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P R E S S K I T 2 0 1 6
I N T E R C O N T I N E N T A L G E N È V E P R E S S K I T 2 0 1 5
1. Where History is made
2. Jurgen Baumhoff, General Director
4. Public spaces
5. Our talents
6. Conferences and events
8. A few facts and figures
9. The IHG Group
1 . W H E R E H I S T O R Y I S M A D E
“ I t i s t h e m e r i t o f t h e I n t e r C o n t i n e n t a l H o t e l o f G e n e v a t o h a v e b e e n a b l e t o p e r f e c t l y i n t e g r a t e i t s e l f , i m p o s e i t s b r a n d a n d b e c o m e o n e o f t h e m o s t p r e s t i g i o u s a n d l u x u - r i o u s e s t a b l i s h m e n t s i n t h e C i t y . ”
Prince Rainier III of Monaco
The InterContinental Genève, inaugurated on January 31, 1964, cele- brated its 50th anniversary in 2014. Ranked among the world’s high- luxury, 5-star hotels, it is part of the InterContinental Hotels Group.
At the heart of the United Nations district, this lush 18-story show- case, listed among the heritage buildings of the 1960s, overlooks Lake Léman and the city of Geneva, with an incomparable view of Mont Blanc and the Jura mountains.
Ideally located halfway between the center of town and Geneva Inter- national Airport, the hotel is close to international organizations and multinationals, as well as PALEXPO, the Lake Geneva Region’s primary exhibition and conference centre, and the International Conference Centre of Geneva (CICG).
The legendary discretion and security of the InterContinental Geneva have made it the confidant and caretaker of many events of interna- tional importance. Among many others, they include the OPEC confe- rences, the Lebanese Reconciliation Conference in 1983, the famous Reagan-Gorbachev Summit of 1985, the final discussions between Tariq Aziz and James Baker before the first Gulf War in 1991, the meetings between Syrian President Assad and US Presidents Carter and Clinton...
True to its reputation as the most international hotel in Geneva, the InterContinental has hosted the most famous of world leaders, who continue to come and make history here. Over the years, no less than 400 stays by heads of state, including four presidents of the United States and several kings and queens, have taken place within its wal- ls. Some 4000 ministers and countless ambassadors from the world over have also crossed the hotel forecourt.
Paradoxically, it is the hotel’s discretion that has made it famous. Dis- cretion, our most sacred principle, has attracted Dalida, Sophia Loren, Alain Prost, Omar Sharif, Tina Turner, Ray Charles - all of whom stayed here many times in full confidence that their privacy would be pro- tected.
A new era
“ W h e n i t c o m e s t o r e n o v a t i o n , t h e r e i s n o s u c h t h i n g a s h a l f - m e a s u r e s a t t h e I n t e r C o n t i n e n t a l . ”
Tribune de Genève
In the 2000s, a new era came to the InterContinental with the complete reno- vation by New York designer Tony Chi. Member of the Interior Design Hall of Fame, Tony Chi infused the hotel with the quintessence of Zen atmosphere. The extensive renovation took 10 years, ending in 2013.
“The goal was to offer a new look to this hotel - modern, but also classic – investing it with natural beauty and recalling the international and sophisticated look of Geneva,» says Tony Chi.
The hotel experience begins with the entry. After walking over the cobblestones (the same as in the old town of Geneva), one crosses between two outstan- ding bronze doors handmade by master ironworkers, and discovers one of highlights of the renovation: the lobby...
Majestic with its 7.50m-high ceilings, its large fluted columns, flanked on either side by stately staircases, the lobby is distinguished by its two-story fireplaces and multiple works of art. At the top of the chimney and reaching almost to the ceiling, is a unique sculpture of branches by the Korean artist Jae Hyo Lee Korean.
Another spectacular work by the same artist hangs above the reception: the light playing on the intricate branch-work catches the eye. Finally, we also note the silver touch of Christofle throughout the space, especially in the great doors of the Grand Ballroom, in full glory as imagined by the artist Christian Heckscher.
2 . J U R G E N B A U M H O F F , G E N E R A L D I R E C T O R
« I n t e r C o n t i n e n t a l i s a s t r i k i n g e x a m p l e o f a n e s - t a b l i s h m e n t t h a t h a s r e a c h e d t h e p i n a c l e o f s u c c e s s t h a n k s t o t h e p r o f e s s i o n a l i s m , p a t i e n c e a n d c h a r i s m a o f t h o s e w h o h a v e r u n i t g u i d e d a n d i t i n t h e r i g h t d i r e c t i o n . »
Suzanne Hurter - Publisher, « l’Hôtelier »
A graduate of hotel management in Switzerland and Germany, Jurgen Baumhoff was delighted to return to Europe after his many years spent in Israel, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain and UAE.
He has over 40 years of experience gained around the world in brilliantly ful- filling his mission as manager for such famous hotel groups as Kempinski, Hyatt and InterContinental Hotels Group.
Dear Madam, Dear Sir,
I welcome you to the InterContinental Geneva.
You have entered a mythical place. Before you, celebrities, Heads of State and many prominent people have entered our doors.
Close to the United Nations, in the heart of International Geneva, we are the hotel of the most important historical meetings.
This brochure wishes to introduce you to the history of the hotel, but also to some of the men and women who embody the excellent service provided to our customers. It is a constant search for the perfect balance between tradition and innovation in the area of luxury hotels, fine dining and spas.
I hope you enjoy your visit!
3 . R O O M S
“ W h e n F i d e l C a s t r o s t a y e d i n 1 9 9 8 , h e d e m a n d e d t o b e g i v e n t h e s u i t e o c c u p i e d b y C h e G u e v a r a i n 1 9 6 4 [ … ] I t w a s t h e f o r m e r d i r e c t o r w h o m e t h i s g u e s t ’ s r e q u e s t , b y c o n s u l t i n g t h e a r c h i v e s o f t h e h o t e l . ”
Quintessence of sophistication, from floor to floor, the clean lines inspire har- mony and relaxation.
Rooms and Suites
Comfort and functionality are key to our rooms. Combining contemporary ele- gance and thoughtful amenities, they provide our clients with the very best. All rooms are flooded with natural light and offer panoramic views of the magni- ficent site of the city of Geneva, the Mont Salève and the Jura mountain range.
The custom furnishings of our Executives Suites offer a unique experience. These rooms feature carefully selected fabrics and materials and great atten- tion to detail: large dressing rooms, king size beds, a 180°-view of the city of Geneva. The Executive Junior Suite is even more remarkable for its magnificent bathroom in red marble.
The height of excellence and sophistication, our Panoramic Suites have a lounge and separate dining room, bedroom with dressing room, a luxurious bathroom with his-and-her sinks, rain shower and separate toilet room. True to their name, these suites offer a striking panoramic view of the lake and mountains.
On the 16th and 17th floors, our Diplomatic Suites combine the intimacy and innovation of a beautiful apartment with the exclusive services of an interna- tional luxury hotel.
Master bedroom, walk-in showers, Jacuzzi: the Presidential Suites are a modern tribute to the luxury of a former time. With remarkable attention to detail and luxurious amenities, they offer a mix of rare treasures and exquisite taste, against the breathtaking panorama of Lake Geneva and the famous Mont Blanc.
Specially commissioned artwork adorn the walls and accentuate the hotel’s artistic sensibility, while the contemporary luxury make a Luxury Suite the ideal place both for business stay and vacation.
The Residence, high on the top floor of the hotel, offers a breathtaking 360° view of the City of Geneva and its spectacular setting. The Residence was once reserved for long stays by the Saudi Royal family and leaders of the UAE. Today, reinvented by Tony Chi and immersed in the InterContinental Geneva’s tradi- tion of service excellence, The Residence continues to host prestigious guests working for the future of the world...
Decorated with two large doors inspired by Versailles, The Residence consists of an East and West Wing, but also a large living room, library, and kitchen ful- ly-equipped with John Pawson Demeyere cookware and a bar accessorized by Ralph Lauren. Guests also enjoy such exclusive services as a private lift and a personal butler available to satisfy every wish.
The East Wing includes a dining room, master bedroom, luxurious bathroom, guest toilet room, massage room, steam room and dressing room. The West Wing has, in addition, a gym and sauna.
Throughout, the furniture and fabrics have been carefully selected in the fi- nest materials and warm colors. Frette bed linen, incredibly silky and subtly enhanced by the lighting, creates an elegant atmosphere of comfort and refi- n