Hotel Imperial Palace

  • France, Lake Annecy

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Originally opened in 1913, the Impérial Palace is located on a peninsular in the charming grounds of the Parc Charles Bosson at the northern most point of Lake Annecy. Despite its proximity to the town of Annecy, this hotel feels miles away from the hustle and bustle with spectacular views of the lake enjoyed from the restaurant and grounds.

The elegant traditional hotel has a fabulous location, situated right on the lake, only a short walking distance away from the town and boats. Enjoy breakfast on the terrace overlooking the lake, surrounded by picturesque manicured gardens. Relax in the extensive Cristal Spa facilities including plunge pool, experience showers, whirlpool, sauna and steam room (book and pay locally). The hotel has been visited by a number of famous guests including Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin!

  • No. of rooms: 104
  • No. of buildings: 1
  • No. of floors: 6
  • No. of interconnecting rooms: 0
  • Annex:
  • Official rating: 4

All rooms have twin or double beds (please specify preference when booking), cable / satellite flat screen TV with English speaking channels, safety deposit box, mini bar, hair dryer, WiFi, air conditioning, bath robes, slippers, tea and coffee making facilities and views over the lake or gardens (on request).

  • Classic Twin room (A2): sleeps 2 people, bath, wc with views over the gardens
  • Superior Classic Twin room (B2): sleeps 2 people, bath, wc with side views over the lake
  • Prestige Twin room (C2): sleeps 2 people in a larger room, bath and shower, wc, with panoramic lake views (on request)
  • Family room (D4): sleeps 4 people with an additional double sofa bed, bath or shower, wc and views over the gardens (on request)

Interconnecting rooms are available (on request). Classic, Superior Classic and Prestige rooms are also available for sole occupancy (additional supplement).

Bedroom facilities

  • Availability of a cot
  • Bathrobes
  • Cable or satellite programmes
  • Family rooms (sleeps 4+)
  • Hairdryer
  • Individual air conditioning
  • Internet connection
  • Minibar or fridge
  • Room safe
  • Tea or coffee making facilities
  • Wireless internet


  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: Yes
  • This hotel has disabled access throughout
  • Adapted rooms (A2) are available (on request)
  • Special dietary requirements are available (on request)
  • Meals can be served on the terrace overlooking the lake (weather permitting)  
  • Earlier meal times are available for children from 7 pm
  • Children's menus (on request)
  • No of restaurants: 3
  • Distance to nearest restaurant serving dinner outside of property:
    • On site
  • Dress code for restaurants:
    • Informal
  • Breakfast service:
    • Continental breakfast buffet with additional hot options
  • Lunch service:
    • Packed lunches are included
    • One ham and one cheese roll, fruit and a slice of cake 
  • Dinner service:
    • 3 Restaurants 'La Voile Gastronomic', 'La Brasserie' and 'Riva' (adults only)
    • Evening meals are taken in 'Le Brasserie' which specialises in using local ingredients with a bistro style
    • Dinner consists of a set starter, main and dessert buffet
    • Guests can also eat in the 'Riva' restaurant located in the Casino or the gastronomic 'La Voile' restaurant 

Board basis options available

  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians
Lake Annecy

Not only is it one of the prettiest lakes around, but Lake Annecy is also “Europe’s cleanest lake” due to the very early introduction of environmental regulations in the 1960s. Famously painted in oil on canvas by Cézanne in 1896, the lake lies at the foothills of the French Alps and has a rich local history from both before and after the unification of the local region of Savoy with France just 155 years ago. As well as the spectacular lakes and mountains scenery, the area is well known for its local cuisine including its cheeses, its fish such as Omble Chevalier and Féra, and its chocolate, especially the mountain liqueur-based Roseau.

With a relaxing lakeside setting on the eastern shores of Lake Annecy, Talloires and its medieval architecture became increasingly popular with well-known artists and writers and is now a lovely, laid-back village resort and an ideal base form which to explore the area.

Getting around the lake is also a relaxing experience with the local boat calling at the lakeside villages. Further afield we offer a collection of guided excursions including a weekly (numbers permitting) visit to Chamonix, which boasts the highest mountains in Western Europe accessible on foot- including the Aiguille du Midi (3,842 metres), giving an amazing view of Mont Blanc and the surrounding glaciated valleys.

Things to do in resort

  • Palais de l’Isle and the Château d’Annecy
  • Annecy Fête du Lac firework festival (1 Aug)
  • Annecy International Animated Film Festival (8-13 Jun)
  • Annecy market on Fridays
  • Basilique de la Visitation above Old Annecy with a free exhibition of bells (mid-May onwards)
  • Cascade d’Angon waterfall (30mins walk above Talloires Village)
  • Chataeux on the routes of the Dukes of Savoy at Annecy, Menthon-Saint-Bernard andMontrottier
  • Mini golf in Talloires
  • Thursday market in Talloires (19 June to 26 Sept)
  • Talloires music festival with fireworks (late Aug)
  • Chateau de Menthon St. Bernard
  • Chateau de Montrottier
  • Fier Gorge
  • Musée du Pays de Thônes (local history museum) and Country house of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Roc de Chère Nature Reserve above Talloires
  • Boat trips to Annecy and lakeside villages
  • 40 km lakeside cycle path around most of the lake and all the way to Albertville along a former railway line
  • Mountain Walks (some steep)
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Adventure trails
  • Fishing
  • 18-hole golf course
  • Tennis
  • Paragliding
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Diving
  • Water sports
  • Water-skiing


Walking in Lake Annecy

From easy strolls along the lake to more challenging rambles in the surrounding hills, Lake Annecy offers a range of walking opportunities for all levels. 

Location in resort
  • Longitude: 6.14466
  • Latitude: 45.9036573
  • Nearest Station: <p>25 minute walk</p>

For more information on travel and transport visit our Lake Annecy page

  • Cristal spa facilities including indoor plunge pool, sauna, steam room, experience showers, ice fountain and whirlpool (€20 entrance fee per room)
  • Massage and beauty treatments are available (book and pay locally)
  • WiFi (Free)
  • Picturesque manicured gardens
  • Sun terrace
  • Views across the Lake 
  • 3 Restaurants 'La Voile Gastronomic', 'La Brasserie' and 'Riva' (adults only)
  • TV area
  • Fitness room
  • Air conditioning
  • Casino (adults only)
  • Bus stop right outside hotel
  • E-bikes available to loan from the hotel (€25 for 2 hours, €38 for 4 hours, €45 for the day - pay locally)
  • Room service (pay locally)
  • Concierge 
  • Lift
  • Newspapers available (on request)

Please note the hotel gardens are open to the public.

  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • WiFi
  • Bar
  • Lounge area
  • E-Bike hire
  • Garden terrace
  • Spa

Local Fees and Taxes

  • Resort tax per person, per night (under 18s Free of charge) payable locally
Family Facilities
  • Baby cots are available (Free) for children under 2 years (on request)
  • Earlier meal times are available for children from 7 pm
  • Early meals available
  • Cots & linen
  • Children's menu
  • Highchairs in restaurant
  • Hotel family friendly

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Hotel Imperial Palace
Lake Annecy, Half Board
13/05/2020 - 3 nights
2 adults
From London Luton
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