Switzerland is famous all over the world for many reasons: its education, its watches, its mountains, its international institutions…but also for its excellent luxury hotels. Here’s a glimpse into an unmissable Swiss sector.
Hotelier training par excellence
The fact that Switzerland and Geneva are world-renowned for the quality of their hotels is largely down to the country’s outstanding hotel management schools. You may already know that the most highly regarded and indeed the oldest hotel management school in the world is the EHL – the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne. But it’s closely followed at the top of the rankings for the world’s best hotel schools by other prestigious Swiss institutions, such as Glion, Les Roches, Ecole Hôtelière de Genève and César Ritz Colleges. Clearly then, Switzerland simply can’t be beaten when it comes to for hotelier training!
A bit of history
The boom in luxury hotels and grand hotels that occurred in 18th-century Europe was primarily due to the fashion for “grand tours” among young upper-class European men, aimed at expanding their cultural knowledge. These tours created a need for comfortable high-quality accommodation for these travellers, on a par with what they were used to at home. Meanwhile, the bourgeoisie, who were fond of spa treatments, also contributed towards this demand for luxury facilities. The response to these new requirements was the creation of grand hotels, which offered a quality service in convenient locations. More than just a place to stay, these establishments became an integral part of the Grand Tour travelling experience, where the European elite could mingle.
Switzerland: in the benchmark for hospitality
The Swiss luxury hotel sector reflects this skilled hotelier training. Many students who have trained at the country’s best hotel management schools end up working at the most prestigious Swiss hotels.
The Swiss are also renowned for their warm and genuine hospitality, and the Manotel hotels in Geneva exemplify this tradition perfectly. While each of the 6 Manotel hotels has its own unique identity, they will all offer you everything you would expect from a grand Swiss hotel: a warm welcome, a quality service, comfort and excellence.
So, don’t delay – come and discover the best that Switzerland has to offer.