Hotel Features. Built in 1854 on former battlegrounds, the lakeview Swissotel Metropole was a World War II Red Cross base. Refurbished in the 1980s, it maintains its original exterior. Guests go up a grand staircase to the high-ceilinged lobby, with chandeliers and grey-stone columns.
Le Grand Quai restaurant is decorated in Belle Epoque style with red and gold drapes, trompe d'oeil (eye trick) paintings and a chandelier. It serves traditional French cuisine, and guests can eat on the cobble square outside in the summer. The hotel's lobby bar has a grand piano and leather seating. Sandwiches and wine are served in the contemporary Le Bistropole restaurant.
The hotel's six meeting rooms host up to 350 people. The hotel has a mezzanine-level business centre with two PCs and wireless Internet access.
The fourth-floor Amrita Fitness Centre has a fully-equipped gym with TV- mounted exercise bikes.
Guestrooms. The Swissotel Metropole's 127 climate-controlled guestrooms feature timber desks, black halogen lamps and coordinated colour schemes. All rooms have wireless Internet access, satellite television, CD/DVD players and Lavazza coffee makers. Other features include complimentary newspapers, minibars and safes. Marble bathrooms offer complimentary toiletries, bathrobes and slippers. In-room massages are available on request.
Expert Tip. The lakeview rooftop terrace hosts buffet dinners in the summer. The terrace is worth visiting for its Lake Geneva views.
Premier Room City Side: One queen or two twin beds. Triple-glazed. CD/DVD player. Espresso machine. Work desk. Marble bathroom
Advantage Room Lake Side: One king or two twin beds. Room overlooking the lake and English garden. Triple-glazed windows. CD/DVD player. Espresso machine. Work desk, armchair and small table. Marble bathroom with bath and separate shower and a TV.
From Geneva International Airport (GVA):
Distance to Swissotel Metropole is six kilometres, approximately 15 minutes' drive.
Getting there. The airport's train station is a 300-metre walk from the Arrivals and Departures floors. Trains link to destinations across Switzerland. All trains stop at the central Geneva- Cornavin station, one kilometre from the hotel. Departures are approximately every 20 minutes. Single tickets cost 5 CHF. Bus number 10 runs every 10 minutes to the city centre. Bus number 18 runs every 30 minutes to the United Nations building. Single tickets cost 2.20 CHF. The hotel's closest bus/tram stop is Metropole. Aero Ski Bus serves many French ski stations, and tickets can be purchased at the airport. Taxis wait in the terminal forecourt and cost about 35 CHF to central Geneva. The Swissotel Metropole's airport limousine service costs 120CHF. Prices are all subject to change.
Getting around. The hotel is on Quai General Guisan, one block from Lake Geneva. Geneva is served by an excellent tram and bus network. Tickets must be purchased in advance from vending machines, and validated prior to boarding. One-day passes are available, offering unlimited travel on trains, trams, buses and 'mouette' water taxis. Secure parking is available nearby.
Driving directions. From Geneva International Airport (GVA):
Follow signs for Geneva city centre.
On seeing the lake, take the road Eaux-Vives.
After crossing a bridge, turn left.
The Swissotel Metropole is on this road.
- High Speed Internet Lounge
- Business Center Pets Allowed - Charges May Apply
- Restaurant(s) - 2 Fitness Equipment
Room Amenities: , , • Bathroom telephone • Premium TV channel(s) • Blackout drapes/curtains • Electronic/magnetic keys • Handheld shower • Extra towels/bedding in room • Sewing kit • Massage - available in room • Makeup mirror • Complimentary toiletries • Multi-line phone • Hypo-allergenic bedding availa • Housekeeping (daily) • Smoking rooms • Cable/satellite TV • Climate control • Cribs (infant beds) available • Soundproofed rooms • Window opens • Rollaway beds • Pay movies
Rue du Rhone (shopping) - next door | Jardin Anglais (English Garden) - across the road | Lake Geneva - 1 block | Grand Theatre - 1 kilometre | Promenade des Bastions - 1 kilometre | Musee de l'Horlogerie et de l'Emaillerie (clock museum) - 1 kilometre | Modern & Contemporary Art Museum - 2 kilometres | United Nations - 3 kilometres | International Red Cross Museum - 3 kilometres
Geneva Hotels - Swissotel Metropole