Where was the best place you stayed last year? For me, it has to be my incredible apartment in Geneva – the beautiful home away from home where I spent three nights at the end of November. Swiss Luxury Apartments is a small apartment building on Rue Philippe-Plantamour, a nice, quiet street just two minutes walk from Lake Geneva.
The location was perfect for exploring the city; just down the road from the train station and surrounded by some amazing restaurants and bars (I loved Cottage Cafe in the Square des Alpes park), and only two minutes from the water buses which cross Lake Geneva to the main shopping streets and the Old Town centre. And if you prefer to stay on dry land, it takes less than twenty minutes to reach the Jardin Anglais on the far side of the lake, home to the famous flower clock.
Not quite a hotel, and not quite private accommodation either, my stay at Swiss Luxury Apartments gave me the best of both worlds. The apartment was serviced daily, and there were staff on hand in the building to offer assistance – plus an agreement with a neighbouring hotel meant I could even order room service if I wanted – but unlike a hotel the accommodation felt more private and much more like being at home. I was staying in one of the 50 sqm Superior Apartments, which seemed far bigger than any hotel room I’ve ever stayed in, and which had everything I needed and more to feel at home.
My suite consisted of one bedroom with a huge en-suite bathroom, a living room with a small kitchenette area, and a separate toilet. Honestly, it was far bigger than my needs, but since I was in Geneva on travel blogging business it was great to have my own little space for a while and feel totally at home in the city.
Swiss Luxury Apartments market themselves primarily as a business accommodation, and I can see why, because this would be perfect for business travellers. High speed internet, on-site conference and meeting rooms, a business centre and a copy room – not to mention the amazing desks in the apartments with built in plug and USB sockets – mean everything is geared up to make business travellers comfortable and connected. But, staying in an apartment is perfect for any traveller – particularly if you travel as often as I do. Eating out for more than one meal a day is fine on a short holiday, but sometimes you just want to cook for yourself. I relished cooking my evening meal at home, using some yummy Swiss ingredients (and Swiss wine) picked up from the local supermarket and nearby bakery. I was travelling alone, so it was lovely not having to head out to a restaurant by myself every night. Instead, I’d cook – the kitchenette area was small but slick and modern, and very well equipped – then put the kitchen “away” behind it’s folding doors and enjoy my meal in the comfort of what felt like my own home, whilst watching the awesome big screen TV from my super comfy sofa.
After dinner, I relaxed in a hot bubble bath, watching the small TV that was built into the cupboard over the bath. The perfect way to recover from a hard day’s sightseeing! It really did feel so much more homely than a hotel room, despite the chic décor of the beautifully furnished apartment. Calming white and neutral shades made everything feel luxuriously tranquil and incredibly modern, while at the same time making the most of the elegant period features of the beautiful historical building.
The whole apartment felt exceptionally grand, with parquet flooring and elegant details like the antique door handles. But the look was also contemporary and sleek, and the furnishings were brilliantly modern. Nespresso machine in the kitchen, three televisions in the apartment, variable LED lighting in the bathroom, and a soundsystem with smartphone/tablet connectivity – every detail had been thought of. There were even hair straightners in the bathroom. And I haven’t even mentioned the bed, an enormous double with Frette silk duvet and about a million pillows, which was absolutely the comfiest one I slept in all year.
This apartment went way beyond your average hotel stay; everything had been taken care of to ensure the most comfortable stay possible. Just like being at home – if you’re home is a beautifully decorated apartment in Geneva!
I was hosted free of charge by Swiss Luxury Apartments. As always, all words and opinions are my own.