By Lauren Kmec
Geneva
Switzerland
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Geneva is Switzerland’s third-largest city, although it is sometimes wrongly assumed to be the Swiss capital, due to its international prowess: Geneva is home to the United Nation’s European Office, the World Health Organization, and the International Red Cross, and it is also known for being a worldwide hub of diplomacy. Surrounded by the Swiss Alps and the Jura Mountains, Geneva sits on the southwestern corner of Lake Geneva, the largest alpine lake in Europe. This picturesque location makes Geneva a prime vacation destination at any time of year.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to travel to Geneva for your next getaway. Flights to Geneva will arrive at Aéroport International de Genève (GVA), located just 4 kilometers from the city center and directly connected by roads and rail. Book your flight to Geneva today with EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). EscapeWizard.com also offers prices for a wide variety of Geneva hotels from which to choose, ranging from budget-conscious to luxury; two of our top recommendations in the city are the InterContinental, and Holiday Inn Express. Follow this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to peruse your selection.

EscapeWizard.com highly recommends spending a day at Lake Geneva, the pride of Switzerland. Wander along the beautiful shores lined with colorful flowers, stop to observe the Lake’s wildlife—including swans, ducks, and diving birds—or venture out on the water for a guided boat tour. The Mont Blanc Bridge connects both sides of the lake: Visitors can check out the Brunswick Monument (which contains the tomb of Charles II, the Duke of Brunswick) on the right bank, then cross over to the left side to explore the beautiful Jardin Anglais (aka the English Garden).

Created in 1854, Geneva’s Jardin Anglais remains one of the city’s liveliest parks, and EscapeWizard.com encourages you to visit this amazing oasis of green space. Interesting sculptures are scattered throughout the garden, the most prominent of which is a magnificent bronze fountain designed by Parisian sculptor Alexis André in 1862. The Monument National, which commemorates Geneva’s introduction to the Swiss Confederation in 1814, is also located here. However, the Jardin Anglais is most famous for its Flower Clock, a giant work of floral art that symbolizes Geneva’s watch industry. The Flower Clock has a diameter of 5 meters, a circumference of 17.7 meters, and is decorated with more than 6300 plants!

EscapeWizard.com also suggests that visitors see two of Geneva’s other most recognizable landmarks: the Reformation Wall and the Jet d’Eau. Located in Bastions Park, the 100-meter-long Reformation Wall was constructed in the early 20th century as a monument to 450 years of Protestant history in Europe. The four major leaders of the Reformation movement (Guillaume Farel, John Calvin, Théodore de Bèze, and John Knox) are honored with 5-meter-tall statues at the center of the monument; other notable figures are commemorated with smaller statues. The Jet d’Eau is a famous water fountain that was initially built as the safety valve for Geneva’s water supply. Today, the fountain spouts water at an astounding height of 140 meters and pumps at a speed of 200 kilometers per hour. The Jet d’Eau is an especially impressive sight when it is illuminated at nightfall.

For travelers seeking to experience the true local flavor, EscapeWizard.com recommends a stroll along the Treille Promenade, a shady romantic thoroughfare lined with chestnut trees. If you need to take a rest, catch your breath while sitting on the world’s longest wooden bench, at a length of 120 meters. When you reach the top of the Promenade, stop to admire the statue of Swiss diplomat Pictet de Rochement, as well as the city’s “official” chestnut tree, which marks the start of spring each year upon its first bloom.

Finally, EscapeWizard.com suggests a visit to the United Nations (UN) building (aka the Palace of Nations), the second-largest UN center in the world, behind that of New York City. This building was constructed between 1929 and 1936 with the original purpose of housing the League of Nations (the precursor organization to the UN); it became Geneva’s UN headquarters in 1946. The unique, double-horseshoe–shaped building is located in Ariana Park overlooking Lake Geneva with a spectacular view of the Swiss Alps. Visitors can take a guided tour of the facility, including the UN Assembly Hall, the Council Chamber, and the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room.

Geneva is a true international crossroads city with a wealth of history and culture for all to enjoy. Let EscapeWizard.com help you plan your next trip to Geneva today!
Hotels in Geneva
By Tina Zhang
Hotel President Wilson, Geneva
Quai Wilson 47, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland
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Just 2.5 miles from Geneve Cointrin International Airport (GVA), 0.6 miles from Railway station and 0.2 miles from Boat transportation, Hotel President Wilson is steps away to many captivating destinations. Jardin Anglais (English Garden) and Flower Clock are minutes away, so are the exquisite chocolatiers such as Chocolates Rohr, Micheli, and Martel. Geneva’s premier shopping center, Globus, can be reached in 15 minutes on foot. Palais Des Nations, Grand Opera Theater, United Nations Buildings and Jet D Eau water fountain are just over one mile away.

Check in time is 3 p.m. and check out time is 12 p.m. Upon checking in, the concierge team is ready to offer 24-7 service to ensure your maximum enjoyment of Geneva. Private shuttle from and to the airport is available but require calling in advance to schedule.  Compliment WiFi is available in all guest rooms and public areas. All 180 rooms and 48 suits are contemporary-designed and have either views of the city or Lake Geneva. King-size bed is available in most of the rooms. Bedding in all suits boasts a two hundred and sixty thread count.

Hotel President Wilson has a variety of service reflecting the Genevian lifestyle and fine Swiss heritage. Its exclusive Spa La Mer offers premium spa and skincare experience with the brand’s famous Crème de La Mer. A Fitness center with Technogym products opens 24 hours. With an unobstructed view of Lake Geneva and the Mountain Blanc, its outdoor heated swimming pool offers the ultimate relaxation in the summer time. Other features include a business center, Luggage Liaison (shipping luggage in advance to a destination) and NewspaperDirect. Green-Minded travelers can rest assured that the hotel strives to reduce its impacts on the environment via environmental practices.

The hotel also boasts high quality gastronomic choices with four restaurants and three bars, in addition to 24-7 in-room dinning services. Foodie travelers may feel particular excitedt that one chief here has been awarded one Michelin star for 2014. For adventure-minded travelers, Swiss slopes Verbier and Gstaad for skilling are two hours away and Arve River for water rafting are three hours away. Hotel President Wilson is a fantastic accommodation, EscapeWizard.com can help you book cheap and easy (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Geneva
By Lisa Jiardini
Mandarin Oriental Geneva
Quai Turrettini 1, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland
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The Mandarin Oriental Geneva is in the heart of the city nestled alongside the River Rhône. This massive, elegant hotel with an Asian accent is an easy reach to Ser D’eau, St. Peter’s Cathedral and the United Nation’s building as well as a twelve minute drive from the Geneva International Airport and four minutes from Gare Cornavin (the central rail station).

There are a wide variety of rooms and suites, each more luxurious than the next. All of them contain modern accoutrements such as high definition TVs, fancy espresso machines, and superior audio systems that will accommodate your iPod or MP3 player as well as lavish comforts in the form of marble bathrooms with heated towel racks, down comforters, which are turned down twice daily, complimentary water and cozy bathrobes. Choose a room with queen, king or twin beds; all suites come with king beds. Rooms and suites are available with either river or garden views and many suites also have terraces.

Within the hotel grounds, there are three restaurants: Indian, Mediterranean and bistro style, with small meals available day and night. Fitness options include cardio, sculpting, and weights, with sumptuous après exercise activities such as sauna and hammam (Turkish steam bath). The pampering continues with massages available in the fitness center treatment room and services from cuts to mani/pedis in the beauty salon. A total of twelve rooms are available for events, meetings, and weddings, which includes a conference or wedding coordinator and catering requests. Finally, the business center offers four work stations with free Wi-Fi and printer.

This high-class hotel will spoil those who can afford the exorbitant rates. Should you be in possession of oodles of cash and heading to Geneva, Switzerland for business at the UN or an extravagant ski vacation, the Mandarin Oriental Geneva will cater to all your needs. Please click here for more information: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).