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What it is
A storied 109-room hideaway built in 1875 on Lake Geneva, overlooking Mont Blanc.
What it isn't
Tired. Rooms marry tradition with modernism (as exemplified by the slate gray, tufted headboards and rainforest showers in your marble bath).
What we think
The story behind Le Richemond is nothing short of a saga. Born the son of a cooper in the Black Forest in 1847, Adolphe-Rodolphe Armleder left his village at 15 with one dream: to become an hotelier. By 1875, he’d ascended to head-waiter and rented a pensione, which he spent decades upgrading into the veritable palace it is today—one where artists from Miro to Warhol have laid their heads. Service is, unsurprisingly in a hotel that’s stood the test of time, exquisite. On the 24-hour room service menu, you’ll find everything from caviar to lobster club sandwiches, and plenty of Laurent-Perrier Brut champagne to wash it down.
You're here because
The Sisley spa is as luxe as they come, with Thai-themed rooms, a sauna and steam bath, and unexpected treatments, such as phyto-aromatic facials that will leave you nothing short of luminous.
You could lie and say you booked a reservation at Le Jardin, overlooking Brunswick Gardens, for the view. But let’s be honest: you’re here for dessert. Sebastien Quazzola won Pastry Chef of the Year by Gault & Millau in 2019, and as soon as you bite into your red currant and thyme lemon sorbet, sweetened with honey from their own hives, you know exactly why.
Restaurants & Bars
Le Jardin - exquisite simple cuisine, seasonal menus featuring fresh local ingredients paired with an exceptional wine menu
Le Lounge and Le Bar - a menu of light meals, snacks and bar bites accompanied by creative cocktail concoctions
Set on the shore of Lake Geneva, across from the Neo-Gothic Brunswick Monument and just three blocks down the lake from Bains des Paquis, the public bathhouses that transform into saunas come winter.