47, Quai Wilson, Geneva 1211 Switzerland
+41 22 906 66 66

President Wilson Luxury Hotel History


Designed by architect and hotelier Marcel Jacquignon, Hotel President opened its doors for the first time on May 18, 1962. It was bought by Swissair and Nestlé after their joint venture in 1980, then later acquired by the Tamman family in 1989. In 1992, the family renovated and expanded the hotel with a 190 million CHF investment that included an additional wing of 80 guestrooms and suites, a conference center, underground parking, and a terrace with an outdoor pool.

The hotel reopened in 1996 as the new Hotel President Wilson, in honor of the 28th President of the United States of America, Woodrow Wilson—founder and relentless defender of the League of Nations. (Palais Wilson next door was built in 1873 and today houses the headquarters of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.)

The Hotel President Wilson became part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts and a member of the Luxury Collection in 2000. From 2007 to 2010, it underwent a 40 million CHF renovation headed by Swiss architects Atelier d’Architecture 3 BM3. The lobby, public areas, and guest rooms now boast a sleek, modern design inspired by three main themes: water, the surrounding landscape, and light.

“Our long-standing history of welcoming prominent people from around the world, combined with its striking location, impeccable service, and renovated interiors, ensure that we will continually provide a unique and enriching experience to our guests,” said owner Charles Tamman. “Personalized service, style, and refinement will always be the hallmarks of Geneva’s finest destination hotel."