Luxury hotel holiday Villa Toscane Montreux

The three star Villa Toscane is situated close to the waterfront in Montreux. Paired with the Royal Plaza Montreux & Spa, guests are able to use the range of spa facilities and restaurants here, whilst maintaining the intimate feel of a boutique property. Spend a few nights at Villa Toscane for a very personal experience in this stunning cultural city on the banks of Lake Geneva. We would recommend including Villa Toscane as part of a longer rail touring holiday around Switzerland.
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 Villa Toscane, Montreux

Villa Toscane is a 3-star boutique property with a distinctive Art Nouveau facade and modern rooms. Guests can relax and enjoy the serene surroundings, as well as the spa facilities at the nearby Royal Plaza Montreux & Spa.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 3

Location The hotel is located close to the shore of Lake Geneva in Montreux

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Geneva Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is 1-hour's drive from Geneva Airport

Closest railway station Geneca Cornavin

Distance from railway station The hotel is just over 1-hour's Geneva Cornavin

Hotel facilities and services

Use of the Monspa and Health Centre Clinique Lemana, Swimming Pool, Cafe Bellagio, Sinatra's Bar, and the Sunset Bar at the Royal Plaza Montreux & Spa. Choice of "express" buffet breakfast (consisting of bread, pastries, cereals, fruit juice and hot drinks) at the Sunset Bar or the large American Buffet in Cafe Bellagio. Also available is Private Indoor Parking (from CHF 25), WiFi, 24-hour Reception and Concierge, Room Service and Free Riviera card for complimentary local buses and attraction discounts.

Complimentary

Access to the spa, Riviera card which allows complimentary use of local buses and a discount of major tourist attractions.

Out and about nearby

Though famous for the Montreux Jazz Festival, the city has much more to offer. A railway takes visitors across Alpine meadows to Rochers-de-Naye at over 2000m above sea level, from which you can sometimes see the Jet d'Eau fountain in Geneva across the lake. The Chateau de Chillon is perched on a rocky outcrop, unmissable for its fairytale beauty, and recognised to be Switzerland's most popular historical landmark. For a taste of the Swiss chocolate tradition, take the Belle Epoque style Swiss Chocolate Train to the Maison Cailler to explore the history of Swiss chocolate production and craft some of your own. The Chocolate Train also takes you to medieval castle-topped Gruyeres, where three museums, characterful cobbled streets with townhouses that have shuttered windows, and pavement cafes await. Be sure to also visit the Lavaux Terraced Vineyards that stretch across 800 hectares of lakeside land, perhaps by Vineyard Train (S31), which takes you from Vevey to Puixdoux-Chexbres. For an exclusively relaxing day out, take one of the lake cruises across Lake Geneva, admiring the Alpine backdrop and stopping off in a number of small port villages. Those with children might wish to travel slightly further out to the waterparks and the Swiss Vapeur Park.

Sports nearby

Walking, Hiking, Cycling, Mountain Biking, and Water Sports on Lake Geneva.

Special offers for this holiday>

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 EXH1931

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 Villa Toscane, Montreux

The three star Villa Toscane sits just a stone's throw from the waterfront of Lake Geneva in Montreux. The Art Nouveau facade, defined by the pillars that frame its arched windows, the distinctive teal balconies, and the sharply peaked roofs above its dormer windows, seems especially fitting for this lakeside position. Flowers on the terraces and the tall surrounding evergreen trees help blend the hotel in with picturesque, leafy Montreux. Enter via the grand front steps, into an interior as deceptively modern as the hotel's exterior. The guestrooms are decorated in a neutral, light colour scheme, which immediately focuses your attention on the dramatic views outside the window. Touches such as magenta or white orchids on the bedside tables and unique fireplaces in some rooms add a subtle charm. Higher room categories have high, panelled ceilings and are more spacious. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, guests are welcome to use the restaurant and bars available at Villa Toscane's sister property, the Royal Plaza Montreux & Spa. Dine on French fusion cuisine on the terrace at Cafe Bellagio, and enjoy a digestif or cocktail at Sinatra's Bar or the Sunset Bar, while admiring the views across the lake. While at the Royal Plaza Montreux & Spa, why not also indulge in a massage or beauty treatment, or cool off in the pool. Villa Toscane offers an intimate accommodation option, with an abundance of boutique features, for stays in Montreux. We would recommend staying in Montreux on the first few nights of a rail touring holiday after arriving into Geneva airport, and from here moving on to Zermatt, Interlaken, Saanenland, or even Bern.

Room descriptions

Villa Toscane has 45 rooms and suites with wifi, television, telephone, desk, hairdryer, safe, tea and coffee making facilities, minibar and city view.

Solo Room
Duo Room
Trio Room
Family Room with balcony and large seating area that can accommodate an additional two children
Apartment (on request) with balcony, two bedrooms and large living area; can accommodate up to five people

Special offers for this holiday>

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 EXH1931

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 Villa Toscane, Montreux

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Villa Toscane in Montreux, 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 and a two bedroom apartment are available.

Special offers

January and February 2020 offer Stay between 1 January and 29 February 2020 and receive a 5% reduction off our contract rates for stays of 2 nights, 10% off our contract rates for 3 nights or 15% off our contract rates for 4 nights or more. Not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

November 2020 offer Stay between 1 and 30 November 2020 and receive a 5% reduction off our contract rates for stays of 2 nights, 10% off our contract rates for 3 nights or 15% off our contract rates for 4 nights or more. Not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

Spring 2020 offer Stay between 1 March and 31 May 2020 and receive a 10% reduction off our contract rates for stays of 2 nights, 15% off our contract rates for 3 nights or 20% off our contract rates for 4 nights or more. Not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

October 2020 offer Stay between 1 and 31 October 2020 and receive a 10% reduction off our contract rates for stays of 2 nights, 15% off our contract rates for 3 nights or 20% off our contract rates for 4 nights or more. Not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

December 2020 offer Stay between 1 and 31 December 2020 and receive a 10% reduction off our contract rates for stays of 2 nights, 15% off our contract rates for 3 nights or 20% off our contract rates for 4 nights or more. Not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

Early summer 2020 offer Stay between 1 June and 2 July 2020 and receive a 15% reduction off our contract rates for stays of 3 nights or more or a 20% reduction off our contract rates for 4 nights or more. Not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

Late summer 2020 offer Stay between 19 July and 30 September 2020 and receive a 15% reduction off our contract rates for stays of 3 nights or a 20% reduction off our contract rates for 4 nights or more. Not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

Early booking offer 2020 Book 20 days or more in advance of arrival for stays between 1 March and 2 July 2020 or 19 July to 31 October 2020 and receive a 10% reduction off our contract rates. Not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

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 EXH1931

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 Villa Toscane, Montreux

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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