This year the Hotel d’Angleterre is delighted to celebrate 140 years as one of the world’s most celebrated and exclusive boutique hotels – although the Swiss are renowned for their reserve we have to say the team at the hotel are very excited to have reached this significant milestone.
The building, completed in 1872, is the work of the celebrated architect Anthony Krafft, and is acknowledged as one of the heritage sites of the city of Geneva. It was conceived as a historical luxury hotel offering 30 spacious rooms, most of which had a spectacular view of Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc.
Over the years the hotel’s gorgeous interiors and splendid hospitality have attracted numerous prestigious guests from Mikhail Gorbachev to Michael Jackson. Famed for its air of unruffled calm and peaceful privacy it was none the less witness to a major drama on Saturday, 10 September 1898. The sixty year old Empress Elisabeth of Austria was boarding a steamer on the promenade directly opposite the hotel. She was approached by a Italian anarchist Luigi Lucheni who, appearing to stumble as he passed her, stabbed her in the heart with a slender needle. The Empress , unaware of the seriousness of her injury, boarded the steamer which then embarked for Lausanne. Within minutes, however, she collapsed and died. The incident is commemorated by a statue of the Empress, one of the most beautiful and celebrated women of the age, with a statue directly opposite the hotel’s Windows restaurant.
In 1910 the hotel was extended by the addition of another wing, with the main entrance moved to the rue de Monthoux.
In 1995 the Hotel d’Angleterre closed its doors for twelve months for the most ambitious renovation of its long history, in which only the listed facade, the internal staircase and the floors were preserved. This ambitious project gave birth to a new interior that combined a more contemporary charm, elegance, and convenience with all the hotel’s traditional refinement, mystery and magic.
In October 201 the Hotel d’Angleterre joined the privately owned and family run Red Carnation Hotel Collection. An extensive process of renovation was soon undertaken, including new furnishings and the latest in-room technology. For 140 years the hotel has been one of the most exclusive hotels in the world and we look forward to building on this extraordinary reputation over the next century and a half!