A few weeks ago, I concocted a night out with a good friend of mine. That Thursday, it was particularly beautiful and warm: it felt like spring had arrived in town.
Geneva is such a beautiful city and to wander into town on a sunny day is superb. So, I walked along the banks of Lake Geneva to the oh so chic Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva.
The Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva is a majestic five-star hotel situated beside Lake Geneva. It is a very cosmopolitan place with remarkable views overlooking the lake and the Jet d’Eau.
Upon arrival, I settled in the lounge and contemplated the hotel’s design, its fireplace and the pretty floral arrangements. The décor is exquisitely beautiful, with tall ceilings and a perfectly symmetrical layout: I was in interior heaven. This hotel is the embodiment of refinement and discreet luxury.
I did a little window shopping in the stunning shops inside the hotel while waiting for my girlfriend B. As soon as she arrived, we took the external glass walled elevator to take us to the second floor where the Floor Two Bar is located, together with the hotel’s restaurants, spa, conference room, etc.
The Floor Two Bar is a large bar with a long terrace and a trendy and lively lounge atmosphere. We decided to sit by the large windows and enjoy the end of day city lights...
We were only a few customers, about a dozen. Most guests arrive after 20:00 and from 23:00 onwards the venue is in full swing, according to our charming waitresses.
Once installed near the large windows overlooking the terrace and the lake, we stole a furtive look at the menu. B. started with a delicious glass of Limoncello and a sparkling Valser (water). For my part I wanted a Kamikaze to start. It was a little glass of blue heaven.
Our waitresses brought over some treats. Olives, various nuts and aperitif snacks which tasted just divine. We liked them so much that our waitresses brought over more: simple things of excellent quality and the perfect accompaniment to drinks.
With B., I updated our chat and planned a few upcoming evenings out. We also chatted a little with the super nice and super friendly waitresses, who suggested that I try their signature cocktail Passion Maï Taï. I was curious to try the Maï Taï, a cocktail with a pronounced taste of fruits, passion fruit and pineapple, orgeat syrup, Cointreau, white rum with spices (the rum is macerated for a very long time in a mixture of spices of which only they have the secret). So, when you go to the Floor Two Bar, try this cocktail which is a great success.
B. and I made a night of it and stayed there till dinner time. There’s nothing I love more than spoiling myself and, frankly, who doesn’t love elegant cocktails and champagne in a spectacular place?
I highly recommend that you visit the Floor Two Bar this spring and that you take someone who deserves a good spoiling with you. I can’t think of a better way to start the season than viewing this beautiful cosmopolitan city and admiring the scenery from the large terrace. You can see the iconic Jet d’Eau, the Mont Blanc and the stunning sunset...and if you like watching the world go by, this is a great spot.
Floor Two Bar
Le Grand Hôtel Kempinski
Quai du Mont-Blanc 19
Tél: +41 22 908 9226
Bar opening hours
Mon - Sun 17:00 - 1:00