Bohemian chic. These are not usually the first words that spring to mind when you think of Geneva, the watch, chocolate and private bank capital of the world.
At Hotel N’vY, I came across a brand that has captured the idea that Generation Y will soon cover 40% of the workforce, and are responding to this captive clientele.
Travelling to Geneva?
Geneva is Switzerland’s second-largest city, and its most cosmopolitan. The Rhône river cuts through Geneva and you have views of the surrounding snow-capped Alps. It is a base for many international organisations and the airport to go to many ski destinations. But don’t simply pass through, Geneva is clean, efficient and safe. In the city, cobblestone streets are lined with cafes and luxury boutiques, explore museums for history buffs and art lovers. There is more than enough to invite you to stay in Geneva for a few days and enjoy everything it offers.
The recently renovated Hotel N’vY Manotel is mixing things up on the Switzerland travel scene. No time wasted, from the minute you enter the hotel, your eyes are in for a feast. You can see art is an integral part of the concept, dreamt up by Patrick Ribes. From Vasarely to Pop Art to New York graffiti artist Meres One, the hotel is permeated with colour. The owner’s music influencer plays a big part with a collage made from vinyl records and a display case featuring guitars once strummed by Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. The vibe is even captured with the signature staff dress code by Diesel.
Whilst Geneva is an easy city to navigate, your location here is a 10 minute walk from the train station and minutes from Lake Geneva, in the district of Paquis, on the right bank of the Rhône, a more eclectic neighbourhood of Geneva with its boutiques, curio shops, art galleries, local designer clothing and varied selection of restaurants.
The rooms are separated into categories including Standard Boho, Nomad, Hipster, Shelter to the highest category, the SoChic Suite. The rooms are airy and bright with great splashes of colour above the beds. The executive Hipster rooms are fitted with bathrooms open on one side, separated by a glass partition only, so you can soak in your bathtab, and watch a movie. The Shelter junior suites are all equipped with whirlpool bathtubs, some with balconies with views over Lake Geneva.
The Temple Spa bathroom products were great, and a good size for a weekend stay, although the hairdryer was not (although I’m yet to find a hotel that has an excellent hairdryer!)
They have the tech savvy traveller in mind with a modular lighting system so you can select the lighting atmosphere that best suits your mood (chromotherapy), complimentary WiFi, LED HD Tv’s and Video on Demand, sound bar, multi-media plugs, and a bluetooth safe. The separate WC had a nightclub feel, decked out with walls, capturing the spirit of the audience Hotel N’vY is trying to capture.
Eating & Drinking
Pick from 3 eatieres! The Tag’s Café is a New York-style café serving fast food to eat in or take away. Here you can taste the label “Vins de Stars”, with wines from Gerard Depardieu, Angelina Jolie and Francis Ford Coppola notably.
The N’vY Bar is laid back with great mixologists and background DJ music, a great place to start or end the night.
On a slightly raised mezzanine floor, the Trilby restaurant (named after the famous felt hat worn by many artists and celebrities) serves an elegant, varied “à la carte” menu. Breakfast is served here with a food selection of pastries, cereals, homemade cake, flapjacks, pancakes, fresh and dried fruit, fruit juice, yoghurt, a selection of cheeses and cold meats – including a gluten-free selection.
Plugged in, cosy and cool – if this is your vibe, then Hotel N’vY is a great place for your first time in Geneva.