Mandarin Oriental, Geneva
Opened in 1950, Mandarin Oriental, Geneva
was the first hotel to be built in Europe after WWII, and, launched in the same year as the European HQ for the UN. It has maintained a reputation for superlative hospitality ever since. Rare at the time, the hotel featured en-suite bathrooms in every room and has hosted a spread of distinguished guests ranging from rock stars to royalty, with suites offering 360° views, decked out in Art Deco finery in a nod to the glamour of the hotel’s heyday. Just a hop and a skip from the hotel is the Saint Pierre Cathedral
, which is built on the site of a Roman table that dates back to the 4th century and was the symbolic home of the Protestant Reformation, while the 2,000-year old streets of the Old Town are filled with cultural landmarks such as Galerie de la Béraudière
, specialising in 19th and 20th century masters, and architecture such as Maison Tavel
oldest private residence.