Beau-Rivage Genève Switzerland
13, Quai du Mont-Blanc 1201
Privately owned by Mayer’s Family
Date of Creation
April 13th 1865
Hotel General Manager
Lars Wagner, from German origins, has traveled the world making himself renowned amongst Geneva locals as well as internationally. He joined Beau-Rivage Genève as General Manager since February 2019. More recently, between 2013 and 2018, Lars Wagner held the reins of the Mandarin Oriental in Geneva, making himself a key figure in Geneva and the world of luxury hotels. Lars has contributed to the success of the Grand Hyatt in Bangkok, followed by the Ritz-Carlton in Chicago, the Four Seasons hotels in Provence and Prague, and Mandarin Oriental in Munich. A rich and brilliant international experience lead Lars to different cultures, to develop a spirit of respect and openness, essential to any function in the luxury hotel industry.
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Beau-Rivage Genève has rem ained in the hands of the same family over five generations. Faithful to its founding philosophy, the family perpetuates the Beau-Rivage Genève spirit with great passion in reverence to the grandeur that has been shaped over time by illu3 strious guests and eminent visitors.
History & Story
Founded in 1865 by Jean-Jacques Mayer, Beau-Rivage Genève has been under family ownership for more than five generations. Today, owners Jacques Mayer and Catherine Nickbarte-Mayer can take pride in their family’s historical past: the hotel is one of the rare luxury hotels in Switzerland currently managed by direct descendants of its founder. Alexandre Nickbarte-Mayer, Catherine’s son, was appointed General Manager of Beau-Rivage Genève in 2016. Together, the family faithfully carries forward the essence of Beau-Rivage, which has earned the hotel five stars and visits from high-profile and historical figures. These factors, over time, have come to define the splendour of the establishment.
Beau-Rivage’s heritage honors the memory of men and women who changed history. Empress Elisabeth of Austria and Queen of Hungary, known as “Sissi”. Eleanor Roosevelt, who in the aftermath of the Second World War, drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Thomas Giereck Masaryk, who signed the provisional Czechoslovakian constitution within the very walls of the hotel.
A brand new floor supervised by the famous designer Mr. Pierre-Yves Rochon was added and finished in July 2017.
After its 150th anniversary, Beau-Rivage’s presents us with an excellent occasion to celebrate the past, but also, and more importantly, to look to the future, as each previous generation has so diligently done.
The refurbishment of the top of the building, a milestone in Beau-Rivage’s history, will redefine luxury.
Between 2014 and 2017, 23 units have been completely renovated, the back of the building, the restaurant, the kitchens, the terrace, the elevators, the roof is completely redone to the point that it could have the Minergie label, the system of air conditioning is in geothermal sync with the water of the lake.
Beau-Rivage Genève now offers even more exclusive spaces. 15 suites, of which 6 are historic and 9 are brand new top-floor unique suites. The renovated include duplex apartments ranging from 100 to 150 m2 and two apartments of 150 and 250 m2. All with a private spa bathed in daylight, exceptional views, unique volumes and an extremely comfortable bed from which you can admire the stars if you wish.
Date added extensions
2017: Extension of the 6th floor ended at the same time than renovations of the 5th floor.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
The hotel masters suites fitted with incredible lake view, they present the harmony between its memorable classic atmosphere and a vibrant modern touch.
Beau-Rivage Genève is ideally located on the lakefront, in front of the water jet, facing the Mont Blanc and the snowy mountains and the famous Jet d’Eau water fountain. The building has three facades, towards the lake, the Brunschwick garden and the city
Key sites/activities in the area
Located in front of Lake Geneva, Beau-Rivage Genève enjoys a privileged location in the heart of Geneva: : close to the business and shopping district; five minutes from the Old Town with its famous cobbled streets and museums; and within ten minutes of the airport and international organizations.
- Business and Shopping Districts: 5 minutes
- Train Station: 5 minutes walking distance
- Airport: 10 minutes by car
- Zurich: 45 minutes by plane
Founded in 1865 by Jean-Jacques Mayer along the coveted promenade of the shores of the Lake of Geneva Beau-Rivage Genève has remained in the hands of the same family over five generations. Faithful to its founding philosophy, the family perpetuates the Beau-Rivage Genève spirit with great passion in reverence to the grandeur that has been shaped over time by illustrious guests and eminent visitors.
All year round Beau-Rivage Genève makes sure that the stay of your little ones is as exceptional as yours: accommodation and breakfast are free for them up to the age of 13.
- Number of Suites: 15
- Number of Luxury Rooms: 80
- Number of rooms, (keys) in all:95
Restaurants & Bars
• One Michelin star restaurant: Le Chat-Botté, it promises to offer a unique and memorable culinary moment. It charms its guests with its Mediterranean colors and atmosphere and is skillfully orchestrated by the Chef Dominique Gauthier.
• The Bar offers an ideal haven in a calm, intimate ambience, a real retreat from the hum of the city. At any time of the day, the Atrium Bar menu offers a wide selection of classical and creative cocktails designed by the bartender, light meals and refined dishes as well as afternoon tea with elaborate homemade cakes to enjoy while comfortably reclining in the deep armchairs.
• Patara, Fine Thaï Cuisine offers you an invitation to travel with an exotic, spicy cuisine.
• La Terrasse of Beau-Rivage, An oasis of well-being in the heart of the city!La Terrasse: All year long when weatther allows for a drink or a succulent dish of the day. From April to September, LA Terrasse welcomes Le Chat-Botté and promises a One Michelin Star for lunch, la Terrasse offers two menus, concocted by Dominique Gauthier, The Chat-Botté menu as the promise of a gastronomic experience and The Bar, which offers a succulent dish of the day and refined dishes in a more “brasserie” spirit.
• Fitness with the latest Techno Gym equipment and fittings as well as changing rooms with all the appropriate conveniences.
• From Room prestige Lake view, all room have their own private Spa with hammam shower and whirlpool bath-tub. At the 6th floor, one of the luxury executive room offers a Jacuzzi on the terrace.
Corporate & Celebration Events
• Six elegant reception rooms, all with natural light and the exquisite views of the Lake or the Brunswick Gardens, the Alps or the Brunswick Monument Park provide an elegant, sophisticated setting for functions arranged to order.
• More than 530 m2 of meeting room’s forup to 1,200 people
• Located in the centre of the city, close to the lake
• Railway station: 5 minutes walk / Geneva airport: 10 minutes
Extra Notable Features
• Coocking Class: Learn about the art of fine dining with the Michelin star awarded chef Dominique Gauthier. In the heart of the Chat-Botté’s kitchen, the gourmet restaurant of Beau-Rivage – Michelin star and 18/20 Gault & Millau – you will learn to prepare one of the dishes from the seasonal menu, selected beforehand by the Chef. At the end of the class you will taste your dish and get expert advice to repeat the experience at home!
• Sommellerie class: Venture into the historical wine cellar of Beau-Rivage, one of the most splendid in Switzerland and discover its many treasures. During the tasting class your palate will embark on an incredible journey while you swirl and sip, and enjoy puff pastries, charcuterie and cheese. There will be a selection of four wines. It will all be selected before hand by the sommelier and the Chef of the Chat-Botté, Dominique Gauthier.
• Cocktail class: Learn how to make delicious cocktails, from classic recipes to more technical mixtures that you could prepare at home. Soak up the cocktail universe while tasting the most surprising flavors in the cozy and luxurious atmosphere of Le Bar, in Beau-Rivage.
• Pastry class for children: Our pastry chef Yohann Coiffard, will transmit his passion and creativity during some pastry-making courses. 6 little chefs will learn the secrets of making special gourmet pastries in the famous kitchens of Le Chat-Botté.
Hotel and restaurant Awards
• Le Chat-Botté : One Michelin Star 18/20 Gault Millau
• Patara : 18/20 GaultMillau
• 4 Stars Forbes Travel Guide
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