The primary thing that this hotel has going for it is its location. Perched on the shoreline of Lake Annecy, the views of the lake and the surrounding mountains are simply stunning. In the mornings, the lake is as still as a sheet of glass and the place has a marvellous, almost mystical, feel to it.
My wife and I stayed here for two nights in mid-February. The staff here are incredibly helpful and accommodating. It was, however, clear that the hotel had just reopened following its winter break and a number of the staff were still getting adjusted to their positions. This was, perhaps, most obvious in the restaurant. The service was painfully slow. Do not get me wrong, I am all for a nice relaxing meal, but at a fraction shy of four hours on one night and 3 1/2 on the other it was beyond a joke. Indeed, the new reason that the service was more speedy on the second night was because we bumped into the (very helpful) manageress who moved things along for us.
The hotel itself is beautiful. Charming old rooms in the former Abbey have been updated with modern bathrooms and a reasonable level of decor. Yes, there is paint peeling here and there, but that adds to the charm. The reception staff were efficient and helpful as were all of the staff that we encountered. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble - even if it did take a long time.
The 'spa' was a little disappointing. The massages were pretty good (couples massages on both days that we were there), but the Jacuzzi and sauna were both very (very) small. These seem to be really designed for two people and I would suggest that you need to know others very well before climbing in!
Sure, this place is not cheap. But as a place to decompress and unwind it worked for us. The manageress also recommended a couple of places for us to visit for the most fabulous views of Lac d'Annecy and the Nordic ski area of La Clusaz. Perfect for what we wanted in terms of seeing the area and playing around in the snow.
If the restaurant was sorted out - both in terms of speed of service and food quality (the hotel seems to pride itself on the gastronomic experience, but while the food is okay, it is nothing really special) the ambiance and location could be absolutely spectacular.
Close, but not quite there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Talloires, the most beautiful place on Lake Annecy is the home to the Abbaye de Talloires, one of the most extraordinary hotels in Annecy. It has everything: centuries of history, a long list of celebrities who have stayed there such as Mark Twain, Paul Cezanne and Jean Reno amongst many others. Fine dining is assured with the Aux Jardins des Delices gourmet restaurant and the light cuisine with the La Table de Cezanne brasserie-restaurant at lunchtime during summer. The historical wine cellar is filled with hidden treasures. Rooms and suites, each one different from the other are offering breathtaking views. The cosy and welcoming Spa; the vaulted bar for romantic evenings; the pontoon equipped with beach beds to escape the world, a wide choice of cultural and sporting activities and so many more. But, above all, it's the people who work here that make this hotel such a special place to stay, the Abbaye de Talloires is the only hotel in France to win twice ( 2009 and 2013 ) 4* et 5* Hotel Customers Trophy Award for its quality of service! ! ... more less
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