Its edge over the other two was its location. From it one can walk to Lac Léman (Lake Geneva) and catch a boat to several cities on the lake, including some in France. Or ride the train up and down the lake, stopping at towns like Geneva, Morges, Montreux, Vevey and Martigny.

Some of Switzerland's finest and most spectacularly sited vineyards are minutes from the hotel. One can be on the ski slopes or hiking in the Vaudois Alps in about an hour and interesting towns like Gruyères, Murten and Avenches are easy day trips.

Two of Switzerland's great restaurants, Girardet in the Lausanne suburb of Crissier, and Hotel-Restaurant de L'Ermitage in Vufflens-le-Château, about 30 minutes down the road toward Geneva, are nearby. And the hotel itself has two very fine restaurants plus a chic little winebar. To us, the Beau-Rivage defines the term European "grand hotel."

Street Address: 13 quqi du Mont-Blanc
City: Geneva
Country: Switzerland
Phone: 011 41 227 166 666
Fax: 011 41 227 166 060
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Quality: Rating: 5 stars
Value: Rating: 4 stars
Price Level: $$$$
Type: Hotel