We were told we had to see Annecy, and just happened to book just outside of Annecy in Talloires, and we were pleasantly surprised! We wished we could have stayed longer, as it rained a lot on our trip, so we didn't get to explore as much as we would have liked. The hotel was great, and all within a short walking distance to the beach, restaurants, grocery store, etc. Hotel was clean, and great staff, and excellent breakfast. I would highly recommend staying in Talloires, it is less "touristy' but is still only a 5 minute drive to historic Annecy.