The historic Hotel de la Paix, Geneva, now flies Marriott Intl.’s luxury Ritz-Carlton flag after undergoing a major renovation. Spearheading that work at the 152-year-old, Manz family-owned hotel were Italian design firm Il Prisma, in conjunction with architect/designer Barbara Casati.
The 74-key Ritz-Carlton Hotel de la Paix includes 14 restyled suites with floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel’s presidential suite is named for Grace Kelly, a frequent guest of the hotel, and features gold leaf gilding and art deco touches.
The hotel also features a new signature restaurant, Fiskebar. Created by B3 Designers, this Nordic-fusion restaurant is spread across four interconnecting spaces whose layout is inspired by traditional Scandinavian fish markets.
Also new to the hotel are the lounge-style Living Room Bar & Kitchen restaurant, which retains some original features from the historic building, including its parquet and walnut floor, and a Philippe Pascoët chocolate shop.
“It is an honor to bring The Ritz-Carlton experience to Switzerland, here with an iconic luxury hotel that has borne witness to a multitude of historic world events,” said Jenni Benzaquen, Marriott’s vice president, Luxury Brands, Europe. “The Ritz-Carlton is proud to embark on a new chapter in Geneva, infusing the brand’s legendary service standards into this beautifully renovated hotel.”
Hervé Humler, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton, Bulgari and St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, notes that the Geneva hotel’s relaunch marks something of a homecoming for the Ritz-Carlton brand, as Cesar Ritz was born in Switzerland. “With its storied past and legacy of outstanding service, rich culture, and culinary discoveries, Hotel de la Paix is an ideal fit for The Ritz-Carlton brand,” adds Humler.