Geneva’s Eastwest Hotel: Asian Chic Meets Eurodesign


Eastwest is an easy walk from Geneva’s train station

In a city endowed with many five-star hotels catering to bankers and diplomats, it is refreshing to find a human-scale establishment where friendliness usurps formality without sacrifice in quality.  A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Geneva’s Eastwest Hotel is a surprise package in the city’s buzzy Pâquis district between the train station and the famous lakefront.  Eastwest brings a light and airy Asian aesthetic to an otherwise reserved Geneva hotel scene, and does so with verve and style that have yielded impressive results.

Eastwest’s classy restaurant is a fine spot for romantic dinners

Eastwest attracts an unusual blend of clientele, ranging from business people looking for a place to chill after a hard day of meetings to leisure visitors (young adults, couples, families) who love the Casa del Mar/Buddha Bar vibe that accompanies the eclectic setting and appealing food and drink.  There is an exercise room and a small meeting room for executives to conduct meetings and make presentations right on the premises.

Eastwest’s duplex suites have lovely garden views

Among the property’s 40 rooms are four categories of accommodation:  single, double, double deluxe, and two duplex suites in their own buildings flanking the bamboo garden.  All types of accommodation are decorated in the same tasteful manner; only their size differs.

More like private bungalows with all the mod cons, the duplex suites feature a double-height wall of windows allowing light to flow into both the downstairs living room and upstairs bedroom.  Two full bathrooms (one with bathtub, one with shower) and a glass door to a private patio area further enhances the feeling that one is not in a city hotel, but rather an idyllic garden cottage in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, one that hosts a continuous array of festivals and special events to complement several outstanding sights that defy the ‘boring’ label so often hung around Geneva’s neck.

Rooms at Eastwest are decorated in elegantly chic style

Oftentimes the food and beverage offerings of smaller hotels can’t compete with larger properties.  Happily, this is not the case at Eastwest, where the restaurant further develops the hotel’s transcontinental personality with a delectable menu of East-meets-West options for both lunch and for dinner, served either in the beautifully finished dining room or outdoors in the stylish bamboo garden, which is backed by an imposing waterwall.  Eastwest offers a Gourmet Weekend package for lovers of fine dining as well as a Romantic Weekend package for lovers in general.

As in all hotels in Geneva, guests at Eastwest are provided a complimentary Geneva Transport Card which permits free use of the city’s public transport for the duration of one’s stay (free public transport from the airport to the city is another of the city’s perks for visitors).  Perhaps of particular interest to Eastwest guests would be the beautiful art of the Baur Foundation’s Museum of Far Eastern Art and the priceless Asian items in the remarkable Martin Bodmer Foundation, two of Geneva’s best museums.

Geneva’s liveliest bohemian district is called Carouge (easily reached via Tram 12 or 13) where an abundance of eateries and art galleries like the unique Mines d’Art gallery (specialising in the presentation of paper art) thrive in the vicinity of Place du Marché and Place du Temple.

Eastwest Hotel
6, rue des Pâquis
CH-1201 Geneva
tel:  +41 22 708 1717
Source = Mr. eTraveller
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