In pictures: Inside the latest Swiss luxury hotel

Ten months after it opened following a multi-million franc renovation, the five-star Royal Savoy in Lausanne will be inaugurated on Friday.

In pictures: Inside the latest Swiss luxury hotel
Photo: Royal Savoy

The original Art Nouveau hotel opened in 1909 after three years of construction, and quickly became a landmark hotel for the city. In its heyday it was a stopover hotel for passengers on the Orient-Express and was beloved by the aristocracy – the Spanish royal family even lived there in exile.

After a period of decline, it was bought by Qatar-based Karata Hospitality in 2009 and then closed for a five-year renovation project.

The works, which cost 100 million francs, included the complete refurbishment of the building and the creation of an entirely new wing.

Though it opened its doors last November, the building work continued this year with the addition of a spa and panoramic Sky Lounge bar on the top floor.

The Savoy’s five-star rating makes it the third hotel in Lausanne to achieve the top status, after the Beau-Rivage Palace and the Lausanne Palace.

So, with prices starting at 350 francs for a 'deluxe' room (the standard category) and 570 francs for a junior suite, exactly how much bang do you get for your buck?

(All photos: Royal Savoy)

The new Lobby Lounge seats 60 for cocktails under a huge coloured-glass chandelier.

There are 157 'deluxe' rooms in the main building and the completely new 'Garden Wing'

Or you can opt for a suite. This one, the Royal Savoy Suite, is 120m2 and includes a dining room to seat ten people. But that's got nothing on the 6th floor Katara Suite, which has three bedrooms, its own gym, spa and jacuzzi and a 370m2 terrace.

To get to the restaurant guests walk through a so-called ‘sensory corridor’ which has glass cabinets on both sides displaying wines, cheeses and deli meats.

Guests at the Brasserie du Royal dine on dishes designed by its 'signature chef' (meaning he doesn't actually do the day-to-day cooking), three Michelin star French chef Marc Haeberlin. The executive chef (meaning he does) is 34-year-old Julien Krauss, who trained under Haeberlin at his famous Alsace restaurant L’Auberge de l’ill. Dishes include goose foie gras and lobster mousse.

Work off your dinner (or just chill out) at the 1,500m2 spa comprising indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a sauna, hammam, treatment rooms, a hair salon and gym.

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Can you carry a tune? Are you a night owl? If so, this job posting in Switzerland may be up right up your (cobblestone) alley. Here’s how you can submit an application for this… very high position.

Hear ye, here ye! This Swiss city is looking for a town crier
The hat and coat are optional for the job. Photo by Lausanne Tourisme

As far as unusual employment opportunities go, this one from Lausanne is — quite literally — tops.

The city, which employs one of Europe’s last remaining town criers, is looking for people to fill this position on part-time basis.

What’s a town crier?

In Lausanne’s case, it is a person who announces the hours every night between 10 pm and 2 am from the bell tower of the city’s imposing Gothic cathedral, a landmark overlooking the roofs of the picturesque Old Town.

The workplace: Lausanne Cathedral. Photo by Lausanne Tourisme

The person who will assume this position will continue a tradition that this city in the canton of Vaud has cherished since 1405.

These are the requirements for the job:

  • To watch over the city each night
  • Announce each hour on the hour between 10pm and 2am in a melodious voice (in French, but knowledge of foreign languages is a plus)
  • Be able to climb 53 stone steps to the cathedral’s bell tower
  • Not have a criminal record
  • No falling asleep on the job
  • Have a business apprenticeship certificate (we are not sure why)

This is 365-days-a-year job, but the new hire will share the position with other criers.

Interested? This is how you can apply.