Not long ago I had the great pleasure of staying at one of the most luxurious and historical hotels in Switzerland; Hotel des Trois Couronnes. Many things have happened since this hotel opened its doors in 1842, but the core values are still the same; genuine Swiss hospitality and warm-hearted service. Join me for 2 days at this magnificent spa hotel where old-fashioned virtues are being honoured and nature bewitches you with its beauty.
Past meets present
Tucked in between Montreux and Lausanne, Hotel des Trois Couronnes nestles on the shores of Vevey – a historical town accommodating the headquarters of food giant Nestlé. It was here that milk chocolate was invented in 1875 and my own grand father actually worked here as well during the 1930’s, but that’s not the reason we’re here. A five star hotel with more than 170 years of history is. Not many things have changed since 1842, but guests are still allured by the perfect balance between the charm of the past and the comforts of today.
In the reception I’m greeted by a very friendly and helpful staff and after a brief welcome by the manager we’re showed to our room. I might have expected a lake view since we’re located on the borders of Lake Geneva, but I certainly wasn’t expecting a beautiful Deluxe room with a straight view towards the lake and the Alps. However, the best part of the room is the balcony, where one can enjoy a glass of wine while taking a breath of fresh mountain air.
The hotel houses 71 rooms allocated on several room types, where of a great part of these are Junior suites and suites. The Tchaikovski suite is the largest offering 112 m2 and a 90 m2 balcony. But that’s a whole different story.
On the day of our arrival we went to take a stroll by the lake, which seems like the centre of everything when you’re traveling in this region. Through time it has captivated millions of people, including Freddie Mercury from Queen and Michael Jackson, who both recorded albums here and returned several times for holidays. The lake promenade allows you to walk all the way to Montreux and further, so we did. Montreux is a whole different chapter and I’ll return to that in another article soon.
On the first night I went to have dinner with the manager of the hotel and little did I know I was in for a treat! The restaurant of the hotel gas gained a Michelin star and after a brief encounter with the chef I surely understand why! All ingredients are (obviously) fresh and seasonal and most of them are local too (like fish from the lake). The chef seems very passionate about the process of fine dining and he even journeys to Italy himself to get some of the best olive oil on the market. I believe that says it all. We had a delicious starter, a main course and a dessert followed by a coffee, which is almost a custom in Switzerland. If one prefers a light meal and a drink it’s possible to visit Restaurant La Veranda, which is open daily from 12pm to 2pm and again from 7pm to 10pm.
A holistic approach
It’s inevitable to mention the word ‘spa’ when visiting Hotel des Trois Couronnes, since that’s one of the focal point’s here. The Puressens Spa is a well-being, health and balance centre with a holistic approach to wellness, and so many people actually come here to go through either a detox or weight control programme customized just for them.
As a self-declared wellness addict I obviously had to try out the facilities, which offers a large indoor pool with underwater music (!), jacuzzi, steam bath, sauna and relaxation space. I also had a couple of treatments (yes, I AM a wellness addict!) with the first one being a massage conducted by a very skilled spa therapist. After 1 hour I was beyond relaxed and ready for half an hour’s rest in the relaxation area. Last-mentioned offers fresh fruit, herbal tea, ice water and a stunning view towards the mountains with snow on the top. Talk about the ideal location for a spa.
My second treatment was an ‘anti-stress’ facial that lasted for nearly 2 hours, and it provided me with the softest skin I have ever had! It also introduced me to the French wellness brand Joëlle Ciocco, which I would recommend you to check out if you’re a fan of natural products based on plant biology.
Hotel des Trois Couronnes is one of those places you never want to leave due to the cosy ambience, the high level of comfort and the exquisite service. As it was time for us to check out I couldn’t help but wonder; when will I be back again? Back to re-experience this gem of a hotel that never seems to compromise on quality and taste. It’s the perfect venue if you want to experience the rare combination of Swiss hospitality and refined luxury, and even though you have to pay for it, it’s an adventure you’ll never forget.
For more information on Hotel Trois Couronnes go to www.hoteltroiscouronnes.ch.