Last year Hôtel Royal Evian closed its doors for a top-to-bottom renovation. Built in 1909, the legendary hotel on lac Léman (Lake Geneva) was looking a little tired around the edges, but when it reopens in summer 2015,* the hotel—which is part of the vast Evian Resort—is expected to return to its former splendor.
For the project, Hôtel Royal Evian recruited award-winning interior designer François Champsaur and François Châtillon, Head Architect for Historic Monuments. The hotel has a long and storied history, and it’s important to preserve the Belle Epoque details, like the frescoes by Gustave Louis Jaulmes. More than 200 people have worked on the restoration, including specialized artisans, who restored the original antique furniture.
The 150 guestrooms, including 31 suites, are getting a makeover with noble materials (like solid oak doors and marble bathrooms), plus the installation of new technology. The sixth floor will be home to new suites that resemble private apartments with sweeping views over the lake.
*Note that a portion of the guestrooms were already renovated and unveiled in fall 2014.