As travellers move away from the gold and gilt experience of luxury hotels, they seek a more refined experience, from tailored itineraries, and curated moments, that can be recorded as memories and kept for sharing. Modern-day travellers are looking to build memories and reach for what is authentic, perhaps even what is simple. Authenticity is found in the culture and lifestyle of a hotel, its ability to make bespoke experiences and realise special requests are what make a property stand out. Even the simplicity in reflecting a hotel’s rich history through interior design can go a long way. All these can be found in the first hotel built in Geneva, the Beau-Rivage hotel which is now managed by the fifth generation of its founding family.
Built in 1865, Beau-Rivage Genève began life as a private home that is independently owned by the Mayer family. The hotel has transformed over the years to its unrivalled authentic lifestyle (art de Vivre), boasting a total of 95 rooms with 15 suites the size of apartments.
Travelers can finally decompress their built-up stress by looking out their windows where Beau-Rivage is ideally located on the lakefront, facing the iconic Jet d’Eau and snow-capped mountains. The Beau-Rivage has three facades, towards the lake, the Brunswick Monument and garden and the city. The hotel’s Deluxe, Prestige rooms and Suites are the largest for their category in the city, and every room, every piece of furniture has a story to tell. No two rooms are exactly the same, as Monsieur Jacques Mayer handpicks antique furniture from auction houses one at a time and preserves them in each room where they become timeless Objets d’Arts.
Guests at the lakeside resort can immerse themselves into the hotel’s history – making it a part of their very own personal story – by choosing one of the hotel’s historic suites as a home away from home. The hotel’s famous historical suites, named after notable guests, have their private balconies and terraces overlooking the lake and its legendary Jet d’Eau water-fountain, the old town or the Alps. The Maharaja of Patiala Suite, which is an ode to the former king of Patiala in India, stands out with its antique furniture, a hammam for relaxation – and of course a selection of the king’s fine jewellery and precious stones are kept safely on display at the hotel. The Wagner Suite, is a tribute to the world-famous composer. Not to mention the Sissi Suite named after the empress of Austria. Guests can peek at her former life at Beau-Rivage where her personal belongings are showcased at the hotel, and have been preserved since the 19th Century.
For more than 150 years, the family has secured and restored rare and exceptional furniture pieces at the talented hands of the best craftsmen. Walls are covered in the most precious fabrics, while the more intimate private spaces, such as the Salon Masaryk, which is one of six salons, are fully dressed in rare lemon tree woodwork and original stained glass windows. Cherubims playfully fill every corner of the hotel, while fireplaces are well-preserved with decorative arts on every wall giving visitors a wealth of beauty to admire.