Hotel Victoria – a hotel with amazing history and great tradition
When you study at Glion, you get to engage and collaborate with some of the world’s finest organisations. We do this through a variety of methods, including our Applied Business Projects (ABPs), in which our students work closely with a leading hotel, restaurant or brand on an exciting project.
One fantastic establishment who have chosen to collaborate with us is the Hotel Victoria. Opened in 1869, the historic hotel has a rich heritage and excellent reputation, and is part of Relais & Châteaux, a collection of some of the world’s finest boutique hotels and resorts. Hotel Victoria is currently working with four of our BBA International Hospitality Business students on an exciting ABP, growing the hotel’s online presence and ensuring it remains one of Switzerland’s most unique hotels.
A hotel like no other
Not only is it a hotel that shares the same values as Glion, it shares the same place – Hotel Victoria is located just under ten minutes’ walk from our flagship campus, in the gorgeous village of Glion-sur-Montreux. As current co-owner Barbara Mittermair says, “it makes perfect sense to work with Glion as we are so close to one another.”
Barbara and her husband Toni have owned the hotel since 1985. Toni takes particular care in personally choosing the hotel’s produce, using local fishermen, gardeners and wine growers. Over the years, Toni has also acquired over 500 objects and collector’s items, giving the hotel an amazing, unique atmosphere. This individuality stretches to the rest of the hotel – each room is personalised and different from one another, while guests can also enjoy sitting on a shady terrace facing stunning views of Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps.
Elsewhere, there are plenty of activities to enjoy. Hotel Victoria includes a swimming pool, tennis courts, fitness room, sauna and golf course, meaning you have a variety of options to pass the time. The hotel’s clientele ranges from loyal guests who come to enjoy the breathtaking views and attentive service, to leading industry professionals attending onsite conferences.
Hotel Victoria originally opened as the modest Hotel du Midi, before Madeleine Müller upgraded the establishment and changed its name. A number of owners have been in charge of the hotel over the years, adding to the history and heritage of the establishment. The four-star hotel became part of Relais & Châteaux in 1975.
The hotel’s Montreux location is very popular with tourists, particularly those interested in seeing the Chateau de Chillon. An island castle situated on Lake Geneva, Chillon was made popular by Lord Byron, who penned the acclaimed poem The Prisoner of Chillon in 1816.
The hotel’s heritage will be highlighted further in 2019, with Barbara saying a “big event” is on the cards to celebrate Hotel Victoria’s 150th anniversary. Barbara and Toni have ensured the qualities that define Hotel Victoria – charming service, individuality and a welcoming atmosphere – are felt as strongly today as they were when the hotel first opened.
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