Oetker Collection has announced that spring 2021 will see the addition of The Woodward, a new hotel in Geneva, to its portfolio of hotels. Owned by Bastion Holdings, the hotel sits directly on the shores of Lake Geneva, offering views of Mont Blanc. Originally built in 1901 by French architect François Durel in a post-Haussmann style, the hotel is located on Quai Wilson and is currently being completely renovated.
In the 26 suites, guests will find “signature flourishes” like marble fireplaces and bookcases. Twenty-one of the suites also have a full lake view. The jewels in the crown are the Presidential Suite, offering lake views from every room with a private dining room and loggia, and the Royal Suite, reached by private lift and designed to resemble a chic Parisian apartment.
Dining experiences will be driven by L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Le Jardinier, both recipients of Michelin stars at their New York outposts which are owned and operated by Bastion Group. After seven years as executive chef of L’Atelier in Taipei, chef Olivier Jean will be at the helm of the kitchens at The Woodward. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon will have an open-kitchen concept, creating a theatrical dining experience for just 36 guests seated around the counter, as well as two dining rooms that can be privatized.
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Le Jardinier by Michelin-starred chef Alain Verzeroli will be the restaurant’s first foray into Europe following the success of its outposts in New York and Miami. Rooted in classic French techniques, chef Verzeroli—who has maintained seven stars for 11 consecutive years in the Michelin guide for Joël Robuchon’s three restaurants in Tokyo—is known for creating dishes where vegetables play a starring role, many of which being vegan, dairy- and gluten-free. The restaurant will be housed within two glass-walled verandas overlooking the lake. Upping the ante on Geneva’s culinary scene, both restaurants will have a focus on using local produce and suppliers, including the high artisanal quality, Geneva-based Stettler chocolate and Geneva pastry institution, Castrischer.
Desserts will all be signed by Salvatore Martone, a Robuchon disciple and corporate pastry chef of Bastion Group. The Woodward will also offer two bars and a tearoom, as well as a private digestif and cigar lounge in the building’s former banking vault.
The hotel’s 13,000-square-foot spa will include a Wellness Institute by Maison Guerlain and a 230-square-foot indoor swimming pool, touted as the longest in Geneva. There will also be a gym, two saunas, two steam rooms, two Swedish baths and a Jacuzzi. Guests will be able to enjoy exclusive treatments by Guerlain across six wellness suites, including one for couples and a corner dedicated to men.