No corporate atmosphere and no gimmicks. The Beau Rivage is a pure example of the grand European hotel tradition. Gracious and friendly attitude from the doormen to the reception to the chambermaids and the waiters. The rooms with full lake view are superb, especially the bathrooms. Superior standards of housekeeping. Great breakfast buffet (quality of the food + presentation) at Le Chat Botte restaurant, worthy of the 18/20 Gault et Millau rating. Good bar with live music or a terrace overlooking the lake.
A few negatives: mattress not as good as expected (also king = two singles pushed together), the small fitness room with courtyard view is not five stars (other luxury hotels now either have or are planning to have a full spa), use of computers in business centre not free.
Some aspects of Des Bergues and the Mandarin Oriental are better than at Beau Rivage, but the overall experience here has more charm and can only be found at the very few remaining family-operated European city palaces, like Baur au Lac in Zurich, Sacher in Vienna and Hassler in Rome (+ Le Bristol in Paris, not really run by the owner but with a similar atmosphere).More
- Free Wifi