Nestled discreetly in the medieval town of Lutry, which lies right on Lake Geneva, this small hotel blends a homey vibe with a subtle luxury aesthetic. Its 32 rooms, all freshly renovated in 2010, come with comfortable beds and wonderful views over the town or the local harbor. Some rooms have stone walls, others are wood paneled; and where some come with balconies, others have colorful curtains and timbered attic roofs. There are also two connecting rooms on offer for families or guests traveling together. On-site facilities include a restaurant with a roaring fireplace, a pleasant terrace with views of the lake, and a small business corner in the lobby. But don’t spend all day indoors. The surrounding town is a pleasure to explore.
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Lutry is an attractive, if quiet, town, ideal for those wishing to escape the hubbub of city or home life. The area offers a diverse spread of cafés and restaurants and a plethora of things to do year-round. Local activities include boat trips on the lake, walks through nearby woodlands and vineyards (some places en route offer winetasting—ask the hotel concierge for details) and, of course, lots of skiing and snowboarding in the winter season. A 10-minute bus ride will also get you to St. François, with its notable cathedral and shopping opportunities, and nearby Lausanne has an Olympic Museum to explore.
Need to Know
Rooms: 32 rooms. From $158. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: The intimateLe Rivage offers creative seasonal cuisine with a reliance on local produce—the fish is lake-caught, some of the animals are hunted—and a very pleasant terrace with views of the Savoy Alps and Lutry’s historic port. The wine list features some great local wines among other regional varieties. Spa and gym details: There is no spa on site.
Who it's for: Those seeking a quiet retreat and a hotel experience that’s upscale without being overly formal. Our favorite rooms: The Superior double rooms have the best views of the lake and surrounding vineyards. Plan ahead: You might wish to book a table in the restaurant before arriving, as it’s popular with the locals also.