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!

Rooms
  • No. of rooms: 104
  • No. of buildings: 1
  • No. of floors: 6

Reception

  • 24 Hour front desk
  • Check in time 5pm
  • Check out time 10am 
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Luggage storage is available 
  • Official rating: 4

Local Fees and Taxes

  • Resort tax €1.45 per person per night (under 18s free of charge) payable locally

Rooms

All rooms have twin or double beds (please specify preference when booking), WC and bath or shower, TV with English speaking channels, safe, mini bar, hair dryer, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, bath robes, slippers, tea and coffee making facilities and views over the lake or gardens (on request).

  • Classic room (A2): sleeps 2 people with views over the gardens
  • Superior classic room (B2): sleeps 2 people, with side views over the lake
  • Prestige 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)
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 in 1860.

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 from which to explore the area.

Getting around the lake is also a relaxing experience in itself, with the local boat calling at the lakeside villages and the Old Town of Annecy. 

Things to Do

Discover the history of the area

Visit the town of Annecy, known as the 'Venice of the Alps', its canals, the old town and historical churches. The most famous buildings are the Palais de l’Isle and the Basilique de la Visitation above Old Annecy with a free exhibition of bells (from mid-May onwards).

The area was also associated with the French Resistance, the British agent Odette operated locally and the story of the Plateau de Glières, where resistance fighters were based and there was a big battle is told in the Resistance Museum.

The village of Talliores on the Eastern side of the lake was built around an 11th century abbey. The most well known castles in the area were built by the Dukes of Savoy including Annecy, Menthon-Saint-Bernard and Montrottier.

Great for cycling

There's a flat cycle path around Lake Annecy and this scenic ride follows the outline of the lake with fantastic views across glistening water towards pretty villages, castles and mountain peaks. The path also goes along to Albertville on an old rail track.

Love nature

Visit the Bout de lac Nature reserve and follow the trail through the woodland, meadows and marshes, and there's even an old tower giving an elevated view. The paths in the hills around Talloires offer great intermediate hiking and a chance to discover Alpine nature at it's best. Visit the Cascade d’Angon waterfall (30mins walk above Talloires Village) and the Roc de Chère Nature Reserve

Sightseeing

It is worth going to Annecy and catching the market on Fridays. Talloires also has a local market on Thursdays (19 June to 26 Sept).

Roc de Chere Nature Reserve and Menthon Saint Bernard

This impressive promontory above Talloires bay does not immediately look accessible for walkers, but it has trails throughout, a golf course, and a restaurant! A day out exploring the Roc de Chere and Menthon Saint Bernard is a great way to spend a day of your holiday. Menthon Saint Bernard is also home to the Chateau de Menthon, an 11th century gorgeous castle.

Food & drink

There a many friendly and local cafes to choose from, all offering good coffee with croissants, as well as beer and cold drinks. For bigger appetites, there are the La Savoyarde or Le Comptoir de Sébastien restaurants, located next to the local beach, and Le Club situated at the end of the village by the lake on the path to Angon.
There are a huge number of eating options, from humble to two Michelin stars, in and around the Lake and the city itself.

Facilities
  • Cristal Spa facilities including indoor plunge pool, sauna, steam room, experience showers, ice fountain and whirlpool (15€ entrance per person per hour)
  • Massage and beauty treatments are available (book and pay locally)
  • Wi-Fi (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.

  • Bar
  • Lounge area
  • E-Bike hire
  • Garden terrace
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
Meals
  • Continental breakfast buffet with additional hot options
  • Packed lunches are included, one ham and one cheese roll, fruit and a slice of cake 
  • Hotel has three 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, with a set starter, main and dessert buffet
  • Meals can be served on the terrace overlooking the lake (weather permitting)  
  • Earlier meal times are available for children from 7 pm and children's menus (on request)
  • Guests can also eat in the 'Riva' restaurant located in the Casino or the gastronomic 'La Voile' restaurant
  • No of restaurants: 3

Board basis options available

  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians
  • Special dietary requirements are available (on request)
Location in resort
  • Longitude: 6.14466
  • Latitude: 45.9036573
  • Location Description:

    900m from the centre of town

    1000m to the train station

     

  • Nearest Station:

    25 minute walk

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Hotel Imperial Palace
Lake Annecy, Half Board
14/09/2022 - 3 nights
2 adults
From London Gatwick
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