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Hostellerie Bon Rivage

Hotel from rue de St-Maurice

At a Glance

    Pros

  • price/value relationship is tops
  • picturesque marina setting on the main transportation line

    Cons

  • no a/c necessitates closed shutters against the afternoon sun
  • most guest rooms have only a shower

Fodorite Reviews

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Hostellerie Bon Rivage Review

This hotel blends right in with the estates facing the lake on the main road between Vevey and Montreux. Its breezy rooms with blond modular furniture overlook a small marina and the turrets of the village castle. The building was once home to the Order of St. Joseph; the nuns still maintain a small chapel on the main floor. Request a lakefront room not only for the superb view, but also to avoid street noise. Keep an eye out for l'Olivier's chef harvesting herbs and vegetables for Provençal-inspired dishes from the walled garden below.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 18 rue de St-Maurice, La Tour-de-Peilz, Vaud, 1814 | Map It
  • Phone: 021/9770707
  • Website:
  • Location: Vevey

    Hotel Details

  • 50 rooms
  • Rate includes breakfast.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 10-10-2012

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    Give it a Year

    I say "give it a year" because this summer the Bon Rivage was doing substantial pipe reconstruction that ripped up the entire parking lot in front, caused us to be woken up at 6 a.m. by jackhammers under our room, necessitating us moving rooms, and made access to the hotel nearly impossible. The other major "con" was the key situation. Never thought a key would turn into a "situation", but this was a first. Let me explain. Our first room was in the hotel's annex in the front corner next to the hotel. It was completely remodeled, had a flat screen tv, gorgeous bathroom and air conditioning. First, however, you have to go through a locked front door to get to the foyer of the annex; then use the same key to get into the room. But that's not all! Once in the room, the same key must be inserted into a keyhole in the room for any of the electrical to work. And . . . they only have one key. So this one key must be used 3 times for purposes of both access and electricity. Which might be acceptable if there is only one person using the room. Or two people who never go anywhere without the other. The reality is, a couple are not together 24/7. So if one of us wanted to go to the front desk in the main hotel, or get a coffee, or walk the grounds (which are gorgeous!) or go out for a nightcap the options are: (1) the person remaining is left with no electricity and can't even use the bathroom because there's no window and is stuck in the dark without tv, computer access or air conditioning; and (2) the person leaving has to go to the front desk when coming back to call the person inside to let them in, because you can't hear someone knocking at the first door that gets you into the foyer! In short, the whole thing defies logic, not to mention practicality. Life is easier in the main hotel (where we moved after being unceremoniously woken by the jackhammers and construction workers yelling at each other). However, these rooms are smaller, have not been redone in decades and have no air conditioning. And you don't have to put the key in to get electricity, thank goodness. On the plus side, the rooms with a view are worth the dated interior. From those rooms, you have a view of their stunning vegetable and fruit garden, Lac Leman, and the mountains on the other side of the lake. Postcard material. Buffet breakfast is included and is pretty decent; fabulous coffee choices. The restaurant, where we dined one night was fairly expensive, but delicious, and they used vegetables and fruits from the garden, such a nice touch. Although the location was close to picturesque Vevey and too far to walk to Montreuex, they provide a pass to take free and plentiful bus service throughout the area, and it's a 10 minute bus ride to Montreux. If they could work out the kinks and change the 1 key per room mandate, and complete the construction work, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel as a very pleasant alternative to the higher priced hotels in Montreux.

    by Surfergirl, 9/12/12

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