Review of Inn L'Ermitage, Montreux-Clarens

Small hotel in a beautiful mansion with fine gourmet restaurant

My husband, my teenage son and I spent 2 nights in this lovely ancient mansion which houses nowadays a gourmet restaurant and a small hotel. It’s more a restaurant with rooms than a hotel with a restaurant.

Having said that in my opinion it’s one of the few establishments in Montreux offering not only a preferred location directly by the lake but also nice enough rooms to enjoy the beauties of this near Mediterranean town. There are seven individually furnished rooms which can be described as quite luxurious but the time of their renovation dates a few years back. We had a Junior Suite Standard with view to the lake which is adequately sized and tastefully decorated; the bathroom is kept in 1980s-style, also the outdoor furniture.

One has to mention that L’Ermitage has certainly one of the best restaurants in the proximity of Montreux (17 points guide Gault-Millau, 1 star guide Michelin). We ate there on both evenings and were very satisfied with the offered, although prices are steep. The cuisine is French style and rather classical, the food is impeccably prepared and the portions are not too small as this is often the case in comparable establishments. We would go back in a heartbeat although it’s certainly suited for a special occasion.

By the way, for the ones who are looking for an alternative for the second evening, the nearby Thai Restaurant “Maï Thaï may be worth trying out (has 14 points guide Gault-Millau), we found about it too late …

Breakfast was fine although very French, meaning not much of a choice, but we liked it especially because we could have it on the terrace. There is also a wonderfully landscaped garden where you can have your aperitif and/or dinner. You can reach the center of Montreux in ten or fifteen minutes by foot on the marvellous lakeside promenade, really one of the most beautiful ones I have ever seen …

All things considered, L’Ermitage is a recommended place for a short stay on the Lake Geneva.

Date of stay: June 2011

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