We stopped here on the first leg of a driving trip through southern Europe, and could not have a picked a more appropriate place to re-acclimate to a vacation mind-set.
The hotel is meticulously maintained and clean, by our estimation, and really takes you back to a more elegant time and place, without compromising comfort. Imagine the sort of classic elegance that some modern hotels are trying to achieve, this is the template.
Granted, you have to switch off the part of your brain that is counting every dollar, euro, and franc you are spending to enjoy yourself here. This is, for most of us, a splurge. But to go through your visit here looking at every bill would ruin the experience. So figure out all that ahead of time so once you pull into the port cochere you can immerse yourself and pretend you're "old money" for a weekend.
The location is great if the weather is good. The views from the lake side of the hotel are lovely. Just a small notch below perhaps what you'd get in the mountains or riviera. The covered patios is great and just begs you to eat breakfast there. The rooms are clean, modern enough, and luxurious.
We found the desk staff to be actually quite warm and helpful even though we weren't european royalty. A nice touch was giving free passes to the local train system when we asked to visit the downtown area, and great suggestions were given for a walking tour.
The parking, like everything else, was effortless and our car came back all washed and ready to go to our next stop.
We enjoyed visiting the pool area as well. There seem to be quite a few locals who use the pool on a membership basis, but it didn't detract from use by hotel guests.
It really was hard to find anything to fault, other than the prices which can be eye-watering, especially for the gastronomic restaurant ASP (see other review).
One bit of advice - we booked through American Express Platinum to receive room upgrade & food credit - one of the restauants that qualifies for the food credit is an Italian restaurant that is very hard to locate from hotel signage. It turns out, the hotel also owns some of the properties bordering it on the lakefront, and the Italian restaurant is essentially the sidewalk Italian cafe that seems more attached to the neighboring hotel. It was a great lunch and I'd recommend it as a good value for any food & beverage credits you have from your booking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in 10 acres of private gardens on the banks of Lake Geneva, only 40 minutes from Geneva Airport, the elegant Belle Epoque buildings of the Beau-Rivage Palace, a Leading Hotel of The World, command breathtaking views across the lake and Alps. The 168 guest rooms and suites are richly appointed and offer the utmost in elegance and comfort. Luxury 8 Executive suites were created to be different and unique in style. The restaurants provide guests ample cuisine from which to choose. From the 2 Michelin star restaurant “Anne-Sophie Pic au Beau-Rivage Palace” to the “Cafe Beau-Rivage”, the Italian restaurant “L’Accademia” and the refined sushi restaurant “Miyako Lausanne”. The Cinq Mondes Spa offers pure relaxation on over 1,500 square meters; discover the beauty rituals from the world over. The Beau-Rivage Palace provides impeccable service including also a special kids program to make your stay truly unforgettable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beau Rivage Palace Lausanne