A 5-star hotel belonging to the FRHI Hotels and Resorts Group and a member of Leading Hotels of the World.
was just a small cluster of charming villages and hamlets on Lake Geneva
, surrounded by mountains, vineyards, fields and forests. At the end of the 18th century, Jean-Jacques Rousseau
choose this romantic landscape as the setting for his novel “La nouvelle Heloise
“. In 1816, Lord Byron
discovered the shores of Lake Geneva, and his poem “The prisoner of Chillon
” made Montreux and the spectacular Chillon Castle famous. Tourism took off in the 1850’s, and by the end of the 19th century, Montreux was known worldwide, thanks to its microclimate.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. The new Palace was considered a modern hotel as it offered heating, electricity and private bathrooms with hot and cold running water!
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