I have been staying at the Mövenpick Hotel in Geneva for more than a decade on and off because of its location when we visit Montreux each year. While it is ranked as a five-star hotel, it also happens to be located at Geneva Airport. As the nonstop flights for the New York-area depart in the morning it is often much easier to just stay at the Mövenpick rather than having to rise at some ungodly hour to catch the train to the airport. The hotel offers a shuttle to and from the airport which makes getting to and from a breeze.
The hotel is pretty much self-contained located in a business park adjacent to the airport complete with a small casino adjacent. It is easy to get into Geneva proper though — either via streetcar, just a short walk from the hotel (and free with the local transit pass you receive when you check-in along with a piece of Swiss chocolate) or take the hotel shuttle back to the airport and catch the train one stop to Geneva-Cornavin main station. I prefer the streetcar as it is super-easy and you are in the heart of Geneva in a few stops.
The hotel has a few dining options in-house — the Gate 20 Bar (light bites), Kamome (Japanese) and the main Mövenpick Restaurant. I always enjoy the main restaurant as the service is always spot-on and the food is seasonal and locally-sourced. They also happen to be extremely gluten-free friendly. I have never had an issue in all my visits and I simply adore their Rösti which changes with the seasons. On my most recent visit, I opted for the special Bufala Mozzarella e Pomodoro which was absolutely delicious. Crisp Rösti topped with fresh tomatoes and creamy buffalo mozzarella was something a bit different but all of the flavors complemented each other perfectly.
Dinner on my most recent visit included their Black Angus Entrecôte de bœuf (Ribeye) — it typically comes with a Café de Paris sauce (made famous in Geneva) but unfortunately this can sometimes contain a roux or Maggi sauce making them not suitable for celiacs. I’m not a huge sauce person when it comes to steak so did not mind the omission — not to mention I could focus the the fabulous beef.
While Mövenpick is known for its eponymous ice cream (many flavors are gluten-free) there was something on the dessert menu that immediately caught my eye — Swiss Carrot Cake — yes, please! Carrot cake is hands-down my favorite cake so this was a no brainer. I was delighted when several mini-cakes arrived topped with cream cheese glaze and candied carrots. It completely rocked my gluten-free world.
One meal I typically never have time for in the morning when flying out of Geneva is breakfast (Note: the hotel does put out coffee and breakfast nibbles in the lobby to grab and go). Usually the New York flight I take is early morning so I just grab a quick bite in the lounge but my most recent trip had a later departure so I was able to try breakfast this time. It is buffet-style with a continental or full warm option (which includes made to order items). I opted for the full breakfast and was having a look around when I asked about gluten-free options and was immediately walked to a separate section that was entirely gluten-free. It was not huge but it was substantial and had anything that you could really want — cereals, breads, etc. Eggs and meat options were part of the main part of the buffet.
Geneva is notoriously expensive and the airport hotel is no exception. Breakfast is CHF 38 per person and after a lunch, dinner and some cocktails with a room thrown in will set you back about CHF 800+ for one night but you are paying for the convenience and having stayed in Geneva central the night before a flight, the Mövenpick is actually better value.
Mövenpick Hotel & Casino Geneva
Route de Pré-Bois 20
1215 Geneva, Switzerland
Phone: +41 22 717 11 11