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Having a passion for hotels and exploring new cultures. Giving advice to future guests is invaluable. In this blog, I will be writing reviews about quality hotels and I will be adding some pictures and videos. I will comment on the overall atmosphere, the architecture and the interior. A hotel is more than just a room to stay in: amenities such as the bar, the restaurant and the spa services are equally important. Everyone has their own opinion, but I will provide you with an objective impression to give you a general and clear idea of what is awaiting you.

Enjoy reading and travelling!

Christophe Delcroix

Christophe.Delcroix@gmail.com

The Library Hotel – New York

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Hotelchain: Library Hotel Collection
Location: New York – USA
Classification: 4 star Hotel
Official websitelibraryhotel.com

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The Library Hotel is rated as one of the top 5 hotels in New York city. The Library Hotel Collection has 4 hotels in New York City. And guess what, they are all rated as one of the best hotels in town. This time I explored the Library hotel. I had high expectations, but still was totally blown away by this property. Having stayed at many high end properties, this hotel was beyond words and I can’t say enough good things about this place.

First of all, the location is amazing. Right in the center of Manhattan and within walking distance to the major attractions. Still you are in a private gem with all the luxury amenities one could wish for. Guests are treated like royalty here and nothing is asked for too much here. The personal approach is highly appreciated and one of the key factors of the Library Hotel. Also, Bookmarks is a must visit when you stay at the Library Hotel. This rooftop bar is one of the best we experiences in New York! The hotel also has its own restaurant Madison & Vine.

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Once I stepped in, I was greeted by the most accommodating staff who made me feel at ease right from the first second. I immediately noticed the luxurious style of this hotel. There are many elements in the hotel which refer to the library theme. Over 6000 books are available so there’s no time to get bored.

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As usual at any Library Collection Hotel, there’s a “Reading room’ on the second floor with complimentary sweets and hot drinks and water throughout the day. Each night guests can enjoy a complimentary Cheese & Wine reception. It is included in all rates and is one of the highlights of the hotel. It is great to hang out and meet new friends. We had so much fun and the food was delicious.

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After exploring the living room it was time to explore our room. I stayed in a deluxe room and again was very satisfied. The room had a great size for New York standards. No standard furniture here, all items is of such a high quality. I fell at home here which is unique. The room had a nice cozy sitting area with the most comfortable couch. The king sized bed was to die for.

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The Library Hotel offers many in room amenities such as extra blankets, pillows, etc. but also ear plugs and a space heater. They even offer SleepPhones which are like pajamas for your ears that block noise and play soothing music. I absolutely loved it! I just had to dial 0 and a few seconds later they were happy to bring it to the room.

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Bathroom is very luxurious featuring a bath tub with shower. There are plenty of luxury toiletries offered.

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Turn down service is provided every night. They offer complimentary water to their guests which is the perfect way to start a comfortable night. We requested the featherbed mattress topper which we really loved. It was like sleeping on a cloud.

The next day, we started our day with a delicious breakfast on the second floor. Do note that each guest can enjoy a wonderful breakfast which is included in each rate. From fresh fruit to yummie pastries, it’s all there and we loved it. On the top floor, there’s another ‘Living room’ where you can relax and enjoy and read a good book.

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It is all about service here. The staff is among the most professional and accommodating I have ever experienced.  As said before, after spending so many night at so many high end hotels in New York, it is great to still be impressed by hotels like the Library Hotel. I can’t wait to stay at another Library Collection property and will make sure to choose this hotel when I am back in town. After having stayed for ‘only’ one night, the Library Hotel is my home away from home. The place to be for a luxurious getaway in New York, I am in love…

Hotel Elysée – New York

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Hotelchain: Library Hotel Collection
Location: New York – USA
Classification: 4 star Hotel
Official websiteelyseehotel.com

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Hotel Elysée is one of the best rated hotels in Manhattan, New York. Making part of the Library Hotel Collection, I couldn’t wait to explore and experience the hotel. The location couldn’t be better, it is located in a very interesting spot in Manhattan. 5th avenue is only a few steps away and also Central Park is within walking distance. I truly was blown away by the top notch service and overall quality. From the beginning to the last second, everything felt right here. Again, Hotel Elysée is currently rated as one the best hotels in town and I can easily see why…

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The hotel building is just stunning. Hotel Elysée has been a hotel since 1926. It actually is one the oldest hotels in town. I almost couldn’t believe my eyes when entering this hotel. It did feel like entering a small palace … They did keep some of the original constructions such as the wonderful staircase which is absolutely gorgeous. With only 100 rooms, Hotel Elysée is able to offer a personalized service which is pretty unique here in New York.

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Staff was very kind and made us feel welcome. What I liked here was the personal check-in. My key was handed in just seconds. Very professional. Usual hotel services were explained in a very kind way.

Each room at Hotel Elysée is luxuriously appointed and has everything I could wish for. The rooms, even the ‘standard’ rooms are very large with high ceilings and a classy interior. The Deluxe Room I stayed had the most comfortable couch and an oversized working desk. The bed was one of the best beds I have ever slept in! It was enormous and the bed linen were of an excellent quality. Our room even had a large balcony offering stunning views over New York. It was great to be able to sit outside and enjoy the winter sun.

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Bathroom featured a bath tub with a wonderful shower and single sinks. Some very nice details I appreciated in particular were the golden touches. Again, it made me feel like staying in a palace. Complimentary fancy toiletries were provided. As usual at any Library Collection Hotel turndown service is provided.

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Hotel Elysée also has a few Presidential Suites. Each decorated in a very elegant and glamorous way. I did visit one and was really impressed!

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The personal approach here is of a high level. Each staff member I met was very kind and professional. You never feel uncomfortable here while staff is serving you. It feels very naturally which means the service level is of an unseen level.

In the afternoon I was pleased to experience the living room at Hotel Elysée. Complimentary snacks and drinks are provided here all day long. It is a very nice place to hang out with comfy couches and soft music playing all over the place. The décor is classic and the whole place was very well maintained. Each day – from 5pm to 8pm – it’s wine & cheese o’clock. Complimentary wine and snacks are offered. We enjoyed it very much.

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Breakfast at Hotel Elysée is served in the living room at the second floor. The small buffet breakfast has something to offer for anyone! I really liked their freshly toasted bagels which tasted excellent! Thumbs up!

Hotel Elysée is one of a kind! This gorgeous grand hotel has a prime location and offers high quality accommodation and services! I loved every second of my stay here. Highly recommended!

Springhill Suites by Marriott – New York Manhattan / Times Square South

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Hotelchain: Marriott
Location: New York – USA
Official websitemarriott.com/…/nycsh-springhill-suites-new-york-manhattan-times-square-south

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Located in a very interesting and convenient spot in Manhattan New York, Sprinhill Suites Manhattan Times Square South is one of the newest hotels in town. Making part of the Marriott brand, this hotel offers comfortable accommodations at a very good value compared to other hotels in New York. From the moment we arrived untill the time we left, we felt great. The staff is just wonderful and will do their upmost best to serve you in a fantastic way.

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Upon arrival, everything is explained in a friendly yet professional way. The lobby is just wonderful with plenty of comfortable and trendy sitting areas. It is great to hang out here. We actually met several international guests and it was so fun and interesting to chat about everydays life.

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Our keys were handed in just seconds before we headed to our wonderful room. The King Studio we stayed in had a good size for New Yorks standards and was comfortably appointed. All rooms at Springhill Suites New York Manhattan Times Square South are brand new and comfortably appointed. Standard amenities are a coffee machine, HD television and a safe. The king sized bed was heavenly! Slept like a baby throughout my stay. I also appreciated the small sitting area which was ideal for reading or browsing on my tablet. Plenty of sockets in the room as well which is rarely the case at most hotels! Loved it!

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Bathroom was great featuring a large walk-in rain shower, single sink and toilet. Every spot in the room was spotlesly clean. Complimentary toiletries are provided in each room.

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A full size fitness center is accessible 24 hours. It is equiped with the latest technology equipment. Love to watch a movie while working out. The build-in screens were a treat. Sprinhill Suites New York Manhattan Times Square South also a large business center with separate meeting rooms and printing facilities.

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A great advantage of staying here is the complimentary breakfast. That is right, when you book a room at Springhill Suites New York Manhattan Times Square South, you can start your day with a delicious breakfast. The breakfast room is large, we never encountered any trouble finding a place to sit. It is a buffet style breakfast offering fresh products. The food was delicious and I appreciated the mix of sweet and salt. There’s just something for everybody.

As said before, the location is excellent. The subway is only a few steps away from the hotel and will take you anywhere in the city. Madison Square is reacheable within walking distance.

Our stay at Springhill Suites New York Manhattan Times Square South was wonderful. From the personal approach to the comfortable rooms and amazing breakfast, the hotel is top notch and I highly recommend to stay at this hotel when you are in Manhattan, New York!

Sheraton Frankfurt Airport

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Hotelchain: Sheraton
Location: Frankfurt – Germany
Classification: 5 star Hotel
Official websitemarriott.com/…/fraas-sheraton-frankfurt-airport-hotel-and-conference-center

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I fly a lot from Frankfurt and on my recent fly to New York from Frankfurt I was looking for a nice airport hotel. The five star Sheraton Frankfurt Airport was the perfect choice! The hotel is directly connected to Terminal 1 which is so convenient and definitely one of the best options when you want to start your holiday right from the moment you arrive at the airport!

Sheraton Frankfurt Airport offers comfortable rooms with all the facilities you will need. Although this isn’t a new hotel, they did a good job renovating this place as you will notice from the moment you step in. The lobby area is quite spacious and bright. Most importantly, the front desk staff was very accommodating and professional. Check-in was very efficient and our keys were handed in just a couple of minutes.

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The recently renovated room we stayed in was very luxurious and offered all the amenities I’d expect from a five star hotel. They all offer comfortable king size beds and an oversized desk which is very convenient when you are travelling for business. What I particularly liked in this room was the overall quality of design and lay out. The new contemporary rooms are mind blowing. Absolutely love love love them!

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Bathroom – again, very nicely decorated –  featured large walk-in (rain)shower and single sink. Everything in the room was very clean. Complimentary toiletries are provided.

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It is great to hang out and chill down in this hotel. I was happy to find out Sheraton Frankfurt Airport has a wellness area. It’s so nice to relax and unwind in a sauna or steam room after or before a long flight. The heated loungers were a treat! If you are into working out, a nice fitness area is at your disposal. Again, the whole place was spotlessly clean!

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I had access to the Sheraton Club Lounge. This Club Lounge has several advantages such as complimentary hot and cold drinks during your stay and small bites throughout the day. At night, a small buffet with appetizers and a selection of alcoholic drinks are available at no additional charges. Upgrading to a room with access to the Club Lounge is actually a pretty good value as breakfast is included as well. Think about it, free drinks, food and a personalized service. I loved it and I’m sure you will too! Do note that the Club Lounge will be renovated in 2020 and will even look better than it does now.

Breakfast at Sheraton Frankfurt Airport is a generous buffet with several international dishes. Freshly prepared omelets, waffles, salmon, etc. It’s all there and I loved the overall quality.

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Believe me, this was the perfect start of our getaway! If you need to catch a plane from Frankfurt Airport, Sheraton Frankfurt Airport is a five star choice! I will definitely return.

 

Steigenberger Parkhotel Düsseldorf

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Hotelchain: Steigenberger
Location: Düsseldorf – Germany
Classification: 5 star Superior Hotel
Official websitesteigenberger.com/…/steigenberger-parkhotel-duesseldorf

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Steigenberger Parkhotel Düsseldorf is known as one of the best hotel in Düsseldorf. I just had to explore and experience this hotel myself and I can definitely say that it deserves its good reputation. Making part of the Steigenberger hotel chain, the hotel offers a very high quality level. The hotel is located in the heart of the city. Whether you are in Düsseldorf for shopping, sightseeing or businesses purposes, everything is nearby… Very convenient! Düsseldorf’s most prestigious shopping boulevard, the Königsallee is only a few steps away. I stayed in many hotels in Düsseldorf already, but this one definitely has one of the better locations! From the outside, the hotel looks already like a grand hotel.

When I entered the Steigenberger Parkhotel Düsseldorf, I immediately knew that our stay here would be a great one. The hotel has a great history. Did you know that the hotel opened back in 1902? From then the hotel has been considered the apple of Düsseldorf’s eye with its famous view over the city’s Hofgarten.  The grand lobby is stylish with beautiful art works and furnishings. The Christmas decoration made it even more cozy.

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I also immediately notice the most famous Champagne lounge in town, The “Steigenberger Eck“ which is a very stylish place to hang out.

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Staff made us feel welcome right from the beginning. From the comfortable seating areas to the efficient check-in procedure, everything went smoothly and ultra friendly right from the beginning. With a total of 130 rooms and suites, the Steigenberger Parkhotel Düsseldorf isn’t a very large hotel which is why they offer a very personal service to each guest. After the wonderful check-in, it was time to explore our room!

Kindy note that the Steigenberg Parkhotel Düsseldorf has begun to renovate their rooms. The Grand Deluxe Room we stayed in was large and ultra luxurious. All rooms here are decorated with high quality materials, but the newly renovated rooms truly are mindblowing! The room actually felt like a large junior suite with an ultra luxurious sitting area, large (gorgeous!) working desk and the most comfortable bed. The lines on the king sized bed were great!

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The marble bathroom was very comfortable featuring an oversized shower. Complimentary toiletries were provided and smelled absolutely amazing! Love those…

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Steigenberger Parkhotel Düsseldorf has a wellness area with sauna, steam room and a complete fitness center. Always nice to be able to make use of those facilities after a day in busy Düsseldorf. After the work out, I enjoyed some me-time in the steam room and got totally relaxed in the relaxation area. The place was immaculately clean and staff was, again, very professional and kind.

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The hotel has the best hotel-restaurant in town, Artiste, with its beautiful winter garden. This fine-dining restaurant is the place to be for a delicious dinner. Chef Patrick did inspire us with his creative dishes. For a fine-dining restaurant, the menu is quite large. There are a lot of options to choose from. I started with the scallop ‘Escabeche’ which came with silken tofu and caviar. The Norwegian halibut that followed was to die for, especially with the fried chicken on top of it. You should definitely try this dish yourself. You won’t be disappointed! The ‘Eifler’ venison as a main dish was one of the best I had! Each dish was divine and also great to look at! My partner had the goose menu. That is right, Restaurant Artiste has a goose menu and it is one of a kind. The stuffed goose liver accompanied with parsley root, brioche and pineapple was impressive. I must also highlight the top notch service and wine knowledge of the staff! The live piano music made the evening even more pleasant.

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Speaking of food, having breakfast at Steigenberger Parkhotel Düsseldorf is something to look forward to. The extensive buffet truly offers something for just everybody! Some highlights I experienced were the fancy à la carte options (a must try is their cheese-omelette, loved those!) and of course, a glass of sparkling wine is the perfect start of the day!

Steigenberger Parkhotel Düsseldorf is one of a kind! I love every aspect of this place. It truly is a ‘grandhotel’ and staying here is a guarantee of a flawless stay in an ultra luxurious environment. You will love it!

Burj Al Arab – Dubai

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Hotelchain: Jumeirah
Location: Dubai – UAE
Classification: 5 star hotel deluxe (some say world’s only 7 star hotel)
Official websitehttp://www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/burj-al-arab/

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Internationally renowned as world’s most luxurious hotel, I had the opportunity to experience the famous Burj Al Arab in Dubai. It is located on a man-made island, 280 meters from the Jumeirah beach. It is the flagship of the Jumeirah hotel group.  Only hotel guests (or guests with a reservation in one of the restaurants) can enter the hotel, so there is no sightseeing here.  This is a good thing, as I saw a number of people at the front gate taking pictures of the hotel.

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Location

Located at Jumeirah beach, Burj Al Arab is located between Dubai Marina and Business Bay. There’s a holiday vibe around the area.

When I approached the entrance, I was impressed with the height of the hotel… 321 meters above sea level… Trust me, it is HUGE!  As soon as you enter the Burj Al Arab, you will enter in a completely different world.  I truly was blown away… Gold everywhere.  It is reportedly the only 7 star hotel in the world and I can easily understand why.  After taking the escalator — with a huge aquarium – you can look up 200 meters. A lot of looking up!  Did you know that the Statue of Liberty would fit inside?  Also, there are dancing fountains all over the place with tons of different programs, so you’ll never get bored when watching!

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The suites

There are no rooms in the Burj al Arab, only suites. Starting at 170m² (1,829 sq. ft.), all of the rooms are duplex suites, each with the highest level of comfort one could wish for.  The Burj has 1600 staff members looking over “only” 202 suites.  So that’s… eight members for each suite? Yep! There is a private check-in and butler service for each suite. No waiting times here at the reception. They explain everything you need to know and will do anything you ask — like making reservations in one of the restaurants, booking day trips to the city, making sure you will get the dessert you want, etc.

Every suite in the Burj Al Arab is beautifully decorated. Although the hotel opened back in 1999, the suites look very up to date and brand new. From the marble entrance with large staircase to the oversized living rooms, you will feel like a king or queen while walking around. They have the world’s most expensive mattresses, which can be adapted to customer needs and preferences. These things are making this hotel truly unique; returning guests are assured they will have a wonderful night.

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The bathrooms are huge — they used Italian marble – and you will be so relaxed after spending some time in the oversized jacuzzi.  Oh, a great thing: did you know that Hermès produced a special edition of perfume for the Burj Al Arab?  That is right, full-size Hermès Burj Al Arab amenities (female + male) are offered to guests at no additional charge. Of course, you could take them home as a souvenir.

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Spa facilities

A full spa – the Talise Spa – is located on one of the top floors. I was not able to take pictures of the spa area, but there is an indoor pool, jacuzzi, fitness, etc. Several treatments are offered and after a relaxing massage you can relax in the spa resting area, accessible for guests only, of course. From there, you can look straight down (200 meters!) to the ground level. Very impressive and not recommended when afraid of heights 🙂

Spa treatments are excellent! They exactly know how to make you feel at ease and so relaxed. Just tell them which pressure you prefer and you will enjoy every single minute. The soft music all over the place made it even more relaxing.

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There is also an outdoor pool area — and the Burj has its own beach across the bridge. The recently opened Terrace is stunning! For water fun, there is complimentary access to the Wild Wadi Waterpark, which is located across the bridge.

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The famous Burj Al Arab hotel is one of Dubai’s highlights and one of world’s best hotels… The hotel’s immaculate reputation is well earned and you will be impressed with every aspect of your stay!

Four Seasons Des Bergues

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Hotelchain: Four Seasons
Location: Geneva – Switzerland
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official websitefourseasons.com/geneva

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Located in the center of beautiful Geneva, Four Seasons hotel des Bergues is an ultra luxurious five star hotel decorated by the renowned architect Pierre-Yves Rochon. The hotel was built back in 1834 and is still one of the best hotels Geneva has to offer! Four Seasons is famous for their amazing flowers and interior designs. As soon as you enter the hotel, you will enter a place with eye for attention and details.

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With ‘only’ 115 rooms, this is not a very large hotel and that’s why they are able to provide a personal service to their guests. Right upon arrival, guests are pampered… nothing is asked for too much, really.

Each room is elegant and decorated with high quality materials. In a hotel like this, they really should keep the tradition of the old days. I liked the ‘old fashioned’ themed rooms. With plush king sized beds and the most comfortable sitting areas, you can in room all day long!

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Marble bathrooms are nice and feature oversized bathtubs and walk-in showers. Bulgari toiletries are offered and most of you know that those are my number one toiletries! 🙂

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One of the highlights at Four Seasons hotel Des Bergues is the rooftop spa with heated pool, sauna, steam rooms, etc. In most hotels spa areas are located on one of the lower floors, but here you are able to see the city while relaxing! I was surprised that the area has a totally different styling comparing to the rest of the hotel. It has a contemporary modern feeling which I loved very much! The adjoining fitness center has the most comfortable equipment one could wish for. Several body treatments are available. Trust me, this is the best place to relax and unwind after a day exploring the city!

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Four Seasons hotel Des Bergues has three restaurants. Their signature restaurant Il Lago has been awarded with one Michelin star and the food here truly is outstanding! We thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful dinner here. We were lucky it was the white truffle season which was served with fresh tagliolini pasta. It was just delicious, as was the whole dinner experience. From the roasted scampi, the swordfish carpaccio and squids to the glazed goat kid with green apple, verbena and lemon sauce. It all was heavenly. The head chef definitely knows how to combine ingredients and flavors. Il Lago deserves its good reputation! Make sure to book your table on time, as it always seems to be pretty busy here.

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Le Bar des Bergues offers inventive and delicious cocktails as well as an all-day dining menu. Again, food is outstanding and we thoroughly enjoyed lunch here. Do not forget to try one of the delicious desserts! They are to die for!

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The rooftop of Four Seasons des Bergues is fantastic and offers picture perfect views over Geneva!

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Four Seasons des Bergues is an exceptional five star hotel with an impeccable service – as a Four Seasons hotel should be! Guests are treated as royalty here without being over the top. Every staff member I met was friendly and greeted us with a smile! Highly recommended for a luxurious getaway in Geneva!