About Hotel Geneve - Hotel Geneve

No matter the period in Mexican history The Hotel Geneve never ceased to display the highest levels of first class hospitality and service. During the Mexican revolution, the hotel was declared a neutral zone, providing lodging to ambassadors and their families , sometimes alongside to revolutionary personalities.

In February 1921 during the government of president Álvaro Obregón, Mexico decided to turn the country into a major tourist destination. A census of the best hotel rooms available throughout Mexico was conducted and revealed that there were only 1,000 at the time of which 400 rooms were in Mexico City, 200 of those belonging to the Hotel Geneve.

The Hotel Geneve founded in 1922 the Mexican Hotel and Motel Association.

By the late 1930´s, the professionalism of the Hotel Geneve reached such prestigious and international levels that a North American newspaper published: “A confirmed reservation at the Hotel Geneve is like having a thousand dollars’ deposit”.

The Hotel Geneve has been a major promoter for international tourism in Mexico. Indeed, between 1909 and 1953, it accommodated guests from all five continents and from over 50 countries. You could hardly find a more cosmopolitan place in Mexico.

The sixties brought a new breeze of progressiveness at the Hotel Geneve , as it became the meeting point for the intellectual and artistic generations. It was the place to be, and a landmark around which different buildings emerged, evolving into the zone known today as the Zona Rosa (“Pink Zone”).

Surprisingly enough, the Geneve Hotel did not suffer any damages during the major earthquakes of September 19 and 20, 1985. Not even a window was broken or a wall cracked. A local newspaper published : “The Hotel Geneve, strong as an oak, is still at your service”.

Meaning to celebrate de Hotel Geneva first 100 years in 2007, and wanting to enhance in a special way its unique and magnificent past, the Ostar Hotel Group started a thorough investigation project. It resulted in the refurbishment of the Hotel Geneve, putting it again where it had belonged for so many years: as the most legendary hotel in the country.

Famous personalities at the Geneve

Just to name a few, some of the most prominent and famous guests at the hotel include: Mexican actress Virginia Fábregas; the first woman ambassador in the world, Russian Alexandra Kollontay; American magnate William Randolph Hearst; Bristish prime minister and Literature Nobel prize winner Sir Winston Churchill; Mexican Art promoter Antonieta Rivas Mercado, as well as Charles Lindbergh, the first man to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean on his own, and who took advantage of the hotel’s proximity to the American Embassy to woo the ambassador’s daughter. One of the most extraordinary actors of all times, Marlon Brando, stayed at the hotel. So did Paul Newman and Jack Palance.

Other personalities like Miroslava, Luis Barragán, Julio Cortázar, Franz Mayer and eminent Mexico City historian and chronicler Don José Iturriaga also stayed at the hotel.

For decades all Mexican presidents visited the hotel. It recently welcomed former presidents Felipe González (Spain), Ricardo Lagos (Chile), Romano Prodi (Italy) and Fernando Henrique Cardoso (Brazil).

Other distinguished guests were 2006 Peace Nobel Prize winner Muhammed Yunes; New York Yankees star Alex Rodríguez (A-ROD); one of the best contemporary photographers David LaChapelle; several times boxing world champion Evander Holyfield; top model Elsa Benitez; singer Filippa Giordano who is currently considered as one of the finest voices in the world; Literature Nobel Prize winners Gabriel García Marquez and Mario Vargas Llosa. Although the hotel is thrilled to have received such great personalities, it is also delighted and honored to have welcomed each and every guest whao has arrived at its doors, suitcase in hand, stories of their own to tell.

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