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Hotel Les Armures 5.0

Old Town, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Convenient Old Town location, within walking distance of numerous sights
  • 17th-century building with charming decor that mixes old and new
  • Chalet-style rooms have details such as beamed ceilings, stone walls, and faux-fur throws
  • Lovely bathrooms with terrycloth robes
  • Flat-screen TVs and DVD players
  • Restaurant has historic vibe, with vaulted ceilings and stone walls
  • Free breakfast and free Wi-Fi
  • Pet-friendly


  • No spa, fitness center, or pool
  • Some rooms have two twin beds pushed together
  • Shower/tub combos (no separate walk-in showers)

Bottom Line

Hotel Les Amures is a quaint luxury boutique with a fabulous location in Old Town. The 32 rooms in this 17th century mansion are charming and high-end, with details such as wood-beamed ceilings, faux-fur throws, and stone walls that create a chalet-like vibe. The style extends into the restaurant, breakfast room, and common spaces -- beamed ceilings are present throughout, and there's even a suit of armor in the lobby. The hotel attracts well-heeled couples and even the occasional celebrity -- George Clooney stayed here -- but amenities are few: There is no spa, fitness center, or pool. Rates are a bit steep considering the lack of features, but at least breakfast and Wi-Fi are free.

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In Old Town, within walking distance of numerous sights

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Hotel Les Armures is located on the Left Bank, in the Old Town neighborhood. Aptly named, Old Town is the historic area of Geneva and home to numerous sights. Its narrow, winding streets are lined by gorgeous old buildings including the St. Pierre Cathedral, built in the 12th century.

Geneva is a picturesque city, divided into two banks by Lake Geneva, and surrounded by mountains. During the winters, visitors and locals head to the mountains to ski; ski resorts such as Verbier and Crans-Montana are conveniently only about an hour from the heart of the city. And in the summertime, the lake -- and nearby beaches -- become popular spots for swimming. But all year long, tourists can enjoy the city's cafe culture (reminiscent of Paris), beautiful gardens, specialty shops (the city is known for its gorgeous jewelry and watches), fabulous restaurants, and many sights.

  • 18-minute drive to the Geneva International Airport
  • 2-minute walk to the St. Pierre Cathedral
  • 1-minute walk to Grand Rue, Old Town's main street lined by 15th and 18th-century homes including Rousseau's birthplace
  • 6-minute walk to the Museum of Art and History
  • 7-minute walk to Place de Saint-Gervais, where jewelry and watch shops are concentrated
  • 7-minute walk to the Jardin Anglais, with the famous flower clock
  • 10-minute walk to Bains des Paquis beach
  • 10-minute walk to the banks of Lake Geneva to view Jet d'Eau, the tallest fountain in the world
  • 8-minute drive to Jardin Botanique, home to a small zoo, or 21 minutes via public transportation
  • 9-minute drive to Geneve Plage beach, or 16 minutes via public transportation
  • 9-minute drive to the Red Cross Museum (in a business area of Geneva), or 28 minutes via public transportation
  • About an hour to Crans-Montana ski resort
  • About an hour and a half to the Verbier ski resort

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1 Rue Puits-St-Pierre, Geneva 1204, Switzerland

Room Types

  • Deluxe Double Room
  • Deluxe Twin Room
  • Junior Suite
  • Prestige Junior Suite

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