Connor McGovern checks in to the newly-renovated hotel during a visit to the Swiss city
Sitting grandly in the heart of Lausanne, the Royal Savoy makes an impression from the start. The main building, impeccably well preserved throughout the hotel’s six-year-long renovation, flaunts its charming original art nouveau features, including wrought iron balconies and stained glass. Inside, the reception areas are flooded with light bouncing off the glass and marble, and there’s an effortless balance of classic and contemporary.
Though the Savoy maintains much of its traditional elegance, the covered walkway past the Cigar Lounge is a conveyor belt to the contemporary. Leading on to the small but beautifully landscaped grounds with their spacious terraces and beehives, it bridges the old heart with the modern Garden Wing, the core of the renovations. The hotel’s new face feels distinctly more modern, with moody lighting and decor that still manage to feel bright and airy. It’s here I find my third-floor room, where, from the spacious balcony, I can take in views of the gardens, city and Lake Geneva in the distance. The room itself is comfortable and timeless, with warm plum and tartan tones, and offers the modern comforts of an in-room iPad and Hermès cosmetics, with the Toblerone a much-appreciated nod to my location.
Despite the five-star surroundings, the hotel is remarkably casual when it comes to dining. I sip an easy Cardamina cocktail: an expert blend of vodka, tokaji, cranberry and cardamom, before dinner at Brasserie du Royal, where signature chef Marc Haeberlin’s Michelin-starred fare is unfussy but refined — his signature lobster mousseline and heavenly peach dessert are on my mind long after the meal.
Guests can also travel around Lausanne’s bus and metro network with a complimentary travel pass given at check-in.
Hotel Royal Savoy, Avenue d’Ouchy 40, 1006 Lausanne, Switzerland
Standard deluxe from £255