Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

May 03, 2007 11:29 ET

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Welcomes New Hotel in Switzerland

Fairmont Le Montreux Palace Expands Company's European Presence with Fashionable Summer Package

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 3, 2007) - Fairmont Hotels & Resorts today announced a new hotel in Switzerland will join its collection of landmark hotels on June 6, 2007 - Fairmont Le Montreux Palace.

Located in an idyllic setting on the shores of Lake Geneva, Fairmont Le Montreux Palace's Belle Epoque grandeur has been attracting visitors for over 100 years. The 235-room hotel offers five restaurants and two bars, a 21,000 square foot Willow Stream Spa, fitness facility and distinctive meeting space for up to 1,200 people.

To commemorate the launch, the hotel is pleased to offer the Fashionable Summer package - guests receive a complimentary third night when staying two consecutive nights. The three-night package also includes complimentary daily Swiss buffet breakfast, a welcome cocktail in the Bar Rose d'Or, and unlimited access to the Willow Stream Spa. Rates start from CHF 515 ($426 US) per night with the third night free, are valid June 6 - July 6 and July 22 - September 5, 2007 and can be booked by calling 1-866-840-8211 or after June 6th at www.fairmont.com. Rates are subject to availability, based on double occupancy in a Fairmont room and on current foreign exchange rates.

Renowned as one of the finest hotels in the world, the property officially opened March 19, 1906 after a building time of only 18 months overseen by Eugene Jost, a famous architect of the Lake Geneva Riviera.

With magnificent views over Lake Geneva and the snow capped Alps, Montreux has long been an inspiration to travelers and artists, including Lord Byron, Vladimir Nabokov, Freddie Mercury and even Deep Purple, who begin their classic "Smoke on the Water" with a homage to the location.

There is no shortage of activities in Montreux, with culinary adventures by train to rustic vineyards or chocolate factories and the medieval town of Gruyeres, famous for its namesake cheese. Shopping in Montreux and Vevey (folkloric market on summer Saturdays) as well as outdoor activities including hiking, biking, paragliding, canoeing, afternoon cruises and visits to Chillon castle, which inspired Byron's "The Prisoner of Chillon" are just a few of many offers.

The new location offers travelers an additional Fairmont in Europe, joining sister properties Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Hamburg (Germany), The Savoy, A Fairmont Hotel (London), the Fairmont St. Andrews (Scotland) and the Fairmont Monte Carlo (Monaco) which will unveil a EUR 42 million renovation this May.

NOTE TO EDITORS: High-resolution images of Fairmont Le Montreux Palace are available upon request.

With the opening of the landmark Fairmont San Francisco in April 1907, one of the world's leading luxury hotel brands was born. For over a century, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has offered warm hospitality and timeless elegance in unforgettable locations. Throughout 2007, our 51 distinctive hotels in 11 countries, from fabled castles to secluded lodges and modern retreats, will celebrate a centennial of rich experiences and lasting memories. Committed to growing its portfolio of world-class hotels, which includes The Fairmont Banff Springs and London's Savoy, Fairmont will soon reflag four hotels in Kenya and anticipates the re-opening of New York's famed Plaza Hotel. Future Fairmont Hotels & Resorts also include locations in Cairo, Abu Dhabi, Vancouver and South Africa. Fairmont Raffles Hotels International operates over 120 hotels worldwide under the Fairmont, Raffles, Swissotel and Delta brands, as well as vacation ownership properties managed by Fairmont Heritage Place. For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit www.fairmont.com.

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