In one of the most highly anticipated openings of the year, The Woodward Hotel is set to dazzle the “Peace Capital”. The tenth Masterpiece Hotel – part of the Baden-Baden based Oetker Collection – The Woodward is a 26 all-suite property that sits on the shores of Lake Geneva and boasts superb views of Mont Blanc and Jet d’Eau.
The hotel will feature two famed international restaurants – L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Le Jardinier – the vegetable-focused success from the talent of Michelin-starred chef, Alain Verzeroli. The Woodward will also offer a tea-room, two bars and a private cigar & digestif lounge. Guests will enjoy exclusive use of the 1,200 square metre (13,000 square feet) Spa by Maison Guerlain. It will offer six wellness suites – including one for couples – and a dedicated men’s area. The Spa will also boast a state-of-the-art gym, two saunas, two steam-rooms, two Swedish baths, a hot tub and a 21-metre (69 foot) indoor swimming pool – the lengthiest in Geneva.
The hotel is located on Quai Wilson (named after Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States) and was constructed in 1901 by the French architect François Durel, complete with its post-Haussman style façade. Originally from Lyon, Durel and fellow Genevan architect Eugène Corte were involved in the regeneration of the right bank of Geneva between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.
The building itself was once a bank and was reimagined into The Woodward Hotel by the legendary French designer Pierre Yves-Rochon. Rochon is credited for the innovative designs of many international luxury hotels and resorts including The Savoy in London, The Peninsula in Shanghai, and the Four Seasons George V in Paris.
The Woodward is the first all-suite hotel in Geneva. 21 of its suites enjoy unfettered vistas of Lac Léman. They are all individually designed with marble fireplaces, crystal chandeliers and bookcases being their signatures. The Presidential Suite is designed in elegant ivory tones and offers panoramic lake views from every room. It is completed with a private dining room and loggia. The Royal Suite is accessed by a private lift and designed to resemble a chic Parisian apartment.
The Woodward will be a roaring success in the Geneva but will be in competition with the well-established Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues, Mandarin Oriental and Hotel d’Angleterre.