InterContinental Geneva

For my final night of my 2018 rail adventure I was staying at the InterContinental Genève, as all hotels in the Geneva area where pretty expensive I used my points for this stay.

The InterContinental Geneva is not located near the city centre but rather in the area of the Red Cross and United Nations. It is however easy to get to and from the city centre using busline 5, which stops right in front of the hotel. The building itself was a prime example of modern 1960’s architecture but was kept in an immaculate condition and received some nice updates at the inside.

When you enter the main lobby you are immediately impressed as it is large and imposing yet decorated in an inviting and contemporary style. After a very friendly welcome at the reception desk I received a free public transport pass, just like in Montreux, and my key for my room on the 14th floor.

The Room

I had received an upgrade to an executive room as part of my InterContinental Ambassador status. It was located on the 14th floor from where you had a splendid view of the Lake Geneva and the buildings of the United Nations.

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As I originally booked to travel with Timothy I had a room with 2 single beds. Upon entering the room you first entered in a corridor with the bathroom directly at the right hand side, followed by a space with some closet space before walking through the door into the main room. The two single beds where located at the right hand side, while there was a big luggage rack and desk over the entire length of the room at the left hand side. In the desk area there was also a closet with the minibar and the coffee and tea making facilities.

With a separate Nespresso machine a bit further next to the TV. I amused myself a bit like a big kid with turning around on the desk chair as it turned so smoothly. Near the window there was also a Chaise-longue and a big round table on where there was my ambassador welcome gift and a plate of fruits. The entire room clearly received a refresh relatively recently and was up to date with current Intercontinental standards.

The Bathroom however still breathed the 1960’s vibe as it used an interesting decoration of wood panelling and mirrors as well as a sort of pink porcelain for the bidet, toilet and bathtub. Only the washbasin had been replaced by a modern rectangular one. The bathroom was rather small for an intercontinental but offered everything you needed with plenty of towels and the typical Agraria products.

As the breakfast in the morning was rather steeply priced at CHF46 I opted to just get something from the COOP supermarket next door. Another disappointment was the pool, even though the sun was shining and it was a nice 23c outside, the heated outdoor pool was already closed for the winter. As I was looking forward to a last swim to end my holiday I was naturally a bit disappointed. I did walk by the well-equipped fitness area and the nicely appointed spa area.

As a welcome amenity I decided to try out a glass of wine in the main bar and this was nicely presented together with a glass of water and a plate of nuts.

I must say that, despite the closed pool, I liked my stay at the Intercontinental Geneva. If it was not as expensive as it is I would no doubt return there.

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