This is a19th century, old-fashioned grand hotel in a stunning position above Lake Geneva. Wonderful views from the gardens, the terrace and many of the rooms, which -- especially in the older part of the building -- are large, airy and calm.
If you are an interior design historian, the bathrooms are a must. Somebody spent a great deal of money on the latest, best-quality decor during the 1970s and it's lasted. They are truly remarkable -- public loos on ground floor have claret-coloured porcelain, with pea green wriggly tiles and gold ceilings. Our bathroom had a smaller version of the floor tiles and a suite in a mauivish pink. Everything worked beautifully and is a tribute to its manufacturers, if a little startling to 21st century eyes.
It's a Relais et Chateaux member but both food and service are a bit curate's egg -- good in parts. Waiting staff seemed to be drawn largely from students at the nearby international hotel school, who either hated it (and said so) or had slept through rather a lot of lessons. We were brought our starters two nights running before we'd even had the change to finish our aperitifs, let alone order wine. Both nights we stayed, we had a couple of really excellent courses and at least one that was seriously ordinary. They are very keen for you to take the day's set menu -- this is high quality mass catering, rather than a destination restaurant, which is a pity because the setting is unbeatable.
Gardens are lush and beautifully-kept. Pool claims to be heated but isn't and was over-run two days in a row with screaming, splashing children, whose parents appeared to think it was a private amenity reserved for them. Other guests not amused, particularly as the racket made it difficult to relax.
In fact, the lunatics had a habit of taking over the asylum. Saturday night's wedding party went on until 5am and kept the entire hotel awake -- if you weren't at the same end as the function room, you were woken by departing guests, shouting, revving cars and generally being happy and thoughtless. Apparently the night porter asked them ten times to be quiet. Perhaps they need more night porters.
We may have been unlucky and would consider returning, mainly for the position and atmosphere. But we'd book mid-week, in term-time, and check whether any functions were scheduled.
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