Arriving at this hotel was fabulous. When you drive down and first see the lake, it takes your breath away. I had always wanted to come to Annecy and so we stopped off for one night on our ‘grand tour’ of France. I had used Tripadvisor to help choose a hotel in Annecy and I’m glad to have chosen this one.
The best thing about this hotel is the location and the view. We didn’t have time to explore the entire lake, but in my opinion the view from the hotel is the best you can get of the entire Lac d’Annecy. The hotel grounds are stunning, and you can walk through the garden to the little pontoons jutting out into the water, and just sit and admire the view. We noticed there was an outdoor restaurant/bar area but it wasn’t open whilst we were there (the weather wasn’t great).
Apart from the view and setting, however, the hotel was a bit of a let-down. The reception is lovely, but I found the rooms a little bit small. I had paid extra to get a balcony, but the balconies are so small that you can only stand on them, not sit out there.
When we arrived we were given keys to a room which smelled very heavily of smoke, so I told reception, who swapped our room for another. Amazingly, I was told that guests are allowed to smoke in rooms, hence the smell! This really put me off.
The room was comfortable, but definitely showing signs of wear and tear, especially in the bathroom (e.g. cracked/crumbling tiles around the bath). Our room was also partitioned with one of those flimsy ‘fake’ walls which can be pulled apart if you wanted two rooms to be together – this meant we could hear the people in the room next door.
Dinner at the hotel restaurant, Le Viu, was excellent. I had booked a while in advance and they had reserved a fantastic table for us, in the corner, with beautiful views of the lake whilst the sun was setting. The food was wonderful (I remember the soufflé fondly) and the wine list was very good. We had a great evening.
Breakfast was ok (buffet-style) but there was no staff present and if you wanted tea and coffee you had to use one of those awful automatic machines.
In a nutshell – come here for the wonderful location and for dinner at Le Viu, but maybe look elsewhere for better rooms.
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- Le Palace De Menthon Hotel Menthon-Saint-Bernard