Luxury hotel holiday Hotel Bristol Geneva

Become acquainted with the glamour of Geneva at the four star superior Hotel Bristol Geneva, near the banks of the eponymous lake. Elegant rooms with sleek designs offer a delightful place to relax and recuperate after spending a day navigating the streets of the city. Seek out landmarks, enjoy the boat trips and water sports on the lake, and head into the mountains to catch some Alpine fresh air, before returning to the Hotel Bristol Geneva for an hour or two in the spa followed by an excellent dinner.
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 the Hotel Bristol, Geneva

Hotel Bristol Geneva is a 4-star deluxe hotel in an excellent central location. Delicious cuisine and excellent spa facilities make it an ideal spot to recuperate after enjoying Geneva's cultural and historical delights.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4 deluxe

Location The hotel is located a stone's throw from the banks of Lake Geneva

Closest airport Geneva Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is aout 15-minutes' drive from Geneva Airport

Closest railway station Cornavin Geneva

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

Hotel facilities and services

Côté Square Restaurant, Spa and Wellness Centre, Lobby Bar and Lounge, Concierge, WiFi, Reception, Room Service, Babysitting (upon request), Complimentary Newspapers and Magazines accessible via smartphone or pad.

Complimentary

WiFi, Mineral water upon arrival, Access to Wellness Centre, Coffee Pods and Tea in expresso machine in-room.

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 EXH1938

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 the Hotel Bristol, Geneva

In the heart of Geneva, just a minute's walk from the Pont de Mont-Blanc and the convergence of the Rhone River and Lake Geneva, is the four star superior Hotel Bristol Geneva. From the outside, this hotel has a very modern, urban look, with large windows on the ground floor in the restaurant, and a stone and white-washed facade. French balconies and red canopies romantically frame the guestroom windows. The lobby is as grand as the exterior, with a high dark wood desk carved with floral motifs. A lounge bar with dimpled red leather armchairs and sofas, mirrors sunk into the panelling, and traditional portraiture on the walls, welcomes you after your day of travelling. The Côté Square captures all aspects of sophisticated dining; in the grand design of the restaurant, the finesse of the food, and the impressive quality of the service. The menu features Swiss delicacies that have been lovingly re-invented to enhance flavour, and a selection of Italian dishes that further improve the variety. The in-house pastry chef prepares a delicate afternoon tea, which can be enjoyed well into the evening. The Hotel Bristol Geneva has its own well-equipped spa. Decoration crafted from stone and wood appears very natural, with dark soothing colours to accompany you in the Jacuzzi. Treatment rooms are enhanced by the changing colour of the mood-lighting. One particularly unique addition to the spa is the bio sauna, where guests can bask in the fragrances of tropical and native plants as they relax before stepping into the Steam Room. After a day spent relaxing and exploring Geneva, retire to your room. Guestrooms in the classic style follow a neutral palette of creams and natural light browns. Textured fabrics and a feature wall of lightly patterned wallpaper add a definite touch of luxury deserving of the hotel's star rating. The marble bathrooms are light, fresh, and subtly chic. Higher room categories and suites begin to introduce a lighter colour scheme, focused around white with silver or gold. Deep reds or charcoals accent the pillows, throws, and furniture. The Bristol Suite is effortlessly sleek and spacious, and looks out, as many rooms do, onto a pretty courtyard removed from the bustle of Geneva. The Hotel Bristol Geneva is a stylish option that blends contemporary chic with classical elegance, thus providing a fitting gateway into the city.

Room descriptions

Hotel Bristol has 110 rooms with air-conditioning, wifi, espresso machine, television, telephone, desk, safe, minibar, tea and coffee, mineral water, and Molton Brown toiletries.

Classic Room
Ladies First Room
Superior Room with sitting area
Deluxe Room with large sitting area
Junior Suite with extra space and large sitting area
Duplex Suite with bedroom on mezzanine floor
Bristol Suite with two bedrooms, separate lounge, and two or three bathrooms

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 EXH1938

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 the Hotel Bristol, Geneva

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Hotel Bristol 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: Interconnecting rooms are available in some room types. Cots and babysitting are available on request. Additional beds are free for children up to the age of 6. No more than three people can occupy the same room. Babysitting is available upon request.

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 EXH1938

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 the Hotel Bristol, 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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