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Best Of The Best 2006: Swiss Hit

Laurie Kahle

Geneva has a rich reputation as the home of expensive Swiss watches, decadent chocolates, and untraceable bank accounts. But for a city that caters to the wealthy, it has long lacked suitable lodging. Last fall, after a 12-month renovation, the historic Hotel des Bergues on the banks of Lake Geneva solved this Swiss paradox when it reopened as the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues.

French interior architect Pierre-Yves Rochon oversaw the redesign of the neoclassical des Bergues building, which is said to be Geneva’s oldest hotel, having greeted its first guests in 1834. Rochon’s decor borrows its watery palette from the lake: Shades of Wedgwood blue and light greens color the hotel’s 83 rooms and 13 suites, where toile de Jouy wall coverings complement whitewashed, Louis Philippe–style furnishings. The restoration also revived the building’s Salle des Nations, an opulent ballroom created for the first League of Nations meeting in 1920. Today, the Hotel des Bergues’ bar serves as an ideal gathering place, where you can sip a cocktail while viewing the lake and the Quai des Bergues before dining at Il Lago, the Four Seasons’ exceptional northern Italian restaurant.

Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues
800.819.5053, +41.22.908.70.00
($579–$6,650)
www.fourseasons.com

Photo by Jim Fets
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