Situated on the shore of Lake Geneva with snowy Mont Blanc on the horizon, the fabled five-star Hotel de la Paix operated by Concorde Hotels & Resorts, has opened its doors once again after a yearlong renovation.Preserving the soul and grandeur of its historic past, the transformation has created a “boutique hotel” feel within this historic landmark, as well as more spacious rooms, state-of-the-art technology and sophisticated cuisine in its restaurant.
Soothing Scenery and More Spacious Rooms
With 56 of the 84 rooms offering unobstructed views of Lake Geneva, the most striking feature of the renovation is the reworking of the space by interior designer, Sybille de Margerie. Fewer rooms, 84 compared to 101 previously, all with spacious bathrooms, are spread over five floors. There are now 14 airy and comfortable suites, five junior suites facing the gardens, and nine “bachelor pads” have been added below the roof of the top floor, offering sublime views.
Landmark Building With Two Centuries of History
Originally built in 1865, Hotel de la Paix was the first hotel in Switzerland with “peace” in its name—coinciding with the growing international interest in peace, the founding of the International Red Cross and Calvinists’ Geneva’s declaration of neutrality. Guests at the historic hotel in the latter part of the 19th Century included politicians, nobility, crowned heads, philosophers and writers. The royal family of Monaco stayed at Hotel de la Paix for many years and the famous Grace Kelly suite (with its 4.5 metre ceilings), situated on the first floor, complete with a grand fireplace, pays homage to that era.
The Hotel de La Paix’s original decor in the Italian Mannerist style of the Renaissance was first updated in the early 20th century in Art Nouveau style (a sumptuous stained glass window in the stairway recalls the era.) The hotel now offers a refined, updated “boutique hotel” feel with a new dimension: an elegant but warm atmosphere with inlaid wood parquet floors, streaming daylight from a magnificent atrium and a majestic crystal chandelier.
The rooms offer white walls and ceilings draped with stretched fabric evoking, on the Lake side, drops of water painted in shades of green-blue and, on the garden side, flurries of rose petals. Combined with the brown shades of the elegant furniture and the natural light offered by large windows, the overall feeling is contemporary and warm.
Fine Dining at Gourmet Restaurant, Vertig’O
The dining room’s new décor is complemented by accomplished young French chef, Jérome Manifacier, who learned his trade in some of the best Swiss restaurants, most recently working alongside Gérard Rabaey, the three-star Michelin Chef from Montreux (Le Pont de Brent). Jérome Manifacier is determined to make Vertig’O “sophisticated and, above all, far from the current fashion of fusion cuisine.”
Made for Meeting Planners and Business Travellers
With many direct flights from North America to Geneva, Hotel de la Paix offers meeting planners and business travellers the conveniences of state-of-the-art sophisticated high-tech equipment in each room, three lounges for seminars or meetings, and a cozy atmosphere—a far cry from conventional meeting rooms.
The Rive Droite, Rive Gauche and the historical Ballroom Alabama (overlooking the Lake) welcome guests and, off the grand lobby, the new Bar Nobel, in green and fuchsia pink, with overstuffed armchairs, sofas and a fireplace offers a relaxing atmosphere and a large choice of cigars.
“Safeguarding and promoting the historic heritage of the hotel, the magnificent columns of the atrium, the glass roof over the interior courtyard and the legendary Alabama lounge with its French-style parquet, but also completely re-thinking the hotel offering to meet the needs and expectations of today’s guests, the newly reopened Hotel de la Paix is an elegant, soothing retreat for both leisure and business travellers,” notes Anna Karas, Vice President and head of Concorde’s North American sales office.
Concorde Hotels & Resorts comprise 60 luxurious hotels around the world, each with its own personality and style, all sharing a commitment to high-quality and attentive service. Concorde is the deluxe hotel group of Louvre Hotels, recently acquired by Starwood Capital. Among the best known are the Hotel de Crillon, Hotel du Louvre and Hotel Lutetia in Paris, the Hotel Martinez in Cannes.