About Le Richemond in Geneva
Le Richemond has been a feature of life in Geneva since 1875 when Adolphe-Rodolphe Armleder rented the Pension Le-Riche-Mont and opened an up-market ‘guest house’ with 25 rooms. Its reputation for excellent service and style grew and, as well-to-do English and American travellers became more adventurous and began to visit Europe and the Alps, it became a popular destination on any great European ‘tour’, eventually changing its name to the Richemond Family Hotel.
Monsieur Armleder’s trademark was high standards and attentive service, and guests enjoyed warm hospitality but, a thrifty man, it wasn’t unknown for him to be seen on his knees mending worn-out carpets. During World War II, Armleder’s grandson Jean assumed control of the hotel and, once the war was over, began to renovate and expand the business, and the fine hotel we see today is largely thanks to his influence and improvements.
Le Richemond has played host to some of Geneva’s most famous visitors including Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney, the Aga Khan, Clark Gable, Louis Armstrong, Rita Hayworth, Mark Chagall, Hergé (creator of Tin Tin), Sophia Loren, Henry Kissinger, Michael Jackson, Pavarotti and Elton John.
The French writer Colette was a particular fan of Le Richemond, and in 1947 wrote to Emilie Armleder: ‘If God gives me life and health next year… keep for me [at your hotel] my sunny, bird covered little balcony, my view of the lake and the greenery; keep for me above all… my Richemond holidays.’ The hotel still attracts the same affection and loyalty today.
Its position at the heart of the Geneva business district, north of the River Rhône, so close to Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) and overlooking Brunswick Gardens, makes Le Richemond a perfect location for exploring all that Geneva has to offer. From the hotel you can see the impressive Jet d’Eau (the world’s tallest fountain), the Jura Mountains and the magnificent Alps.
Just over the Rhône is the heart of Geneva, and all the main attractions of this international city are there to be discovered including the imposing, partially Romanesque, partially Gothic Cathédral de Saint-Pierre where John Calvin once preached. The south bank is also home to most of the city’s 40 museums and the vieille ville, the old part of town, with the pedestrian-only Grand Rue running through it. Here too is the Rue du Rhône, home of some of Europe’s most exclusive shops.
The train station is close by, and the international airport is only six kilometres away. During your stay at Le Richemond, our Concierge will be delighted to assist with any questions you have regarding sightseeing opportunities and supply you with a map of the city.