Hotels in Montreux, Switzerland
||Interesting Montreux Information:
hosts several noteworthy festivals:
Montreux boasts one of the most beautiful
walks along the lake, stretching from Villeneuve all the way towards Vevey.
The main square of the town, Place du Marché, features a statue
of Freddie Mercury facing Lake Geneva. Some of the numerous small villages
around Montreux include La Tour-de-Peilz, Clarens, Territet, and Villeneuve.
Freddie Mercury's Montreux Memorial
Day, annually September 1st and 2nd since 2003.
The Montreux Jazz Festival, annually
in July since 1967;
The Golden Rose Festival, annually in
spring (1961-2003), which awarded the Golden Rose of Montreux, an international
award for television;
|The Chateau of Chillon
provides a marvelous view of the entire Lake of Geneva and can be easily
accessed via bus, walk or boat.
Deep Purple made Montreux famous
with their song "Smoke on the Water", which tells
the events of 1971, when a Frank Zappa fan with a flare gun set the Montreux
Casino on fire (see below).
- Smoke On The Water by Michael Russell
this article we're going to tell the true behind the scenes story of one
of the most famous songs in rock history that was actually the result of
an incident at a concert.
Everyone knows the song "Smoke On
The Water". Every kid who ever picked up a guitar for the first time plunked
out that four chord blues riff. For many kids, it's the only thing they
were ever able to play. And many of these kids think they know the story
of how that song was recorded.
Yes, there was a fire, a bad one.
But what most, if not all of them, don't realize is that the fire that
broke out that day was during a Frank Zappa and the Mothers Of Invention
The date was December 7, 1971. It was
thirty years after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Maybe that should have
been an omen. Certainly this was not an insignificant date in history.
Anyway, Deep Purple, the band who
recorded "Smoke On The Water" was setting up their camp in Montreux, Switzerland
to record their next album. They were going to use a mobile recording studio
to do this which they rented from The Rolling Stones, known as their Rolling
Stones Mobile Studio. They set up at the Montreux Entertainment Complex
which was part of their casino. This is referred to as the "gambling house"
in the lyrics of the song.
Well, on the eve of their recording
session Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention were performing live in
concert at the casino's theater. They were to perform a number of their
popular songs including the epic "The Nancy & Mary Music", "Sharleena",
"Duke Of Prunes", and "Hungry Freaks Daddy". Frank Zappa was strange to
say the least. However, before they could really get into the meat of their
performance a fire broke out during the concert. It was said to have been
caused by a Swiss fan shooting a flare gun at the ceiling, as was stated
in the "some stupid with a flare gun" line that ultimately destroyed the
entire casino complex, along with all of Frank Zappa and The Mother's equipment.
The smoke on the water that was talked
about in the song was the smoke from the fire that spread over all of Lake
Geneva. From their hotel across the way from the casino, the members of
Deep Purple watched the fire burn and the smoke cover the lake. In the
lyrics they mention a "funky Claude" running in and out. This was actually
the director of the Montreux Jazz Festival running in and out of the casino
trying to get people to safety.
The aftermath of all this was that
Deep Purple had no place to record and Frank Zappa and the Mothers were
part of the most famous concert in history to get cancelled mid way through.
Deep Purple eventually found another
place to record, using a near empty Montreux
Grand Hotel. They converted its hallways into a makeshift recording
As for Frank Zappa, the concert was
cancelled and never rescheduled. But he had become a part of history that
little kids with electric guitars will be thankful for, for a very long
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|About the Author - Michael
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FEATURED HOTELS, SWITZERLAND
Le Montreux Palace Montreux
Fairmont Le Montreux Palace
is situated on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland, overlooking the
Alps. Built in 1906, this Jewel of Belle-Époque architecture offers
a traditional and elegant atmosphere, and a personalised and attentive
service in true Swiss style. Fairmont Le Montreux Palace is member of Leading
Hotels of the World. Fairmont Le Montreux Palace's two restaurants,
two bars and nightclub offer a vast palate of choice for all guests. Begin
your evening in an intimate atmosphere and with live music at Harry's New
York bar. Enjoy your meal in a traditional french ambiance at La Brasserie
du Palace. Take advantage of the terrace overlooking the lake and the Alps,
open during the warm summer season. Fairmont Le Montreux Palace is again
nominated Best City and Business Hotel in Switzerland 2008 by the magazine
Hotel Excelsior Montreux
The Grand Hotel Excelsior
is an impressive Victorian property situated in a picturesque location
on the banks of Lake Geneva, 500 metres from Montreux centre. Dining options
include a summer terrace restaurant and the main restaurant with ornate,
period detail, large, decorative windows and antique furniture, both serving
fresh, seasonal cuisine. Guests can workout on the fitness equipment, swim
in the large indoor pool, and relax in the wellness centre with its sauna,
solarium and thermal bath. Guests can also enjoy the Biotonus Clinic with
massages, regenerative treatments and medical check-ups. Lake Geneva offers
a selection of water sports and Montreux itself boasts numerous bars and
restaurants, along with a casino and a jazz festival. Chillon Castle is
two kilometres away, and Scex Rouge, accessible by cable car and with panoramic
views of both the French and the Swiss Alps, is 24 kilometres away. Geneva
International Airport is 95 kilometres away, with an approximate driving
time of 50 minutes.
Eden Palace Au Lac Montreux
Hotel Eden Palace Au Lac
enjoys an excellent position on the banks of Lake Geneva, Switzerland with
views across the Alps. It is located in Montreaux, 20 metres from the Casino
Barriere and eight kilometres from Lausanne. This 6-storey hotel is housed
in a handsome purpose-built period building from 1896 set in gardens with
palm trees. The outdoor swimming pool overlooks the lake and is bordered
with a sun terrace, loungers, parasols and a poolside bar. Further amenities
include a sauna and fitness equipment. Restaurant Chuga at Hotel Eden Palace
Au Lac serves French specialities and international dishes in a traditional
setting with lake views and features a terrace and live music. The hotel
has six conference and meeting rooms with wireless Internet access. The
Charlie Chaplin Museum celebrates the legacy of possibly the 20th century's
greatest film star from the silent era with exhibits and film showings.
The modern Royal Plaza Montreux
is located on the banks of Lake Geneva, in the centre of Montreux, Switzerland.
Set amidst Swiss greenery, the Royal Plaza Montreux offers panoramic views
of the Alps, the lake, and the town of Montreux. The onsite La Croisette
restaurant serves French cuisine and fresh local delicacies. The restaurant
features an extensive wine list and live piano music in the evenings. The
terrace offers lake views. Breakfast buffets and Sunday brunches are served
in the top-floor Belvedere restaurant. The Cafe Du Lac offers afternoon
tea, Italian specialities, pastries, and ice cream on a lakeside promenade.
The Piano Bar features live piano music and movie-themed decor, while the
Sunset Bar offers cocktails and lake views. Guests can swim in the Atlantis
Spa's heated indoor pool or work out in the well-equipped fitness room.
Saunas, steam rooms, a spa tub, and massages services are also available
(fees apply). A 10-kilometre footpath runs from the hotel to along the
Toscane Swiss Q Hotel Montreux
The Art Nouveau Villa Toscane
Swiss Q Hotel is located in the centre of Montreux, Switzerland, just 100
metres from the Stravinsky Auditorium and Lake Geneva. Montreux train station
is two kilometres from the hotel. The Villa Toscane Swiss Q Hotel occupies
an Art Nouveau villa with a roof terrace and a garden terrace where drinks
are served. Staff at the 24-hour front desk can offer local sightseeing
advice. There is an onsite sauna. The hotel serves a complimentary buffet
breakfast. There's 24-hour room service and a lounge bar serving snacks
and drinks.The Villa Toscane Swiss Q Hotel's 46 guestrooms are decorated
in a contemporary style with cream decor and stuccoed ceilings. All rooms
feature wireless Internet access (surcharge may apply), satellite television,
desks and minibars. Refrigerators and microwaves are available on request.
It's less than five kilometres to two of Montreux's most famous museums,
the Vieux-Montreux and the Swiss Toy Museum.
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