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Established in 1870 by none other than César Ritz and Auguste Escoffier, the Grand Hotel National is everything one would expect from a five-star hotel that resembles a French chateau, with plenty of art and objets d'art scattered throughout the communal areas and a hushed aura of respectability. With only 41 rooms and friendly service and atmosphere, it manages to convey a boutique hotel experience even though the decor is decidedly in the traditional camp, with heavy carpets and rugs, embossed wallpaper, and swagged drapes. There are numerous very good dining options in the hotel, including the delightful Trianon (French) and the popular National Bar, with old-school cocktails. In summer, its terrace hums with activity, which means that despite the best double-glazing, some noise may carry into rooms late at night. The hotel prides itself on having some of the loveliest views over the lake and back to the Old Town, and many rooms and suites sport private balconies. Bathrooms feature lashings of marble and Molton Brown toiletries.