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Living large in the Beau Rivage Hotel in Neuchâtel

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The Relais & Châteaux Hotel Beau Rivage Neuchâtel stands in the heart of Swiss watch country. Located on the popular lake promenade Esplanade du Mont-Blanc, it features spacious rooms and a superb gourmet restaurant…

We traveled to the Beau Rivage in Neuchâtel as part of a Harley-Davidson “Route du Bonheur” tour on heavy choppers. As we thundered through the curve into the hotel driveway, there already awaiting us was Maître de Maison Thomas Maechler and his team, a tray of beers to hand. Very thoughtful, given the warm weather ;-)

Harley-Davidson tour to the Hotel Beau Rivage Neuenburg

After a “hot” ride, a beer on the spot. What a reception!

After freshening up and changing out of the black leather outfit into that little black number we set off on a quick guided tour through the five star superior hotel.

Harley-Davidson in the hotel lobby of Hotel Beau Rivage Neuchâtel

Harley-Davidson in the hotel lobby

Guest rooms in the Hotel Beau Rivage Neuchâtel

The Beau Rivage has over 65 spacious, stylish rooms and suites that invite guest to feel good and relax. The subtle, finely modulated color combinations make a material contribution here.

Suite Hotel Beau Rivage Neuchâtel

Typical color scheme for the rooms

From most of the rooms, guests can delight in a spectacular panorama over the shores of Lake Neuchâtel and the Bernese Highlands Alpine range in the distance.

Swans flying over Lake Neuchâtel

Swans flying over Lake Neuchâtel

The six suites located in the building’s corners, with red accents and large floor lamps, are appointed a notch more boldly than the hotel rooms and, naturally, even more generously laid out with a living room and separate bedroom.

Seating group and telescope in the suite  of Hotel Beau Rivage Neuchâtel

Seating group and telescope in the suite

Not bad at all ;-)

No wonder that renowned watch manufacturers year in and year out reserve several suites at once for their guests…Generally, the watch industry, the plants being located in the vicinity, is one of the hotel’s most important sources of clients.

Various conference rooms are available for their workshops, some with a very “stimulating” ambiance

Wine cellar with tabel at Hotel Beau Rivage Neuchâtel

Wine cellar atmosphere for meetings

But tourists can also expect to be superbly lodged in the hotel, because the location between Lake Promenade and Neuburg’s city center is truly phenomenal.

Seating group in the Hotel Beau Rivage Neuchâtel

Seating group with atmosphere

Spa and Fitness Center

Decor in the spa in the Hotel Beau Rivage Neuchâtel

Decor in the hotel spa

In the basement, guests benefit from a small but practical fitness center and also an intimate and equally fine spa.

Spa Luminaire in the Hotel Beau Rivage Neuchâtel

Luminaire in the spa

Restaurant O’terroirs in the Hotel Beau Rivage Neuchâtel

Hotel restaurant with terrace in the Hotel Beau Rivage Neuchâtel

Hotel restaurant with terrace and lake access

As usual in hotels of the Relais & Châteaux marketing alliance, gastronomy is of central importance. The gourmet can expect treats for the eye and the palate here…

Macaroons in the Hotel Beau Rivage Neuchâtel

Macaroons being prepared

Chef Eric Mazeas and his kitchen brigade are in COMPLETE control of their spacious kitchen: From pâté de foie gras teaser, to the amuse bouche, appetizers, and main courses ending with dessert, it all tasted simply divine. Or however you say it in the ‘gourmetically correct’ way…

Left: Chef Eric Mazeas of the Hotel Beau Rivage Neuchâtel

Left: Chef Eric Mazeas and his team

Here is a small menu excerpt:

Appetizer at the Hotel Beau Rivage Neuchâtel

Appetizer on the terrace

Breton lobster with apple cider and apple wine of the region

Breton lobster with apple cider and apple wine of the region

Champagne in the Hotel Beau Rivage Neuchâtel

Champagne with dessert

Friandise Hotel Beau Rivage Neuchâtel

Mouth-watering friandise

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The next morning, we tackled the last stage: In Wallis, we rode to the Hotel Les Sources des Alpes in Leukerbad.

Warmest thanks!

Our most sincere thanks to owner and hotel host Thomas Maechler and his attentive team for the excellent service (polishing of motorcycles included…) and the idyllic dinner!

I also wish to thank Richard Guyon, Relais & Châteaux manager for Switzerland and Liechtenstein, for the generous invitation! We enjoyed the spectacular tour of these noble hotels to the fullest!

Sabine Biedermann of Primus Communications organized and coordinated the tour, and for her work we extend our sincere thanks!

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Walter Schaerer’s extensive background in the travel industry, passionate enthusiasm for photography and a firm belief that luxury destinations can also be affordable; were some of the main factors that motivated him to create the travel blog travelmemo.com. In his day job Walter is an online marketing manager based out of Zurich, Switzerland.

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