In Lausanne, Switzerland on the shores of Lake Geneva, the 196-room Royal Savoy Lausanne is being restored to its 1909 glory for a grand opening in June 2015 following a $140 million renovation. The Art Nouveau design in the “Grand Chateau” style will be integrated with new construction, together housing two ballrooms totaling 9,000 sf and five boardrooms, all with natural light except one.
Unmatched in Lausanne, there’s also a 7th floor terrace with 360-degree views of Lake Geneva.
“The Royal Savoy originally opened as the official hotel of The Orient-Express in Lausanne,” says Jacky Tresch, director of sales/marketing. “It is very elegant and the history is unique as a place for European aristocracy. The hotel hosted the Spanish royal family during their exile. King Juan Carlos grew up here.”
Tresch says the Royal Savoy was the sole luxury hotel built in the region in Art Nouveau style, considered the height of modernity at the time (think Coco Chanel), whereas others were designed in the earlier Belle Epoque.
“The Belle Epoque era constituted much more fluffy architecture,” says Tresch.
During the renovation, artisans discovered a beautiful ornamental frieze which is presently being restored to its original splendor. Likewise, the historical sections of the Royal Savoy are undergoing comprehensive restoration with the very latest in technology and infrastructure.
The original sections will be connected with a contemporary structure that’s doubling the room count with almost 100 keys. Meeting rooms are housed in both the new and old sections, with private group access and drive-in accessibility for automobile and other product launches.
Tresch says the hotel will be announcing a name chef who will oversee all F&B, to be announced later this year. For cocktail receptions, planners can create elegant events in the lushly landscaped gardens and parks surrounding the grand hotel.
For group transportation, there is a train station adjacent to Royal Savoy Lausanne. The hotel is located approximately 45 minutes east of Geneva, and 20 minutes to the strikingly modern SwissTech Convention Center that opened in April in Lausanne’s “Innovation Square.”