Why Go: After nearly $100 million and six years of renovations, Lausanne’s grand dame Royal Savoy Lausanne is back. Until recently, the 1909 hotel sported pastel wallpaper and brown-tiled bathrooms, but such time stamps are all but a memory now. In November the hotel began hosting guests on designated floors redone with contemporary rooms steeped in historic details. Other floors in both the historic building and a new glass-encased garden wing—housing 95 of the property’s 196 total rooms (from about $350)—are still being completed, with the full opening anticipated for spring 2016. Guests pass through a 1.2-acre park when moving between the two buildings, the newer of which houses a 16,000-square-foot spa with an indoor-outdoor pool.
What to Expect: The rooftop Sky Lounge will crown the original building with unobstructed, 360-degree views of the surrounding Alps, Lake Geneva, and Lausanne. Picturesque and French-speaking, the city sits at the northernmost tip of the lake, surrounded by hillsides of terraced vineyards and distant snowy mountaintops. A large terrace off the hotel’s new Brasserie du Royal, helmed by Michelin-starred chef Marc Haeberlin, showcases the property’s expansive gardens. Among other new amenities are a cigar lounge and spa (opening January 2016), built for visitors as much as for locals. The spa will partner with Clinic Lémanic, which specializes in cosmetic medicine and anti-aging treatments, as well as preventative and regenerative medicine. Longer-term spa programs focusing on detox, fitness, and wellness will be available in addition to standalone treatments.
How to Get There: From the hotel, Lausanne station is less than a mile. The international Geneva Airport takes about 45 minutes to reach by direct train, and the smaller Lausanne Airport is about 10 minutes by car. (royalsavoy.ch)