Hotel Le Richemond Geneva and The Armleder Saga

Any time you stay at a Dorchester Property, it is a very special experience. From the lobby floral displays to the sparkly chandeliers, plush carpets and stellar service, each property seems to be fit for royalty.  We were in Milan last fall and fell in love with the cosmopolitan city of Milan all thanks to our wonderful stay at Hotel Principe di Savoia.  So for our last part on our Best of Alps trip we planned to spend a couple of nights at the Hotel Le Richemond located right on the banks of Lake Geneva. Since opening its doors in 1875, Le Richemond has welcomed a wide range of distinguished guests, from Hollywood icons and artists to international dignitaries and authors including Charlie Chaplin, Louis Armstrong, Sophia Loren, Rita Hayworth and Marc Chagall.

Photo by Hotel Le Richemond

Check In

On arrival, the doorman took our bags, while the valet parked our car.  The sunflowers and the Gin display that announced “I can resist everything but Temptations” in the lobby got me distracted from what the sweet girl at the check in counter was saying.  Le Richemond is part of Dorchester Collection of Hotels, each one unique with its own history and charm but with the same excellent service that we love. From our room on the second floor, we could see the lake and the Jet d’Eau fountain, the symbol of Geneva at the end of the Eaux Vivres pier and the Brunswick monument across the street.  We had a box of chocolate from Favarger, one of the oldest chocolatier in Geneva on the table for us along with some tempting information about Le Spa by Sisley, an acclaimed French skincare expert and their special treatments, and of course the hammam and sauna on property. The kids ran off to survey their connecting room and came back to report there was l’occitane bath products in the marble bathroom with a nice rain shower.  What can I say the girl likes her Provence products, never fails to remind me of our trip to see Lavender.


My photo does not do justice to the room, so below is a photo by the Hotel, we had the exact same room

Best View in the house

For the best view in the house book a stay in the Royal Armleder Suite with a wraparound balcony that ensures that you some of the finest views in all of Geneva.  Guarantees  a truly majestic experience. Located on the seventh floor, the well appointed Royal Armleder Suite offers the best view in the house with 360° views of Lake Geneva, the Old Town and snow-capped mountains in the distance. While we didn’t stay in the Royal suite our suite view was not bad either.  We could see the Jet d’Eau fountain while enjoying our morning coffee.

Hotel Le Richemond Geneva

Our balcony view was not bad either

The Eats at Le Richmond

Nestled between Brunswick Gardens and Lake Geneva, facing an oasis of greenery in the center of town but sheltered is Le Jardin the signature restaurant.  The stylish spot serves light and fresh French cuisine featuring the best of local products. Le Bar offers a large selection of light meals, snacks and bar bites and crafted cocktails.  We had breakfast every morning on property which was served buffet style with breads, granola, fresh fruits, eggs and other breakfast fare.  Couple of night the kids ordered room service which was plated and presented beautifully.

Le Spa by Sisley

As always, we were busy enjoying the sights and experiences and solving mysteries in Geneva that I didn’t make time for the Spa.  Do you plan for Spa time when you travel? The pampering spa treatments are designed by acclaimed French skincare experts Sisley. Their renowned face and body treatments are based on aromacology – the science of relaxing body and mind through the use of fragrance.

Photo by Hotel Le Richemond

I kicked my self when I took a whiff of the complimentary mini products that I came home with. Sisley’s skincare products are made from the finest plant extracts and essential oils, applied to the skin using a variety of massage rituals from around the world, to create impressive results and a deep sense of calm. They have a nice sauna and steam room where you can relax on reclining chairs, surrounded by soothing chromotherapy lights. May be next time!

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