The Swiss Geneva Experience with Swissotel Metropole Geneva - Part 1 - Alvinology

The Swiss Geneva Experience with Swissotel Metropole Geneva – Part 1

I visited Geneva in Switzerland last year, staying for two nights at the magnificent Swissotel Metropole Geneva hotel:

The luxurious five-star Swissotel Metropole Geneva is located on the left bank of lake Geneva, overlooking the lake.

It is located right in the heart of the central business and shopping districts and a short walk from many of Geneva’s attractions like the Jet d’eau (jet fountain which can be seen from the hotel) and the old town.

I can see the jet fountain from my hotel window
I can see the jet fountain from my hotel window
Close-up of the water jet
Close-up of the water jet from my room
View from the balcony in my room
View from the balcony in my room

I traveled to the hotel taking a train from Vevey to Geneva and then changing to a short bus ride that took less than ten minutes. The hotel was very easy to locate and convenient to get to as stated on their website.

Hotel reception at Swissotel Metropole Geneva
Hotel reception at Swissotel Metropole Geneva
Lounge/ bar area by the hotel reception
Lounge/ bar area by the hotel reception
Corridor leading to my room
Corridor leading to my room

Swissotel Metropole Geneva has just undergone a major renovation for some of their rooms to cater to younger, upmarket travelers.

I got a pleasant surprise when I checked into my room the first night. From the Swissotel website, I was expecting a more tradition European room design.

Instead, here is how the new rooms look like:

Interesting knobs on the entrance mirror for hanging clothes
Interesting knobs on the entrance mirror for hanging clothes
The modern room interior
The modern room interior
Large comfortable bed with adjustable reading lamps
Large comfortable bed with adjustable reading lamps
Coffee machine and bed
Coffee machine and bed
The bathroom comes with a steam sauna feature
The bathroom comes with a steam sauna feature
Welcome fruits
Welcome fruits

Pretty spiffy isn’t it?

I would be just as comfortable staying in their more traditionally designed rooms, but the new contemporary room suits me better.

I am a heavy geek who likes to travels with many tech gadgets – at least two smart phones; an iPad, a Kindle or another tablet device; a laptop; two cameras – one DSLR and one light-weight compact; a small HD video recorder and maybe a few other items at the very least.

I appreciate hotel rooms where I can set up all my gadgets and create my own temporary work station like what is available here at Swissotel Geneva:

A work area in the room with a drawer containing all sorts of cables
A work area in the room with a drawer containing all sorts of cables

Neat.

This is the most complete AV and electronic set-up I have encountered in all the hotels I have stayed so far.

Best of all, they even have cables for me to wire my laptop to their swanky television-in-a-mirror. I can watch TV shows and movies in my laptop on a HD screen in the comfort of my bed:

Magic TV in the mirror!
Magic TV in the mirror!
Catching up with international news
Catching up with international news
Watching a movie from my laptop. Can you see my reflection in the mirror?
Watching a movie from my laptop. Can you see my reflection in the mirror?

Best of all, I can multi-task by getting dressed, looking into the mirror while watching television at the same time.

There is plenty of other nifty tech stuff for me to toy around in the hotel room:

Instead of hanging
Instead of hanging “Do Not Disturb” or other signs outside your door, digital touchscreen is available!
Love this - digital touchscreen sauna and bath settings
Love this – digital touchscreen sauna and bath settings

I am a happy man!

In fact, after I checked in the first night, I skipped exploring the city for the night as I was more keen to explore and enjoy my night stay in Swissotel Metropole Geneva.

Hotel exterior
Hotel exterior
A water fountain behind the hotel
A water fountain behind the hotel

Via the official site: the hotel offers a 111 appointed guest rooms and 16 luxurious suites. It also includes a business centre catering for all kinds of events. There are seven meeting and banquet rooms with natural daylight and two panoramic rooftop terraces with stunning views over Geneva.

I did not check out the business facilities, but I did went to take a look at the gym:

Gym in Swissotel Metropole Geneva
Gym in Swissotel Metropole Geneva
Fridge in the gym with chilled mineral water for guests
Fridge in the gym with chilled mineral water for guests

I had my breakfast on the next two mornings at Swissotel Metropole Geneva’s restaurant Le Grand Quai which presents pretty fine culinary choices:

Restaurant entrance
Restaurant entrance
Restaurant reception
Restaurant reception
Buffet breakfast
Buffet breakfast
Bread selection
Bread selection
I love cheese!
I love cheese!
My cheesy breakfast on the first morning
My cheesy breakfast on the first morning
My breakfast on the second morning
My breakfast on the second morning

If you are interested to stay at Swissotel Metropole Geneva when visiting Switzerland,  book your accommodation online at Swissotel’s official site to enjoy the best rates, guaranteed.

Stay tuned to my next post where I will share my Geneva city tour experience. 🙂

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