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Old Apr 22nd, 2005, 12:17 AM
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Montreux

Hi! Can someone please tell me something about Montreux. If given a choice should i stay for a night out here. What is interesting in this city.
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Old Apr 22nd, 2005, 02:53 AM
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Hi samridhi,

Personally, I love Montreux, and I try to get there every year or so --

Here's my standard list of activities for Lake Geneva:

Spend a morning walking along the 11km flowered lakeside promenade from Clarens to Villeneuve, passing the Chateau Chillon between Territet and Villeneuve; there are plenty of cafes to stop and have a coffee & snack along the way to replenish your strength. There are also plenty of benches to sit and read, watch other walkers, or simply stare at the majesty of the lake and the mountains in the distance.

If you make it all the way to Villeneueve, top off your long walk with a wonderful pizza & beer lunch at a lakeside café in Villeneuve, then take the ferry back to Montreux (I think the ferry stops in late Sep/Oct).

Spend a morning walking up to Montreux's old city and the old church for fantastic panoramic views from the churchís terrace. Have lunch at the Hotel/Restaurant du Pont at 12 rue du Pont (I had a ravioli in cream sauce with shaved truffles that was out of this world!). Montreuxís website is at www.montreux.ch

Spend the morning in Vevey hunting down the antiques shops in the old town. Then have lunch at the Hostellerie de Geneve on the Pl. Marche. Veveyís website is at www.vevey.ch

Be sure to walk from Vevey to the town of La-Tour-de-Peilz, just a few blocks. Walk along the lake past stately trees and park benches until you come to an old fort, a small park, and the port. You'll see lots of folks out playing in good weather.

Take the train (the ďwine trainĒ) from Vevey to Chexbres, then spend a morning walking the vineyards down to the lake, hitting Rivaz & St. Saphorin. For lunch, find the Auberge du Rivaz (in Rivaz . . . ) with a terrace lake view or see if any of the cellars are having a cheese/wine tasting. Website: www.lavaux.ch/sentier2.htm

The lakeside village of Cully, just east of Lausanne, is a picturesque stop and has two recommended restaurants, the Auberge du Raisin and the Au Major Davel.

The lakeside village of Lutry, just two miles east of Lausanne, has a well-posted tour of medieval buildings as well as some good wine caves for tasting. Website: www. lutry.ch

Spend a day in the mountains, taking the train to the resort of Gstaad. On the way back, stop at Chateau d'Oex for lunch.

Take the funicular from Territet up to Glion and have lunch at the Hotel Victoria, enjoying its panoramic views of the lake.

Spend an afternoon in the medieval village of Gruyeres, making sure to sample the berries in creme-double. Website: www.gruyeres.ch

Spend an afternoon in Nyon at the Roman museum and the Caesar's columns nearby. The Fodors guide recommends a meal at the Auberge du Chateau just steps from the Roman museum. It was closed when I was there, but it looked charming. Website: www.nyon.ch

Go to the small, charming village of Celigny. Not much to see here but a picturesque place (it was actor Richard Burtonís home during the last years of his life). Have lunch at the Auberge du Soleil -- great prix fixe feast!

Spend the morning in the town of Morges, just west of Lausanne. Morges has a cobbled main street that is lined with shops and patisseries; it has a flowered lakeside promenade that signs say runs all the way to Lausanne; and it has a large, green park next to the lake that is filled with stately trees. Here's the Morges tourism website: www.morges.ch/view.asp?DomId=51

The website for the tourist office of the region is: www.lake-geneva-region.ch

My personal travel journal (w/photos) of Montreux: http://www.igougo.com/planning/journ...JournalID=7825

Note that you may want to consider Vevey for an overnight as well!

s
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Old Apr 22nd, 2005, 09:54 PM
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Hi! It does not look as if you travel every year to Montreux but the way you have described, it looks as if you stay there all year.Thanks a lot, I could not have asked for some better advice. One last help if you could recommed me some hotel within 100 US $
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Old Apr 23rd, 2005, 04:21 AM
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Hi Again Samridhi,

Sorry, I usually stay in four-star hotels in the area, so I don't have any personal recommendations for a hotel at $100.

I can tell you that, at the current rates, $100 = 118 chf, and finding a room at that price will be hard. Are you looking for a single or a double?

There are some two-star hotels you can find at www.montreux.ch, but even a single will run you 130 chf in the summer. You can save a bit of money by staying in Vevey. A friend of mine stayed in the Hotel Negociants (www.hotelnegociants.ch) in Vevey and loved it. Rates are about 105chf for one and 166chf for two for the summer.

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Good morning, SMRIDHI and S': Perhaps you'd like to look at the bnb.ch website. There are a couple of b&b's in the Montreux neighborhood. J.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2005, 05:36 AM
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Hi S, which 4 star hotel would you recommend and how much will it cost me for double in May
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Old Apr 23rd, 2005, 08:25 AM
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www.montreux.ch
www.vevey.ch

Are good websites for an overview of these two towns. I go to this area every other summer to visit a friend.

My hotel pick for Montreux is Hotel Helvetie on the main street which is near your budget.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2005, 08:29 AM
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Hi samridhi,

Sorry for my earlier curtness; I had a mood on this am!

Yup, I do sorta feel like a resident of Montreux; in fact, I call Montreux my future adopted hometown! I plan to sort of ease into a permanent move in a few years.

Anyway, some nice hotels you may want to consider are:

My all-time favorite hotel in Montreux is the four-star Hotel Victoria, (www.victoria-glion.ch), with rooms starting at 250 chf. Iíve stayed here three times, I think. This is a member of the Relais & Chateaux group, and itís a charming hotel with Belle Epoque furnishings and an incredible staff. Ok, the problem here is that the hotel is actually in Glion, above Montreux. You need to take a further train from Montreux or the funicular from Territet (near Chillon). But the views are hard to beat!

Another of my favorites is the four-star Hotel Eden au Lac, right on the lake (www.edenmontreux.ch/index.jsp) with rooms from 295 chf, but deals are usually available! Iíve stayed here twice. Even though itís right next to the casino and right in the heart of the active portion of the promenade, itís quiet and nice inside. I love the location! The furnishings are also Belle Epoque though the service is not quite as discrete and sweet as at the Victoria. This is about 10 minutesí walk from the train station. I think they've recently changed their name to the Eden Palace or some such.

One unique hotel and a favorite with many is the Ermitage (www.ermitage-montreux.com), which calls itself a restaurant with rooms rather than a hotel. Singles from 170 chf. It only has seven rooms, and itís well known for its restaurant. I stayed there once in the summertime, and the restaurantís noisy diners kept me up all night! Itís close to the Royal Plaza just beyond Montreux, again right on the lakeside promenade.

One hotel to consider that I haven't stayed at is the (3 star) Hotel Helvetie (http://www.montreux.ch/helvetie/), which a frequent poster here recommends. While that poster hasn't stayed there either, it was recommended by a local resident, and the poster did walk through the hotel. Rates are about 130-180 chf. Excellent location, right in the center of town.

Also look at the Golf Hotel in the suburb of Territet. I seem to have lost its website, but you can find it at www.montreux.ch. There have been some bad reviews of the hotel, though.

Another very popular hotel is the Hotel Masson, a three-star in the Veytaux neighborhood above the lake; website at www.hotelmasson.ch. Iíve walked by it in the winter, and it looks very charming; many posters here recommend it, and it gets a star from the Fodors guide. Rates for a single in summer are 100-170 chf, double 150-240 chf.

Hope this helps!

s

ps hey, jw!!
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Old Apr 23rd, 2005, 08:39 AM
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Looking at the Montreux website I posted above just now, I was surprised to find there is one 2-star, and five or so 3-star hotels listed. Depending on what time of year you are visiting, and whether single or double, they are even within the budget you mentioned.
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Hi,

I live half an hour away from Montreux in the Alpes Vaudoise, and I got there quite often. Montreux is a beautiful city, especially in the summer time. Lake Geneva (actually Lake Leman, but the Swiss need to have the last word with everything) gives the area a Mediterrean climate. In July, there is the Jazz Fesitval, and there is an awesome nightlife in Montreux, Lausanne and Geneva. If you want a day trip, listen to swandav2000, but add Leysin to that list! Take the train from Montreux to Aigle, then take the Aigle-Leysin cog. The Golden Pass is great, but Gstaad is extremely expensive, Leysin being far less expensive, and in my opinion, far nicer.

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Samridi,

Please excuse me for hijacking your thread here for a minute --

To elmothehobo -- you once posted an email from LAS. Do you teach or study there? Just curious.

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