Places of interest in Montreux
Fairmont Le Montreux Palace
The Montreux Palace was built at the end of 1904 and inaugurated in March 1906, transformed into a military hospital during the First World War, this 5-star hotel has about 236 rooms and suites.
Many celebrities have stayed in this place. The hotel is ideally located a few meters from the Convention Center, which hosts the Montreux Jazz Festival, so most of the artists come to sleep there during their stopover in Montreux.
Richard Strauss spends the winter months at the Montreux Palace and writes "Im Abendrot", the first of his "4 Letzten Lieder".
After the success of "Lolita", the novelist of Russian origin Vladimir Nabokov takes his quarters in the Palace Hotel, where he will live until his death in 1977.
It was also at the Montreux Palace that the movie with Sophia Loren, Lady L was shot.
Freddie Mercury stays at the Montreux Palace during the recording of his album "Jazz" then in 1982 for "Hot Space" and in 1985 for "It's a Kind of Magic".
David Bowie stayed at the hotel during the Jazz Festival.
Freddie Mercury Suite
Beautiful rooms. Remained identical when Freddie came to stay at the Montreux Palace. A plaque is fixed in the hotel's corridor and the suite is on the 7th floor with a terrace and a magnificent view over the lake.
Quincy Jones Suite
Carlos Santana played at Stravinski during the Jazz Festival. After the concert, Quincy invited some musician friends to his suite on the 7th floor of the 5-star hotel to end the evening. At 2am o'clock a resident of Montreux complained at the reception because "the noise that some customers make on one of the terraces of the Palace makes it impossible for him to sleep". He was at the Santana's gig this evening and wants now to sleep !!
After a short time the concierge comes back and tells this person that the music is actually from the terrace of the suite of Quincy Jones and that it is Santana who makes "this noise".
The answer was immediate: "Santana ?? "Then no problem it does not bother me anymore..."
Claude Nobs Suite
Each spring, a female duck comes to lay eggs on the terrace of Claude Nobs’s suite and gives birth to a dozen little ducklings. A fence prevents them from being able to reach the lake naturally and the Montreux Palace, every year, finally takes care to transport, in a large cardboard box, these little guys to the shore of the lake where they can take their first bath. A request is made to their customers: "Thank you for not disturbing the duck family who has taken up residence on the terrace".
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