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Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva opens Stunning Presidential Suite

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The Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva has opened its Geneva Suite, one of the largest free-standing suites in Europe. The suite covers two floors and 11,690 square feet, the lower floor is dedicated to receiving and entertaining areas while the private quarters are on the upper floor. As its name suggests, the suite, situated on the top two floors of the hotel, enjoys an unrestricted view over Geneva city, the famous Jet dEau and the Mont-Blanc.

Two private lifts provide access to both floors and, in the suite, the floors are connected by a stunning spiral, flying staircase, which is an architectural masterpiece. On the lower floor, the marble hall opens onto a large living area, which occupies the suites southern corner. A huge, modern fireplace helps liven up this area. Two large seating areas are next to the dining table, which seats up to twelve guests. On one side of the living area, lies an office as well as a security room and the kitchen. On the other side, a private lounge adjoins the first of three master bedrooms.

The upper floor is devoted to the suites private quarters, with two master bedrooms, each with an en suite marble bathroom and walk-in closets. The private living room is divided into a lounge and a dining corner seating up to ten people. As on the floor below, the living room boasts its own fireplace. Recreational facilities, such as a billiard room, a gym and a steam bath are also located on this floor.

Special attention has been given to security with bullet-proof windows throughout the Geneva suite. The security room acts as a screening centre for the suite, with security cameras at all entrance points to the suite.

The suites electronic equipment represents the latest in technology; the flat screen TVs swivel as the guest moves about, while adjusting screen luminosity according to the lighting conditions. The entertainment facilities are complemented by a Wii console.

The architecture and interior decoration of the Geneva Suite are the work of Tarek Hegazy, managing partner of A. B. Living Design, based in Sweden. As for the rest of the hotel, Lake Geneva is the main visual focus of the suite. Hegazy has achieved his aim of maximizing the views, by changing the structure of the space completely to bend it to his vision of what a royal suite ought to be. He also designed a deceptively simple-looking but technically highly complex spiral, flying staircase to link both floors of the suite, as well as a see-through, glass-encased fireplace on the upper floor.

Scenery lighting has been installed throughout the suite, with touch panels to remotely control the lighting, so that different moods and lighting levels can be created in each area of the suite according to the time of the day and usage of the area.

The designers colour palette varies from room to room. Beige, brown and grey-blue colours frame the views from the living area on the lower floor, whereas the master bedroom is decorated in darker, soothing tones. Gold lam and cream egg shell dominate in the second bedroom, while sand, slate with a touch of darkish green are the theme in the third bedroom. The billiard-room is dark brown, black and beige.

Noble materials have been used throughout and sometimes carried to extremes: marble and sandstone, rosewood and ebony, velvet and silk. A total of 160m of hand-made silk carpets cover the living and dining area floors. Walls are covered in chamois leather, hand-made leather mosaics or pure silk. The furniture has been custom-made for the Geneva Suite, even the chairs are in non-standard dimensions, while accessories are either unique pieces or limited editions.

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