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The History

The Living Room is the restaurant of the The Ritz-Carlton Hotel de la Paix, Geneva - a historical building inaugurated in 1865. Today it occupies the former « Alabama » reception hall that has been renovated.

It is known for the “Alabama Arbitration” from the name of the British ship sunken by the Americans during the American Civil War. Since December 1871, representatives of the United States and England have been meeting in Geneva to settle a dispute between them. To close the discussions for the Alabama Arbitration, the Geneva Council of State gave an official dinner at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel de la Paix, Geneva on September 7, 1872. This first mediation between two countries in crisis destined the city of Geneva to become international.