The Munich-based Ruby Group has opened its first hotel in Geneva, marking the group’s second property in Switzerland.
Ruby Claire is located on Rue du Rhône in the city’s Rive Gauche district, with the entrance via the Passage Malbuisson. The property occupies three buildings built between 1900 and 1993, which were formerly used as office space.
The design draws inspiration from Geneva’s global community – the city is home to over 100 international organisations based in the city including one of the four headquarters of the United Nations. Features include marble and polished glass, woven textures, vintage furniture and an eclectic collection of traditional lamps and lanterns.
The property features 211 rooms across six floors, two rooftop terraces, a sixth-floor library and a 24-hour bar on the seventh floor. There are also “galleys” which offer hot water and free organic tea, an ironing board and iron, along with a Maxi Bar where guests can purchase soft drinks, snacks and essentials such as a toothbrush.
The rooms abide by the brand’s “lean luxury” philosophy and feature an open washstand, glass rain shower, white walls and cherry wood wall panelling, as well as macramé above the bed and a Marshall amp.
There are five room categories which range from the 14 sqm Nest room to the 28 sqm Loft rooms, with average room rates between £182-£215 per night.
The hotel is within walking distance of major attractions and a 12-minute walk to the main train station. Guests can also rent a bike from reception to explore the city.
Hotel manager Nicolas Sabatier commented:
“There are many 5-star hotels in Geneva, but so far no real lifestyle hotel. I am therefore pleased that we are now closing this niche with the Ruby Claire, and see us as a game changer.”
This opening comes after the launch of the Ruby Mimi Hotel in Zurich last autumn.
The Ruby Hotels brand launched in 2013, and currently operates 13 properties in locations including London, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Hamburg. There are a further 22 hotels under construction or in the planning phase, including a 153-room property in London’s Clerkenwell and a hotel in Florence, both of which are set to open next year.