Luxury hotel holiday Grand Hotel du Lac Vevey

The five star Grand Hotel du Lac in Vevey is uncompromising in its attention to detail. Grand rooms lit by chandeliers and furnished with unique pieces are drawn together with opulent style. Within close reach of the stunning waterfront cities of Lausanne and Montreux, guests at the Grand Hotel du Lac are perfectly placed for earnest cultural exploration and appreciation of this particular Swiss lake. Follow the waterside, passing through the Lavaux vineyards, to reach Geneva. The Grand Hotel du Lac is an elegant, classical choice of first class luxury accommodation in the Lake Geneva region.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Fly-rail with scheduled flights and rail tickets
  • Rail travel from London back to London as option
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, rail and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to the Grand Hotel du Lac, Vevey

The Grand Hotel du Lac is a luxurious 5-star hotel in a beautiful lakefront location. Decadent cuisine, superb spa facilities and supremely comfortable accommodation afford guests a truly serene and indulgent experience.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5

Location The hotel is located on the waterfront in Vevey, near Montreux.

Closest airport Geneva Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is just over 1-hours' drive from Geneva Airport

Closest railway station Vevey Station

Distance from railway station The hotel is about 5-minutes' drive from Vevey Station

Hotel facilities and services

La Veranda Restaurant and Terrace, Les Saisons Restaurant, the Oriental Lounge, the Lounge, Hotel Bar, Heated Outdoor Swimming Pool (June-September), Gardens, Concierge, WiFi, Seasonal Spa, Beauty Treatments, Sauna, Turkish Bath, Massages, and Fitness Room, Complimentary Riviera Card enabling free use of public transport and various other advantages.

Complimentary

Riviera Card, Spa Access, Use of the Seasonal Swimming Pool.

Out and about nearby

With so many famous places on your doorstep, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to cultural exploration. We would recommend paying a visit to Montreux, Lausanne, and Geneva respectively. The highlights of Montreux include Chillon Castle, perched on a rocky outcrop, the most photographed landmark in Switzerland, the railway to Rochers-de-Naye, the Chocolate Train journey, and the Vineyard Train which takes you through the Lavaux Terraced vineyards. These 800 hectares of vineyards are the largest living cultural site in Switzerland. Of course, you may wish to time your visit to coincide with the Montreux Jazz Festival. In Lausanne, perhaps begin with the promenade at Ouchy, which links together the picturesque Olympic Park outside the new Olympic Museum, the Haldimand Tower, the Bellevrie Swimming Pool, the Chateau d'Ouchy, and the portside. In Geneva, begin with the most striking monument, the Jet d'Eau fountain that bursts out of the water in the harbour. Then, wander around the Old Town, visiting the St Pierre Cathedral and several of the small, unique shops, before stopping at the Palais des Nations or one of the contemporary art museums. Geneva is also home to four world-exclusive museums: the International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, Le Musee International de la Reforme, the Patek Philippe Museum, and the Bodmer Foundation Library and Museum.

Sports nearby

Water Sports and Boat Rides on Lake Geneva; Walking, Hiking, Cycling, and Golf in the mountains.

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1941

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to the Grand Hotel du Lac, Vevey

The Grand Hotel du Lac in Vevey is a five star Relais and Chateaux property overlooking the north-western shore of Lake Geneva. The elegance of its south-facing facade is matched by the stunning vistas of this location. Renovated in 2006 by Pierre-Yves Rochon to recreate the flair of 1868 architect M. Ernest Burnat, the palatial building is ornamented with wrought iron balconies that sit below tall windows framed by light grey shutters. The glassy lobby entrance is shaped by the hotel wings on either side. Vines and creeping plants climb the lattice that borders the gardens, creating an idyllic sense of privacy. Shaded behind these living walls is the heated outdoor swimming pool. Sun loungers sit beneath parasols, looking out across the reflection of the palace in the water. Preened hedges mark pathways from the patio across the grass, and add to the expertly manicured, regal feel to the grounds. Inside, each of the public rooms are linked by a graceful main walkway. Monochrome marble tiles, vast oriental vases, hanging lanterns, and beautiful flower arrangements guide you from the lobby to the restaurants, the Lounge, the Oriental Lounge, and the Hotel Bar. As the name suggests, the Oriental Lounge is adorned with touches of the exotic; the upholstery is interwoven with golden threads, grand ornate stools and cabinets support gold teapots and figurines, and delicate lace veils the keyhole arch window. In the other of the hotel's lounges, a Venetian-esque style prevails. Rich purples in the tall flowers, armchairs, rug, and dividing screen create a soothing, opulent atmosphere; yet, glass-topped tables and an alternative lamp-shaded chandelier suggest a modern edge. Both lounge styles are combined in the Hotel Bar, where Chinese tapestries and curtains are paired with modern artworks and an elegant marble fireplace. In the guestrooms, the decoration takes on a more neutral tone, with soft greys, greens, blues, yellows, and creams. Floral bed throws are accented by feature walls and panelling, and are painstakingly matched to the soft furnishings. Some higher category rooms have their own individual fireplaces, and the Suite Leman introduces a bold, unapologetic red to the bed covers, furnishings, chandelier, and curtains, and the fireplace is framed by a rich dark brown stone. Once again, modern artworks add a flash of cutting-edge modernity. Before retiring to your room, you can choose from a range of dining options. In La Veranda, guests can dine either in the elegant glass-walled dining room or on the outside terrace looking across the town of Vevey. The Michelin-starred Les Saisons picks up the purple colour scheme once more, which is then set against a grand hearth and intricately painted wall murals. The menu served here is governed by the best seasonal produce and therefore reflects the changing seasons of Switzerland through its flavours. Every room at the Grand Hotel du Lac has been thoughtfully designed down to the minutest detail, ensuring that your stay here is characterised by grandeur and the highest luxury.

Room descriptions

Grand Hotel du Lac has 50 rooms with air-conditioning, Occitane bathrooms, minibar, television, telephone, hairdryer, pillow menu, and iPod docking station.

Superior Room
Superior Room with lake view
Deluxe Room with balcony or terrace
Deluxe Room with lake view
Junior Suite with bedroom, bathroom, and lounge area; some have balcony or terrace
Suite Leman with bedroom, 3 walk-in closets, lounge, dining area, kitchenette, guest toilet, and 2 balconies
Family Room

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1941

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to the Grand Hotel du Lac, Vevey

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Grand Hotel du Lac in Vevey, our clients usually either fly to Geneva airport or arrive by train at Montreux railway station. From Geneva airport there are direct trains to Montreux and the journey time is about 1 hour and 15 minutes. The hotel is a short taxi ride from the station.

Additional information

Children: Family rooms are available, comprised of interconnecting suites and rooms. Babysitting services and cots are available on request. Children younger than 6 receive a complimentary breakfast.

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1941

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to the Grand Hotel du Lac, Vevey

About Lake Geneva

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to Lake Geneva is an ideal way to experience the beauty and serenity of this Swiss region. Marking a crescent-shaped segment of the France-Switzerland border, Lake Geneva is named after diplomatic, historic Geneva. French spa towns on the southern shore look across to the Swiss Riviera on the northern side, characterised by grand palatial buildings and hotels, promenades lined with trees, and tumbling fountains. Lake Geneva is popular for water sports and hiking holidays, as well as relaxing lakeside spa breaks; and, in the winter, it is close enough to the ski slopes to make a very laid-back skiing destination. Chic towns and villages sit behind rows of palm trees, basking in the Mediterranean climate, sheltering gourmet restaurants, luxury boutique shops, and a range of stunning Swiss hotels. Prestigious buildings, at the seat of European politics, call these idyllic towns home, adding a sense of importance to the atmosphere of the peaceful streets. There is perhaps nowhere more glamorous in Switzerland than Lake Geneva, and nowhere where the history and culture is so grand and visually captured in the buildings, parks, and gardens. With such close proximity to Geneva airport and the major railway lines, Lake Geneva is an excellent first or last stop on a touring holiday.

Highlights of Lake Geneva

Montreux, on the most eastern point of the lake is most famous for the Montreux Jazz Festival, which is held in international esteem. One of the most iconic sights, for both Switzerland and Montreux, is of Chillon Castle, jutting out on a rocky outcrop into the lake waters. This castle cannot be missed because of its fairy-tale beauty. You can also begin to explore the landscape around Montreux by rail. One railway takes you across Alpine meadows to Rochers-de-Naye at more than 2000m above sea level, from which you can sometimes see the Jet d'Eau in Geneva. The Swiss Chocolate Train, adorned with lavish Belle Epoque carriages, travels to the village of Gruyeres, where characterful old cobbled streets are lined with townhouses containing cafes and three museums. An imposing medieval castle sits at the top of the village. You can also reach the Maison Cailler on the Chocolate Train, where you learn about traditional Swiss chocolate-making and even make some of your own. The Vineyard Train (number S31) will take you through the 800 hectares that make up the Lavaux Terraced Vineyards from Vevey to Puidoux-Chexbres. The vineyards are the largest living cultural site in Switzerland and a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site. Further west from the Lavaux Vineyards is Lausanne, home to the International Olympic Committee headquarters, but perhaps best known for simply being a particularly romantic and beautiful Swiss town. Gardens, promenades, and lakeside pathways ensure that your days here are as picturesque as they are cultural. At Lausanne's heart stands the Cathedral, believed to be one of Europe's most beautiful Gothic monuments. The purple and orange hues of its two main spires are visible throughout the town. It was originally built in the 12th and 13th centuries. In contrast with the Cathedral, immersed in the history of the cobbled Old Town, a new Olympic Museum has recently opened. Interactive displays illustrating the colourful history of the games are spread over three levels and include more than 1,000 objects and 150 screens. One of the highlights of the museum, however, is the Olympic Park. The artworks, sports sculptures, and beautiful patches of well-maintained nature provide a stunning setting for this modern cultural venture. From here, you can wander down the promenade at Ouchy, an area that is unrelentingly popular with residents. This promenade takes you to the Haldimand Tower, the Bellerive Swimming Pool, the Chateau d'Ouchy, and the port.

Cultural highlights of Lake Geneva

Any stay on Lake Geneva remains incomplete without a visit to the city that gives it its name. One of the key features of Geneva's cultural heritage is its place as the origin of fine watch-making. Workshops, boutiques, and museums all provide an insight into this prestigious craft. Even the Jet d'Eau fountain bears some connection, as it originally harnessed the power of the Rhone for the craftsmen of Geneva. Today, it acts as a captivating, animate monument to the skills, craft, and natural forces of the city. Geneva is also home to the Palais des Nations, the European headquarters of the UN. Guided tours take visitors through the building, which seems to blend geometric modern design with classical, palatial style. Geneva's Old Town, or Vieille-Villa, is the largest in Switzerland, laced with narrow alleyways and charming squares, and centred around the St Pierre Cathedral. 157 steps will take visitors to the top of the cathedral tower in order to appreciate the remarkable views over the fascinating jumble of unique townhouses. A very unique feature of Geneva is the Flower Clock in the Jardin Anglais. This precise and beautiful clock has the longest second hand in the world. Visitors interested in Swiss art and modern culture should spend an afternoon in the Quartier des Bains, wandering around the MAMCO and the Centre d'Art Contemporain before enjoying dinner in a chic bistro. Mediterranean Carouge is Switzerland's gateway to the south, with abundant Sardinian style. Finish your exploration with one of the four world-exclusive museums: the International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, Le Musee International de la Reforme, the Patek Philippe Museum, and the Bodmer Foundation Library and Museum.

Festivals in Lake Geneva

Much of the canton of Geneva's culture is built around a celebration of its history and traditions. Perhaps one of the liveliest celebrations is the Oktoberfest, though many more unusual festivals prove equally enjoyable. In the first two weeks of February, the Antigel Festival brings a variable programme of music, dance, and other performances to the less likely stages. In March, the International Geneva Motor Show, largest of its kind in Europe, unveils a range of new innovative designs at the Palexpo Exhibition Centre. Similarly, in April you can visit the International Exhibition of Inventions, New Techniques, and Products in the same venue. On specific dates of the year, usually mid-May, a selection of museums stay open for the whole night, an event that is also celebrated in a number of bars. Also in May is a Day of Open Wineries, where upwards of 90 wineries open their doors for free to wine-touring visitors. A charge of 5CHF at one winery will enable you to taste wines at every other winery for no further charge. In June and July, parks, gardens, and secluded outdoor spots on the lake shores play host to a range of live music and DJ sets at the Ecoutes au Vert Festival. In the middle of June each year, Lake Geneva is transformed into the largest sailing regatta in Europe, with over 500 boats competing. Geneva's largest music festival is the Geneva Music Festival in late June, specialising in a range of musical genres, and accompanied by an array of food stalls. Impossible to forget is the Montreux Jazz Festival, founded in 1967, that brings an eclectic range of performances to the lakeside stages, not limited to Jazz. The Cine Transat, hosted in one of Geneva's parks, features a series of French and English films. The Prelude to the Geneva Festival and the Geneva Festival itself take place from the middle of July until the first week of August and are widely believed to be the highlight of summer in the region. Carnival rides, concerts, stalls with Swiss delicacies and street food, parades, and variety performances take over the lake shores, topped off with unique firework displays each and every night. The Festival de la Batie from the end of August to mid-September exhibits the works of many local artists from a range of disciplines in Batie Park. The Nuit des Bains sees several galleries in the Quartier des Bains open their doors for free. For a taste of Geneva's history, watch l'Escalade in the Old Town in the second week of December, which commemorates that defence of the city against the Duke of Savoy in 1602.

Gastronomy in Lake Geneva

With over 1,000 restaurants, Geneva is recognised as the capital of culinary delicacies in Switzerland. For decadent dining, choose one of the hotels that line the lake shores; for foreign cuisine, head to the Paquis district; for traditional Swiss dishes, dine in Geneva's Old Town; for Italian restaurants and French cafes, go to Eaux Vives; and for experimental, chic restaurants, eat in Carouge. Some ingredients to look out for in particular are cheeses from Gruyere, oil from Severy, charcuterie, perch, fera, char, and leeks. Vaud, the region in which Lake Geneva sits, is Switzerland's largest wine-growing region, and the most prominent grapes are Chasselas, Pinot Noir, and Gamay. You may also discover some Tartiflette, which originated over the French border in Haute-Savoie, made with Reblocohon cheese.

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