Photos courtesy of Château de Divonne
Double rooms: 165–335 euros
Suites: from 420 euros
Open: all year
Divonne-les-Bains is 20 km north of the city of Geneva. The nearest train station is in Geneva.
On site: seasonal swimming pool; library; bicycling
Nearby: golf; casino; skiing; cruises on Lake Geneva; Ferney-Voltaire Castle (Voltaire’s former home); Geneva
Yes, chapel on site.
Because of a fire and subsequent water damage, the Château will be closed for approximately 18 months. Here's hoping the reconstruction goes well!
Divonne-les-Bains is a delightful 19th-century spa town right on the Swiss border near Lake Geneva (Lac Leman). Perched on a small hill just above the town, the Château de Divonne is set in a park filled with oak and chestnut trees. And in keeping with the charm of the village, an overnight stay at the château will give you a glimpse into a long-ago aristocratic world.
The atmosphere here is very much Old World with just enough modern touches. Gilt-edged mirrors and centuries-old artwork grace the walls, while a grand sweeping staircase (don’t worry; there’s an elevator) leads to the guestrooms.
Guest room decor is traditional with floral wallpaper that coordinates with the bedspread, comfy beds, and occasional furnishings that reflect the château’s heritage. Rooms vary in size, and a few have fine wood-beamed ceilings. The best rooms to book are those in the rear of the hotel. It’s worth it to wake up in the morning with a fantastic view of Mont Blanc out your window! Bathrooms are completely modernized.
If the weather is good, by all means take a drink or enjoy a gourmet meal on the outside terrace. The setting is lovely.
Panoramic view of Mont Blanc