Fairmont Le Montreux Palace
100 Grand-Rue, Montreux, Vaud, 1820, Switzerland
Silver mansards and yellow awnings flag this vast institution as a landmark, though its aristocratic interiors are now filled with cell-phone-chatting travelers. This colossal Belle Époque folly of stained glass, frescoes, and flamboyant molded stucco opened in 1906 and counts Vladimir Nabokov among its notable former residents (a bronze of the author stands in the lakeside gardens). Updated facilities do not compromise the allure of this grand hotel. You can be cyber-connected from any corner or secluded in a massage suite at the Willow Stream Spa. Guest rooms have fruitwood furniture, bold accessories, and whirlpool tubs trimmed in granite and marble.
- halls and salons are replete with history and decorative architecture
- discreet staff can handle any request
- easy to feel lost in the shuffle of high-end conferences
- prices are steep for basics like breakfast and parking
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