The Swiss never do things half heartedly, you can expect the full fireworks or nothing at all. I discovered this for myself when I stayed at Royal Savoy in Lausanne, on my recent trip. It was a hotel I had my eye on for a while. Especially with its recent multi-million pound renovations, it was an exciting time to visit.
Arriving at the hotel, I was greeted by a majestic building that stands tall and has a true presence with a forecourt that is lined up with the finest luxury cars. As I headed through to the revolving doors at the entrance, I received a warm welcome, “Welcome home, Mr. Pathan”. Personalised service is so key in 5-star luxury hotels and it may be a little kind gesture for many but it certainly goes a long way.
The Royal Savoy boasts gorgeous interiors that sets the scene for the hotel. The lobby areas has a welcoming seating area that guests can perch at whilst their check-in process is taken care of. Walls are filled with elegant hand painted paintings that dress the hotel like a sequence of pearls around the neck.
Further down on the ground floor, there is a light and airy bar that is open to all the hotel guests to drink at. It not only has a perfect interior area for when it rains, but it backs out onto an alfresco terrace to enjoy an aperol spritz under the sun.
Walking into a separate wing of the hotel, the doors automatically open for you as you approach it, which was another amazing touch. It’s definitely the future, especially if there aren’t staff around to personally open the door for you. Travelling up to the 4th floor in the lift, I arrived at my room for the next two nights.
The room was extremely spacious with a lovely amount of natural light shining through via the balcony. The bed was the largest bed I have ever slept in, you could have easily fit 3-4 people in the bed comfortably. The bed itself felt like you were sleeping on cotton clouds with the fluffiest pillows that encouraged you into a deep, snug sleep.
Technology is a extremely strong point in the Royal Savoy, especially with a personalised iPad with weather information, alarms and available radio stations for you to listen to. Complete with a button-activated lighting system next to the bed, labelled for ease of use too. You could even lower the balcony blind from the outside, should you want no daylight to enter your room or have further privacy on the balcony.
Alongside the bed there was a lovely little ‘living’ area that had a plush sofa, coffee table and desk to work on too. This led out onto the balcony that was the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast whilst taking in the fresh Swiss breeze.
Opposite the bed there was a large flat screen tv with any required information about the hotel you may need too. It was also there to watch tv too, if you wish.
Each of the bedrooms had their own Nespresso machine complete with different intensity coffee pods to enjoy. I am certainly one of those people that cannot face the world without a caffeine fix, so it was a huge help to have before breakfast.
The bathrooms were my favourite, complete with marble walls and only the best amenities money can buy.
The bathroom had a deep tub that allowed even the tallest of people (like me) to fit into and enjoy a good soak. It also had a extremely accessible shower head that pulled out to use if a shower was required. However, next to the bathtub was the a perfect stand alone shower, with another of the accessible shower heads and the most glorious rain shower head too. I literally felt like I was in the middle of a rainforest being covered in the warmest water – absolute perfection.
I mentioned about the amenities earlier, didn’t I? Well we were given Hermés amenities, which one of the best amenities a luxury hotel could offer, along with L’Occitane (a personal favourite), Acqua Di Parma and Molton Brown. I often evaluate a hotel based on the amenities that are provided, it’s a simple and straight forward way that has worked across the board of luxury hotels I have stayed at. It was great to see that Royal Savoy held their status and presence with their Hermés amenities.
The facilities in the hotel were next to none too. Views to die for from their rooftop panoramic bar, luxury spa area with spa suites for couples to have to themselves with their very own private jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.
The pool area was glorious. It was long enough to do length all the way down but it also spanned outside. If you swam through the small doors near the wall of the pool, you could access the outside area without having to get out. Both the inside and outside area had plenty of seating and sun loungers that are perfect for some post-swim relaxation or time in the sun.
The bar area was spacious, which was perfect for a pre-dinner drink or a sit down meal. The waiters were super attentive to the guests at the bar and it had views to die for. I could definitely see myself spending most of time up there if I lived in Lausanne…
Breakfast was also a treat too, with a wide selection of different fresh fruits, juices and hot food made to order, you were spoilt for choice.
My favourite thing about the Royal Savoy was that I only had to pop my head over the kitchen, speak directly to the chef and they would ask what I wanted to eat. It’s like having your own personal chef. On my first morning, the chef asked me “what can I get for you, dear? I can make you scrambled eggs, poached eggs, omelette and lots more. What would you like?”
I asked for plain poached eggs on toast/muffins, whichever had the least bread. I often get quite bloated with bread so I try and avoid eating too much – but the kitchen were super accommodating and came out with the below. I was chuffed to say the least, such wonderful service. I throughly enjoyed my fresh, sweet fruit and a light egg filled breakfast.
The Royal Savoy was amazing, it was everything I dreamt of it to be and more. From the service to the luxurious rooms, I would recommend anyone to stay here when in Lausanne. You won’t regret it, I promise!
I would happily move into the penthouse suite if I could… Just tell me where to sign. 😉
Until next time…
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