Fairmont Le Montreux Palace
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My night at the Le Montreux Palace was AMAZING. I ate Veal from Sardinia, frog legs and asparagus, coca cola light and a yummy chocolate dessert surprise. I relaxed all evening and slept a lot. I meet my new friends in Glion tomorrow. Yea!!!!
Wettest day so far. Only 13 miles but felt a lot longer. These Alps are not flat. And when you get a railway, a river, a major road and a footpath all trying to get through a gorge the easiest way is to send the footpath all over the place. Made for some interesting locations. Every now and then my rucksack threatened to give me more momentum at a tricky spot than I really wanted. Still, all safely negotiated and in truth I think the books were being a little ...
... as it gives me a chance to get my washing dry. Usually when camping in the wet there is just no way to get anything dried out. Had a Thai meal tonight. Not much choice as its a Sunday. Not bad. Slightly concerned about tomorrow's walk. Both books describe it as the most difficult of the whole walk. Not recommended in the wet or when on your own or with a heavy rucksack. Strike three as the saying ...
Cold pizza for breakfast. A first for me I think. And very nice it was too. Followed by a lovely walk along Lake Geneva. Right round to the far eastern end and then south. It all looked amazingly like one of these huge model railway layouts. Even had some trains up on the hillside and more down near the shore. Actually they had been about 40 yards from my tent last night but I ...
... 8pm. Decided to go past my intended stop to try and work up a day in advance so that I can have a rest day when Glynice comes. Passed through Lausanne, good views over the lake from fancy tower. Another dusk arrival at a campsite. If one of these is full I am going to be in trouble. Again no food but this time they phoned for a takeaway pizza for me. Magic. Had the self control to leave a couple of pieces for ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Fairmont Le Montreux Palace
We stayed for 4 nights at the Montreux Palace as part of a business conference, and found the place utterly amazing.
Not a compelling property
I site-checked the place but decided not to stay there. I thought it looked a bit cold and boring. A mix of British and Asian fusion somewhat out of place with its French-Swiss surroundings. Bathrooms are good with separate standing showers, a nice amenity in this region with showers in bathtubs. Unless you get a junior suite, the rooms are small and no way worth the price. Spa looked pretty nice. No real grounds on the property (the promotional literature is misleading because the gardens you see are across the street from the hotel rooms and not really part of the property) and I must tell you that Montreux just seems like a sleepy town, worth lunch but not a weekend. I ultimately stayed in the Kempinski Le Mirador up the road a bit and reviewed on this site.
This hotel is absolutely magnificent, everything looks new, spotless, and the rooms are very well appointed. The service is first rate right from the reception desk to the nightly turndown service that includes a chocolate on your pillow. Many thoughtful touches were incorporated into the room, including a heated towel rack, one push button to automatically close the window blinds, and an automated awning in the balcony that provides shade. This is the most gorgeous hotel in Montreux, right across the street outside of the hotel front entrance you can take in a closeup view of the beautiful mountains and Lake Leman. In addition, it is within walking distance to the train station. An amazing and perfect place to stay. I highly recommend this as a relaxing and quiet retreat in Montreux.
Attended a sales incentive trip at the Palace in early June 2005. I went into this trip with low expectations based on what I read here and from other travel web sites. It was a pleasant surprise to see that what a pleasure this town and hotel really were.
I found Le Montreux Palace to be one of the nicest hotels of my 2002 trip to Europe. My room was quite large, had every facility I could want, was spotless and the staff were uniformly nice. It was a quick walk to the train station and business district, and across the street from Lake Geneva and its promenade. Food service at the lakeside BBQ was fine (not exceptional) and the cafe was likewise reasonable. Montreux, on the other hand, was rather boring. It does make a decent base for exploring the area, though, and with the train (and a rental car for a couple of days) it was easy to get to Gruyere, Broc (forget Bruges--the Nestle-Cailler factory tour with unlimited high-end chocolate tasting is not beatable), Lausanne (if people, gift shops and traffic are your thing), and, with connections, to Zurich and Geneva (for higher-end shopping). The really nice part of the experience was the cooler weather, quiet, and peace after 2 weeks of Italy in June. After a few days it's possible to hit Paris and London without wanting to collapse. For activity and scenery in Switzerland I'd hit the Alps. For a break from a hectic vacation, some down time to renew and go low-key, Montreux works beautifully, and Le Montreux Palace is the best place to stay while you're there.
I spent 9 nights here recently, working with an American group. Views from the front/lake facing rooms and suites are lovely, but if you stay in the rear be prepared for trains passing by through the day and night; noisy construction work on the building behind and no view! Air-conditioning seems to be a problem in some areas. Although there is a garden area opposite the hotel, it has no seating area and is simply a means of hiding the Spa beneath! This is not a hotel for lounging in during the day or evening - it isn't possible to get a cup of coffee or beer without going to the Brasserie (open at 11.00) or Harry's Bar, separate entrance - unless the Terrasse happens to be open - summer only. Housekeeping is inefficient and rooms were not cleaned until, sometimes, 3.30pm in the afternoon. Concierge is fairly surprisingly weak for a Raffles hotel. Montreux has been ruined with tourist shops and cafes - get on the train or a boat on the lake!
Spent three nights here in October 2002. My first room was on the fourth or fifth floor overlooking the lake. I thought the room was somewhat dated in decor and the bathroom grungy so I asked to see what else was available. The other rooms either were less attractive or lacked my view, so I opted for my original room (bathroom grunge and all). Excellent service (in showing me other rooms, etc.) and a good experience in the restaurant "Jaan" (I had the ten course tasting menu -- over the top -- I met the chef). Overall, I agree with other posters about the limit of things Montreux has to offer -- you can, however, catch the train to Gstaad for the day.
Having spent four nights in a jr suite here in August 2003, here's the lowdown: It's grand; the rooms are luxurious and as comfortable as you'd expect. It is also biiig and institutional-feeling. It's not a place where you'll feel like spending time anywhere but in your room (definately go for the lakeview variety). Unless you like the institutional feel, that is;) The restaurants: the flagship, Kwan, or whatever it was called was a disappointment; the promised fusion-cuisine seemed more like what a beginner french chef would create if presented with a half-prepared asian meal. If you're used to fusion as in London or San Francisco, you'll be shocked. Also, the elevator music will really get on your nerves. The Brasserie downstairs offers much better ambiance and I think the food is better prepared as well. The outdoor terrace is a nice place to dine under the stars, but it's basic BBQ-fare. The Amrita spa, however, is EXCELLENT - one of the finest such facilities I've ever seen. Also, in case it matters to you, the hotel tends to have a large share of long term mideast residents who set up camp over the summer. I found this a fun angle but I could see how someone might have a problem with filpino nannies chasing unruly kids in the hallways (they seem to get tossed out when they get unruly, neighbours be d***ed). I'd consider this hotel as a place to spend a few nights recovering from jetlag en route to other places in Europe. People spending their whole vacation here may be disappointed (also Montreux is a pretty small place, you'll "do" it in half a day.