Nestled on the shores of Lac leman, Geneva is home to both the Genevois, birth place of the Red Cross and is a vibrant small city with people from all over the world living and working here. Summers in Geneva are spent by the lake with a multitude of free entertainment available, whilst winters give the opportunity to try out some of the best skiing in the world.
Geneva is a place where the best of many worlds collide, a thriving corporate sector including banking, the annual Salon d’Auto, and the tobacco industry, as well being a centre for international aid organisations including the United Nations.
FEMALE FRIENDLY HOTELS IN GENEVA
Located in the heart of Geneva’s shopping and business district, Hôtel Métropole looks out across Lake Geneva. The hotel has a partnership with exclusive Valmont Spa 43 locatated just a few minutes away. maiden-voyage.com highly recommend a visit to the opulent mirror bar as a great place to relax and people watch. Book Now
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HÔTEL BRISTOL, GENEVA ****
Our ‘Ladies First’ rooms offer a number of exclusive ‘female friendly’ services and features for their added comfort and security. Throughout the elegantly furnished rooms, guests can enjoy special amenities for a unique Geneva accommodation experience, including a large desk for a pleasant workspace, a wide range of complimentary hot drinks and magazines as well as a more extensive choice in the mini bar, a dressing table with an ultra-powerful hairdryer and Molton Brown products.
Member offer: Quote ‘MAIDEN’ when booking the Ladies First rooms to receive a fruit basket to your room. Upon arrival, you will receive a booklet offering a wide range of discounts for local shops, hairdressers, excursion tour companies and even a chocolate factory. We also offer discounts in our bar, restaurant or room service and for any future hotel bookings. Book Now
TRAVEL AND TRANSPORT
Geneva airport is quite close to the main city and can be accessed by train or bus. A taxi will cost around CHF40. Visitors staying in the city hotels will be given a pass which entitles them to free public transport throughout their stay and can be used on the buses, trams and the mouettes which are the yellow shuttle boats that cross the lake every few minutes. If you prefer to take a more eco-friendly approach to travel, then hire a bike at Genève Roule (free for 2 hours), and both the view and the efficiency as you ride along the lake and bypass cars and buses.
SAFETY and emergency services
People in Geneva are friendly despite rumours of the cool Swiss exterior so a polite bonjour as you pass people on the street or enter a shop. My experience is that this is one of the safest cities in the world to live in but like any city there is an element of crime. Pay attention as you would in any place and don’t leave your handbag open, avoid walking across the bridges at night alone and don’t be surprised if you are offered a range of ‘substances’ if you walk through the Paquis at night. This is the red light district of Geneva, (Paolo Cohelo’s book ’11 Minutes’ is set here), but the term ‘red light’ should be used loosely. The police and the prostitutes are all on speaking terms and the restaurants are good. The train station is also a place to be aware of pick pockets.
There are quite a lot of bike lanes in the city so be aware of this as you cross streets, the cars will stop for a red light but the cyclists will often breeze right through and if you’re used to driving on the other side of the road this can be a problem.
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