Situated on the shores of Lake Geneva an hour outside of the city, lies one of Switzerland’s most luxurious hotels, The Grand Hotel du Lac Vevey. This luxurious 5 star property is part of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux association and it’s the one Swiss hotel, that’s left a rather lasting impression on me.
Boasting sweeping views of the Alps, this 5 star superior hotel really does tick the luxury hotel bracket in every single way.
Built in 1868, the Grand Hotel Du Lac Vevey, was popular with high society including barons, princes, dukes and knights but by the start of the 21st century, the property was tiring. A much needed refurbishment was in order to restore the hotel back to its former glory. In 2006, the hotel underwent an extensive refurbishment and was re-designed by the world renowned French interior architect Pierre-Yves Rochon.
The flair and grandeur that was once associated with the property, was brought back to life.
With only 50 rooms, the hotel boasts ample space to ensure that guests don’t feel crowded or restricted.
The bedrooms are every bit as stylish as you could hope for. The muted coloured walls, vintage style velvet armchairs and long draped curtains add to the overall chic and cosy effect of the room.
The bathroom is well stocked with Guerlain products and fluffy bathrobes, but it’s the wall paper that really did it for me!
This may not be to everyone’s taste (Mr O’T included!) but I absolutely loved the wallpaper. Yes it’s flowery and on paper it probably shouldn’t work but for me it added a very cool vintage feel to the old school style fixtures and fittings already in place.
The views from our balcony were just spectacular and it’s one of the many things I loved about our stay at The Grand Hotel du Lac Vevey.
So much so that I spent a good hour on the balcony, in -10C temperatures savouring the moment.
After eating my way through the welcome gift of fresh fruits and handmade swiss chocolates, it was time to get ready for the evening.
Lounges and Bar
The Oriental Lounge was our first stop en route to dinner, a relaxation area we’d spotted earlier in the day inspired by Arabian Nights.
I was utterly captivated by this room and the amount of opulence in such a tiny space, had a bit of a dizzying effect on me.
Mr O’T had to coax me out of there with the promise of pre-dinner champagne before I finally agreed to surrender.
Once I caved, there was no looking back!
The hotel bar itself is small and intimate and decorated in chinese tapestries. As dark as the room is, the decor really works and adds to the romantic ambience.
The hotel has two restaurants, “Les Saisons” which is Michelin starred gourmet dining and La Veranda which is the more casual dining restaurant. As the chefs at both restaurants are the same, we opted for La Veranda.
The setting was beautiful and the food was absolutely exquisite – I genuinely couldn’t believe that this was ‘casual’ restaurant.
After a wonderful evening, Mr O’T and I retreated to our cosy pied-à-terre to savour our last few hours of majestic mountain views.
Four months on and The Grand Hotel du Lac Vevey is still firmly imprinted in my mind. Whilst the rates at the hotel are expensive, you certainly get what you pay for – captivating scenery, excellent food, fantastic service and best of all wonderful memories!
Have you every visit Vevey before or stayed at a Relais & Châteaux property?
Maggie O xox