Inside Europe's Largest and Grandest Hotel Suite
If you're looking for a world-class hotel experience in the heart of Europe, you'd have trouble finding any experience that rivals the Geneva Suite. The crown jewel of the Grand Hotel Kempinski, at 11,690 square feet, boasts the reputation of being the largest free-standing hotel suite on the continent.
So what do you get for the price of 50,000 Swiss francs (approximately U$S 45,000) a night? To start with, corner views that look out onto the gorgeous Lake Geneva with a prime view of the Old Town and the famous Jet d'Eau, sparkling over the water at sunrise. The duplex is comprised of two living rooms, three master bedrooms, four bathrooms, one with a private steam bath, and a full-service kitchen, complete with a personal chef to cater to any culinary whims guests may have. Additional rooms include an office, a state-of-the-art gym, and a billiards room. Private butlers are on hand to attend to any guests' needs.
I toured the Geneva Suite at a recent presentation for the Du Parc Kempinski private residences. Overlooking the lake, and the majestic buildings across the water, it's a perfect setting for either business or pleasure. "With the Geneva Suite, we wanted something unique, down to the last details. I believe we have succeeded in creating an exclusive suite on a truly grand scale," said Michael Henssler, General Manager of the Grand Hotel Kempinski.
Gallery: The Geneva Suite
The suite is truly designed down to the last detail. Twenty-two flat TV screens fill the rooms, as well as 2000 Watt surround sound, and a Crestron Digital Media system that puts the occupant's favorite films and music on the suite's server before they arrive. A modern fireplace overlooks the dining area. The entire suite is bulletproof, for some of its more discreet guests, and a screening center acts as a security room to the place, with cameras at each entrance.
In the bedrooms, Swedish Carpe Diem beds promise guests a restful night. Each bed is made by hand from handpicked New Zealand wool and cotton, and features a unique spring system that all-told takes 35 days to manufacture. The suite has been decorated with the finest materials, tailored distinctly to fit the modern aesthetic of the place, including marble, rosewood, ebony, and velvet. Additionally, all of the furniture is custom-made. Over 1700 square feet of handmade silk carpets cover the immaculate wood floors.
The only problem is that you'll never want to leave and explore the city. But for those who want an all-inclusive experience, with the height of luxury at their fingertips, there's nothing beyond a night in the Geneva Suite. Click through the gallery below to see the rooms in detail.
My visit to Geneva was sponsored by the Swiss Development Group, but the opinions expressed in the article are 100% my own.