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Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, Montreux, Switzerland

Location: Montreux, a Swiss resort located between Lake Geneva and the Alps, is an ideal starting point for many day trips. Montreux Palace is located less than one hour from Geneva international airport (90 km) or two hours from Zurich international airport (200 km) and scarcely half-hour from the Lausanne train station, with direct connections by TGV to Paris. The hotel is just a three minute walk from the Montreux train station. Le Montreux Palace has always been one of the finest of the great international hotels. In 1928, it was in fact one of the founding members of the famous "Leading Hotels of the World" group that today more than ever includes the most prestigious establishments in the world. It all begins with a wave of luxury, elegance and refinement composed of innumerable details - frescoes, glasswork, precious woodwork, crystal chandeliers - from the Belle Époque.

History: In 1881, two famous Swiss pioneers from Montreux Alexandre Emery and Ami Chessex buy the Hotel du Cygne (built in 1837). In 1895 they found the company “Le Montreux Palace & Cygne”. The Swiss architect Eugene Jost builds the Palace in a record time of 18 months and the hotel opens on March 19th 1906. The new hotel is joined to the original Hotel du Cygne by the Salon de Musique, the Grand Hall and richly decorated ballrooms. Wonderful parties such as Venetian Nights, fancy-dress balls, concerts and many other grand social occasions were held in the magnificent “Art Nouveau” and “Neo-Baroque” rooms. Guests came from all over the world: European aristocrats, Russian princes, New-York bankers, maharajahs.

Rooms and Suites: Famous guests include Richard Strauss, Vladimir Nabokov, Sophia Loren and David Niven. Since the first First Montreux Jazz Festival in 1966, every year, a host of world-renowned artists stays at the Montreux Palace in summer, such as B.B. King, Miles Davis, Georges Benson, Al Jarreau, James Brown, Herbie Hancock and Eric Clapton. In 2002, Montreux Palace  was taken over by Raffles Holding Ltd. All room renovations have been completed during first quarter of 2003. 235 rooms, including 49 suites, delicately combine a refined decor with modern comforts and high-technology. On 6th June 2007, Montreux Palace joined Fairmont Hotels & Resorts as a new hotel in Switzerland in its collection of landmark hotels as “Fairmont Le Montreux Palace”. 

Restaurants and Bars: Montreux Palace boast of four restaurants and three bars. The fine dining restaurant Jaan offers delicate French cuisine with subtle Asian savours. Jaan ‘s design is contemporary and minimalist. The large windows of the restaurant have panoramic views over the new gardens of Fairmont Le Montreux Palace as well as Lake Geneva and the Alps of the “ Haute Savoie ”.  La Brasserie du Palace has a choice of gourmet brasserie food and hot meals from 11.30 am to 10.30 pm. La Terrasse du Petit Palais specializes on light cuisine with Asian flavours cooked in the Wok or à la carte specialities. Harry's New York Bar with its terrace is the place for cocktails, late-night meals and live music. The Bar Rose d'Or has an intimate atmosphere and live piano music.

Sport and Spa: The region of Montreux offers as well as a vast choice of activities: golf, tennis, mountain biking, horse riding, diving, rock climbing, paragliding, swimming, skiing or sailing allowing each and everyone, families, practiced or occasional, no matter what age, to spend their time ideally. The Willow Stream Spa spreads over 2.000 square metres providing both an indoor swimming pool (20 by 8 m), and an outdoor-pool (15 by 7.5 m) surrounded by a lawn for the summer. Two separated wet-zones for women and men included a sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, 2 bubble-loungers and a luxurious changing room. The 300 sqm fitness room includes an aerobics studio, training and cardio-machines with private televisions. The aerobics room is also used for Yoga, Qi Gong and Tai Ji lessons. There are 10 private cabins for a large variety of treatments and massages, including a Vichy shower, Hydrotherapy and a solarium. A private VIP room is available with 2 massage beds, a salon, bubble bath, steam shower and terrace. 

Address Details:
Fairmont Le Montreux Palace
Grand-Rue 100
CH-1820 Montreux

Tel.:  +41-21-962 1100
Fax:  +41-21-962 1717
e-mail: reservation.montreux@fairmont.com
website: www.fairmont.com/montreux

Room Rates / Rack Rates (in Euros, 1 Euro is about 0.66 Pound or 0.75 Dollars):
(prices in Euro are approximately and based on: EUR 1 = CHF 1.65)

Single occupancy / Double occupancy
Fairmont mountain view                   242.00 /    321.00
Fairmont sea view                           333.00 /    412.00
Deluxe Single / Double                    393.00 /    472.00
Signature Single / Double                478.00 /    557.00
Junior Suite Single /Double              527.00 /    605.00
Corner Suite Single / Double            981.00 / 1,060.00
Panorama Suite Single / Double    1,254.00 / 1,333.00
Bellevue Single / Doble                 1,739.00 / 1,818.00
Palace Suite Single / Double         2,284.00 / 2,363.00
Presidential Suite Single / Double  2,951.00 / 3,030.00

Prices are per room and per night. Service charges and VAT are included, unlimited access to Willow Stream Spa (treatments not included). There is an additional city tax of approx EUR 3 per person per day.

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