Montreux-which hotels?

Aug 25th, 2004, 07:40 AM
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Well, thanks for asking. I will happily write a report to share, but my activities may not sound terribly interesting or inspiring to most - eating great food, drinking the fantastic local Swiss white wines, frequenting the open air farmer markets (twice to Montreux's on Friday and twice to Vevey's on Saturday), grocery shopping at the Migros, dinner parties with friends, BBQ's, sitting on the terrace getting sun at the apartment (which yes IS stunning as my friend has the penthouse of a 30's era building, view of the lake and mountains, huge 4 rooms with wrap around balcony up on Avenue de Alpes, the street of the train station). Went with a friend and her 7 year old son to the municipal pool one afternoon which was a hoot (think 100+ Swiss kids, 5 pools, diving boards, volleyball, snack bar). Around the house, I washed a lot of dishes and recycled wine bottles galore to 'pay' my way as a houseguest.

For the future I would be looking to be very central in Vevey or Montreux and would be using only the train & bus, and my feet obviously!! I travel solo so like to be in the middle of things and would be spending most time with local friends. I "practiced" both train and bus this trip under the supervision of dear friend so now feel comfortable getting around on either of these.

I'm not sure about which hotel goes with the Casino. People referred to it as "the hotel at the casino"; I've been there several times but only buying a day pass for use of their beautiful pool.

Need to sign off for now. This must count as one of the more bizarre trip reports ever posted!

I will return with tales of the Marche Folklorique celebrations at the Vevey market, and try to remember about the gardening on the quai (the big ole peacock along the main road still looks exactly the same!).
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Aug 25th, 2004, 08:14 AM
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suze:

Yahoo! Delightful. Yes, stunning views from terraces, shopping at Migros (the huge, two-storied one at the Forum, yes?), eating well and wining well -- yes, yes yes!!! But I can't get my head into that stunning apartment with wrap-around terraces. You lucky devel! I've done some idle wandering around sites of Vaud real estate agencies, so I have an idea of what a gem that apartment is. Lucky, lucky you -- and lucky s/he who lives there!

So, a central single room at about $100? I think the Negociants would be your best bet. Its website is: http://www.hotelnegociants.ch/english/index.htm

Otherwise, try the rooms upstairs at La Rouvenaz (the pizza place across from the Tourist Info booth at the lake) or the rooms above the Hostellerie de Geneve in Vevey. The La Rouvenaz also has "holiday apartments" available. Website for La Rouvenaz: http://www.montreux.ch/rouvenaz-hotel/

How about renting an apartment for a week? Interhome (wwww.interhome.com) has a few small apartments in Clarens & in Territet, all close to bus/train stations. Their cancellation fees are harsh, though, so best bet is to reserve at the last minute (last minute also gets you some discounts). Also be sure to ask if towels are available.

Thanks for the mini-vacation!

s
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Aug 25th, 2004, 08:19 AM
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No, my ooops was meant for my not realizing the OP's date Fortunately you did.
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Aug 25th, 2004, 01:32 PM
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Swandav~ those are both BRILLIANT suggestions. Really funny thing is I hung out quite often in Il Baretto, the bar next door to (and serving the food from) La Rouvenaz, never even noticed the hotel above!

Hotel Negociants also looks just my style and in the exact right part of Vevey that I love so.

My humble thanks & I'll try to think of some more good vacation tales to share in return.
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Aug 26th, 2004, 05:00 AM
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suze -- very happy to help! Both places, though, may be quite noisy at night and neither have ac (so windows open at night . . .). But because you're *very* familiar with both locations, I think you'll know what to expect!

And here's some personal trivia about La Rouvenaz. I went to boarding school in Montreux in 1968 (actually in Territet-Veytaux), and my sister and I loved the pizzas at La Rouvenaz, which we used as the "pizza-standard" for many decades! Back then, the restaurant was decorated in an African motif: zebra-striped walls and big brown nets draped exotically from the ceiling. I love that the place is still there, still serving killer pizzas. Now, I think the secret is in the flavored oils . . .??

Yup, more stories will be welcome!

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Aug 26th, 2004, 07:12 AM
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Swanday and suze,

I'd love to be the mouse in the corner, listening to you guys talking about Montreux and environs. Better yet, with a glass of local Swiss white wine before me!
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Aug 26th, 2004, 10:57 AM
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And so do I! In fact, I just opened a bottle of excellent white wine from the canton of Geneva and have a glass or two ...
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Aug 26th, 2004, 02:07 PM
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Yes I figured that the hotel over La Rouvenaz might be a bit noisy (as our group often sat at the sidewalk tables making a racket ourselves late into the night!). Thanks for the history/decor lesson... will share with Lil in Montreux, she'll love it!
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Aug 27th, 2004, 02:26 PM
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There is a wonderful hotel on the hill which over looks Chateau Chuillion ..the town which is above Montreux is called Glion ( sur Montreux)..the hotel is called the Hotel Victoria and it is wonderful.
If you aren't driving you can take a cogwheel train up the hill which is right near the hotel..
Gorgeous views, great hotel and reception and food and pool.
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