On the shores of the lake, in the heart of the city
The Hotel d’Angleterre, in a prime position on the fashionable Quai de Mont Blanc, faces directly onto the crystal clear waters of Lake Geneva, directly opposite the magnificent 140 metre high Jet d’Eau. The hotel’s Windows Restaurant, and many of the rooms look out onto this stunning view, with the majestic snow-capped peak of Mont Blanc glistening in the far distance.
There are plenty of things to do in and around Geneva, including family excursions, great shopping, tourist attractions, museums and ski resorts. Find out about them all here.
Geneva's Hottest Attractions
Some of Europe's most exclusive shopping experiences
Stepping straight from the front door onto the broad lakeside promenade you are only ten minutes' easy stroll from the buzzing cosmopolitan elegance of Rue du Rhone, a broad street lined with Geneva's most impressive boutiques and stores. These include Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Valentino, Versace, Gucci and Montblanc, to name but a few. There are also the world's finest jewellers and watch makers, such as Patek Philippe, Blancpain, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Boucheron, Chopard, Fabergé.
A wealth of heritage waiting to be discovered
From here you can amble up the gentle hill to the Old Town, with its quaint streets, narrow alleyways and picturesque squares to discover Geneva's fascinating 2000 year old history.
The Place du Bourg-de-Four, in the very heart of the Old Town, has been a thriving commercial centre since Roman times. Houses were built here to accommodate exiled Protestants, and it is still one of the city's favourite meeting places. There's a lovely 18th century flowered fountain in the centre with tables and chairs outside the cafes and bistros – a wonderful spot for a coffee while you admire the handsome 16th, 17th and 18th century buildings.
The Place du Molard is also well worth a visit. In the heart of Geneva's left bank, surrounded by a rich array of department stores, luxury boutiques and restaurants, it has a lovely octagonal fountain with a marble obelisk dating from 1771, and an impressive tower which was originally part of the city's defensive wall.
Saint Peter's Cathedral, on top of the hill at the centre of the old town, is an impressive reminder of Geneva's defiant Protestant stand during the reformation. Dating right back to 1160 it has a mighty tower from which you can enjoy a fabulous panoramic view of the city and the lake.
So many museums
Geneva boasts over 40 fascinating museums and art galleries. The Art & History Museum covers the whole of western culture, from its origins to the present day while The Patek Philippe Museum hosts an exceptional collection of horological exhibits, musical automata and portrait miniatures.
The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art houses an eclectic collections of installations, videos, paintings, photographs, and sculpture. The Barbier-Mueller Museum is an archaeologists dream with over 7,000 masks, tools, statues, ornaments and other singular articles in the permanent collection and numerous temporary exhibitions throughout the year. While in Geneva you must also visit the Red Cross Museum and the United Nations Centre.
The Tavel House is devoted to the urban history and daily life of Geneva. It showcases objects, drawings, engravings and photographs, coins, furniture and collections of silver, from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the 20th century, as well as a huge scale model of Old Geneva and its fortifications.
A walk in the park
Geneva is one of Europe's greenest cities, with 50 parks. These include the English Garden, Botanical Garden, Parc des Eaux-Vives, Parc de la Grange, the Perle-Du-Lac, Ile Rousseau, and Parc des Bastions, the former botanical garden with its lovely promenade in the heart of the city littered with monuments, fountains and statues.
The Flower Clock, in the English Garden, is the world’s largest floral clock, while the Reformation Wall in the Bastions Park, is a monument to Geneva's turbulent religious past.
Beyond the city there's a host of great things to see and do. You can take a boat trip from the quayside directly opposite the hotel, or drive through the fantastic mountains and lakes of the Alps. Some of Europe's finest ski resorts, including Verbier, Gstaad, Cran Montana and Zermatt in Switzerland and Chambéry, Chamonix, Megève and Flaine in France, are all within easy reach. In the Jura Mountains in France, just 45 min from Geneva, you can also enjoy cross-country skiing. Once the snow has gone these centres make wonderful summer playgrounds.
Vineyard visits are popular, as is an excursion aboard the famous Golden Pass train. This offers panoramic views of the beautiful countryside around Lake Geneva and first stop is a chocolate factory!
For something a bit more unusual, visit CERN the world's largest particle physics laboratory, discover more about this scientific hub in our blog post.
In the evening you can satisfy your hunger at one of the fantastic restaurants that Geneva is famous for. The hotel's own Windows Restaurant, with fabulous views of the lake and Mont Blanc is one of the city's very best, but others include Le Chat Botté, Rasoi by Vineet, Vertigo and Il Lago, while within 30 minutes' drive there's Le Domaine de Châteauvieux, L'Auberge du Lion D'Or, Le Floris and Le Creux de Genthod.
Geneva and golf – the perfect combination
If you love golf you’ll be delighted to discover a host of spectacular courses in the lush landscapes in and around Geneva. Hotel d'Angleterre is a fantastic 5 star boutique hotel for your golfing holiday in Switzerland. We especially recommend:
Just 20 minutes' drive away, this is one of Europe's finest and most beautiful 18 hole championship golf courses. It offers breathtaking views of the snow-capped peak of Mont Blanc, while numerous leading landscape architects, from Nakowski in the 20's to Harradine in 1963, and even Antoine d'Ormesson, have contributed to the design and enhancement of the course.
Robert Floyd, Seve Ballesteros, Arnold Palmer, Johnny Miller, Tom Watson and Mark O'Meara have all played here in their time, experiencing the subtle difficulties presented by each hole. The course requires considerable technical skill, and is unusual in opening and closing on 3-par holes. With a standard scratch score of 72 over a total playing distance of 6,030 meters, there are six 3-pars, six 4-pars, and six 5-pars with water obstacles.
Visitors are welcome every day, but advance bookings are essential. A valid handicap certificate or card is required and the handicap limit is 35.
The Evian Masters
Just under an hour's drive from the hotel this course overlooks the beautiful town of Lausanne, Lake Geneva and the high peaks of the Alps. It was extended to 18 holes in 1922. Between 1988 and 1990, the course was entirely renovated by the architect Cabell B. Robinson, a former assistant of the famous American golf architect Robert Trent Jones. It now offers a varied landscape, well-defended greens, narrow fairways, water hazards, bushy roughs and velvety greens all year round.
In 1994, the first Evian Masters tournament was held here and today it has become the world's leading competition for women golfers. So if you play this picturesque course you'll be following in the footsteps of the world's leading ladies.
18 holes, 72 par, 6,674 yards.
Geneva - gateway to some of the best Alpine skiing
Geneva makes the perfect starting point for a ski holiday, with excellent air, rail and road links. A night at the Hotel d’Angleterre is the perfect way to relax in luxurious accommodation after your journey, and we’ll be happy to organise a smooth transfer to the nearby Swiss ski resorts. Some of the very best ski areas in the Alps are within a couple of hours easy travelling from the hotel. We especially recommend:
Chamonix (1040m - 3840m) - 82km | 1 hour from Hotel d'Angleterre
Set in a long deep valley, Chamonix attracts expert skiers from all over the world. The lift system offers the greatest vertical drop anywhere in the world, with a host of very challenging runs. There’s a wealth of off-piste skiing, including the awesome Valley Blanche that starts near the summit of Mont Blanc.
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Portes du Soleil (1000m - 2466 m) - 126km | 1½ hours from Hotel d'Angleterre
A collection of towns and villages (including Morgins, Avoriaz, Morzine and Les Gets) linked by an extensive lift system that straddles the border between France and Switzerland. So called because it has its own micro-climate that gets exceptional snowfall, but lots of sun.
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Megève (1050m - 2350m) - 69km | 1 hour from Hotel d'Angleterre
Large resort with medieval town centre and plenty to do for non-skiers. The huge lift system includes Chamonix and heliskiing is also on offer.
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Leysin (1257m - 2331m) - 125km | 1½ hours from Hotel d'Angleterre
Situated on a plateau above the Rhone Valley with magnificent views of Mont Blanc and the Eiger. Renowned for its sunshine, it’s perfect for beginners and boarders.
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Courchevel (1300m - 2740m) - 78km | 1 hour from Hotel d'Angleterre
Arguably France's most exclusive resort, in Les Trois Valleés, the world's largest truly inter-connected ski area. It rates in the world’s top 10 resorts.
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Crans-Montana (1500m - 3000m) - 182km | 2 hours from Hotel d'Angleterre
A modern, lively and cosmopolitan resort that boasts breathtaking views of the highest peaks in the Alps, from the Matterhorn to Mont Blanc.
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Les Diablerets (1150m - 2970m) - 129km | 1½ hours from Hotel d'Angleterre
A small, historic and utterly charming mountain village in Switzerland. Great skiing, but with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere quite unlike the larger resorts.
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