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A far cry from Lake Geneva’s palatial resorts, Le Bourg 7 is about as intimate as a hotel can get without venturing into bed-and-breakfast territory. Situated in the charming lakeside burg of Lutry — a UNESCO site surrounded by terraced vineyards — this hotel pays kitsch-free homage to the region’s medieval heritage. Swiss villages can sometimes lay the provincial magic on pretty thick (an understandable habit given the abundance of centuries-old beauty), and while Le Bourg 7 is located in a sixteenth-century townhouse, a 2011 renovation offers guests places to charge their iPads while preserving the romantic atmosphere.
The townhouse is divided into twelve mini-suites, each with its own individual kitchen and bathroom. Although the requisite wall-mounted flatscreen and cushioned headboard might remind you that yes, you are in a hotel, the cozy living-room ambience takes center stage. Given the fairly unassuming nature of the furniture and beige-and-cream palette, it might come as a surprise that the interior doubles as a showroom—in other words, if you fall in love with a particular sofa or pillowcase, feel free to buy it. If you’re willing to splurge for a bit more space, there’s a loft that represents the best of this sort of small-scale luxury. With exposed beams and a peaked ceiling that comes together above the bedroom, this is a picture-perfect couples’ hideaway.
Le Bourg 7 is a bit too modestly sized to have a dedicated restaurant, but there’s a wine bar that serves as the perfect segue from a day by the lake to a night on the town. If you happen to be staying for the weekend, be sure to make time for a leisurely early-afternoon brunch—the hotel serves up locally baked pastries, homemade jams, and (it goes without saying) müesli.
How to get there:
Le Bourg 7 is 1 hour away from Geneva. Please contact CustomerService@TabletHotels.com for more information or assistance with transfers.
- 13 Rooms
- Style: Contemporary Classic
- Atmosphere: Quiet
- Le Bourg 7
- Rue du Bourg 7
- Lutry, Switzerland