The beauty of this location is the easy access to many of the picturesque towns along the lake via paddle steamer. On a lovely Saturday morning, we boarded a boat from the Mont-Blanc launch area and then took in the beautiful views along the lake as we traveled about two hours stopping at little villages along the way. After meandering past Versoix, Coppet, Hermance, and Nyon, we landed in Yvoire where we enjoyed a lovely lunch at Le Vieux Logis and wandered through the town. The town is very picturesque, but there are few genuine “sights” to visit. They have a lovely garden with a labyrinth (Jardin des Cinq Sens), the requisite church (Saint Pancras) and the Yvoire Castle stands guard as you enter the town. The castle is private so you can just view the grounds.
If the weather is warm, there are recreational opportunities on the lake to while away your afternoon. Regardless, this is a lovely little excursion away from the hustle and bustle of Geneva.
Hotel Bristol Built in 1851, Hotel Bristol is conveniently located just minutes away from Lake Geneva and the old town of Geneva. Formerly owned by the Leppin family, Count Guy de Jacquelot-du-Boisrouvray purchased the property in 1972. The lobby is filled with pictures of the family. Upon the death of the Count, the Countess Albina du Boisrouvray, his daughter, became the owner of the SEGH and President of its Board of Directors.
The rooms are spacious, well-appointed and very quiet. Our room looked over a small quiet garden. The staff is extremely helpful and efficient. The wifi is excellent. The spa and fitness area look very modern. We did not have an opportunity to try the spa – maybe next time. I would not recommend the room service as the meal we ordered was quite disappointing. Undercooked chicken with massive herbs and cold pizza. Otherwise, this is an extremely wonderful hotel that I would highly recommend. http://www.bristol.ch/uk/hotel-luxe-geneve-official-site.php
Yvoire Boat Transportation: http://www.cgn.ch/en-gb/content/cgn/l%C3%A9man.aspx
Windows Restaurant: We enjoyed a lovely meal at this restaurant located in the D’Angleterre Hotel. The food was excellent and the staff was extremely helpful and very friendly. Comfortable restaurant. The entrees were reasonably priced by Swiss standards. The wine list was a bit expensive. The cheese selection was very diverse and delicious. There is a bar downstairs with music. If you ask upon arrival, the staff may be able to reserve a table for you. http://www.dangleterrehotel.com/aliments-et-boissons/restaurant-windows
Leopard Bar: Also located in the D’Angleterre Hotel, this is a fun little bar with live music and comfortable seating. Not real dancing, but a nice place to end your evening.
General Information about Lake Geneva: http://www.lake-geneva-switzerland.com/lake-geneva-cities-and-towns-in-switzerland-france/