This hotel is in a prime spot on the shore of Lake Annecy, with great views looking down the lake towards Annecy. The building retains the grandeur and style of a pre-WW2 grand hotel.
Positives: great location, comfortable rooms, and the lakeside restaurant that served decent food in a great location.
Minor issues/notes: 1) our room had a very large walk-in wardrobe, which was great, athough as we were only staying to nights we didn't want to unpack all of our luggage... but this meant there was little room for the cases. 2) Getting the luggage to the room from the car was also a bit of a hike - there is no lift access direct to the underground car park, only a staircase - so we needed to move the car in order to drop off luggage at the main entrance. 3) the corridors have minimal natural light and therefore depend on electric lights, which ony come on if you push one of the timer switches that are dotted along the corridor. However the timings are only for a limited time so it is common to be plunged into darkness when walking between the lift and our room - why can't they use automatic sensors?.
The one real gripe I have is that the lounge was not open in the morning. This might not normally affect visitors - there is a separate conference centre and we got the impression that such business users were the focus of the hotel's attention during our visit (we were asked to move seats in the outdoor drinks area to allow a group to be seated). However, on a wet morning if you want to sit somewhere other than your room you are directed to the outside restaurant area.... which when we asked there for a coffee it felt as though this was not normally done and special arrangements had to be made.
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- Also Known As:
- Le Palace De Menthon Hotel Menthon-Saint-Bernard