Oetker Collection announces that Mr. Alessio Minetto has been appointed General Manager of the collection’s latest Masterpiece Hotel, The Woodward, marking the brand’s arrival in Geneva.
The Woodward is a new – and the first in Geneva – suite-only hotel with just 26 keys. Situated directly on the shores of Lake Geneva with awe-inspiring views of majestic Mont Blanc, the post-Haussmann-style hotel dating back to 1901 is located on Quai Wilson, and has been transformed by world-renowned architect, Pierre-Yves Rochon. Beyond The Woodward’s historic façade, visitors will encounter classic-meets- contemporary interiors, providing a stylish city sanctuary with spectacular lake and mountain vistas. With restaurants including L’Atelier Robuchon and vegetable driven Le Jardinier as well as the 1,200 sq. metre Guerlain Spa, The Woodward is truly Geneva’s lakeside home of haute living.
Having studied in the US and UK, in addition to undertaking a course at the respected Swiss École Hôtelière de Lausanne, Minetto’s hospitality career commenced at the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris. Managerial roles followed in France, Italy, Monaco and China, where he worked for several of the world’s most prestigious hotels, including Hotel Plaza Athenée, Paris; La Posta Vecchia, Rome; Hotel de Paris, Monaco; and the Ritz-Carlton in Shanghai. Minetto most recently held the role of General Manager at Mezzatorre Hotel & Thermal Spa in Ischia.
Dr. Timo Gruenert, CEO of Oetker Collection, shares, “With his solid and varied experience at many luxury properties all over the world, I am confident that Alessio will be able to lead the teams of our new Geneva property to great success. The opening of The Woodward arrives at a time when the pent-up desire to travel has never been so high and we are grateful to be launching our latest Masterpiece Hotel in such an international destination.”
On his appointment, Alessio Minetto comments: “I am thrilled to join The Woodward on the beautiful shores or Lake Geneva. This debut marks the arrival of a ‘grand boutique’ hotel in the destination – offering extraordinary design and amenities yet intimate and welcoming in size and spirit with just 26 suites. Between the magnificent work of award- winning designer Pierre-Yves Rochon and two Michelin-starred restaurant concepts on site, The Woodward represents a gleaming new gem on the Geneva hospitality landscape, and I look forward to ensuring our guests have an outstanding experience.”