Welcome to Geneva, Switzerland's second-largest city. Stay in comfort in a luxury hotel apartment metres from the picturesque shores of Lake Geneva and close to some of the city's most iconic sites including the offices of the UN in Europe, the Jet d'Eau, the Reformation Wall, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire and the Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève. During your stay, experience the best of Geneva's dining scene, shopping, and the natural splendour of Switzerland's countryside and wild places.
Welcome to Fraser Suites Geneva, a luxury apartment hotel located in the prestigious shopping and commercial district of Rue du Marché, conveniently close to many of the top things to do in Geneva and some of Geneva's coolest neighbourhoods. The property's 67 Gold-Standard luxury serviced apartments offer stylish, refined accommodation for travellers and their families staying in Geneva for business or leisure.
Geneva may be small, but that's never stopped it from being one of Europe's most important cultural and commercial centres. Nestled on the shores of Lake Geneva and with the Rhône running through it, Geneva manages to be both intimate, cosmopolitan, and sophisticated, whilst somehow intimating that nature is never far away. The city's accolades are many; it consistently ranks as one of the most liveable cities in the world, it's the official European home of the UN and a veritable plethora of other international organisations. It has played an important role in some of Europe's most historical moments, including the Protestant Reformation, and the signing of the Geneva Conventions - the standards of international law that govern the treatment of humans in war.
The Genevan people are happy to welcome people from all around the globe, making Geneva a truly international city. As a byproduct, despite its small size, Geneva benefits from its international focus, including a fantastic dining scene, excellent infrastructure, global luxury brand shopping, and high quality of life
Don't miss out on the top things to do in Geneva, many conveniently close to your apartment hotel in Rue du Marché.
The narrow, winding cobblestone streets of Geneva's Old Town are a must-see during your apartment hotel stay. To gain a sense of how Geneva came to be, head to the Maison Tavel museum to view 3D models of the city's old fortifications. The Cathédrale Saint-Pierre was the church of John Calvin, one of the Protestant Reformation's most prominent historical figures. The church is a wonderful jumble of architectural styles, much of them wrought in response to the Reformation's split with the Roman Catholic Church.
The best way to see the Old Town from your serviced apartment is by foot - wander the maze-like streets and call into the quaint cafés for a cup of hot Swiss chocolate on a chilly day. Afterwards, indulge in some boutique shopping in the design-inspired shops selling everything from one-off fashions to watches and furniture
One of Geneva's great attractions is the ease with which it blends urban life with the natural world. Its location on the shores of Lake Geneva means that fun in the sun is never far away, and both the rivers Rhône and Arve cut through the city, bringing nature almost to its doorstep. Lake Geneva is mere metres from the doors of your serviced apartment in Geneva, making it ideal for a day out on the water. Personal crafts including motorboats, smaller yachts and kayaks can be hired from many of the smaller towns dotting the edge of the lake, and the water is ideal for swimming. One of the best spots for swimming in the summer months is Baby Plage, a small and beautiful beach near the city centre. On the lake's western shore, the Geneva Botanic Gardens nestle between the shoreline and the Palais des Nations - the European headquarters of the UN. The gardens and nearby Parc Mon Repos offer a beautiful botanical afternoon out by the lakeside.
You could be forgiven for thinking Geneva is spoiled for choice when it comes to culinary influences - with Italy on one side and France to the other, the city's restaurants and cafés serve up delightful European cuisine 24/7. Swiss cuisine itself delights in detail - perhaps no wonder coming from a nation of watchmakers. Some of the best restaurants in Geneva can be found within easy walking distance of your apartment hotel. For classic Swiss cuisine, book a table at Chez Philippe on Rue du Rhône. The venue specialises in cooking proteins over coals to perfection. For something truly indulgent, journey 15 minutes out of the city centre to the two Michelin starred Domaine De Châteauvieux, the restaurant run by Head Chef Philippe Chevrier, whose cuisine revels in seasonality and locality. For brunch, you can't go past the alfresco dining of La Clémence, located in the Old Town in Bourg-de-Four.
Located around 10 kilometres out of Geneva you'll find one of the world's premier physics research facilities, CERN. At CERN, physicists and engineers use the world's largest and most technical scientific instruments - most notably the Large Hadron Collider - to observe and study the stuff of matter itself. The 27-kilometre long LHC has already proven its worth; in 2012 the team from CERN discovered one of the most elusive fundamental particles, the Higgs Boson, otherwise known as the 'God particle'. The facility runs free guided tours when the LHC is not in use and provides a fascinating insight into what is undoubtedly some of the most critical science taking place on the planet today. To get to CERN from your serviced apartment, take a leisurely journey on Geneva's extensive tram network from Bel Air to Gare Cornavin, then change for the Meyrin line to CERN.
No visit to Geneva is complete without plenty of time spent out in the countryside, including day trips to France and Switzerland's magnificent mountains. During the winter and around Christmas, thousands of people flock to the ski resorts surrounding Geneva to hit the snowfields, some of Europe's best. No matter the time of year though, be sure to experience the best of Geneva's natural wonders. When visiting the quaint French village of Chamonix at the foot of Mont Blanc, go the extra mile to see Mer de Glace - the Sea of Ice - the largest of the French glaciers. For a truly unique experience, hop aboard the Glacier Express, one of the world's great train journeys.
Arriving at your apartment hotel in Geneva couldn't be easier. Geneva Airport is a mere 4-kilometres from the city and connected by train to the city centre. From the airport, take the train to Gare Cornavin, then the tram to Bel Air. From there, a few minutes walk will bring you to the front door of Fraser Suites Geneva.