HOTEL ROYAL SAVOY
After years of shuttered decay and a seven-year rebuilding programme, Lausanne’s Grande Dame Hotel, The Royal Savoy, has officially re-opened. Located in a beautiful private garden with set-piece views over the city to Lake Geneva, the original Art Nouveau building has been restored and sensitively modernised with architectural interventions revealing themselves as guests move through the building towards the glazed extension at the rear. The existing property has six floors plus the ground floor, a lower ground level and, soon to be completed, a huge rooftop bar. Once a refuge for exiled royals and aristocrats, as well as a playground for rock stars and other celebrities, the hotel now impresses in its re-rendering of a gracious retreat for contemporary lifestyles. The 101 bedrooms in the historic building have been completely refurbished and updated. As befits the venerable old property, room shapes and sizes vary with bathrooms, bedrooms and dressing areas built out to tuck into the building forms. The new interiors are refined, with subtle tones of French grey and dark oak, a modern Nouveau style rug on herringbone oak flooring, and classic furnishings by renowned manufacturers. The 96 bedrooms in the six-storeyed new building are more contemporary in style than their older cousins, while sharing most of the key elements with the original rooms. Many of the guestrooms benefit from generously-sized terraces looking onto the historic trees which grace the garden.
Designer: MKV DESIGN