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The Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, Lake Geneva’s Belle-Epoque
Jewel Built in 1906, Undergoing a Multi-million Renovation


(Montreux, Switzerland – March 16, 2009) The legendary Fairmont Le Montreux Palace (, originally built in 1906, is undergoing a multi-million renovation which will be completed in April 2009 by noted interior designer Fiona Thompson, who recently renovated the Trianon Palace Versailles, a Waldorf-Astoria Collection Hotel.
Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, which overlooks the French Alps and is located on the shores of Lake Geneva, will introduce a contemporary new redesign of its guest rooms, Brasserie and public spaces, including the addition of the Freddie Mercury Suite, celebrating the legendary singer-songwriter who was a Montreux resident and frequent guest of the hotel.  The 235-room luxury resort offers 190 elegantly-appointed and luxuriously furnished rooms and 45 suites and junior suites, 12 conference and meeting rooms, and the 21,000 square foot Willow Stream Spa in addition to the resort’s renovated Brasserie, a new lobby lounge and bar, and the famous Harry’s New York bar.
Elegant and timeless, the guest rooms at Fairmont Le Montreux Palace contrast traditional and contemporary new design elements with breathtaking views of Lake Geneva.  Color palettes are light and airy set against a series of colorful photographic prints throughout the rooms, representing the reflective qualities of water.  All guest rooms include top-of-the line in-room technology including wireless internet, LCD Flat screen TVs.

Montreux has long been popular with musicians and writers including Freddie Mercury, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Lord Byron, Leo Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and more recently Vladimir Nabokov, who spent the last two decades of his life at Le Montreux Palace Hotel following the publication of his novel Lolita.  Montreux is also the home of the annual Montreux Jazz Festival and the famed Mountain Studios, which was in operation until 2002, where Led Zeppelin recorded “Bonzo’s Montreux”, inspired by its namesake city. Additionally, the band Deep Purple based its famous song "Smoke on the Water" around the Montreux Casino fire of 1971, when a Frank Zappa fan set the renowned casino on fire with a flare gun.  
Nestled in the heart of one of the most beautiful settings in Switzerland, Montreux is an ideal destination for year-round visits, located just 45 minutes from some of the world’s best skiing destinations and the Geneva Cointrin International Airport. 
Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, located at Grand Rue 100 • Montreux CH-1820, is part of The Fairmont Hotels & Resorts collection. For more information on Fairmont Le Montreux Palace visit: 
A leader in the global hospitality industry, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is an extraordinary collection of luxury hotels, which includes iconic landmarks like Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City, Fairmont The Norfolk, Nairobi and London's The Savoy, reopening in 2009. Fairmont hotels are one-of-a-kind properties where sophisticated travelers can discover culturally rich experiences that are authentic to the destination. Situated in some of the most exclusive and pristine areas in the world, Fairmont is committed to responsible tourism and is an industry leader in sustainable hotel management with its award-winning Green Partnership program.  Fairmont's portfolio includes 56 distinctive hotels, with plans to develop over 25 new properties in the coming years in destinations as diverse as Shanghai, Morocco and Anguilla.
Fairmont is owned by Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, a leading global hotel company with 91 hotels worldwide under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont and Raffles branded Residences, Estates and luxury private residence club properties.  For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit


Fairmont Le Montreux Palace

 Basia Irzyk
(212) 957-3005

Also See: Le Montreux Palace in Switzerland, Managed by Raffles International, Now Known as Raffles Le Montreux Palace / May 2004
Fairmont Announces Agreement To Be Acquired By Kingdom Hotels And Colony Capital; Fairmont and Raffles to Combine, Creating a US$5.5 Billion Global Luxury Hotel Leader / January 2006

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