Who would have thought that a secret hotel is located 20 minutes away from Geneva? Valentines, lovers or alike, forget the local (so expensive) palace and bring your second half to the Domain of Avenières. On the way, tell her or him this unique story…
1904, Mary Wallace Schillito traveled from the United States to Geneva. She discovered the Avenieres’ domain and decided to buy it in order to build a sanctuary in memory of her beloved sister. A couple of years later, she found love and married Assan Farid Dina of Indian origin. Assan Dina is a genius: he masters the science of astronomy and is an engineer. But he also believes in spirituality. Those beliefs will push him to shape the gardens as a gigantic butterfly surrounded by a sculpted sphinx and build a chapel inside the castle using Egyptian and kabbalah symbols to paint what he calls the universal knowledge.
When death did them part, the castle became a school where Philippe Noiret, Claude Brasseur, Jean-Jacques Debout and Jacques Mesrine studied.
It is only in 1994 that the Odin family inaugurated the place as a hotel and restaurant.
On the national road taking you to Annecy from Geneva, only 15km from our city, right after a curve on the way to the top of the hill, the Domain of Avenieres appears. Independent from any luxurious chains of hotels, the place kept it’s mysterious spirit, inherited from its history. And since we always keep a cherry to put on top of your Big cake, the classic rooms start @ 150€/night. But if you think Big and love made you blind, suites are available starting @ 350€/night. Do not hesitate to taste the exquisite food with a gastronomy menu.
PS: concerts and other cultural events are scheduled throughout the year. But our favourite one remains the Murder Party, which is a live cluedo game inside the castle. So freaky!
Lieu dit La Chenaz 74350 Cruseilles
Price: from 150€/night (classic double room)