The Hôtel Royal Evian
With an enviable position on Lake Geneva, the Hôtel Royal Evian opened in 1909, housed in a belle époque building that gives it the feel of a vast ocean liner. The hotel underwent a substantial renovation from 2013-2015, a collaboration between François Chatillon, chief architect of historical monuments in France, and interior designer François Champsaur. This iconic destination has been brought up to date and now mixes contemporary luxury with opulent original features. Antique furniture has been restored, and new features include a Murano glass lighting installation by Emmanuel Babled in the Night Bar, and Carrara marble and oak paneling in the bathrooms. The sixth floor, which previously housed meeting rooms, now contains beautiful private suites with Alpine views.
Photography: Bernard Touillon, Guillaume de Laubier