The Grand Hotel Kempinski in Geneva has officially reopened after two years of renovations.
Designed by local architects Tjca, the refurbishments started in 2005, and took place in two stages. “The aim was to make the lake the reference point of all public areas and to blur the border between building and water,” said a spokesperson for Kempinski Hotels.
According to the hotel group, designers have carefully coordinated the colour scheme to make guests feel welcome and relaxed, with burgundy and beige velvet furnishings and touches of pale blue used in the public areas.
The opening comes a few weeks after Le Richemond hotel – acquired by The Rocco Forte Collection in 2005 – reopened its doors to the public after a major face-lift (see online news September 26).
The Grand Hotel Kempinski is situated on the shores of Lake Geneva and has 380 rooms and 43 suites – all with modern amenities including satellite TV and wifi Internet access – ten function rooms, a 630sqm ballroom, a luxury shopping arcade featuring an art gallery, deluxe jewellers and fashion boutiques, indoor salt-water swimming pool and sauna and wellness and fitness areas.
A restaurant, lounge, bar and maritime-styled terrace can be found side by side on the second floor. But while each venue is independent of one another, guests can order from any of the menus, making ‘Floortwo’ a more unusual dining concept.
Opening rates at the Grand Hotel Kempinski start at £187pp per night. For more information visit kempinski-geneva.com.
Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva
19, Quai du Mont-Blanc
CH – 1201 Geneva
Tel: +41 22 908 9081
Report by Jenny Southan