Known for the dramatic reflection of Chateau de Chillon on the Lake Geneva, Montreux has long been home to the rich and famous and caters to a sophisticated sensibility. Here, we pick some of the best spots to stay should you find yourself in this Swiss city.
Fairmont Le Montreux Palace | Courtesy of Gisèle Sommer, Fairmont Le Montreux Palace
Built in 1906, this is Montreux’s most famous hotel. With an outstanding location right on Lake Geneva, it has some of Montreux’s most desirable views. There are 236 rooms and suites, all with a beautiful and elegant aesthetic combined with the latest modern technology. In addition, the hotel has several restaurants; from the relaxed cocktail bar of MP’s Bar & Grill to the refined plushness of the Montreux Jazz Cafe, there’s something for everyone to sample.
Surrounded by stunning Alpine scenery, this hotel has amazing views, with all rooms looking out over Lake Geneva and the Alps. There are 157 rooms and two suites, all furnished in an elegant, classic style. The hotel has several restaurants as well, from the glass-walled Safran to the sophisticated Chill Bar and Lounge.
Built at the end of the 19th century, this family-owned building has a certain retro charm to it. Although it has been renovated, it still retains the details that give it this old-world feel. The rooms are not the most up-to-date, but they are pretty and well-equipped, decked in rich colours and fabrics, spacious and comfortable; and they come with a rich history, as well: several personalities have stayed here, including Lenin, Chaplin, the Rolling Stones, and various Jazz Festival performers.
Yet another late-19th century building, the Hotel Helvétie has been witness to Montreux’s growing tourist industry and has itself grown to accommodate this . The location of the hotel is at close proximity to both the Casino and the Lake Geneva, putting it at the heart of the action. 62 well-lit and spacious rooms are equipped with faux fireplaces, plush armchairs and comfortable beds and there’s a small brasserie onsite.
The beautiful Villa Toscane is in a stunning Art Nouveau building, and conveniently faces the Royal Plaza Montreux & Spa from right across the street. It has 45 rooms and an apartment, all in a modern, stylish aesthetic. The spa located across the street also allows the guests of Villa Toscane free and unlimited access to its facilities, including but not limited to a sauna, steam rooms, treatment rooms, and more.
Hotel Wilhelm is a family-owned hotel located in the city center of Montreux. Although Montreux is, for the most part, a pricey city, Hotel Wilhelm offers refreshingly affordable prices with a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. It feels like staying in a family home – which is is, as the same family has owned the hotel for over 100 years. Rates also include a generous breakfast, which you can enjoy in the charming little garden in the backyard of the Hotel.
The Hotel Eden Palace first opened in 1896 as Hotel International, with views over the Lake Geneva and the Alps. This historical building has withstood several disasters: both the World Wars as well as the petrol shock. At this point in time it continues its run as a successful hotel, with 100 rooms including various types of suites, furnished in an elegant, classic style with state-of-the-art appliances. Enjoy the lake-side views from a balcony or terrace as you sip on your evening apero.
Built in a Belle Epoque style, the Grand Hôtel lives up to its name: with its dripping chandeliers and stellar views, there’s nothing that could be more majestic. The lobby is marble-tiled and welcoming. There are a variety of rooms, which have all been quite recently renovated with plush furniture alongside beautiful views. You can additionally avail yourself of their in-house restaurant and bar.
The oldest historical hotel in the Montreux-Vevey area, the Hotel Masson is an architectural heritage in itself. There’s no shortage of details to appreciate, from the wrought-iron balcony to the granite staircase to the plaster mouldings that have survived from 1906. All 31 of its rooms are unique, giving guests a different sense of aesthetic every time. Although they all hark back to the Belle Epoque era, they are fitted with modern conveniences and make for a comfortable and memorable stay.
The spa is undoubtedly the greatest attraction of this hotel, but it also has a variety of comfort, superior, and deluxe rooms (and also apartments). The spa offers Turkish baths and saunas, various gym rooms, treatments, and relaxation rooms. There’s also an affordable restaurant known as the “Le Pavois” in-house. Ideal for a relaxing stay.