is held in international esteem. One of the most iconic sights, for both Switzerland and Montreux, is of Chillon Castle, jutting out on a rocky outcrop into the lake waters. This castle cannot be missed because of its fairy-tale beauty. You can also begin to explore the landscape around Montreux by rail. One railway takes you across Alpine meadows to Rochers-de-Naye at more than 2000m above sea level, from which you can sometimes see the Jet d'Eau in Geneva. The Swiss Chocolate Train, adorned with lavish Belle Epoque carriages, travels to the village of Gruyeres, where characterful old cobbled streets are lined with townhouses containing cafes and three museums. An imposing medieval castle sits at the top of the village. You can also reach the Maison Cailler on the Chocolate Train, where you learn about traditional Swiss chocolate-making and even make some of your own. The Vineyard Train (number S31) will take you through the 800 hectares that make up the Lavaux Terraced Vineyards from Vevey to Puidoux-Chexbres. The vineyards are the largest living cultural site in Switzerland and a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site. Further west from the Lavaux Vineyards is Lausanne, home to the International Olympic Committee headquarters, but perhaps best known for simply being a particularly romantic and beautiful Swiss town. Gardens, promenades, and lakeside pathways ensure that your days here are as picturesque as they are cultural. At Lausanne's heart stands the Cathedral, believed to be one of Europe's most beautiful Gothic monuments. The purple and orange hues of its two main spires are visible throughout the town. It was originally built in the 12th and 13th centuries. In contrast with the Cathedral, immersed in the history of the cobbled Old Town, a new Olympic Museum has recently opened. Interactive displays illustrating the colourful history of the games are spread over three levels and include more than 1,000 objects and 150 screens. One of the highlights of the museum, however, is the Olympic Park. The artworks, sports sculptures, and beautiful patches of well-maintained nature provide a stunning setting for this modern cultural venture. From here, you can wander down the promenade at Ouchy, an area that is unrelentingly popular with residents. This promenade takes you to the Haldimand Tower, the Bellerive Swimming Pool, the Chateau d'Ouchy, and the port.

Cultural highlights of Lake Geneva

Any stay on Lake Geneva remains incomplete without a visit to the city that gives it its name. One of the key features of Geneva's cultural heritage is its place as the origin of fine watch-making. Workshops, boutiques, and museums all provide an insight into this prestigious craft. Even the Jet d'Eau fountain bears some connection, as it originally harnessed the power of the Rhone for the craftsmen of Geneva. Today, it acts as a captivating, animate monument to the skills, craft, and natural forces of the city. Geneva is also home to the Palais des Nations, the European headquarters of the UN. Guided tours take visitors through the building, which seems to blend geometric modern design with classical, palatial style. Geneva's Old Town, or Vieille-Villa, is the largest in Switzerland, laced with narrow alleyways and charming squares, and centred around the St Pierre Cathedral. 157 steps will take visitors to the top of the cathedral tower in order to appreciate the remarkable views over the fascinating jumble of unique townhouses. A very unique feature of Geneva is the Flower Clock in the Jardin Anglais. This precise and beautiful clock has the longest second hand in the world. Visitors interested in Swiss art and modern culture should spend an afternoon in the Quartier des Bains, wandering around the MAMCO and the Centre d'Art Contemporain before enjoying dinner in a chic bistro. Mediterranean Carouge is Switzerland's gateway to the south, with abundant Sardinian style. Finish your exploration with one of the four world-exclusive museums: the International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, Le Musee International de la Reforme, the Patek Philippe Museum, and the Bodmer Foundation Library and Museum.

Festivals in Lake Geneva

Much of the canton of Geneva's culture is built around a celebration of its history and traditions. Perhaps one of the liveliest celebrations is the Oktoberfest, though many more unusual festivals prove equally enjoyable. In the first two weeks of February, the Antigel Festival brings a variable programme of music, dance, and other performances to the less likely stages. In March, the International Geneva Motor Show, largest of its kind in Europe, unveils a range of new innovative designs at the Palexpo Exhibition Centre. Similarly, in April you can visit the International Exhibition of Inventions, New Techniques, and Products in the same venue. On specific dates of the year, usually mid-May, a selection of museums stay open for the whole night, an event that is also celebrated in a number of bars. Also in May is a Day of Open Wineries, where upwards of 90 wineries open their doors for free to wine-touring visitors. A charge of 5CHF at one winery will enable you to taste wines at every other winery for no further charge. In June and July, parks, gardens, and secluded outdoor spots on the lake shores play host to a range of live music and DJ sets at the Ecoutes au Vert Festival. In the middle of June each year, Lake Geneva is transformed into the largest sailing regatta in Europe, with over 500 boats competing. Geneva's largest music festival is the Geneva Music Festival in late June, specialising in a range of musical genres, and accompanied by an array of food stalls. Impossible to forget is the Montreux Jazz Festival, founded in 1967, that brings an eclectic range of performances to the lakeside stages, not limited to Jazz. The Cine Transat, hosted in one of Geneva's parks, features a series of French and English films. The Prelude to the Geneva Festival and the Geneva Festival itself take place from the middle of July until the first week of August and are widely believed to be the highlight of summer in the region. Carnival rides, concerts, stalls with Swiss delicacies and street food, parades, and variety performances take over the lake shores, topped off with unique firework displays each and every night. The Festival de la Batie from the end of August to mid-September exhibits the works of many local artists from a range of disciplines in Batie Park. The Nuit des Bains sees several galleries in the Quartier des Bains open their doors for free. For a taste of Geneva's history, watch l'Escalade in the Old Town in the second week of December, which commemorates that defence of the city against the Duke of Savoy in 1602.

Gastronomy in Lake Geneva

With over 1,000 restaurants, Geneva is recognised as the capital of culinary delicacies in Switzerland. For decadent dining, choose one of the hotels that line the lake shores; for foreign cuisine, head to the Paquis district; for traditional Swiss dishes, dine in Geneva's Old Town; for Italian restaurants and French cafes, go to Eaux Vives; and for experimental, chic restaurants, eat in Carouge. Some ingredients to look out for in particular are cheeses from Gruyere, oil from Severy, charcuterie, perch, fera, char, and leeks. Vaud, the region in which Lake Geneva sits, is Switzerland's largest wine-growing region, and the most prominent grapes are Chasselas, Pinot Noir, and Gamay. You may also discover some Tartiflette, which originated over the French border in Haute-Savoie, made with Reblocohon cheese.

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