One of the most picturesque towns in Switzerland, Montreux has long been home to the rich and famous. Every July, thousands descend on the Swiss town on the shores of Lake Geneva to enjoy the Montreux Jazz Festival. Come winter, the ski resorts of Leysin, Les Mosses and La Lécherette are just over a 30-minute drive away. Here, we pick some of the best hotels in Montreux for your next trip, bookable with Culture Trip.
Set in the Unesco Lavaux region, which is famed for its terraced vineyards, the five-star hotel Le Mirador Resort & Spa features a jaw-dropping panoramic view over Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps. Rooms take advantage of the hotel’s lakeside vantage point, with floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies. The property also has a spa with a steam room, sauna and indoor pool. It’s just a short walk to the Charlie Chaplin museum.
On the shores of Lake Geneva, the Royal Plaza Montreux & Spa has rooms with lake or mountain views; many feature a private terrace. Head to Café Bellagio to feast on traditional regional cuisine, with a focus on local, seasonal produce. Sunday brunch is popular with locals. During the day, pay a visit to the spa with its indoor pool and sauna. Come dusk, the Sunset Bar lives up to its name with great views of the sun sinking behind the mountains.
Acclaimed for its service, luxurious offerings and charm, Grand Hotel du Lac Vevey is located in the picturesque town of Vevey, just seven kilometres (4.3mi) from Montreux. The hotel dates back to 1868 and much of its original artworks and furnishings have been retained. A meal at the Michelin-starred restaurant, Les Saisons, is not to be missed. Try to book a table on the outdoor terrace which overlooks Lake Geneva. The hotel is less than a 10-minute drive to the surrounding Lavaux wine region — ask the concierge for advice on the best wineries to visit.
Located on the outskirts of Montreux in the town of La Tour-de-Peilz, the three-star Hotel Bon Rivage is a welcoming property with a family-friendly vibe. Choose a room with a lake view and balcony. Downstairs, the Garden on the Lake restaurant serves up delectable French cuisine, whilst the breakfast buffet features freshly-baked bread and warm pastries. The concierge is more than happy to share insights on favourite under-the-radar attractions. Hop on the free bus outside the hotel, which will whisk you into Montreux.
Pratyusha Prakash contributed additional reporting.
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