Built in 1873/1874 by the architects Ernest Burnat and Charles Nicati, Hotel Le National was the first classicold-style hotel in Montreux and its creation represented a new benchmark in luxury lakeside living. The imposing architecture reflects the traditional design of Swiss luxury hotels of that era and the building style, with high ornamental roofs and brick chimneys, is reminiscent of a French castle from the Renaissance period. Today, this favoured gathering place of European aristocrats and high society since its foundation during the Belle Epoque era, has been transformed into an exclusive collection of luxurious apartments which all make use of the finest on site facilities. Set in a prime elevated position this stunning building overlooks the clear, gentle waters of Lake Geneva and its panoramic mountain backdrop.
Leo Tolstoy was once moved to comment by his prolonged stay at The National and is known to have said “Whenever I opened the windows in the morning…. to look across the blue lake which reflected the distant mountains, I was blinded by the beauty of the scenery, which touched me with unexpected intensity”.
The main “National Hotel” building, the true crown jewel of the development, now forms the centrepiece of a truly outstanding lakeside destination. With 5* facilities up and running, it combines the charm and elegance of a 19th century palace with the advantages of high-quality materials and top modern furnishings. When originally launched for private sale, all apartments in this majestic building were sold in a matter of weeks and now, one of the most beautiful properties within the entire development has, for only the second time in its history, become available for sale.
This breathtaking property is situated on the 3rd floor within the East Wing of the original hotel building and rivals the lake views of the penthouse. Encompassing some 180 m2 of exquisitely restored living space this fantastic property is home to three spacious bedrooms all positioned around several highly functional and cleverly designed rooms. Comfortably configured as a generous three bedroom, two bathroom apartment this impressive property has a grand entrance hall which opens onto a dining room with open plan kitchen beyond. The spacious kitchen is well appointed with high quality Gaggenau appliances throughout and two French windows open onto the balconies. To the right is the south facing drawing room which offers almost 40 m2 of living space. Here, two French windows open onto a balcony overlooking unimpeded and spectacular views of Lake Geneva and the Alps. A further French window opens onto the large terrace on the eastern side.
Elsewhere in the building the apartment has two private parking spaces, a substantial dedicated storage room and a generously sized lockable wine cupboard within the feature wine cellar and tasting room. The apartment has air conditioning for the summer and, under the cherry wood flooring, under-floor heating throughout for winter. Paying homage to the original feature of Le National Hotel, delicate cornicing and ceiling roses adorn the primary rooms of this beautiful and rare lakeside apartment.
Area: 180 m²
Balconies: 6 x 3 m² + 1 x 5m2
Price: CHF 4,000,000